Although there are echos of a similar theme in L. Ron Hubbard and Piper's Paratime stories, I'm looking for a particular book:
A group of astronauts crash onto a planet and cannot repair their ship or contact home. They're stranded. They're centuries more advanced then the humanoid population. They decide their best strategy for survival is to invent a religion that would allow them to function as priests, using their advanced technological edge to give them control of the population and the planet.
Anybody recognize this?
Thanks so much.
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