Hyperion - Dan Simmons


By Dan Simmons

  • Release Date: 1989-05-26
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 626 Ratings


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

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the reach of galactic law, waits a 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.

Praise for Dan Simmons and Hyperion

“Dan Simmons has brilliantly conceptualized a future 700 years distant. In sheer scope and complexity it matches, and perhaps even surpasses, those of Isaac Asimov and James Blish.”The Washington Post Book World 

“An unfailingly inventive narrative . . . generously conceived and stylistically sure-handed.”The New York Times Book Review

“Simmons’s own genius transforms space opera into a new kind of poetry.”The Denver Post

“An essential part of any science fiction collection.”Booklist

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  • One of the best novels of any genre of all time.

    By dOoMeD G
    I adore this book and recommend it for all.
  • The start of a life-changing epic

    By Iceberg01
    Learn to take the first step... Read this book
  • Excellent

    By Am book reader
    Some of the pilgrims tales drag and need to be reread several times to comprehend however an excellent read and very exciting.
  • Waste of time

    By interestedObserver
    While it's obvious a great deal of thought went into creating the universe this book is set in, that to me is table stakes. Great fiction requires a compelling plot and characters on top of a thoroughly vetted stage, and equally great storytelling to weave it all together. The storytelling here is lazy. Separate, unrelated subplots are exposed, and you plod through them just to get to the resolution. But guess what? There is no resolution, no explanation. Nothing. The story ends just *before* the climax. A huge waste of time.
  • Quite smart

    By @Eusonofa
    Simmons is obviously quite intellectual, I felt like I learned so much "reality" that beyond my knowledge base...that the writing often transitioned into fiction without my notice. Is it possible to not just adore that snuggly little Shrike....hugs. Just bought the next book of the cantos. Only negative us authors name misspelled in "about the author" and that's worse than they treated Silenus. Boo digital editor!!
  • Best Sci Fi Literature

    By PurpleCopter
    An amazing and well written series. Note that there are four books in this series. It has everything - read it
  • Least interesting ending

    By TylerFu
    After you invest 500 pages of densely written prose... Spoiler Alert... You are left quite dissatisfied. As interesting and well written as the book is will equal how much you will be let down with the lack of meaning or closure.
  • One book for the price of two...

    By TheOGSimian
    I really enjoyed it, but it feels incomplete...as though it was artificially into two books to sell a sequel. Don't buy unless your willing to buy one book for the price of two.
  • Great series

    By butcherknifethefirst
    This book is the first in a series but the series should really be just one long book. So to judge just this one book is hard to do...I have read the series and don't think about the individual books like I do with the Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan, for example. So my 5 star rating is for the whole series. It is really a great story. And the end (of the series) which is great, really caught me off guard.
  • One of the great imaginings of the future

    By Plunsford
    If you're on the fence, get through the first couple of chapters and it all opens up. Simmons view of the future is startlingly easy to imagine yet still inventive. This book focuses on the individual stories of its characters--like Canterbury Tales--within a greater overall plot to which each person plays a role (it just will take more than this first book to reveal). Someone referenced this to me as "Sci-fi for grown ups." I was cautious at the start but soon found myself plowing through the series. Great book.