The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Series #2)

The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Series #2)

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by Dan Simmons
     
 

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In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention.  On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening.  And the secrets they contain mean that nothing--nothing anywhere in the universe--will ever be the same.

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In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention.  On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening.  And the secrets they contain mean that nothing--nothing anywhere in the universe--will ever be the same.

Editorial Reviews

NY Times Book Review
Generously conceived and stylistically sure-handed...an unfailingly inventive narative that bears comparison with such classics as Isaac Asimov's Foundation series, Frank Herbert's Dune, and Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This densely plotted book concludes the futuristic tale begun in Hyperion . Earth has long since been destroyed, and humans now occupy more than 150 worlds linked by the Web, an instantaneous travel system created and operated by artificial intelligences (AIs--self-aware, highly advanced computers). These worlds are about to war with the Ousters, a branch of humanity that has disdained dependency on the AIs. At risk are the planet Hyperion, its mysterious Tombs that travel backward in time, and the Shrike, its god/avatar of pain or retribution. The narrative focuses on the government of the Web and its leader, Meina Gladstone, as observed by Joseph Severn, a cybernetic re-creation of the poet John Keats, and seven Shrike pilgrims, who may affect the war's outcome. Simmons pits good against evil, with the religions of man and those of the machines battling for supremacy. Despite his grand scale, however, he fashions intensely human individuals whom the reader will take to heart. ( Mar. )
Library Journal
While the worlds of the Hegemony fight a deperate war in space against the Ouster rebels who threaten galactic unity, a group of seven pilgrims on the planet Hyperion wage their own war within the Tombs of Time, a mysterious artifact which conceals a hideous creature whose freedom means death for humanity. In this sequel to Hyperion , Simmons weaves together many strands of a complex plot with lucidity and poetic imagination. Recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553288209
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1995
Series:
Hyperion Series, #2
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
517
Sales rank:
88,518
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

DAN SIMMONS is a recipient of numerous major international awards, including the Hugo Award, World Fantasy Award, Bram Stoker Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. He is widely considered to be one of the premier multiple-genre fiction writers in the world. His most recent novels include the New York Times bestsellers The Terror and Drood, as well as Black Hills. He lives along the Front Range in Colorado and has never grown tired of the views.

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Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After finishing Hyperion I immediately bought the next book, Fall of the Hyperion. I expected it to be as good as Hyperion but I was wrong. It was better then it's predecessor. I couldnt put this book down until the very last of it's pages were read. If you've read Hyperion then reading this book is a given. If you havent read Hyperion then read this anyways becuase its just that good.
onalake1 More than 1 year ago
After reading Hyperion, I thought that was the best book I have ever read. I jumped right into Fall of Hyperion afterwards and not this is the best book I ever read. I know there are 2 more in the series but I'm taking a break to save them for later. The pace, action and story resolution of the characters from the first book are first rate. I read the pages faster than I should have just to get to the next page as fast as I could. There are some great ideas regarding religion and truly universal strategies to achieve a goal. I already bought the rest of the series but saving it because this will wind up being my favorite SciFi series and I don't want to rush it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series exemplifies what science fiction should be. A terrific blend of historical literature figures with cutting edge technology. Simmons' monster the Shrike is truely awe inspiring, and subtle as it is only a puppet to the true menace of the technocore. The Fall of hyperion is a necessary addition to any hardcore fans library. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Fall of Hyperion is in every way just as good as its predecessor, Hyperion. This book completes the engrossing adventure begun in Hyperion. Set in a far-future galaxy when the Earth is gone and people can walk from planet to planet by just taking a few steps, The Fall of Hyperion describes an exciting end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it war. As a sci-fi intrigue story, the plot has unpredictable twists and turns which sweep the reader off his feet into an enthralling new world, only releasing its fascinated victim at the end, when the truth is finally known.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The follow up to 'Hyperion,' this book tells us what the series is all about. The villains of the piece, which we were lead to believe were the Ousters and the Shrike in the previous volume, are not the villains at all. The true villians are the TechnoCore. And a better bunch of villains will be hard to find. The Shrike still remains vaguely threatening, but it is not as blood-curdling as it was in the previous volume. Great stuff!
acronos More than 1 year ago
It's definitely worth reading. Mr. Simmons has created an interesting universe to explore. He is a solid writer. This work explores nanotech, AI, time travel, and the building blocks of the universe. He has obviously studied world religions, as he incorporates ideas from most of them. There is an element of mystery. I'm reading the last book in the series now, and I still don't really know what the shrike is. I personally think that’s good, but it might be bad depending on your perspective. The series does a good job of drawing you in. I was torn between rating it a 4 or a 5. I think it's a solid 4.5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't ever stop
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay...i still dont get alot of what happened. I think there are some things that still need closure. Perhaps that means i need to read the Endymion series (perhaps someday but i need a break for now). But it definitely kept me entertained throughout both books. Being a lover of romance and sci fi books...this book has some of the former (although definitely romance from a male perspective) and plenty of the latter...and it mixes in the paradox of religious morality without a religious tone. It drove me to actually read some of Keates poetry...which in my definition is the outcome of a good book...to make one reflect further on what came before us, and what could come after.
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IRtheWOLF More than 1 year ago
This work is the second, and concluding, book in one of the most complicated and fascinating stories I've read. Being a voracious, and eclectic reader, Simmons stands alone in his ability to combine: the human condition, classical literature, mythology, and science into a work of fiction. I couldn't hardly sit still through the first book, "Hyperion"; tearing into book two immediately. Amazing Mind
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