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How Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light transformed into the CIA’s Argo covert op – Boing Boing

Peace all, Roger Zelazny is one of the most influential writers in my realm. While I read Lord of Light after discovering the Amber Series and it helped to open me up to some more ‘eastern’ expressions of thought. Though I doubt I’ll check out this movie (I swore off Ben Affleck after Daredevil), the off camera CIA subplot with the book and theme park fascinates me. More supposed ‘fictions’ shaping reality. Respect, ~Gregg

Argo, a thriller directed by and starring Ben Affleck, dramatizes the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the 1979 hostage crisis. To infiltrate the country and facilitate the diplomats’ return, CIA technician Tony Mendez concocts an incredible cover story: they’re part of a film crew, scouting out locations in the Islamic republic for an epic science fiction movie. One core prop: a convincing, ready-to-shoot screenplay.

The movie obscures its real-life origins, but it started with one of the 1960s most cutting-edge novels, Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light. Winner of the 1968 Hugo Award, Lord of Light was inspired by Buddhist and Hindu texts and chronicles the lives of people who who have mastered mind-uploading, genetic engineering and bodily transmigration. Zelazny’s novel, like many of Philip K. Dick’s most hallucinatory narratives, anticipated many of cyberpunk’s thematic concerns. via How Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light transformed into the CIA’s Argo covert op – Boing Boing.

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