The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #2)
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The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #2)

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On the world called Hyperion the mysterious Time Tombs are opening and seven pilgrims risk their lives to petition the entity called the Shrike - a creature that may well control the fate of all mankind.
Paperback, 535 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Gollancz (first published 1990)
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"Nurse, this patient’s chart is very confusing.”

“Which patient, Doctor?”

“Uh..Mr. Kemper. He’s the one in the vegetative state.”

“Oh, that’s a very sad and odd case.”

“According to the patient history, he was admitted a few weeks ago with cerebrospinal fluid leaking from his nose and ears, but it seemed like he should recover. But yesterday he was brought in again, barely conscious and then he lapsed into a coma. The really odd thing is that I see no signs of injury or disease.”

“That’s right, Docto...more
The Fall of Hyperion is a sequel. I swear. It says so right there on the cover of my mass market paperback, right above the cheesy artist’s rendering of Sol Weintraub presenting Rachel to a rather unimpressive Shrike.

But I’ll tell you, it sure doesn’t feel like a sequel. It feels more like the first book, the main book, of a series, and it makes Hyperion feel like a prequel -- a superior prequel, but a prequel nonetheless. And I really wish I had read The Fall of Hyperion before I read its pred...more

Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.

On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’s 35 books, 6 of which I’d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.

While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became
The narrator, Victor Bevine, is one of my favorites. He narrates all the other audio versions of the Hyperion Cantos, including the first, dramatized version of Hyperion itself. I gave five stars to the underlying written work. I only subtract a star for this audiobook because Mr. Bevine isn't quite up to the task of doing all the characters--particularly all the Shrike Pilgrims--by himself. Still, this audiobook is a great way to re-read Fall of Hyperion.

Merged review:

Having read Hyperion and F...more
The trouble with reading a book like The Fall of Hyperion is that whatever book I read next will likely seem like a load of ol' crap. In fact, in a Shrike-like manner this book traveled back in time and slashed my opinion of the book I read prior to this one which now looks shabby by comparison.

The first Hyperion book ends on a (musical) cliff hanger, The Fall of Hyperion carries on from there though the first chapter is narrated in the first person by a "new" cybrid protagonist Joseph Severn. W...more
Jonathan Cullen
Jan 29, 2011 Jonathan Cullen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: you have to have read Hyperion fool
There are few words that strike more fear in the hearts of Über-Intellectuals (as defined in my review of The Da Vinci Code, of all places) than the word “sequel”. Adored by Hollywood producers and publishing moguls alike for its low-risk, high profit profile, this extension of plot and character guarantees your presence for at least another act. Uber-Intellectuals, however, shun The Sequel for those same reasons; often rightfully so. If you can tell a story in one book, don’t tell it in two.

Nutshell: how-to manual that recommends radical luddite social restructuring in order to defeat slave uprising.

Abandons chaucerian structure of first installment and instead alternates between first-person and third person bits. Opening places narration at center of setting (barf) by popping first person narrator adjacent to president. This centralizing of narration is raised to an affirmative law of science fiction here, via repeated quotation of Yeats, and through the proclamation that “right...more
6.0 stars. On my list of All Time Favorites. Viewed as one novel, the Hyperion Cantos (including Hyperion, this novel and the two subsequent novels) comprise, in my opinion, one of the GREATEST works of Science Fiction EVER WRITTEN. Space Opera on a epic scale. Detailed, original and incredibly imaginative world building and a dense, mind-blowing plot. Oh yeah, and it has one of the coolest characters/creatures ever devised...THE SHRIKE!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Winner: British Science Fiction Award f...more
Maggie K
Wow. So different from the first book, but every bit as great, maybe even greater.

The time tombs are opening, and the universe will never be the same. Our Pilgrims, each with their own agenda, are standing between the destruction of humanity or its rebirth.

