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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 517 pages
  • The Fall of Hyperion
  • Dan Simmons
  • English
  • 02 April 2018
  • 0553288202

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  1. Kemper Kemper says:

    Nurse, this patient s chart is very confusing Which patient, Doctor Uh..Mr Kemper He s the one in the vegetative state Oh, that s a very sad and odd case According to the patient history, he was admitted a few weeks ago with cerebrospinal fluid leaking from his nose and ears, but it seemed like he should recover But yesterday he was brought in again, barely conscious and then he lapsed into a coma The really odd thing is that I see no signs of injury or disease That s right, Docto Nurse, this patient s chart is very confusing Which patient, Doctor Uh..Mr Kemper He s the one in the vegetative state Oh, that s a very sad and odd case According to the patient history, he was admitted a few weeks ago with cerebrospinal fluid leaking from his nose and ears, but it seemed like he should recover But yesterday he was brought in again, barely conscious and then he lapsed into a coma The really odd thing is that I see no signs of injury or disease That s right, Doctor It was a book that did this to Mr Kemper A book How is that possible From what we can figure out, the first incident occured after he read Hyperion by a writer named Dan Simmons I guess it s one of those sci fi books and apparently the story is quite elaborate Anyhow, Mr Kemper had read Simmons before and knew he likes to put a lot of big ideas in his books But this time, apparently Simmons broke into his house and managed to directly implant much of the book directly into Mr Kemper s brain via some kind of crude funnel device I find that highly unlikely, Nurse Most of us did, Doctor But Mr Kemper kept insisting that Simmons had some kind of grudge against him He even had a note he said Simmons had left that said something like Don t you ever learn If you keep reading my books, I ll end you someday Assuming that I believed this story, I guess that Kemper s current state tells us that he didn t heed the warning Apparently not, Doctor His wife said she found him having convulsions and leaking brain matter out his nose and ears again A copy of the sequel, The Fall of Hyperion was on the floor nearby I can t believe that reading a silly sci fi book could turn an healthy man into a turnip, Nurse Well, when they brought Kemper in, he was semiconscious and muttering Someone wrote it down Let see, he kept repeating words and phrases like Shrike, Time Tombs, the Core, God, uh no, two gods actually, farcasters, Ousters, religion, pope, death wand, space battles, interplanetary trees, old Earth, AI, mega sphere, data sphere, The Canterbury Tales, poetry, John Keats, Tree of Thorns, and Lord of Pain Jesus What does all that mean Someone looked it up on the web and all of that is actually in the book That poor bastard No wonder his gray matter is fried No one could absorb all that without permanent damage Yes, I d think that book should have some kind of warning sticker or something on it One thing I still don t understand, Nurse If Kemper knew that this book would probably do this to him, why did he still read it I guess he had told several people that Hyperion was just so good that he had to know how it ended, even if it killed him I think the word epic was invented to describe this book.What Simmons began in Hyperion finishes here with a story so sprawling and massive that it defies description In the far future, humanity has spread to the stars, and maintains a web of worlds via farcasters Think Stargates On the planet Hyperion, mysterious tombs have been moving backwards in time and are guarded by the deadly Shrike.Seven people were sent to Hyperion on a pilgrimage that was almost certainly a suicide mission, but the Ousters, a segment of humanity evolving differently after centuries spent in deep space, are about to invade The artificial intelligences of the Core that humanity depends on for predictions of future events and management of the farcaster system can t tell what s coming with an unknown like the Shrike and Hyperion in play.Battles rage across space and time and the virtual reality of the data sphere as varying interests with competing agendas maneuver and betray each other as the pilgrims on Hyperion struggle to survive and finally uncover the secrets of the Shrike But the real reasons behind the war and it s ultimate goal are bigger andsinister than anyone involved can imagine.I can t say enough good things about the story told in these first two Hyperion books This is sci fi at it s best with a massive story crammed with big unique ideas and believable characters you care about Any one of the pieces could have made a helluva book, but it takes a talent like Simmons to pull all of it together into one coherent story


