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The multiple-award-winning science fiction master returns to the universe that is his greatest triumph — the world of Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion — with a novel even more magnificent than its predecessors.

Dan Simmons's Hyperion was an immediate sensation on its first publication in 1989. This staggering multifaceted tale of the far future heralded the conquest of the science fiction field by a man who had already won the World Fantasy Award for his first novel (Song of Kali) and had also published one of the most well-received horror novels in the field, Carrion Comfort. Hyperion went on to win the Hugo Award as Best Novel, and it and its companion volume, The Fall of Hyperion, took their rightful places in the science fiction pantheon of new classics.

Now, six years later, Simmons returns to this richly imagined world of technological achievement, excitement, wonder, and fear. Endymion is a story about love and memory, triumph and terror — an instant candidate for the field's highest honors.

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"Best science fiction novel of 1995." Rocky Mountain News

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"[A] mastery of far-future science fiction." "New York Times Book Review

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"A magnificently original blend of themes and styles." The Denver Post

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FNORDinc, April 28, 2010 (view all comments by FNORDinc)
For anyone who has NOT read the first two books of the Hyperion “Cantos”, self referencing Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion, STOP HERE.

It’s not that i will give spoilers here, instead that you are doing yourself an injustice by continuing. Go pick up the first book and read it. This is one of those thought changing sci-fi series.

you will start thinking about its congruence with reality: start seeing the tech it describes in modern life (albeit in nearly unrecognizable forms). you will scan the news and see articles that will remind you of the story. Some people start spreading the viral thought of tattoos… thanks a lot Mongo..

For the genre, it has a lack of balance, spanning horror, sci-fi, fantasy, tech, erotica, and religious theory. This lack of balance makes it ACCESSIBLE, something nearly all sci-fi authors wish for. They want the ability to reach more than the core crowd of fan boys/girls and aficionados. Simmons does this with a silver tongue.

The remainder of this will not make sense to the n00b reader.

Endymion takes place nearly 300 years after The Fall.

The Shrike pilgrims of the first two novels are the stuff of legends, the legacy they left behind equally so. The newly formed PAX, a militaristic extension of the rekindled Catholic church, has taken up the reins of the galaxy. The Ousters are fighting for ground (or space as it were). The Farcaster network is dead, remnants of the highest pinnacle of human existence.

As with the original half of the series, this story is also told in a retrospective form. While circling a planet in a egg shaped prison cell, Endymion is logging his tale into a journal. No room for movement, any moment death could take him as his own breathing may be misconstrued as an “escape attempt” filling his 6 meter by 3 meter prison with cyanide.

Endymion, named after the Hyperion city of his ancestors, is given a list of achievements he must complete. Beginning with the nigh impossible collection of Brawn Lamia’s (as of yet unknown to us readers) daughter. Her 14 year old (yes, i did say 300 years later) daughter is referenced in The Fall by the second Keats cybrid as the “One who Teaches”. Endymion must endgame this (long and not written out here) laundry list of tasks with the saving of humanity by assisting this child, half human,the other half human with an essence of AI soul (do Artificial Intelligences have souls?).

Like anything in a Dan Simmons book is ever that easy :)

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553572940
Author:
Simmons, Dan
Publisher:
Spectra Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction - Space Opera
Subject:
Imaginary places
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Space Opera
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Hyperion Cantos
Publication Date:
19961131
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
7.06x4.16x1.31 in. .63 lbs.

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