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My father named me after a character he read in a Science Fiction novel published prior to 1955. The character's name is Seva, who is the Greek goddess of destruction within the context of that book. Unfortunately, I never thought to ask him the title of the book before he passed away. I'd really like to find it. Can anyone help me ?

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    This is a really unique question. Way to go! – Adele C Jul 20 '12 at 2:52
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    I have to ask if you are sure it was a Greek goddess, and that he got the spelling right. There's no Greek goddess Seva to my knowledge, but Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction. – Mike Scott Jul 20 '12 at 5:44
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    Note that Seva says specifically "within the context of the book," so I am not sure any arguments based on "real world mythological facts" (to coin a phrase) are relevant. – James McLeod Jul 20 '12 at 19:43
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    I take it you were a troublesome infant. – Beta Jul 26 '12 at 19:18
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I think the book could be Siva, by Walt and Leigh Richmond. Note that Amazon gives the publication date in 1955, but also that all the other sources, wikipedia included, give 1967.

In fact, as you can read here:

Walter Richmond was a scientist researching atmospheric electricity, the electric currents between the earth and the ionosphere. Richmond went to Washington in 1963 to JFKs science advisor. Their papers were placed under the official secrets act. The Richmond's were frustrated that their work was being hindered (they were told to shut up) and they turned to fiction to express their ideas.

Interestingly, the novel was renamed "Siva" a few years ago. Siva being the God of destruction whose statue can be found at CERN.

This is a picture of the statue.

  • That is the Hindu god, but it could still be on the mark if the religion was misremembered. – dlanod Aug 3 '12 at 8:12
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    I know: but it seems that the book is a sort of pastiche on advanced ancient civilizations, pyramids and so on. So it could be a possibility. You can find a review (not exactly flattering) by Peter D. Pautz by searching on google books "siva walt richmond review" – Francesco Aug 3 '12 at 8:34

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