  2. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    As the pilgrims prepare to enter the Time Tombs, the war between the Ousters and the Hegemony is just hours from breaking out Can they enter the Time Tombs quickly enough to prevent intergalactic war and the deaths of billions Here we are, the second half of the epic Dan Simmons started in Hyperion Kassad, Brawne, and the other pilgrims introduced in the previous book meet their destinies However, the bigger story is the war between the Hegemony and its enemies.During my initial read, I didn As the pilgrims prepare to enter the Time Tombs, the war between the Ousters and the Hegemony is just hours from breaking out Can they enter the Time Tombs quickly enough to prevent intergalactic war and the deaths of billions Here we are, the second half of the epic Dan Simmons started in Hyperion Kassad, Brawne, and the other pilgrims introduced in the previous book meet their destinies However, the bigger story is the war between the Hegemony and its enemies.During my initial read, I didn t like this one as much as Hyperion, probably because it lacked the Canterbury Tales like structure of the first book However, I ve softened upon the second read.Using the dreams of Joseph Severin as a linking device, the story follows the actions of Hegemony CEO Meina Gladstone trying to avert war with the Ousters and frequently cuts to action on Hyperion As the zero hour nears, the truth behind what is happening unfolds and it has wide reaching consequences.I m dancing around the actual events of the story to avoid spoilers but I can t imagine reading and enjoying Hyperion without devouring this one People throw the word epic around very lightly these days but Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion comprise an epic of galactic scope Gene Wolfe once said My definition of good literature is that which can be read by an educated reader, and reread with increased pleasure Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion definitely fall into that category The text of both books is peppered with literary references and lots of Christian symbolism, as well as thought provoking philosophical ideas There s also a pro environment message, as well as warnings of becoming too dependent on technology.I get the feeling that Dan Simmons thought it might be his last big chance to show what he could do and he pulled out all the stops, combining heady science fiction concepts with things he gleaned from being an English major in college and years of teaching I understood farthis time around but felt like there were still a lot of things I couldn t quite wrap my head around I guess I ll schedule a reread for sometime in 2025 I hadn t planned on rereading the Endymion books but a reread of those is probably happening in 2018.My second journey to the Time Tombs was evenrewarding than the first Hyperion retains its place next to The Dark Tower as one of my favorite epics of all time Five out of five stars


