BOOKS MORE PEOPLE SHOULD READ:“HYPERION" by Dan Simmons
"On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope - and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.”
PRIEST - Father Lenar Hoyt (with Father Paul Duré) SOLDIER - Colonel Fedmahn Kassad POET - Martin Silenus SCHOLAR - Sol Weintraub DETECTIVE - Brawne Lamia CAPTAIN - Templar Het Masteen CONSUL
Doodling some of the central characters from Dan Simmon's Hyperion. Hyperion is some of the most outlandish science fiction I’ve ever read, and I have no idea where it’s going. I’m consistently impressed by the breadth and depth of Simmon’s weird vision of the future.
Most striking about it is how all the major modern religions - i.e. Catholicism, Islam, Judaism - still exist centuries from now, largely unchanged, despite how bizarre and otherworldly every other aspect of culture and technology has become. It’s a universe that supposes any religion that’s survived for over a thousand years will last for at least another thousand.
The Hegemony Consul sat on the balcony of his ebony spaceship and played Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C-sharp Minor on an ancient but well-maintained Steinway while great, green, saurian things surged and bellowed in the swamps below.
Dan Simmons, Hyperion, Prologue, p. 3
#The first sentence of this book, the very first sentence of the Hyperion Cantos, fascinates me.
#‘ebony spaceship’ surprised/confused/fascinated me when I read the sentence for the first time.
#He’s playing a 19th century composition on a piano on a spaceship. I find this lovely. It’s like when I’m watching Star Trek and the characters mention classic works of literature. It’s fun to think about which works will continue to be considered classics in the future and which works will be added to the list of classics.
I sometimes forget that Hyperion cantos series was one of the first amazing scifi book series I ever read that completely blew me away. If anyone is looking to read something and likes sci fi , I heartily recommend this series.
I think Im going to reread this in a year or so. I read it when I was 12 or something and Im interested to see how much more I can take away from it reading it 20 years later in my life.
Sol looked up as a dozen pinpoints of fierce light expanded into ripples and shock waves of plasma explosions far out in space. “I wish we had the technology to fight God on an equal basis,” he said in low tight tones. “To beard him in his den. To fight back for all of the injustices heaped on humanity. To allow him to alter his smug arrogance or be blown to hell.
I will not try to describe the beauty of life in a Swarm ‒ their zero-gravity globe cities and comet farms and thrust clusters, their micro-orbital forests and migrating rivers and the ten thousand colors and textures of life at Rendezvous Week. Suffice it to say that I believe the Ousters have done what Web humanity has not in the past millennia: evolved. While we live in our derivative cultures, pale reflections of Old Earth life, the Ousters have explored new dimensions of aesthetics and ethics and biosciences and art and all the things that must change and grow to reflect the human soul.
Barbarians, we call them, while all the while we timidly cling to our Web like Visigoths crouching in the ruins of Rome’s faded glory and proclaim ourselves civilized.