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Hyperion (original 1989; edition 1990)

by Dan Simmons

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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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06/30/14 Hyperion, Dan Simmons, 1989. I did not like the first few pages of this because the style was so much simpler than Ursula LeGuin’s magic poetry. However, the seemingly trite space opera plunged into an amazingly gripping series of stories that were obviously related to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Having not read those yet, I can’t say how close the contact was. The themes of Simmons’ tales were philosophical and deep while pushing and dragging the reader along with incredible action. Simmons’ imaginary universe is chock full of every possible sci-fi gadget, technology, and concept you can remember. Just when you think it is too much, the important magical science jumps out and the others become perfectly reasonable details in the background setting. Very nice.
As I was getting prepared for the story to be wrapped up and all the threads to be tied together at “Canterbury Cathedral” it all collapsed in my hands like a black hole. It was either the worst ending ever, as if he was done with the book and had moved on to something else, OR I missed something important. But I’m a careful reader and I like subtlety and symbolism, so I am confused. I think I’ll actually go back and read the ending again just to be sure.
OK. I went back and reread the key part. I suppose we aren’t done yet. Which is good and bad. If the sequel has the same level of fantastic ideas as this book, I’ll be glad to continue.
But this cliff hanger had an ugly cliff. ( )
  drardavis | Jul 1, 2014 |
The first volume of the Hyperion Cantos is essentially [b:The Canterbury Tales|2696|The Canterbury Tales|Geoffrey Chaucer|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1261208589s/2696.jpg|986234] in space, but that in no way detracts from Simmons' work. The seven interlinking tales all connected to Hyperion, a world home to a transcendental divine killing machine, are excellent works of science fiction in the own right, and together create a believable and intricate world. ( )
  xuebi | May 30, 2014 |
Creative storytelling, amazing environments, hard sci-fi gadget and battle goodness. Continues in "Fall of Hyperion", followed by another duology that's in a different style but also quite good.
  Clevermonkey | May 29, 2014 |
Didn't finish. Too slow.
  MeriwetherR | May 19, 2014 |
I read Hyperion as a teen and it blew my mind. Hard to live up to. ( )
  ub1707 | May 5, 2014 |
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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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Pilgrims share secrets
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:38:58 -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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