  3. Apatt Apatt says:

    The trouble with reading a book like The Fall of Hyperion is that whatever book I read next will likely seem like a load of ol crap In fact, in a Shrike like manner this book traveled back in time and slashed my opinion of the book I read prior to this one which now looks shabby by comparison.The first Hyperion book ends on a musical cliff hanger, The Fall of Hyperion carries on from there though the first chapter is narrated in the first person by a new cybrid protagonist Joseph Severn W The trouble with reading a book like The Fall of Hyperion is that whatever book I read next will likely seem like a load of ol crap In fact, in a Shrike like manner this book traveled back in time and slashed my opinion of the book I read prior to this one which now looks shabby by comparison.The first Hyperion book ends on a musical cliff hanger, The Fall of Hyperion carries on from there though the first chapter is narrated in the first person by a new cybrid protagonist Joseph Severn While he is not in the previous book he is derived from the same John Keats template as Johnny , the wavy hair cybrid and lover of the bad ass Brawne Lamia P.I., one of the seven pilgrims who traveled to confront The Shrike a real cutting edge guy possibly descended from Freddy Krueger The wonderful world building from the previous book is further developed in this book, we getexpositions about the Hegemony, the TechnoCore and a littleabout The Shrike, not to mention the further adventures of our favorite pilgrims The Fall of Hyperion is structurally different from its predecessor, it is entirely linear though narrated from several different points of view While I enjoy the way the first book is structured The Canterbury Tales style , where the stories are very strong on their own thisconventional structure also works well for me, it is nice and cohesive and a pleasure to follow.The Hegemony and the TechnoCore remind me of Iain M Banks Culture society and the AIs that mess about with the poor humans living in these societies The citizens of the Hegemony are similarly pampered but are not watched over with paternal fondness by the AI like in Banks books The Hegemony government is done by human politicians with an AI representative, led by the awesome Meina Gladstone who I picture as resembling actress Maggie Smith at her sternest The high technology tend to be of thehandwavium variety with FTL travel achieved by Farcaster portals, and instant Fatline FTL communication, all compliments of the TechnoCore The social ramification of this technology is very well thought out, the novel is to some extent a cautionary tale about over reliance on technology Dan Simmons prose is deservedly lauded as one of the most literary best in the scifi business, at times lyrical, often witty and evocative Most of the central characters are already well established in the first book, they are further developed here and the relationship between the pilgrims are much strong stronger Their loyalty to each other, which slowly developed in the first book, make them muchappealing, even the two that don t get along like Brawne Lamia and Martin Silenus though the mouthing off shut up running gag gets a little old after a while The back story of each of the five Pilgrims form plot strands that converge and then beautifully woven together by the epic conclusion My favorite section of the first book, the poignant story of Sol Weinthrob and his backward aging daughter is particularly well concluded I am also glad to see my favorite character Brawne Lamia get spendtime on the centre stage.I love the literary and pop culture references To be honest what I know about John Keats and poetry can be written on a postage stamp and leave enough room for the Queen s entire head, but things like The Wizard of Oz movie references aremy neck of the wood and I find them very amusing The Fall of Hyperion is an entirely satisfactory conclusion to the classic Hyperion I look forward to reading Endymion and The Rise of Endymion in the near future


  4. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    As the pilgrims seek the Shrike, the ominous thing, in the eerie Valley of the Time Tombs, avoided by the frightened inhabitants, here on the planet Hyperion, it does not appear, what to do Days pass but still the creature has remained hidden, the letdown effects them, they expected to be killed The six seekers, the dying priest Hoyt, disillusioned soldier Kassad, sad scholar Weintraub and infant daughter, Rachel, who becomes dangerously younger, daily , unstable poet Silenus, heartbroken As the pilgrims seek the Shrike, the ominous thing, in the eerie Valley of the Time Tombs, avoided by the frightened inhabitants, here on the planet Hyperion, it does not appear, what to do Days pass but still the creature has remained hidden, the letdown effects them, they expected to be killed The six seekers, the dying priest Hoyt, disillusioned soldier Kassad, sad scholar Weintraub and infant daughter, Rachel, who becomes dangerously younger, daily , unstable poet Silenus, heartbroken detective Lamia, the no name Consul, he is strangely moody, and the little known Starship Captain Masteen, who vanished on the boat, coming here, is he alive But his presence is felt, something is out there, is it Masteen or some monster, they become anxious, frustrated, their provisions get low, nerves fray, they start to argue with each other, violence becomes inevitable, their unity is gone This haunted, lonely place, in the middle of the arid desert, the sun beats down, wind storms bringing sand that cause their skin to turn raw, blind their eyes, gross dirt in their mouths, they can t breathe And the universe is about to explode into chaos, the barbarian Ousters, have invaded the alliance, CEO, Meinia Gladstone, on Tau Ceti Center its capital , the legendary head of the 150 billion citizens, of the Hegemony, in 200, dispersed worlds, believes the key to victory is these few humans War which began because of this isolated planet, both want, threatens to destroy 500 years of progress, even the existence of the race of mankind Farcasters , portals to the stars, a type of wormhole, that instantly transports people and objects, food, merchandise, warships, anything essential to the survival of civilization, to distant locations, without it, darkness But the powerful, artificial intelligence machines who control these, are becoming tired of being second to the less intelligent, arrogant, weak, unreliable, silly, corrupt people, who call themselves their masters A widespread secret conspiracy between the Shrike, Ousters, the tree loving, Templar Brotherhood, and evil machines, to eliminate the rule of the descendants, of the lost Earth Some pilgrims begin to disappear, the Shrike finally is seen, the eight mysterious Time Tombs light up, explored by the group but they find nothing inside And the battle for the great prize, Hyperion, is observed by the calm pilgrims, her cities pulverized, vulnerable residents, slaughtered, while the rapid spaceships maneuver above, in the night sky, as crew members fight for life, a light show of death, for the unfortunates ones , but strangely below, they are quite indifferent to the outcome, welcome to the 28th CenturyA cybrid, part human, and the other machine, the reincarnation of famous English poet John Keats, dreams about the outcome on crucial Hyperion, Gladstone needs him to discover the truth, what she can do to win, maybe


