Sci Fi

Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons

The epic, other-worldly masterpiece that got me interested in sci-fi. I randomly ended up with a copy of it at age 12, and it took my mind places I never thought it would go. After rereading it as an adult, it remains the yardstick by which I judge all other science fiction (or fiction in general, for that matter.)

Simmons' worlds, characters, and story have a unique feel unlike any I've ever encountered. Hyperion has the kind of diverse, intellectually fascination elements you'd expect from good scifi, like farcasters, androids, ancient and mysterious alien artifacts, advanced medical technologies, and distant planets with exotic environments. But he balances this with a mix of other diverse elements, such as Catholocism, the poet John Keats, and a monstrous metallic horror called the Shrike.

This was originally published as two books, Hyperion and Rating: 5 of 5

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Other books by Dan Simmons:
Category Title Author Rating Description
Sci Fi Ilium Dan Simmons
Far-future scifi blended with Greek mythology.
Sci Fi Endymion Dan Simmons
The sequel to <a href="/books/show/27">Hyperion Cantos</a>, it has a sort of tacked-on feel and lacks the incredible...
Sci Fi Rise of Endymion Dan Simmons
The finale of the Hyperion -> Endymion series.