Can the CEO save the world? Is the info she's acting on correct? Are John Keats dreams enough? Do the Shrike really want a now newborn baby Rachel? How is the Catholic Church involved? Are the Ousters our enemy or our friend? Are the AI's real...more
Sep 02, 2007 Andy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy-sci-fi readers into 19th century poetry.
A friend gave me these books (the Hyperion/Endymion series) about six years ago. They're more 'fantasy' science fiction - other worlds, alien races, etc - than 'hard' science fiction (by that I mean, could happen here and now) so I found them interesting, but you've got to like this style of material to get thru it. This book could have told it's story in half the space and still have been just as compelling - if not more so. If you want to ponder the philosophical meanings of existence, these a...more
Davor Petričević
Spoiler-free recenzija:

Prva knjiga je odlična uvertira u svemir Dana Simmonsa, ima sporiji tempo i služi za postavljanje određenih bazičnih stvari poput definiranja misterija i tehnologije, detaljnog i opširnog uvođenja likova i slično. Sve te priče imaju svoju svrhu i sve misterije koje prva knjiga donijela u ovoj dobivaju zadovoljavajući kraj, a opet ostavljeno je sasvim dovoljno prostora za nove nastavke. Doduše, neke stvari su objašnjenja načelno i vjerujem da ć...more
Evan Leach
Hyperion is a modern sci-fi classic, and the sequel does it full justice. The action picks up right where the first book left off, with the pilgrims entering the time tombs as they search for the enigmatic Shrike. Unlike book one, which borrowed its structure from The Canterbury Tales, the plot unfolds more or less linearly as the pilgrims’ quest comes to a resolution and the galactic conflict between the Hegemony, the Ousters, and the AI Core heats up.

I don’t think these first two Hyperion boo...more
After enjoying Hyperion more then I thought I would because it turned out to be a book you can think about a little as well as just enjoy for the story, this was a let down. The whole Canterbury Tales deal was jettisoned, and it was mostly running around and space battles and Keats (yeah, I'm not sure why Keats either... I can't even think of a reason that there would be an organic shift from Chaucer to Keats). So basically what you got was your average space opera mixed in with some literary al...more
The Hyperion Cantos is my favorite series of all time. Dan Simmons writes the most amazing story with the most amazing characters. Complex, but so readable and so chalk full of mind blowing concepts. Plus, the Shrike is awesome. I can not say enough good things about this series. If you haven't read it, do so.
Hyperion pretty much ended in a cliffhanger. The Fall of Hyperion picks up where part one left off, and for once, I found the second volume to be better than the first. Simmons doesn't let each character take over an entire section of the book this time, but divides chapters among many different characters, shifting from Hyperion to the homeworlds of the Hegemony and giving us both the big picture of the war against the Ousters (and eventually, the hostile AIs of the TechnoCore) and a resolution...more
Ben Babcock
My relationship with Dan Simmons has been ambivalent. We've had bad times and even worse times. We've also had some good times, namely with Hyperion. So I went into The Fall of Hyperion feeling pretty good, and if anything my opinion of this series has only improved. Any ill will I bore Simmons for the books I didn't like has dissipated thanks to his masterful presentation of this epic science-fiction series. The Hyperion Cantos hits an impressive number of tropes that appeal to me in my science...more
Jan 15, 2008 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who've read "Hyperion".
Shelves: sciencefiction
I liked "The Fall of Hyperion". It is an excellent book! Literate Science Fiction at its best. If I could give it 4 1/2 stars, I would. It's not as great as "Hyperion", I loved the structure of that book a lot more, but it is very much a worthy successor to "Hyperion". It's definitely not a standalone book. You have to have read "Hyperion" in order to "get" what's going on.

This book begins where the previous book ended, with the pilgrims entering the Time Tombs. The action switches between t...more
DNF. I had to force myself to try to read this, in the same vein I forced myself to finish Ice Station Zebra. For a Hugo winning novel, a have to ask why?

Characterization: Its been 4 years since I read the original, which sets up the 7 characters whose stories conclude in this novel. Perhaps its the long interlude, but I simply did not care what happens to each of them. And it doesn't help that many of them become incapacitated or go missing early in the novel. For that matter one of the main v...more
There are some novels which you will take with you wherever you go; they set the bar so high that deep down you know you may never come across something that will be that great again and you know you can never read it again for the first time. These books have characters that are so realized that you feel like you have always known them and that you actually care what happens to them.

