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.
©1989 Dan Simmons; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1990
Locus Award, Best Novel, 1990
"Dan Simmons has the Midas touch: Every genre he writes - whether SF, horror, mystery, historical, or thriller - he turns to gold. Hyperion and The Fall Of Hyperion set a new standard for grand-scale science fiction." (Kevin J. Anderson, author of The Saga of Seven Suns)
"Dan Simmons was a star from the outset. It was the Hyperion books that made him a superstar. The man, quite simply, is what we in the trade call a writer's writer." (Mike Resnick, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author)
Each of [the pilgrim's] stories would make a superb novella on its own. (The New York Times Book Review, Gerald Jonas)
This story is absolutely epic. Dan Simmons creates an extensive universe that centers around the Planet Hyperion. It is a future where mankind has moved onto planets through the galaxy and they are all brought together by a farcaster network called the Web.
Hyperion has what seems to be an anomaly called the time tombs. Time does not flow normally in these tombs and a creature resides there named the Shrike. It is a metal monster who is basically made of scalpels and moves in time at whatever speed it likes.
The characters in the story are the best part. I love the names that Simmons creates Fedmon Casade, Martin Silenas, Braun Lamia.
The performance is also great. Best stuff I've head since Stefan Rudnicki.
I adored this book, and the next book in the series, The Fall of Hyperion, is also a must.
Every character is deeply compelling and the plot is rich with mysterious interconnections, crunchy sci-fi tech, and intense human emotion.
This book, together with The Fall of Hyperion, are a masterpiece!
(Just fyi, this book provides the backstory for each of the characters. Fall of Hyperion delves into their subsequent adventure.)
The ending was disappointing.
It was a kind of trite.
Look for more SF.
The nod to Canterbury Tales was clever and several of them really fun. Overall it was OK, but I was disappointed by the ending.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Good premise and good format. But drags quite a bit. Much of the sex and language didn't forward the story. Terrible ending.
Maybe the editor should have cut 100 pages or so.
A great beginning to the series. Simmons style of character development with exciting subplots gives individual stories while weaving the storyline of the novel. Great narration with goodcharacter differentiation. Transitions well to the next book in the series. Exciting read.
I have will continue listening to this series. The previous comments are true, this book has spoiled me and all other books will always fall short in so many ways.
It has been some time since I've read a classic science-fiction novel, so when I stumbled upon this book it was almost as if I was thrown back to my younger years when I was reading Isaac Asimovs amazing sci-fi novels. After years of reading cyber-punk and fantasy it feels refreshing to be back in space and read about space battles, space portals and familiar solar systems. It is almost like playing Frontier again.
The frame story is simple - seven persons brought together for a journey, and within this frame each person tells their story so that the book almost turns into a collection of novels that are loosely bound together by their journey. The book is read by several people and it really increases the enjoyment of the book.
If you haven't been in space for some time, then it is a warm welcome back.
All I mean by awkward is...you have to get the back-story on some characters - and those back stories are great - but you have to cut the author a little bit of slack on how you get them - they all decide to tell their stories after dinner each night...and you'd expect that to be in 1st person, and when you're reading from a hand written journal...someone probably wouldn't have written feverish moaning..., etc. - but as I mentioned, the back stories are really good and...and the main story ends up being awesome...
This book pretty much requires book 2 to be a "complete" story, but book 2 is even better than this one - so you'll want to get that one too anyway. After book 2, you could probably stop if you wanted, as the story comes to a reasonable-enough stop... But I'm almost through book 3, and loving it. Completely hooked on this series.
I can only speak for books 1-3 so far, but they are all an excellent use of a credit.
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