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)
I generally prefer SciFi over fantasy. This leans toward the fantasy side, but it held my interest. The narration was excellent. This book stops rather than ends, so be prepared to get the next book if you like this one.
Hyperion is that rarest of SF novels -- one that combines believable character you care about with galaxy spanning elements of science fiction. Everything in this book was pitch perfect, including the excellent narration. I highly recommend this Simmons' offering and its sequel.
This is the first in a series of three novels, and one of the finest science fiction books ever written. The story is unique, and unlike most science fiction books, the characters, both human and mechanical, are deep and multidimensional. The Shrike may well be the most interesting of all the characters. Why does this creature exist? Is the Shrike evil or a savior of humanity? Hyperion explores some fundamental issues of the human condition from a unique perspective that spans the full evolution of humans. Not to be missed by any fan of hard science fiction.
I very much enjoyed this novel, though it was a bit of a slow start. I think that most space opera fans will basically enjoy this novel. I liked the readers with the notable exception of Allyson Johnson. She wasn't technically bad, but poorly cast for the character of Brawne Lamia.
If you are looking for a stand alone book do not get this one. This is meant as a beginning and has to go with Fall of Hyperion to make complete sense so don't complain about the ending when it really isn't the ending. (the last two books are only related and not required as the first 2 books are, but are enjoyable and finish up the story nicely). To all the people complaining about the short stories, you have to know what has happened to fully understand what is happening (which you won't really find out until book 2). I actually liked that we get to know the characters in depth before all the crazy happens. If you want spoonfed science fiction with no thinking required don't get this book. If you like to think and use your imagination then the bottom line is, this is one of the best science fiction stories ever written.
WOW! I love science fiction and was surprised and delighted with Hyperion. It is unique and written in a way I think of as a work by "a writers' writer" which for me is not only a creative story that carries me away it is also elegantly written. Dan Simmons pulls elements into his story that weave surprise and intellect throughout. To me Dan Simmons wrote this book because he loves to write and create, the style reminded me what it is to seek knowledge for knowledges' sake. The characters pulled me in and kept me riveted. I listened to this twice through (back to back), very well done!
Do not be disuaded by the reviews that say to end after this book. In my opinion, all four books in the series are amazing, and none should stand alone. I actually cannot imagine having read any of them without knowing all of them. If you like Simmons style of speculative fiction, and you are a sci-fi/fantasy geek like me, you will enjoy these.
Not your typical sci-fi novel. In 100 years, kids will have to read this in American Lit class. A must listen.
This series (including Endymion) has helped to define my life. I have slowly read the series throughout the last 6 years of my life and it has changed me for the better. The series gives you a very interesting perspective on the future as well as an excellent adventure through this fictional universe. A space opera with no rival based on a poet with no rival (imo). This series has helped me delve deeper into poetry and literature in general. It has helped me to become more open minded. I was ecstatic when I found this book transferred to audio. I recently traveled across the united states and these books helped to keep me entertained. What I do not like is certain pronunciations of words such as "Hegemony" or "The Shrike" by some of the characters. Im used to pronouncing it like "shreek" but nevertheless its a great audiobook. Acting is a little dry but so is the series.
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