Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Drawing from Homer's Iliad, Shakespeare's Tempest and the work of several 19th-century poets, Simmons achieves another triumph in this majestic, if convoluted, sequel to his much-praised Ilium (2003). Posthumans masquerading as the Greek gods and living on Mars travel back and forth through time and alternate universes to interfere in the real Trojan War, employing a resurrected late 20th-century classics professor, Thomas Hockenberry, as their tool. Meanwhile, the last remaining old-style human beings on a far-future Earth must struggle for survival against a variety of hostile forces. Superhuman entities with names like Prospero, Caliban and Ariel lay complex plots, using human beings as game pieces. From the outer solar system, an advanced race of semiorganic Artificial Intelligences, called moravecs, observe Earth and Mars in consternation, trying to make sense of the situation, hoping to shift the balance of power before out-of-control quantum forces destroy everything. 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. Agent, Richard Curtis. 7-city author tour. (June 28)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Simmons's scope is truly staggering, his inventiveness continues to impress, and the narrative offers something for everyone." Kirkus Reviews
"Magnificently original." Denver Post
"Only Simmons could mix together Homer, Shakespeare, and Proust with black holes, Turing machines, little green men, and big honking robots to come up with a tale of high adventure that's also an engrossing meditation on humanity's past and future." Joe Haldeman, author of The Forever War
"An exceptional creation, this volume belongs in all libraries." Library Journal
"Simmons immerses this epic of struggle, defeat and triumph in layers of authentic emotion that, without warning, can leave one deeply touched." BookReporter.com
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).
About the Author
Dan Simmons is the Hugo Award-winning author of Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion, and their sequels, Endymion and The Rise of Endymion. He has written the critically acclaimed suspense novels Darwin's Blade and The Crook Factory, as well as other highly respected works, including Summer of Night and its sequel A Winter Haunting, Song of Kali, Carrion Comfort, and Worlds Enough and Time. Simmons makes his home in Colorado.