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Assault on the Gods Paperback – August 9, 2012
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About the Author
Born in Philadelphia in 1947, Stephen Goldin has lived in California since 1960. He received a Bachelor's degree in Astronomy from UCLA and worked as a civilian space scientist for the U.S. Navy for a few years after leaving college, but has made his living as a writer/editor most of his life. He's married to fellow writer Mary Mason, with whom he's collaborated on the Rehumanization of Jade Darcy books. He's lived with cats most of his adult life. His interests include cryptic crossword puzzles, Broadway cast albums, and surrealist art. He served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as editor of the SFWA Bulletin and as the organization's Western Regional Director. He's published more than 30 books, and lots of articles and stories. Learn more about him at his Web site, http://stephengoldin.com. Many of his books and stories can be bought through Parsina Press at http://parsina.com.
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Instead of a pulpy action tale, there was a thoughtful story about a female star ship captain named Dev with Zen-Buddhist like principles who has to deal with chauvinism and incompetence from most of her male crew. Normally, it wouldn't have been a big deal, but they happened to be stuck on a jerkwater planet where the locals lived in fear and awe of 'gods' that limit their development so much that they essentially existed in a permanent medieval state.
In a drunken fit, one of the crew curses out the gods, and an 'angel' reduces him to a smoking pile of ash. After being put under strict scrutiny by the 'gods', Dev, ever the rationalist, undertakes a mission to find out who these gods are, exactly. She and a crew of misfits break into the gods' mountain stronghold and seek answers to the mystery of who the gods really are, and how they can keep an entire planet enslaved.
Dev is a great character, and easy to root for. She's flawed in the sense of being too logical--sort of like a female Spock, in a way--but this only enhances her realism and appeal. The final confrontation between Dev and the gods fits the novel perfectly.
I reread this book when I was 30, and was happy to discover that I liked it even more. It's unfortunate that it isn't better known.