Olympos (Paperback)

Author: Simmons, Dan

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The author of the Hyperion Cantos series delivers his epic companion to "Ilium"--the novel that "sets new standards for science fiction in the new century" (author Peter F. Hamilton).

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Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780380817931
SKU 202072672
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0380817934
Release Date 4/10/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 6.75H x 4.25L x 1.5T
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 At Ellison's urging, Simmons submitted a story to an unpublished writers competition.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.
Praise
"[A] supreme achievement....[T]his is...something resembling the ultimate SF novel, a convergence of most, if not all, of SF's idioms and narrative potentials into a synthesis so commanding that it might appear to put a capstone to the entire literary project that is SF, obviating any need to go further....[T]he reviewer can only doff hat to such a splendid edifice of words."
"Simmons's gift for vivid description is evident throughout....He effectively combines a serious subject, ironic perspective, strong action and believable (if not always sympathetic) characters. Ambitious, witty, moving: Simmons at his best.
"Simmons achieves another triumph....This is powerful stuff, rich in both high-tech sense of wonder and literary allusions, but Simmons is in complete control of his material as half a dozen baroque plot lines smoothly converge on a rousing and highly satisfying conclusion." (starred review)
From the Publisher
First Line Helen of Troy awakes just before dawn to the sound of air raid sirens.
Annotation Dan Simmons's extraordinarily complex, epic science fictional exploration of Homer's ILIAD, the structure and history of human literature, and the future of humanity wraps up in this sequel to ILIUM. The far-future reenactment of the Trojan War on an alternate version of Mars goes wildly off track as the Greeks and Trojans temporarily forget their differences to fight against the post-humans who have taken on the roles and powers of the Greek gods. Aiding them in their battle are the moravecs, part-organic sentient machines from Jupiter's moons. Meanwhile on Earth, the Eloi-like humans desperately scramble to resist their now dangerously violent former slaves, the voynix, and the forces of the evil alien Setebos.
Editors Note A companion to Ilium finds the briefly allied Achilles and Hector laying siege to the home of the gods, inadvertently triggering a massive conflict between humanity and such powerful beings as Setebos, Prospero, and Caliban. Reprint.
Editors Note 3 Beneath the gaze of the gods, the mighty armies of Greece and Troy met in fierce and glorious combat, scrupulously following the text set forth in Homer's timeless narrative. But that was before twenty-first-century scholar Thomas Hockenberry stirred the bloody brew, causing an enraged Achilles to join forces with his archenemy Hector and turn his murderous wrath on Zeus and the entire pantheon of divine manipulators; before the swift and terrible mechanical creatures that catered for centuries to the pitiful idle remnants of Earth's human race began massing in the millions, to exterminate rather than serve. And now all bets are off.
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Number of Pages 0891
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