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Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1990
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“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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Read this, and then the others. You won't regret it.
The priest's story about his faith and what it means to be immortal;
The soldier's story is actually a love story;
The father and daughter story is got such a twist on what it means to be a parent;
The private eye's story is actually one about A.I. and asking readers to think about what type of life form are really sentient and meaningful and deserves respect;
The story about the conquest, colonization of an indigenous world is one we're all too familiar with after Avatar, the movie;
And of course the story about the poet's life or two lives before and after the death of earth.
Although all 6 pilgrims' stories are independent, yet they all have common theme in raising the question about what does it mean to be alive and what we love about being alive, even if it means to suffer pain, to lose what we love and treasure most or even to have no physical body.