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This is a novel I read in 2015. It was an older book. The cover was black and hardcover. Don't remember any specific details. The book was in English. I believe it was from the 1980s or ‘90s.

It was set in the future where the world is united as one.

I'll try to outline all the major events that I remember, in as much detail as possible.

The story begins with a prologue of how a mutant gene called "The God Factor" was isolated and subsequently researched to reveal it gave humans reality-bending powers.

The first few test tube babies born with the gene were horribly deformed and could only lift light objects with their mind. However, with every subsequent generation they grew stronger until they could manipulate events on a universal scale. They were fitted with microchips which gave scientists complete control over them.

Using these people humanity became an interstellar civilization. Thoughts and ideas are no longer abstract as people with the God Factor can bring them into existence. The world government brings into existence "God", a manifestation of the collective faith of people, and places him in a zoo.

To mock death itself, the human race increases the biological lifespan of all humans by a trillion years, reasoning that, with unlimited resources and a universe too vast, they need as many people as possible. And that's where everything starts going wrong.

The protagonist is a scientist who works under the guidance of the scientist who was a part of the team that originally created the God Factor babies. He gets involved in a riot where 50 people immolate themselves, seemingly for no reason. Similar riots spread globally and on human colonized planets. The protagonist discovers that the reality benders have been siphoning energy from other universes to provide to their own and the continuous transfer of energy has caused the membrane separating different universes to weaken which causes severe suicidal tendencies in exposed people. Over 75% of the world population dies in a week as even the GF people are affected causing them to go supernova when dying.

The protagonist rushes to try and build a "reality anchor". It had a fancy name but I can't remember it for the life of me. As the world delves into anarchy, he used "God" to power it and restore the world's reality to it's original state. Then he discovers that he is in the lab which his mentor used to work in while they were working on isolating the God Factor gene. The book ends with him in a dilemma of whether to destroy the project once and for all or let it proceed and try to influence events in the future.

It's an amazing book and much deeper than I outlined here. It's very long and very thrilling.

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    “Then he discovers that he is in the lab which his mentor while they were working on isolating the god factor gene” I think there is a bit missing from the middle of that sentence. And how do you mean that he discovers that he is in a lab he presumably used to work in? Was this hidden from him in some way? And is the idea that reality has been restabilized but questioning if it should go on, or that the restabilization is possible but should it be? Sorry, just trying to get some clarifications. – Broklynite Jan 18 at 10:27
  • @Broklynite His mentor used to work in a different lab and it's there they discovered the God Factor. I think the author mentioned that it's since being converted into an museum. – Neo Darwin Jan 18 at 11:48
  • It seems this should be an easy find with such easily Googlable terms as the god factor, but I have to confess I've drawn a complete blank. How confident are you that you've remembered the phrase correctly? – John Rennie Jan 18 at 17:25
  • Very confident. I read it only 3 years ago and have searched for it myself for the past week. Only upon failing did I decide to ask here @John Rennie . – Neo Darwin Jan 18 at 18:03
  • It is not this book – Stormblessed Jan 19 at 5:21

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