Hyperion – Book Review

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I finished reading Hyperion on the plane back home. This again is a (1989) book I had not heard of until I saw it in the Gollancz 50 series (which delivers at a low price the “best” 50 books in science-fiction and fantasy, like Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind and Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun. Its only drawback being a vivid and ugly yellow color! I don’t often read space opera sci-fi; however, this book is a masterpiece that completely deserves its inclusion in the Gollancz 50 series.

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  1. Not read Hyperion but I have tackled his two other great works, Ilium and Olympos. These are a fascinating blend of sci-fi and Homeric legend, with dashes of Shakespeare and other literary references. I read the Iliad and Odyssey at school and you probably need a passing knowledge of Homer / Ancient Greek legend (Greek gods, the Trojan War, etc.) to really get the gist of some of the main settings. But he melds those elements with some hard sci-fi bots from the outer solar system, a future Earth that has suffered great trauma but which is now in a semi-utopian state, and dead 20th century scholars resurrected to document the fall of Troy. On Mars.
    Expansive and stunning, but sometimes slightly guilty of rambling and there are a few unresolved plot lines. Both are around 700 pages and could have benefited from a bit more editing. But Ilium won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction novel in 2004, so he’s obviously doing something right 😉

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