Hyperion

481 pages

English language

Published April 17, 1990 by Bantam Books.

ISBN:
9780553283686
OCLC Number:
732646686

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4 stars (23 reviews)

Hyperion is the tale of seven people who make a pilgrimmage to a terrifying creature called the Shrike in an attempt to save mankind. Stunningly written and beautifully crafted, Simmons's Hyperion resonates with technical achievement and the excitement and wonder found only in the best SF.

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Review of 'Hyperion' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

TL;DR removing one star because it falls into some classic uncritical usage of colonialist + imperialist narrative, misogynist plot devices + characters, and ableist language + lenses. without downplaying these core issues, i still have to say this book (and its sequel) are some of the most impressive, ambitious, & compelling hard sci-fi i've ever read. more specifics:


in particular "the soldier's tale" and "the consul's tale" were both totally uncritical of their feminine muse characters-as-plot-devices, and the sex scenes felt shoehorned and pointless because of it. "the detective's tale" starts by centering a dope & hyper-competent woman character but she too is eventually shrunk into a confused & lovesick wench. the book in general also has a poorly-hidden enjoyment of militarism & military aesthetics without much of a critical eye, although I think the sequel does more in this regard. "the priest's tale" could have done without its offensive …

Review of 'Hyperion' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

a masterpiece of storytelling...

short plot description: set several hundred years in the future. Earth has been destroyed but Mankind has spread out to the stars in two different factions, the Ousters and the Hegomony. The Hegemony is planet-based, connected by a network of telepotation devices ("Farcasters") and a powerful computer network ("Datasphere") both controlled by AIs ("TechnoCore"). The Ousters live in deep space, having adapted to living in zero gravity. When the book starts both sides are on the brink of open war and the planet Hyperion seems to be the choosen battleground. Hyperion is also the home of the Time Tombs and the Shrike both which are shrouded in mystery around which has a religion has sprung up. Seven seemingly unrelated people are brought together to go on a pilgrimage on Hyperion with the hope of averting disaster. During the pilgramage we learn their stories...

my thoughts: one …

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