  5. Markus Markus says:

    Buddy read with Athena, Desinka, Gavin KaoraThe Final Days are here, priest The prophecies given to us by the Avatar centuries ago are unfolding before our eyes What you call riots are the first death throes of a society which deserves to die The Days of Atonement are upon us and the Lord of Pain soon will walk among us The shadow of war has fallen on the Web The Ousters are initiating a full scale invasion of the central planets of the Hegemony of Man Chaos rules in the corridors of po Buddy read with Athena, Desinka, Gavin KaoraThe Final Days are here, priest The prophecies given to us by the Avatar centuries ago are unfolding before our eyes What you call riots are the first death throes of a society which deserves to die The Days of Atonement are upon us and the Lord of Pain soon will walk among us The shadow of war has fallen on the Web The Ousters are initiating a full scale invasion of the central planets of the Hegemony of Man Chaos rules in the corridors of power on Tau Ceti Center Out of reach from the clashing empires, the artificial intelligences of the TechnoCore manipulate everyone and everything And on Hyperion itself, where battle rages in the skies and the streets alike, the pilgrims fight desperately for their lives in the Valley of the Time Tombs The Fall of Hyperion removes itself from the style of the masterpiece Hyperion and instead of a collection of short stories with a frame story, we get something a lotsimilar to a traditional novel The second book has only one real protagonist, a character who was also rather significant in the first Other than that, there are secondary points of view written in third person narrative through the protagonists s dreams While very different from the first, this change in style was performed flawlessly by Dan Simmons, and while I did not, and still don t, find the protagonist particularly endearing, this was not a change for the worse.The storyline was not as enthralling as that of the first book, unfortunately This is war, pure and simple And despite that, there are few actual battle scenes Most of the time, our story takes places in equal parts on Tau Ceti Center and in the Valley of the Time Tombs In the beginning, the switches between the two locations were praiseworthily interesting, but after a time, very little happened in either of the places Except for general panic.Characterisation is in my opinion not one of Dan Simmons s strengths Even in the first book, there were no truly memorable characters In a science fiction series an interesting setting can be just enough to keep the reader captivated for one book, but when you get to the sequels, you need to have strong characters who can hold the series on top And I actually felt that Simmons managed this to some extent The protagonist, while not my favourite, is an interesting character, mostly because of who he actually is The Shrike remains an enigma And while all three of the major powers Hegemony, Ousters and Core are difficult to root for, they are all incredibly to find outabout.And there is one character who stands out from among the rest Meina Gladstone, Chief Executive Officer of the Senate of the Hegemony of Man and arguably the most powerful human in the universe Gladstone was a very minor character in Hyperion, but rose to the centre of the scene here in the second book Gladstone is a sometimes ruthless political realist, but all her intentions are as noble as they get It s amazing to watch her try to save a society crumbling in the flames of war, and remain a beacon of hope for billions of Hegemony citizens.Writing a sequel to Hyperion must have been a difficult job for Dan Simmons, and it shows in the book The Fall of Hyperion is just not as good as the first book Both the beginning and the ending were up to it, but there s a rather large part in the middle where there is no plot or character development and it sor less dreadfully boring Some of the most important scenes in the book could also have been muchclimactic if they had been written better.Still, this was far from a bad book The Hyperion Cantos has still got me firmly on the hook, and I am definitely excited to unveil the rest of the mysteries of the universe Simmons has created for us His writing is extraordinary at times, and as a taste of it I ll leave you with my favourite passage from the series so far, which is very reminiscent of a certain fantasy author I ve read a lot of books by this year In the dead city, screams echoed for another minute, growing fainter and farther away Then there was a silence broken only by the doves returning to their nests, dropping into the shattered domes and towers with a soft rustle of wings.The wind came up, rattling loose Perspex panes and masonry, shifting brittle leaves across dry fountains, finding entrance through the broken panes of the dome and lifting manuscript pages in a gentle whirlwind, some pages escaping to be blown across the silent courtyards and empty walkways and collapsed aqueducts.After a while, the wind died, and then nothing moved in the City of Poets.3.5 stars


