|Author: Dan Simmons|
|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).|
From the Publisher:
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.
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.
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.
"[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." - Nick Gevers June 2005 Kirkus Reviews
"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. 05/15/2005 Publishers Weekly
"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) 05/30/2005