With echoes of Calvino Rushdie and Saramago this is a stunningly imaginative work that celebrates the tragic and joyous nature of existence on the grandest possible scale. ''As I remember I had just woken up from a nap when I decided to create the universe.'' - - So begins Alan Lightman's playful and profound new novel Mr. g the story of Creation as narrated by God. Bored with living in the shimmering Void with his bickering Uncle Deva and Aunt Penelope Mr. g creates time space and matter-then moves on to stars planets consciousness and finally intelligent beings with moral dilemmas. But even the best-laid plans can go awry and Mr. g discovers that with his creation of space and time come unforeseen consequences-especially in the form of the mysterious Belhor a clever and devious rival. An intellectual equal to Mr. g Belhor delights in provocation: he demands an explanation for the inexplicable requests that intelligent creatures not be subject to rational laws and maintains the necessity of evil. As Mr. g watches his favorite universe grow into maturity he begins to understand how the act of creation can change the Creator himself.About the AuthorAlan Lightman was born in Memphis Tennessee and educated at Princeton and the California Institute of Technology where he received a PhD in theoretical physics. An active research scientist in astronomy and physics for two decades he has also taught both subjects on the faculties of Harvard and MIT. His novels include Einstein's Dreams which was an international bestseller; Good Benito; The Diagnosis which was a finalist for the National Book Award; and Reunion. His essays have appeared in the New York Review of Books New York Times Nature Atlantic Monthly and the New Yorker. He lives in Massachusetts where he is adjunct
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