  6. Brad Brad says:

    The Fall of Hyperion is a sequel I swear It says so right there on the cover of my mass market paperback, right above the cheesy artist s rendering of Sol Weintraub presenting Rachel to a rather unimpressive Shrike But I ll tell you, it sure doesn t feel like a sequel It feelslike the first book, the main book, of a series, and it makes Hyperion feel like a prequel a superior prequel, but a prequel nonetheless And I really wish I had read The Fall of Hyperion before I read its pred The Fall of Hyperion is a sequel I swear It says so right there on the cover of my mass market paperback, right above the cheesy artist s rendering of Sol Weintraub presenting Rachel to a rather unimpressive Shrike But I ll tell you, it sure doesn t feel like a sequel It feelslike the first book, the main book, of a series, and it makes Hyperion feel like a prequel a superior prequel, but a prequel nonetheless And I really wish I had read The Fall of Hyperion before I read its predecessor I think I would have liked itI did like it, though, despite my negative tone I even loved some parts of it The political machinations of Meina Gladstone, the in fighting between the AIs Stables, Volatiles and Ultimates , the early battles of Kassad and Moneta, the conversations with Ummon, all of these elements were fascinating, and the radical excision of the Core from all human affairs and the subsequent cost of victory blew my mind In fact, this latter element may have been my favourite moment in either of the first two installments of Simmons Cantos.But these elements don t entirely mitigate my disappointment I loved the characters from the first book those who made the Pilgrimage to the Shrike had background stories so rich in detail, emotion, thrills, you name it, that their shift to banal plot devices, players present only to move the action along, disappointed me deeply.I don t think I d feel that way, though, if I d met them in The Fall of Hyperion first If Simmons had dropped me into the middle of the war between the Hegemony, the Ousters and the Core, if he d thrown me into the midst of the Time Tombs, if he d introduced me to the Shrike and the Keats persona and the Pilgrims without the baggage of what got them there I think I would have cruised through The Fall of Hyperion and loved it with fervor Then I would have hungered to go back and find out what brought the Pilgrims to Hyperion, and I would have been thrilled by a prequel that was even better than the original Sadly, there s no going back now But if you are someone who s planning to read these books for the first time I beg you to ignore the official order and start with The Fall of Hyperion I am convinced you ll getout of it if you ve got nothing to compare it to and a healthy sense of wonder and confusion about what you are reading.I m really not sure I should continue reading the Cantos, but the temptation of finally understanding the purpose of the Shrike may be too tantalizing to ignore


