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Dan Simmons
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April 1 2009 Hyperion Cantos Series (Book 1)

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 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.

A stunning tour-de-force filled with transcedent awe and wonder, Hyperion is a masterwork of science fiction that resonates with excitement and invention, the first volume in a remarkable new science fiction epic by the multiple-award-winning author of The Hollow Man.


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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.

A stunning tour de force, this Hugo Award-winning novel is the first volume in a remarkable new science fiction epic by the author of The Hollow Man. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, therewaits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. Thereare those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. Inthe Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backwardthrough time, the Shrike waits for them all. On the eve of Armageddon, withthe entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage toHyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Eachcarries a desperate hope--and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate ofhumanity in his hands.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining! Nov. 5 2007
By Susan W
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This has got to be one of the best science fiction series I've ever read. The scope of this book and the sequels is amazing, it really keeps you glued to the page. Action packed, great character development, cool technical and scientific concepts, its all there. And many interesting thoughts about the role of religion etc, so it really makes you think. I really didn't want it to end, it was so enjoyable. Probably best to buy all of the books at once, as you will not to stop after reading the first one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different June 18 2014
By Gale/S
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was very different than the usual science fiction that I have read. I enjoyed it and look forward reading the next in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not the best scifi Feb. 24 2014
By Steve
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not sure why this deserved a Hugo award. The book has some excellent ideas but overall was disjointed and lacked cohesion. I had the impression Simmons was setting the stage of some grand saga rather than writing a novel that was itself complete.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New addition to my favorites list Feb. 22 2014
By Rose TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I am blown away. Dan Simmons doesn't world-build - he created a universe. Even though this is only a half story, I would still give it 6 out of 5 stars.

It is part political, part religious, and fully science fiction. It takes place hundreds of years after Earth has become uninhabitable and humans moved to the stars. There are several individual stories within this one larger story. The large story is about seven people going on a pilgrimage to the Shrike temples. Each of the seven has a story as to how they came to be on this pilgrimage, although something happens to the seventh person so we do not hear their story. The Shrike, also known as the Lord of Pain, and the temples seem to be moving backwards in time. Even by the end of this installment we do not find out why, but I am fascinated by it.

To be honest, there were several things that piqued my fascination and imagination throughout the story but enough was left out that you could practically call it a mystery novel. As I have no patience whatsoever, I am already reading The Fall of Hyperion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have ever read Oct. 31 2013
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Wow, just wow!!

This is truly a masterpiece of science fiction. Incredibly creative, astonishingly well written and a totally gripping and awesomely f***ed up story! This is well worth a read and belongs up there with the greats of the genre! Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all-time classic... April 20 2013
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Thanks again for the great price and service, guys. Everything was on time and in perfect order. Everything was first class! Love that series by Herbert. Now, it's complete!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a master piece July 17 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dan Simmons has written a Cantebury Tale style masterpiece. Seven people are on their way as pilgrims to the time tombs to meet a monster called the Shrike. Each pilgrim tells their story of why they are going to meet the Shrike and what they want. Some see the Shrike as a monster and others as a god.
Dans Simmons has created a richly textured world that is very detailed and believable. The characters are neither good nor bad, just various areas of gray. The book is very deep and is worth the effort to read. The book is very readable but will take some time becasue it is not a super fast read. This is the first of four series and the others should also be read. Highly recommended.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed July 9 2004
By SergeyT
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is a collection of several stories of varying quality.
Overall, I found the writing style to be too wordy. I would rather be entertained by ideas than an unusual use of words.
While I did enjoy a couple of the stories, two others left me completely indifferent - if not annoyed at having to read them.
The overall story was intriguing enough that it kept me reading to the end. A secondary benefit I was hoping for, was reading about one particularly annoying character's death. Unfortunately, the ending has let me down on both accounts. Not only did the annoying character survive, but there was also nothing even remotely resembling a conclusion.
Two stars - for the two stories I enjoyed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars How Disappointing that nothing is resolved
Hyperion by Dan Simmons was this months selection by my in person bookclub.

In a far future time on a very distant planet, seven travellers are trying to determine why... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Heather Pearson
4.0 out of 5 stars Brand new condition
This book was in perfect condition upon receipt. I am collecting Hugo award winners, and this was the only book I could not find negative feedback on. Have not yet read.
Published 19 months ago by graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Original beginning to a space opera
If you like original sci-fi and are prepared to make a commitment (dust off that trusty attention span), then Hyperion may just be the book for you. Read more
Published on June 30 2010 by Daniel Bonning
5.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review
If you are searching for epic, literary science fiction with overtones of horror, look no further. Hyperion is a complex and intelligently written novel set in the far future,... Read more
Published on April 12 2007 by A. J. Cull
2.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting ideas and passages, but overall lacking
First, be aware that Hyperion consists mostly of the tales of pilgrims on a journey like in Canterbury Tales. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Felix Sonderkammer
3.0 out of 5 stars fascinating story....
Dan Simmons has written a fascinating story, and one that leaves me hanging in such a way that I want to keep reading the series. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by Clinton D. Davis
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