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It is the 29th century and the universe of the Human Hegemony is under threat. Invasion by the warlike Ousters looms, and the mysterious schemes of the secessionist AI TechnoCore bring chaos ever closer.
On the eve of disaster, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set fourth on a final voyage to the legendary Time Tombs on Hyperion, home to the Shrike, a lethal creature, part god and part killing machine, whose powers transcend the limits of time and space. The pilgrims have resolved to die before discovering anything less than the secrets of the universe itself.
Winner of the Hugo Award for best novel, 1990
An absolute joy to read again and again
I remember when I first read this book and was captivated by how the author brought together the threads of the different stories into a wonderful tapestry.
It stands alone as a wonderful book, but is enjoyably followed by 3 more books.
I have recommended this series to all my friends who enjoy sci fi/ fantasy. With subtleties and complexities within this book which makes it an absolute pleasure to reread; which I have done many times over the decade and a half since I first read Hyperion.
This is my all time favourite sci fi & fantasy book and cannot recommend it highly enough. Happy reading!
The structure of this book is reminiscent of many others, where a group of travellers tell their tales as they relate to the journey they are on. The device makes no reference to the group while each tale is being told and simply cuts away to that tale. It seems more like a set of short stories. Each tale does relate to the journey and purpose of the journey so you build up a picture of the situation and its ramifications for and effects on a complex range of socio-political Galaxy spanning human v. alien belief systems. The writer consequently is able to include many diverse sub-genres of SF. The device has a clear structure that enables development of an idea. As you near the end of the book more questions are being raised than answered and as pages run out that you are heading for cliff hanger. You will need to read the next cook in the series to get any sense of completion.
Heard his name on the radio, and got this book. An absolute delight; rich, cultured and vivid. I have just read the last page of the fourth in the series, and I'm ready to start this book again.