  7. Lyn Lyn says:

    There s a lot going on here.Dan Simmons wildly popular and successful Hyperion Cantos continues from the first Hyperion to this 1990 publication While some readers of the first book were a little miffed at that books truncated ending ahem word on the street was that Simmons delivered the plus size behemoth in one package and the publisher was the one with the bright idea to split it in half.Either way, Simmons incredibly ambitious tale of the pilgrims on Hyperion continues and his megalithi There s a lot going on here.Dan Simmons wildly popular and successful Hyperion Cantos continues from the first Hyperion to this 1990 publication While some readers of the first book were a little miffed at that books truncated ending ahem word on the street was that Simmons delivered the plus size behemoth in one package and the publisher was the one with the bright idea to split it in half.Either way, Simmons incredibly ambitious tale of the pilgrims on Hyperion continues and his megalithic world building is as impressive as in the first half.Full to bursting with classical and biblical references, this also reveals inspiration from Frank Herbert, Asimov, Clarke and maybe even Tolkien Blending elements of science fiction, fantasy and horror, this could also take a page from Bradbury The numerous allusions to John Keats work also demonstrates Simmons unique ability.The theological underpinnings and the meaning of the Shrike and his nefarious and mysterious effect on this work will inspire much discussion The Lord of Pain I m a Police fan so I sang King of Pain whenever he took the stage adds a further depth to this already multifaceted narrative.A phenomenal work of speculative fiction


  8. Conor Conor says:

    While somewhat uneven at the start this book developed into an awesome story with some of the most distinct, memorable and well developed world building I ve ever read, interesting and sympathetic characters, a strong central plot, cool literary references mostly stemming from Simmons serious man crush on John Keats and some thought provoking philosophy although Simmons loses marks for incorporating philosophy into the plot and world in an organic and interesting way rather than through a se While somewhat uneven at the start this book developed into an awesome story with some of the most distinct, memorable and well developed world building I ve ever read, interesting and sympathetic characters, a strong central plot, cool literary references mostly stemming from Simmons serious man crush on John Keats and some thought provoking philosophy although Simmons loses marks for incorporating philosophy into the plot and world in an organic and interesting way rather than through a series of forced monologues from every single character as the great Mr Erikson has shown us is the best, in fact only, way.The first 1 2 to 2 3 of the book was probably a 3 star read but towards the end the momentum built and everything came together in impressive fashion If I was an objective, professional reviewer I would probably be obligated to reflect the weak start in my rating, but the conclusion was so powerful and well done and left me with such a positive feeling about this book that I ve decided to be generous note this could also apply to pretty much every Malazan book Also since I m writing this review at 5 p.m while eating cereal, in my boxers, and in between trying to play Tears in heaven on the accoustic guitar, it s probably fair to say that the professional reviewer ship has sailed The start of this book was kind of hit and miss I felt that the pilgrims storyline lacked the focus and tension of the first book The tension of the lonely journey and the mystery of the pilgrims combined with the vastly different storylines that each further developed a unique aspect of the world and or plot were replaced by confused, anti climactic wandering around However the new plotline following M Severn was interesting, especially in how it elaborated on the conflict and politics that were hinted at in the first book The introduction of Meina Gladstone was also cool as she became the strongest and most compelling character in the series However from about 2 3 of the way through everything that was set up started to come together and made this book un putdownable it s a word because I say it s a word, come at me language police Most of the Pilgrims finally found interesting, relevant storylines after wandering around aimlessly earlier, mysteries began to be unraveled and the stakes of the political game were raised ever higher The ending was one of the best I ve ever read It wrapped up pretty much all the loose ends satisfyingly and in style and set the stage brilliantly for the next half of the series I hadn t been planning to read book 3 for a while but now I m really intrigued to see what the fallout of the events at the end of this one will be Overall this was an epic, memorable and thought provoking SFF tale, that despite it s weaknesses has left a massive impression on me I m now really interested to see how this story and world will be further developed in the second half of this series


