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Hyperion (original 1989; edition 1990)

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Title:Hyperion
Authors:Dan Simmons
Info:Spectra (1990), Mass Market Paperback, 481 pages
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Hyperion by Dan Simmons (1989)

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A group of seven individuals are recruited to embark on a pilgrimage. Each of the seven, a priest, poet, soldier, captain, detective, consul and scholar have a story to tell. All stories relate back to their interactions, direct and indirect, with a creature called the Shrike on the planet of Hyperion. Simmons does an okay job at making each storyteller's voice unique but I feel that was the weakest element to Hyperion. In an attempt to make each voice different some characters are exaggerated and come across as dramatic caricatures while others blend ho hum into the woodwork.
The plot itself is convincing. Each pilgrim has something to accomplish on this journey to Hyperion and this first book is the foundation for subsequent sequels. The hook is, if you want to know more, you need to keep reading.
As an aside, even sci-fi stories have to have some element of familiarity and/or reality so that it's relate-able to readers. Simmons includes warring New Order Shi-ites and Suni shopkeepers along with some Hegemony infidels. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jan 17, 2017 |

(read originally in 1993).

The details of the technology or the scientific credibility in a SF Book are not the main flaw for SF writing.

I am a computer scientist and I read the Hyperion Saga long ago, but the more persistent elements that these books left in my memory are not related to the quality of the scientific background:

1 - The sole idea of the cruciform organism and its curse of endless life was already very attractive, but it failed miserably.

2 - The shrike has a very weird turn-around, becoming a protector although it was originally a baroque-awesome-evil killing machine. Deus-ex-machina...

3 - Similarly the fate of the characters in this book was a bit wasted by the irruption of Aenea as a kind of saviour. Another Deus-ex-machina...

4 - Another thing that spoiled the series for me: The incredible flaws in logic. The 4-book-series is drowned in incredibly idiotic characters that just keep going, failing to prepare even when they have years to do so, they never learn, most of the time, they are just dragged along by events. Whenever it suits the author, the characters are smart and cunning. And when it’s too bothersome, they are as dumb as a lamp-post. We also have computers abusing the mental power of all of mankind but too moronic to get rid of a little paranoia?

The book has a few good ideas, but it stops there. The technology is based more on magic than science. In a few odd places, the author starts to develop an advanced civilization but it only scratches the surface.

Getting the basic science right is nowhere near the point, but it helps when the writer gets it right...

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  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
The Hegemony of Man, the TechnoCore[AI's] and the Ousters[humans who fled into space to escape the Hegemony] all collide on the world of Hyperion. A world where Time Tombs are in an entropic field which seems to be moving backwards. 7 travelers come together to seek the Shrike, mystical/mythical Lord of Pain, thinking that one of them will be granted their wish and the other 6 taken in sacrifice. This book concentrates on their backstories and what brought them to Hyperion. Excellent writing. The only things I had against it was the profanity used, frequently, by one character and a couple of instances of semi-graphic sexuality. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
One of the best science fiction novels ever. ( )
1 vote thEditors | Oct 11, 2016 |
I know it's a classic but I just couldn't get into iy - gave up after 100 pages. It just seemed so dated and turgid, like a cross between the most verbose of Dickens output and a cheesy Hammer House of Horror script. ( )
  SChant | Sep 8, 2016 |
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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)
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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.

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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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