Hyperion (Paperback)

Author: Simmons, Dan

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One of the best Sci-fi novels out there

by Jason on 10/15/2006

I am usually pretty picky with sci-fi novels, only really enjoying a few writers in the genre (Aasimov, Herbert, Bradbury, Card) being mostly a fantasy buff. I have read other works by Simmons and this guy can genre hop like no one else. From his horror to his science fiction he is top notch. Hyperion is easily one of the best books I've read in a long time. I am a sucker for great characters and Simmons creates some amazing ones in this novel. His writing style is top-notch and makes you want to keep reading. You won't find yourself trudging through this novel, the people, places, and plot(s) will keep you going. Simmons has created a very unique and interesting setting, from his technology to biology. It's all highly interesting and creative. I don't want to get too much into the story because thats why you read a book right? It follows the lives of six pilgrims traveling to a planet called Hyperion to find the Shrike which is a creature, god...you never really know. As many have stated it has a very Canterbury tales feel to it because of the six stories you will experience. Keep in mind this is the first of two novels so the story is cut short. There are a total of four novels in the Hyperion series, but the last two take place many years after the first two. Anyway, if you're looking for the next great science fiction novel this one will be well worth your time. Read More

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On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all. 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.

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Publisher Random House
Mfg Part# 9780553283686
SKU 30099433
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0553283685
Release Date 12/1/1995
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Dimensions (in Inches) 7H x 4L x 1.25T
Author Info
Dan Simmons
Following his graduation from Washington University in St. Louis in 1971, Dan Simmons moved to Colorado and taught elementary school for many years, while trying and failing to get his fiction published. In 1981 he attended a course for beginning writers taught by the writer and critic Harlan Ellison. At Ellison's urging, Simmons submitted a story to an unpublished writers competition. The story, "The River Styx Runs Upstream", won the contest and, on the same day it was published in Twilight Zone magazine--February 15, 1982--his first child was born. In 1985, his debut novel, SONG OF KALI, a grim horror novel set in the backstreets of Calcutta, won the prestigious World Fantasy Award. Since then, Simmons has racked up an impressive collection of other awards, including the Hugo Award, Locus Reader's Poll Awards, the British Fantasy & Science Fiction Award, and four Bram Stoker Awards. His masterpiece, THE HYPERION CANTOS, a massive work inspired by the works of John Keats and structurally based on Chaucer's CANTERBURY TALES, is credited in many quarters with single-handedly rescuing the sf sub-genre of "space opera" from the disrepute into which it had fallen. THE HYPERION CANTOS is a classic work of science fiction that many fans speak of in favorable comparison to works like Frank Herbert's DUNE series, and, along with its sequel ENDYMION, it is one of the most important works of science fiction written since 1970. Splitting his writing between epic science fiction and spectacularly dense, complex horror novels, Simmons is a genre-straddling author who will undoubtedly remain a powerful force in both fields, even when his work comes to be accepted outside of the constraints of genre fiction.
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Editors Note On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all. 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.
Editors Note 1 A pilgrimage to the realm of the Shrike, a part-god/part-killing machine, provides the travellers the forum to tell their incredible stories
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