  9. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    The sequel to Simmons classic Hyperion is every bit as engaging and mind blowing as the first book The book picks up just where Hyperion leaves off, with the pilgrims at the Time Tombs and war with the Ousters imminent We are presented with a few new characters a cybrid named Joseph Severn who is farthan he appears and the CEO of the Web Meina Gladstone Severn is capable of dreaming the dreams of the pilgrims and we follow their adventures primarily through his connection to them Th The sequel to Simmons classic Hyperion is every bit as engaging and mind blowing as the first book The book picks up just where Hyperion leaves off, with the pilgrims at the Time Tombs and war with the Ousters imminent We are presented with a few new characters a cybrid named Joseph Severn who is farthan he appears and the CEO of the Web Meina Gladstone Severn is capable of dreaming the dreams of the pilgrims and we follow their adventures primarily through his connection to them The story is exciting and a page turner I risk massive spoilers by going into any details or specifics There are lots of mind bending concepts here farcasting, the All Thing, the metasphere, the River Tethys, hawking drive and an explicit admission of this homage to Stephen Hawking all of which add a fantastic technical edge to the book Without going into spoiler territory, I thought I would talk about some of the interesting themes that are addressed in the book The organized religions here Catholicism, the Shrike Cult and the Templars are all interesting studies I suspect that Simmons is himself a Catholic due to the sympathetic treatment they receive The Templars are environmentalists another theme I will address in a minute , whereas the Shrike Cult are fanatical pessimists The default religion is a form of Zen Buddhism All of the religions take a big hit in the book I think that Simmons was trying to show how these various ways that organized religion tries to deal with a catastrophe denying it, embracing it, trying to manipulate it, and fleeing it The embracing and fleeing techniques seem to have been the ones that were best rewarded I mentioned the environmentalist bent earlier The Templars seem to accept the judgement in the book as payment for mankind s destruction of the environment in the galaxy, going so far as to calling the human presence a cancer As Simmons took lots of time describing the beauty of the worlds he invented such as Maui Covenant with its motile islands replete with dolphins and whales, he also condemns harshly the destruction wrought on them by Web tourism by extension, the destruction of various tropical paradises by mass tourism on Earth He seems to be a bit pessimistic about our ability to change preferring a reboot.The theme that is the most striking and perhaps the most visionary for this work of the early pre Facebook 90s is the Web and the Core, or TechnoCore At the heart of these two books on Hyperion is a reflection on our endorsement of technology over humanity our willingness to give away privacy for the convenience of access to data and experiences There is a massive warning here of the repercussions of this surrender Given the power that Facebook and Apple and Google and , etc has over nearly everyone on the planet, the lesson is evenrelevant now than it was in the 90s The nightmarish use of human brain power to feed the intelligence of the Core is has been addressed in dozens of sci fi The Matrix being one particularly example movies since 1990 I wonder if Simmons was at the origin of this trope or not In any case, it gives me pause when I think about my own personal investment in social media and its possible long term impact It is certainly an aspect of the book that resonates 27 years later.As for the narrative and the writing, it is just as well written as Hyperion with some great poetry citations from Yeats and Keats and my favorite character, the irascible Martin Silenas I thought that there was a moment where the text plodded a bit towards the end Keats sections , but I cannot really offer an example Another thing that struck me was how unpredictable the novel seemed, particularly in the middle In any case, it did not for me take away from the overall impression I had about this book fascinating, visionary, and entertaining, a sci fi classic I wonder if the two Endymion books are as good


