I am wracking my brain trying to figure out the name of this sci-fi novel and its author that I read back in the 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, as well as a non-corporeal body.

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!

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 there ever was 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.

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    I found your question on LibraryThing ^_^. You should add that part about the man becoming non-corporeal here.
    – Trish Ling
    Commented Feb 1, 2015 at 2:33
  • Could be Frank Herbert's The Godmakers. Most everything fits - though sometimes borderline - with the exception of the drilling scene. According to wikipedia this novel is based on four earlier short stories. I haven't read them, but perhaps your story is one of them?
    – user19087
    Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 5:53
  • Wow, that is pretty close. It's not it though, but I think whoever the author is I'm thinking of may have ripped Herbert off a little. Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 1:33
  • Probably not it, but I'll leave as a comment, just in case... sounds a little like "Stranger in a Strange Land " by Heinlein (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stranger_in_a_Strange_Land). There's a space accident origin story, psychic powers, "miracles", action from beyond the grave. Nothing about supernovae, nor psychic drill murders, though.
    – Gus
    Commented Oct 10, 2022 at 17:23

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The Dahak series matches about half of your description. The first book is Mutineer's Moon by David Weber. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutineers%27_Moon

... until the Earthling's early space program sends up one Lieutenant Commander Colin MacIntyre to map the dark side of the heavenly body Dahak had camouflaged itself as—the Moon, as a "dress rehearsal" for a similar trip scheduled for Mars.

His mission is hijacked by Dahak and his death is faked; had MacIntyre returned with his data, Dahak’s cover would have been blown. While aboard, Dahak (the AI, not the vessel proper) explains the situation to MacIntyre, and prevails upon him to, as a descendant of the loyalists, become Dahak’s newest captain ...


  1. Military pilot doing normal patrol/interception of bad guys, flies by the Moon, and taken into a cavernous opening in the moon
  2. He is remade by the ship's on-board AI, Dahak, so he is nearly indestructible and has many "super-human" powers
  3. Being remade nearly kills him
  4. Dahak is able to do many things based simply upon a thought by the person brought aboard.
  5. There is combat as the "mutineers" attempt to both leave and board the ship Dahak.
  6. Through the course of the series, Dahak and the human crew save Terrestrial humanity and other civilizations from a rampaging alien hoard intent on annihilating all other intelligent life.
  7. There is a Nova at the original home star of the civilization that built Dahak. The humans and Dahak trying to salvage the remains of the civilization had to work hard to salvage as much as possible.

Doesn't Match:

  1. No non-corporeal
  2. No psychic powers
  • if correct, this book was also the answer to this later question: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/95907/…
    – Otis
    Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 19:17
  • Though there was a nova (or two) in the Dahak series, it was not the nova that did in the original civilization that built Dahak.
    – nijineko
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 18:15

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