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Hyperion Cantos: Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion Hardcover – January 1, 1996

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 936 pages
  • Publisher: GuildAmerica Books; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568651759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568651750
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Simmons was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1948, and grew up in various cities and small towns in the Midwest, including Brimfield, Illinois, which was the source of his fictional "Elm Haven" in 1991's SUMMER OF NIGHT and 2002's A WINTER HAUNTING. Dan received a B.A. in English from Wabash College in 1970, winning a national Phi Beta Kappa Award during his senior year for excellence in fiction, journalism and art.
Dan received his Masters in Education from Washington University in St. Louis in 1971. He then worked in elementary education for 18 years -- 2 years in Missouri, 2 years in Buffalo, New York -- one year as a specially trained BOCES "resource teacher" and another as a sixth-grade teacher -- and 14 years in Colorado.

His last four years in teaching were spent creating, coordinating, and teaching in APEX, an extensive gifted/talented program serving 19 elementary schools and some 15,000 potential students. During his years of teaching, he won awards from the Colorado Education Association and was a finalist for the Colorado Teacher of the Year. He also worked as a national language-arts consultant, sharing his own "Writing Well" curriculum which he had created for his own classroom. Eleven and twelve-year-old students in Simmons' regular 6th-grade class averaged junior-year in high school writing ability according to annual standardized and holistic writing assessments. Whenever someone says "writing can't be taught," Dan begs to differ and has the track record to prove it. Since becoming a full-time writer, Dan likes to visit college writing classes, has taught in New Hampshire's Odyssey writing program for adults, and is considering hosting his own Windwalker Writers' Workshop.
Dan's first published story appeared on Feb. 15, 1982, the day his daughter, Jane Kathryn, was born. He's always attributed that coincidence to "helping in keeping things in perspective when it comes to the relative importance of writing and life."
Dan has been a full-time writer since 1987 and lives along the Front Range of Colorado -- in the same town where he taught for 14 years -- with his wife, Karen. He sometimes writes at Windwalker -- their mountain property and cabin at 8,400 feet of altitude at the base of the Continental Divide, just south of Rocky Mountain National Park. An 8-ft.-tall sculpture of the Shrike -- a thorned and frightening character from the four Hyperion/Endymion novels -- was sculpted by an ex-student and friend, Clee Richeson, and the sculpture now stands guard near the isolated cabin.
Dan is one of the few novelists whose work spans the genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror, suspense, historical fiction, noir crime fiction, and mainstream literary fiction . His books are published in 27 foreign counties as well as the U.S. and Canada.
Many of Dan's books and stories have been optioned for film, including SONG OF KALI, DROOD, THE CROOK FACTORY, and others. Some, such as the four HYPERION novels and single Hyperion-universe novella "Orphans of the Helix", and CARRION COMFORT have been purchased (the Hyperion books by Warner Brothers and Graham King Films, CARRION COMFORT by European filmmaker Casta Gavras's company) and are in pre-production. Director Scott Derrickson ("The Day the Earth Stood Stood Still") has been announced as the director for the Hyperion movie and Casta Gavras's son has been put at the helm of the French production of Carrion Comfort. Current discussions for other possible options include THE TERROR. Dan's hardboiled Joe Kurtz novels are currently being looked as the basis for a possible cable TV series.
In 1995, Dan's alma mater, Wabash College, awarded him an honorary doctorate for his contributions in education and writing.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judah on January 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This volume is 929 pages, and contains a dense amount of detail. Think "War and Peace" meets "War of the Worlds" somewhere in a distant solar system when mankind has an interstellar Hegemony.

Taken by itself, volume one, Hyperion is an unfinished masterpiece, science fiction literature that mimics the format of the Canterbury Tales -- a group of pilgrims traveling to uncertain doom, each retelling their unique, individual stories. The Crucriform, Merlin's Sickness, Poetry and Sad King Billy, Keats in Cybrid, For Love Of War, and The Consul's Tale -- develop extremely strong characters (characterization, often lacking in science fiction, is overwhelmingly present). As the pilgrims reach the time tombs, the first book ends, right in the middle of everything.

The Fall of Hyperion picks up the plotline and concludes the epic. It is too long. Perhaps Simmons benefited from relaxed editing, or decided he was writing a 'future classic' and included poetic scenes with little plot relevance. Either way, the second volume takes 400+ pages for a 200 page story. Two new perspective characters are introduced (M. Gladstone and M. Severn), and 100 pages are wasted recapping events which 'just happened' in book one. Additionally Simmons included 10+ pages of poetry by Keats, in italics, for atmosphere mid-story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tyson on September 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Fabulous novel. One even the literary snob types might like, given the structure and all the Keats work.

The novel has a Canterbury Tales type feel, as a group of men and women travelling to the important planet Hyperion tell their stories.

Travel is instantaneous throughout the galaxy thanks to the TechnoCore, an AI group and their farcaster technology. People can literally have different rooms of their houses on different planets.

Hyperion is the site of the Time Tombs, an artifact travelling back in time, sent by an unknown entity.

The planet will be the site of an attack by a rogue group of far travelling humanity called the Ousters, upon the stay at homes, unflatteringly terming themselves the Hegemony.

The travelling band must also deal with The Shrike, a monstrous avatar of pain.

5 out of 5
Omnibus type edition from a book club, containing Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion.

A more convetional story structure is to be found here, as the pilgrims try and deal with an invasion, a Hegemony political leader, and an android avatar reincarnation of Keats.

They discover that the TechnoCore itself is fighting its own battles, and the spillover affects them in a very serious way.

Oh, and throw in some highly entertaining Catholic satire, to boot.

5 out of 5
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Format: Hardcover
"Hyperion" cycle is a quartet divided in two halves that shares the same universe. This book starts the first part.

Even if "Hyperion" has all the in and outs of a classical Sci-Fi novel, is much more than that.
Is the story of seven pilgrims trying to arrive to a particular shrine in a journey full of dangers, but at the same time is the life story of each one of them.

These personal recounts dig deep into essential human questions.
Religious faith and on what basis is sustained, is investigate from different stand points. One from a Catholic priest view point, in the verge of loosing his faith, the other one from a Jew intellectual confronted with God commandment to sacrifice his daughter (I found in this episode some resonance of Kierkegaard's meditations in Fear and Trembling).

Just these two stories will be reason more than enough to recommend the book, but there is a lot more, much more to enjoy.
A decadent poet tells his life and struggle to find his muse at whatever cost.
A detective's story mixed with John Keats restored to life.
All this elements skillfully mixed in a page-turner Sci-Fi adventure.

One of the best novels I ever read.

Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Lockhart on August 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Instead of buying a paperback copy of Hyperion, I bought the "Hyperion Cantos". It is a nice hardcover collection of Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion. I'm still reading through Hyperion right now (about halfway through it), and it is pretty incredible. It is such a powerful science-fiction epic that is definitely worth buying. "Hyperion Cantos" might be hard to find, but if you can get it at a good price I think you should buy it instead of having to buy the books separately. I don't really like the cover though, looks a bit cheesy.
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