Back in the 60s there was a tendancy to to look to the mythology of ‘exotic’ countries like India, or Japan, as an inspiration for storylines.

And while these days we can sneer at the banality of it all, back then something like Buddhism was largely unknown in the West, and, you know, mind-blowing.

But this doesn’t mean I’m subjecting myself to several hundred pages of “ancient wisdom” masquerading as sci-fi…