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Sci-fi - Human turned into a god by aliens

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1jbodak
Jul 29, 2009, 4:01pm Top

Hi. I am wracking my brain trying to figure out the name of this sci-
fi novel--and its respective author--that I read back in early to
mid-1980s.

The book is about an ordinary man who, during some sort of
interstellar space exploration (the book takes place pretty far into
the future) is involved in some sort of accident or something and
almost dies. He would've died had not an alien or aliens saved him.
This alien (or aliens) is a god compared to humans and this man is
given god-like powers too. Other than that, all I remember is that he
saves three alien civilizations when their star goes supernova (or
something like that). I wish I could remember more.

It was a paperback that I read, so I don't know if it was ever a hardcover or not. I don't know the title of the book or the author, unfortunately, but if someone told me I'd be able to say, yep that's it, or nope that's not it.

Thank you!!

2jbodak
Jan 27, 2015, 7:06pm Top

Any ideas? I've waited over five years for an answer!! :)

3MyriadBooks
Jan 27, 2015, 8:47pm Top

Eeek, sorry; not familiar to me. Hopefully a fresh pair of eyes will spot your query.

4MissSquish
Jan 27, 2015, 10:33pm Top

In the Last Legionary series by Douglas Hill, Keill Randor has his skeleton replaced with an unbreakable alloy.

Galactic Warlord 1979
Deathwing Over Veynaa 1980
The weapon turns out to be the very same weapon which killed Keill's planet; a form of radiation spore which multiplies rapidly in an oxygen atmosphere, killing every living thing.

5jbodak
Jan 27, 2015, 11:07pm Top

Heh, sounds like Wolverine. But no, alas, that's not it. In this book, the man becomes a sort of non-corporeal entity. I don't think he had a skeleton anymore.

6steelprimate
Jan 27, 2015, 11:33pm Top

Is it The Secrets of Synchronicity by Jonathan Fast? It came out around the right time and involves the gaining of god like powers.

7jbodak
Jan 27, 2015, 11:38pm Top

No, the main character was in the military. If I remember correctly, he already had some sort of psychic abilities, and he used them as a member of the military. If I recall correctly, there's a scene where a bunch of enemy soldiers are walking along the hull of a spaceship, and they try to drill through it. The main character uses his mental powers to make one enemy soldier kill another with his drill. And this was BEFORE he gets turned into a god by aliens!

8steelprimate
Jan 28, 2015, 10:04am Top

Would you happen to remember what the cover looked like?

9jbodak
Jan 28, 2015, 6:10pm Top

This was just a paperback, mind you, not a hardcover, and I don't know what printing it was, if it was a reissue, etc. If I remember correctly, it was a relatively generic cover, featuring a spaceship. I want to say it was in combat against one or more ships, because I believe the cover was one of the reasons I picked it up. So, I'm thinking there was at least a little battle action on the cover. Thanks.

10steelprimate
Jan 28, 2015, 10:45pm Top

Okay, it might take me a few days to go through the books I have that consist of a cover of that type, from the late 70's to mid 80's and with that topic.

11jbodak
Jan 29, 2015, 6:01pm Top

I thank you profusely in advance, steelprimate!!!

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