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Hyperion | [Dan Simmons]

Hyperion

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the 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.
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Publisher's Summary

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the 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.

©1989 Dan Simmons; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

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)

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    Robert Coventry, CT, USA 02-11-10
    Robert Coventry, CT, USA 02-11-10 Member Since 2011
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    "The Best of Hard Science Fiction"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Irving, TX, United States 01-15-10
    Robert Irving, TX, United States 01-15-10
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    "Solid space opera"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Darrelle Flagstaff, AZ, USA 01-04-10
    Darrelle Flagstaff, AZ, USA 01-04-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Beginning"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Glendale, AZ, USA 01-03-10
    Donna Glendale, AZ, USA 01-03-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Elegantly written, a writers writer"

    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!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Holden, MA, USA 12-22-09
    Stephen Holden, MA, USA 12-22-09
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    "Only the beginning...."

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Freels Nashville, TN United States 12-22-09
    Kenneth Freels Nashville, TN United States 12-22-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Wow, this is a seriously good book"

    Not your typical sci-fi novel. In 100 years, kids will have to read this in American Lit class. A must listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-20-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Sad its over"

    Just finished the whole series and have to say that I enjoyed every single book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander Kissimmee, FL, USA 11-05-09
    Alexander Kissimmee, FL, USA 11-05-09
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    "Defining"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kirk Richmond, TX, United States 10-04-09
    Kirk Richmond, TX, United States 10-04-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow! Awesome Story and Narration!"

    AWESOME! This audiobook started out slow, and even with the Awesome narration I was going to quit listening to it, BUT my friend who had read the entire series told me to stick it out. I am so GLAD that I listened to him because Hyperion turned out to be AWESOME! I just finished the 2nd book "Fall of Hyperion" and am on the 3rd book "Endymion".

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Dublin, OH, United States 09-06-09
    Bruce Dublin, OH, United States 09-06-09
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    "Try Peter Hmilton's Dreaming Void series instead"

    This is a collection of short stories which are interesting in isolation but put together seem pointless. The ending proves beyond any doubt this is actually one very long book broken up to maximize profits. The futuristic technology description is inconsistent and unbelievable.

    I am not a fan of the ensemble cast method of narrating books and this read reinforces my opinion. This would have been a much more enjoyable listen if it had been narrated by one competent professional. Allyson Johnson is simply awful. Her character is the most powerful of the lot but Ms. Johnson's rendition is so weak as to make the character into a misguided teenager.

    I've just started the sequel and will likely finish the series, but I do a lot of driving and my time in the car is free.

    If you value your time and money (I purchased this book with audible's 3 for 2 offer) buy Peter Hamilton's Dreaming Void series instead.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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