  10. Clouds Clouds says:

    Christmas 2010 I realised that I had got stuck in a rut I was re reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci Fi award That s 35 books, 6 of which I d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and beca Christmas 2010 I realised that I had got stuck in a rut I was re reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci Fi award That s 35 books, 6 of which I d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a father As such these stories became imprinted on my memory as the soundtrack to the happiest period in my life so farThe Fall of Hyperionwas one of the six award winners I had read before starting my Glorious Locus Quest along with 3 other Simmons books, an Asimov and a May Occasionally another reviewer sums up your opinion so perfectly there seems little point in repeating the sentiment.I felt the same way as Kemper aboutFallMr Kemper had read Simmons before and knew he likes to put a lot of big ideas in his books But this time, apparently Simmons broke into his house and managed to directly implant much of the book directly into Mr Kemper s brain via some kind of crude funnel device His wife said she found him having convulsions and leaking brain matter out his nose and ears He had told several people that Hyperion was just so good that he had to know how it ended, even if it killed him ButFall of Hyperionis so Shrike damned good that I must, out of overwhelming respect, at least try to express my admiration and awe at this accomplishment.It s a bit of clich to describe a complex plot in terms of a circus plate spinning act but it s the most appropriate metaphor that s coming to my sleep deprived mind this morning It s the familiar slack jawed feeling of hypnotic wonder at an artist who knows exactly how long he s got left on each plate before it starts to wobble, exactly how to stabilise that wobble, and exactly how much impetus to impart to allow him to work his way around all the plates before returning again It s the skill of a juggler with all the balls in the air, but withcalm control and less frantic energy.To stretch the analogy even further, Simmons seems to work with plates of different sizes, colours, materials and shape on sticks of different heights and widths He takes a difficult job, integrating an intergalactic multidimensional time travelling space opera narrative, and makes it evendifficult by populating his universe with intelligent, diverse and contrary characters Some of his ideas articulate my deepest held ideals about far future hi tech becoming indistinguishable to us, now from magic much as modern tech would be incomprehensible to early man I already mentioned the awesomeness incarnate that is the Shrike, the Poet and the Cruciform in my review of the first book, but here I m particularly referring to the Keats cybrids, the treeships and the TechnoCore It s a book I would dearly love to re read, but it looks like I m going to have to re buy first because I leant the whole Cantos to a friend who s since moved house and taken it to the other side of the country I m looking at you, MarkFall of Hyperionwon the Locus Sci Fi award in 1991 I m flabbergasted that the Hugo that year went toThe Vor GameI ve since readThe Vor Game, and I also 5 starred that, but good as that was, this is better What s evenpeculiar, is that the Nebula that year went toTehanua mid series fantasy novel Clearly I ll need to read it to understand that decision Ah well, at least my trusty Locus Sci Fi award recognised and rewarded Sir Simmons creative genius.After this I read The Endymion Omnibus


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The Fall of Hyperion[Reading] ➸ The Fall of Hyperion By Dan Simmons – Thomashillier.co.uk In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are op In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening And the secrets they contain mean that nothing nothing anywhere in the universe will ever be the same.


About the Author: Dan Simmons

Dan Simmons grew up in various cities and small towns in the Midwest, including Brimfield, Illinois, which was the source of his fictional Elm Haven in s SUMMER OF NIGHT and s A WINTER HAUNTING Dan received a BA in English from Wabash College in , winning a national Phi Beta Kappa Award during his senior year for excellence in fiction, journalism and art Dan received his Masters in Education from Washington University in St Louis in The Fall PDF \ He then worked in elementary education for years years in Missouri, years in Buffalo, New York one year as a specially trained BOCES resource teacher and another as a sixth grade teacher and years in Colorado ABOUT DAN Biographic Sketch His last four years in teaching were spent creating, coordinating, and teaching in APEX, an extensive gifted talented program serving elementary schools and some , potential students During his years of teaching, he won awards from the Colorado Education Association and was a finalist for the Colorado Teacher of the Year He also worked as a national language arts consultant, sharing his own Writing Well curriculum which he had created for his own classroom Eleven and twelve year old students in Simmons regular th grade class averaged junior year in high school writing ability according to annual standardized and holistic writing assessments Whenever someone says writing can t be taught, Dan begs to differ and has the track record to prove it Since becoming a full time writer, Dan likes to visit college writing classes, has taught in New Hampshire s Odyssey writing program for adults, and is considering hosting his own Windwalker Writers WorkshopDan s first published story appeared on Feb , , the day his daughter, Jane Kathryn, was born He s always attributed that coincidence to helping in keeping things in perspective when it comes to the relative importance of writing and life Dan has been a full time writer since and lives along the Front Range of Colorado in the same town where he taught for years with his wife, Karen, his daughter, Jane, when she s home from Hamilton College and their Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Fergie He does much of his writing at Windwalker their mountain property and cabin at , feet of altitude at the base of the Continental Divide, just south of Rocky Mountain National Park An ft tall sculpture of the Shrike a thorned and frightening character from the four Hyperion Endymion novels was sculpted by an ex student and friend, Clee Richeson, and the sculpture now stands guard near the isolated cabin.