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Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion (original 1989; edition 1990)

by Dan Simmons

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Authors:Dan Simmons
Info:Spectra (1990), Mass Market Paperback
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Hyperion by Dan Simmons (1989)

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I nearly abandonned this. I stuck with it but only by speedreading and skipping lots of detail. Sadly it finishes on a cliffhanger and there's no way I can bear to read the next one. So I'll have to use community reviews to find out what happened.... The ideas are great and the detail does paint a great picture of future worlds so I can see why it is necessary - but it was all too dry and dated for me. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | May 27, 2018 |
Shrug. It's half a book. ( )
  natcontrary | May 21, 2018 |
Well, this certainly raises the bar for any science fiction, or really, any fiction at all that I read from now on in. Hyperion is a collection of six science fiction stories framed around a pilgrimage to Hyperion’s mysterious Time Tombs, the land of the horrific Shrike. Each of the pilgrim’s narrative of how they came to be there and the request they have to make of the Shrike reveals, bit by bit, something about the Shrike itself and the impetus behind a fast-approaching galactic war. Where this abruptly ends. But, even without any sense of closure and a pretty hefty hook to continue with the series, the six stories alone make this an outstanding read. ( )
  wandaly | Dec 3, 2017 |
Distant future sci-fi where-in one of the many many world that is inhabited by humans contains a temple to a terrifying being called the Shrike, who is maybe possibly going to bring about the end of everything? Possibly maybe? The story follows the (last) pilgrimage to the Shrike's temple, and Canterbury Tales-like, each of the pilgrims tells their tale. Some of the tales told make up some of the best sci-fi I've read while some of them fell flat for me. I was compelled forward through the narrative by wanting to know just what the hecking frell was going on, but by the end of the book I was a little weary of the whole enterprise and ready to be done. That is partially just a function of my tendency to dislike stories told in this way (episodic fiction makes me twitch) and partially because Simmons's love of body horror wears me down pretty fast. I don't think the book, objectively, is too long. The end, in which the pilgrims head together toward their fate (whatever that may be) and in which we do not learn what the hecking frell was going on, left me pretty dissatisfied. I see why a lot of people love this book. I was intrigued and largely impressed, but ultimately I didn't love it. There are more in the series. I'm not sure I'll ever convince myself to read them. ( )
  lycomayflower | Oct 24, 2017 |
I've heard that this book is the best of the series, I've heard that its successors are better, and this one came highly recommended from a friend whose judgment i trust. So here's my take on it: the concept of travelers telling their tales is a remarkable one, and pulled off well by Dan Simmons. But the tales get bogged down in the oftentimes differing descriptions of this reality: the Hegemony, the methods and perils of space travel, and the world of Hyperion. Each story is unique, as are each of the characters: a consul, a private detective, a poet. Yet each is filled with a multitude of details that almost fit together, but not quite. Those details may have been dissimilar in part because of the need to keep the different travelers' lives and experiences within the larger Hegemony different. Which is a good literary strategy but not necessarily easily read and understood, at least the first time through.

But the storylines themselves are marvelous. A Jewish intellectual and professor whose daughter becomes an unwitting victim of the Shrike's backwards-living. How do you answer the questions of a 21-year old woman when she used to be 25? And her friends have aged? Or a poet who settles the world of Hyperion in part to help Sad King Billy with creating a world for artists and poets. But the poet sees himself as washed-up and his Muse has departed, or is it the Shrike? What about a famous general who meets a woman in the simulated Battle of Agincourt, only to find her as a later incarnation of the Shrike, and the Shrike are deadly and bent on destruction.

In some ways, the descriptions of the Shrike are similar to those described as The Terror in another Simmons book, [The Terror] about the ill-fated Franklin expedition in the 1840's. Both malevolent forces exist outside of the realm of the protagonists' understanding, and both wreck incredible destruction on humanity. ( )
  threadnsong | Oct 8, 2017 |
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Ahokas, JuhaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bevine, VictorNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Hegemony Consul sat on the balcony of his ebony spaceship and played Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-Sharp Minor on an ancient but well-maintained Steinway while great, green, saurian things surged and bellowed in the swamps below. (Prologue)
The Consul awoke with a peculiar headache, dry throat, and sense of having forgotten a thousand dreams which only periods in cryogenic fugue could bring.
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Several translations of the Hyperion series were published as multiple volumes There are no equivalent English volumes. Do not combine these with any works other than the equivalent partial volume in another language.

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Pilgrims share secrets
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553283685, Mass Market Paperback)

On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope--and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.

A stunning tour de force, this Hugo Award-winning novel is the first volume in a remarkable new science fiction epic by the author of The Hollow Man.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:37 -0400)

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On the night before Armageddon, seven people set out on a pilgrimage to Hyperion's Valley of the Time Tombs, where the creature Shrike awaits them.

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