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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, 481 pages
Collections:Your library, novels
Tags:read in 2013, 1989, my neckbeard is longer than yours

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Hyperion by Dan Simmons (1989)

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Hyperion is a series of stories roughly based around the structure of the Canterbury Tales. In the frame narrative, there are seven characters who have been enlisted to embark on a pilgrimage to the backwater planet Hyperion and its mysterious Time Tombs. These pilgrims don't know one another, and in order to reveal to one another (and the reader) why they were chosen, they each tell their story of how they are connected to the planet. These stories are wildly different, both in content and in style--one is an exploration story reminiscent of Heart of Darkness, another is a cyberpunk mystery, another is the story of searching for true love on the battlefield. And while these stories could hardly be more different from one another, they are all connected in that they give the reader a glimpse into the truly strange things that have happened on Hyperion. I found it to be really fun to try to connect the dots and figure out what is really going on. The novel ended on a little bit of a sour note though--the last of the stories was certainly the weakest, and there was no ending, as the author clearly expects us to read the next book to find out what happens to our pilgrims. Despite this, Hyperion was definitely an entertaining read. ( )
  Phrim | Mar 22, 2017 |
Interesting narrative structure that was unexpectedly compelling. I definitely wanted more resolution, but I think that's an indication that the novel succeeds at building relatable characters/engaging plot. Wonder when I'll get around to the follow-up works. ( )
  sinceyouasked | Mar 17, 2017 |
I thought that in lieu... of another review.... I would list here a couple of my favorite parts, while reading it so they are still fresh. Don't read this until you are done with book, then it would be interesting to know if others loved the same parts/descriptions I did. (1) The Priest's Tale: the Tesla tree storm!!! (2) The Soldier's Tale: Fedmahn Kassad's battle for survival on the medical ship HS Merrick especially "A meter from him, a football-sized spider with wildly waving legs was trying to force itself into a crack... (3) The Scholar's Tale: the Time Tombs, time tides, Rachel working inside the Sphinx.. "...a mass of heavy blocks honeycombed with narrow corridors, some of which tightened to impossibility... none of which led anywhere but back on themselves... a maze of senseless corridors through sweating stone." ( )
  drichird | Jan 31, 2017 |
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 |
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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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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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