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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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This is one of those books where you go "What the hell did I just read?" once finished. Actually, this is how you feel pretty much throughout the reading. Even more bizarre, the confusion of the reader is shared by the main characters.

They are a cast of seven important, diverse individuals of a galactic empire called the Web, who undertake a joint pilgrimage to a distant colony world of Hyperion. During the voyage to the Shrike temple, each one of them tells their own story, which reveals their connection to Hyperion and the Shrike. Which is apparently this existing demigod with supernatural powers. Or does it really exist?

Each individual's character story is completely different, as are their personalities and professions. There is a poet, a politician called the Consul, a military commander, a ship captain, a private detective, a scholar and a priest. What they have in common is that each one's story is tragic. I would say most are shocking and some even bizarre. I mean, upon reading the Jewish scholar's Seth Weintraub's flashback, I was shocked to the point of having trouble falling asleep, and that is the one story where no one dies.

Really the biggest complaint that I have is that so much goes unexplained. Even though each individual's reasoning for attempting the voyage is sort of understandable once you hear their CV, the larger point of the pilgrimage is still a mystery - and not only to the reader. As are the time travelling tombs of the Shrike, not to mention the lack of any kind of resolution of it all. Sure, it's kind of cool from a mystical, philosophical perspective to leave it all open like that, but it kind of pissed me off a little. Possibly some of this is resolved in the sequel.

Also, there was a story that I found a bit boring and possibly one other I felt could have been quite a bit shorter. Still, Hyperion is ... I don't know what really, it's so different. But a deserved Hugo winner and a classic of science fiction. ( )
  matija2019 | Jan 8, 2019 |
"Words are the only bullets in truth’s bandolier. And poets are the snipers"

Buckle in for the ride, because Hyperion is like nowhere you've ever been and nothing there is quite what it seems for long. ( )
  nkmunn | Nov 17, 2018 |
A little slow to start, but it picks up quickly. Seven people are on a pilgrimage to the Time Tombs, a strange location that goes backwards through time and a mysterious being called the Shrike. Each of the seven are tied to the Shrike or the Tombs, and they tell their stories as they journey towards the tombs.

Each story feels different (the soldier's is more action oriented, the investigator is more noir, etc) giving some variety to the book as a whole. Hyperion ends on a cliffhanger, just before finding out how much all the characters' tales pull together. ( )
  Cerelin | Aug 22, 2018 |
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 |
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Dan Simmonsprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ahokas, JuhaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bevine, VictorNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ruddell, GaryCover artistsecondary 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
while flying to strange planet.
First book in series.

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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