Mr g

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Mr g
First US edition, Mr g.jpg
First edition cover (US)
AuthorAlan Lightman
Cover artistRodrigo Corral Design
CountryUnited States
PublisherPantheon Books
Publication date
January 24, 2012

Mr g is a 2012 novel by Alan Lightman. The book was released on January 24, 2012 by Pantheon Books and the book is narrated by Mr g as he describes the process of creation.[1][2]


Mr g features a fictional depiction of God as he forms Creation and tries to deal with his Aunt Penelope and Uncle Deva, who live in the Void. The book depicts God ("Mr g") as a being that is omnipotent but not omniscient, as the universe is created through "trial and error". Mr g is further bothered by his rival Belhor, who constantly challenges him to explain everything and to exempt humanity from rational laws.


The book features several themes, predominantly the concept of God as a powerful entity that is not all-knowing despite being capable of Creation.[3] Lightman was inspired to write the book due to an interest in "the meeting ground of science, theology, and philosophy, especially the ethical questions at the border of science and theology".[4]


Critical reception for Mr g has been mixed,[5][6] with the Toronto's The Star giving an ambivalent review for the book.[7] Detractors of Mr g have cited that the book is overly light for its subject matter and lacked coherency,[8] while critics that praised the novel cited it as "witty" and "imaginative".[9][10]


  1. ^ Doherty, Mike (Feb 27, 2012). "Alan Lightman looks at creation from God's point of view". National Post. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  2. ^ Grassi, Laurie. "Q&A with Mr g's Alan Lightman". Chatelaine. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  3. ^ Quill, Gregg (12 February 2012). "Reviewing Mr g: Physicist-turned-novelist Alan Lightman meets God at the intersection of science and religion". Toronto: The Star. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  4. ^ Glor, Jeff. ""Mr g," by Alan Lightman". CBS News. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  5. ^ Stuart, Jan (27 January 2012). "Fiction Chronicle". New York Times. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  6. ^ Duhr, David (3 February 2012). "Book review: Mr g, by Alan Lightman". Dallas News. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  7. ^ Basilières, Michel (January 28, 2012). "Review: Mr g by Alan Lightman". The Star. Toronto. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Review: Mr g". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  9. ^ Peschel, Joseph. "'Mr G' by Alan Lightman". Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Review: Mr g". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 29 September 2012.

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