Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos)
Hyperion, short for Hyperion Cantos, is a four-part Science Fiction series by Dan Simmons. It is for us the most thorough and intellectual of all the books we at BooksToRead have read in the genre. It is a true masterpiece with many different storylines, an enormous poetic imagination and tension, and sometimes the sweetest emotion. Together with the characters of the book you are going on a real journey through different planets and worlds in a highly original universe. That sense of wonder and exploration you can find in these books,we haven't experienced in any other book that way. Some of the landscapes and images in the book will remain forever in your memory. A fantastic series with a fantastic ending, we are sure we can recommend to almost any reader. In addition to being the best Science Fiction book ever, Hyperion also is literature of a very high level.
And no, you don't have to be a Keats enthusiast or have read The Canterbury Tales to enjoy this series, even if some critics might want to argue that point. For the average reader the numerous literary references might be a possible obstacle, but honestly, you don't have to recognize them all to fully appreciate this series. Other interesting and similar books of Dan Simmons are The Terror and Ilium.
On the world called Hyperion, beyond the reach of galactic law, waits a 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.
Praise for Dan Simmons and Hyperion
“Dan Simmons has brilliantly conceptualized a future 700 years distant. In sheer scope and complexity it matches, and perhaps even surpasses, those of Isaac Asimov and James Blish.”—The Washington Post Book World
“An unfailingly inventive narrative . . . generously conceived and stylistically sure-handed.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Simmons’s own genius transforms space opera into a new kind of poetry.”—The Denver Post
“An essential part of any science fiction collection.”—Booklist
Book reviewOn 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.
A stunning tour de force, this Hugo Award-winning novel is the first volume in a remarkable new science fiction epic by the author of The Hollow Man.