I once read a great book that started off with the main character- who was a (mathematically-specialized) hyper-space pilot/(and I wanna say assassin)- that was attending a supernova viewing party. Later he falls in love with a God who becomes a planet and manifests herself from a pool on said planet.

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    @MissMonicaE - An excellent edit
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    I once fell in love with a girl who was a god-slash-swimming pool. Then I sobered up and realised I was lying in a puddle.
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  • It sounds so much like Hitchhikers but not in a funny way. Apr 27, 2018 at 21:05
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    I'm so excited! In all my years on this site, this is my first time with a definitive identification that 100 other people haven't gotten to first! :) Apr 27, 2018 at 22:20

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This is definitely a book by David Zindell, most likely Neverness. The woman who becomes a godlike cybernetic entity is called the "Solid State Entity" (encompassing not just a planet, but an entire solar system) and she's one of several such AI deities in the book, and in that larger fictional continuity, which is also the setting for his trilogy, A Requiem For Homo Sapiens (The Broken God, The Wild, War in Heaven).

One of the most distinctive aspects of the continuity is the existence of a guild of hyperspace pilots who navigate through the universe by discovering new and unique mathematical theorems.

Neverness is one of my favorite books, but I never read the trilogy, so the only reason I hesitate at all about the identification is because I don't remember the supernova viewing party. The mathematical pilots and the Solid State Entity are both in Neverness, but they are likely to also appear in the trilogy as well.

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