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The Fall of Hyperion Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 1995
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The stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion. On the world of Hyperion the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing--nothing anywhere in the universe--will ever be the same.
From Publishers Weekly
This densely plotted book concludes the futuristic tale begun in Hyperion . Earth has long since been destroyed, and humans now occupy more than 150 worlds linked by the Web, an instantaneous travel system created and operated by artificial intelligences (AIs--self-aware, highly advanced computers). These worlds are about to war with the Ousters, a branch of humanity that has disdained dependency on the AIs. At risk are the planet Hyperion, its mysterious Tombs that travel backward in time, and the Shrike, its god/avatar of pain or retribution. The narrative focuses on the government of the Web and its leader, Meina Gladstone, as observed by Joseph Severn, a cybernetic re-creation of the poet John Keats, and seven Shrike pilgrims, who may affect the war's outcome. Simmons pits good against evil, with the religions of man and those of the machines battling for supremacy. Despite his grand scale, however, he fashions intensely human individuals whom the reader will take to heart.
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This story and it's predecessor are epic. They span light years and time itself. All manner of science fiction is incorporated within it's pages - weaponry, travel by portals to distant worlds, space ships, evolution of humans, time travel both forwards and back, etc. I read that this was going to be made into a movie although I cannot imagine how that would be accomplished successfully. I don't think I would want to see it. Inevitably, parts would be cut and sequences rearranged but how it was written is how it has to be. There wasn't anything in it that was unnecessary.
For anyone who read Hyperion or are considering reading it and wonder if they should read this - you absolutely have to. This is the continuation of the same story but don't expect to come away feeling totally fulfilled. This is an amazing universe that Simmons created and I'm still left wanting more. Thankfully there is more.
the first book with a feeling of disconnection between the stories, like I did, this is the part where all is blended together. The different patches are stitched together and the whole plot is laid before your eyes in all its complexity.
The scope of the story suddenly expands and it deals now with nothing less than the surviving of the human race. Difficult decisions affecting the destinies of entire worlds have to be made by leaders on the basis of insufficient and unreliable information. War rages. What is the role of the planet Hyperion and the shrike on this grand scale drama? Who can you trust?
The story offers some very interesting and not so obvious twists at the end. It has a sense of closure, but not all the issues are resolved. Actually, I think that the main issue is merely postponed to a time deep in the future of which we are offered only glimpses.
At times the story is difficult to follow because the pilgrims are split. Then we follow one of them for a while, and when
something extremely important seems to be about to happen... we shift to another pilgrim or subplot and start accumulating tension again. This format has the advantage, though, that it adds some suspense, and I liked it.
I assume that if you are considering reading this book is because you have read the first one. Go ahead! It will answer some of the many questions you must have. In case you have not read the first part, I do not think this second part is a stand-alone book; you need the background of "Hyperion".
The world that Simmons began to create in the first novel is expanded and enriched, drawing the reader further into its intricacies, and we see the characters introduced previously in increasing depth as they continue their pilgrimage to the Shrike and the Time Tombs. You could easily to go so far as to say that this is really the second half of the story that began in "Hyperion". If you were intrigued by the first book, or even if you were only mildly interested, go ahead and take the time to read the second half of the story. You'll probably be hooked, and if not, you'll at least have the satisfaction of having read the whole story, rather than just an abruptly terminated beginning.
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As I've said before, I wish there was more books in this series. Hard to put down.Published 7 months ago by Tom
Not quite up to the excellence of Hyperion, but a good sequel.Published 19 months ago by B. Johnston
This book was in brand new conditon upon receipt. The text is a little bit small for my liking. Have not read yet.Published on Dec 3 2012 by graham
everyone on this page that has read hyperion will be buying this book regardless after the 100 foot high cliffhanger from the first novel along with all the loose threads so i dont... Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2011 by john
Galaxy-spanning human civilisation the Hegemony is in crisis, facing immanent war with the nomadic Ousters over remote planet Hyperion. Read morePublished on April 12 2007 by A. J. Cull