Sing, O Muse, of the rage of Achilles, of Peleus’ son, murderous, man-killer, fated to die, sing of the rage that cost the Achaeans so many good men and sent so many vital, hearty souls down to the dreary House of Death. And while you’re at it, O Muse, sing of the rage of the gods themselves, so petulant and so powerful here on their new Olympos, and of the rage of the post-humans, dead and gone though they might be, and of the rage of those few true humans left, self-absorbed and useless though they may have become. While you are singing, O Muse, sing also of the rage of those thoughtful, sentient, serious but not so-close-to-human beings out there dreaming under the ice of Europa, dying in the sulfur-ash of Io, and being born in the cold folds of Ganymede.

Oh, and sing of me, O Muse, poor born-again-against-his-will Hockenberry—poor dead Thomas Hockenberry, Ph.D., Hockenbush to his friends, to friends long since turned to dust on a world long since left behind. Sing of my rage, yes, of myrage, O Muse, small and insignificant though that rage may be when measured against the anger of the immortal gods, or when compared to the wrath of the god-killer, Achilles.

On second thought, O Muse, sing of nothing to me. I know you. I have been bound and servant to you. O, Muse, you incomparable bitch. And I do not trust you, O Muse. Not one little bit.

Dan Simmons. Ilium.

Ilustración de Juan Giménez.



Two books by Dan Simmons

I am an avid reader of hard Science Fiction as well as Classical Literature. If you, yourself, fall into this avocation…well I must recommend reading these two books by Dan Simmons.

An exquisite blend of hard science fiction blended with healthy doses of The Illiad, The Odyssey, Shakespeare, Proust and Nabakov…rendered in deep detail and rolling , page turning style, I consider these two books Modern Classics. Check out some reviews, buy em, read em…and thank me later. His other works aren’t too shabby either.


7 May 2013
Alex Metric and Mark Yardley // Ilium