I really can't write the review I want without spoiling anything, so I am just going to say that I was there with...more
11/9/04 - 5/10

Series: 12/8/04 - 6/10
The Hyperion Cantos started off very promising. The first book is like a sci-fi version of The Canterbury Tales, with detailed personal looks at each individual character, each with different tones. Some of the stories were better than others, but all were good - the Sol Weintraub / Rachel story in particular was very haunting. The story is a creative look at 700 years in the future with very detailed worlds and cultures, mostly touched on in passing in the ch...more
David Sven
Excellent sequel to the first book. If you stopped at the first book you are missing the pay off after pay off after so many questions and mysteries are raised in the first book. Both books really read as a seamless single story - but this is definitely the better half.

At what point does technology become so advanced it stops being a mere tool of expediency and turns into a prison for the human mind? And what if that technology becomes self aware and independent of its human creators and then de...more
"In order for mankind to change, we must abandon the story we have told ourselves for so long, of war and hate and domination. We must embrace a life of awareness, abandon our material gloating, treat each other as if each person was ourselves, with the highest respect, love and empathy.

Who will be the first to step across this void? There have been perhaps a few, joined with God. God is love. And "love" is the cohesion, the glue that binds this universe together, the space between atoms, the un...more
Overall, it was a satisfying read. Simmons tied up most of the major loose ends, tied together elements of the first book beautifully, and left this reader with a satisfying ending and anticipation for the next two books. Not that I'm in a hurry to get to them. I found this particular volume to be a bit sloppier than its predecessor, and I spent much of my reading time shaking my head in confusion. It was a good confused, but I'll tell you what, the Lost mythology has NOTHING on this one. Sheesh...more
Jared Millet
Dan Simmons certainly thinks big, and this book is a prime example of everything-and-the-kitchen-sink scifi that could have gone horribly wrong but somehow holds together. It's got two dozen major characters, up to eight or so parallel plotlines, space battles, time paradoxes, galactic teleportation networks, civil wars between A.I.s, an invasion from space, nuclear holocausts, the machinations of not one but two Gods from the far future, and possibly the coolest and most iconic implacable killi...more
John Eich
I was much more taken with this book than its predecessor, and start of the series. The tales of the main characters were compelling in their attraction, amazingly pulling the reader into rooting for each person, despite often negative first impressions. The plot foundations were laid, but apart from rich characters, the book felt like an assembly of parts, waiting to be activated into a working machine.

This book was the activation. The plot kicked into gear with these compelling characters, oft...more
Dan Simmons is technically one of the best Sci-Fi writers I have ever had the pleasure to read. I am in awe of his narrative structure. This book, and it's first part Hyperion, are part of a story that rivals Herbert's work with Dune in scope and complexity, but if anything his writing style is a bit more approachable than Herbert's. Don't get me wrong, I love Herbert's work dearly, Simmons is just a little less hard-core sci-fi in his writing style. His plots and characters and setting are bold...more
Amazing but tough to read sequel to the hugo award winning Hyperion follows the pilgrims on their voyage to the unpredictable Hyperion. Taking parallels from the life of the poet John Keats the story revolves about the place the AI holds in the people's lives. Tough choices, reasonings and an ending that contradicts the facade of the book, a brilliant voyage where the people from the future have no better music than the celebrated classics and Beatles coated with great science fiction ideas abou...more
Se possibile, è anche più bello del primo volume. Hyperion è davvero il vertice assoluto della fantascienza, una vetta così alta che l'aria è rarefatta e ti manca il respiro durante la lettura.
Strutturalmente e narrativamente è completamente diverso dal primo volume. Lì la struttura a cornice, l'arte del racconto, l'omaggio ai Racconti di Canterbury, poca azione e molta narrazione; qui azione frenetica, guerre, conflitti tra astronavi, salti schizofrenici tra un personaggio e l'altro, e la real...more
Hyperion is fallen, am I too to fall?
Am I to leave this haven of my rest,
This cradle of my glory, this soft clime,
This calm luxuriance of blissful light,
These crystalline pavilions, and pure fanes,
Of all my lucent empire?

It is hard to restrain myself and not be overly poetic in my response to this SF masterpiece. This second novel in Simmons' Hyperion Cantos dances between magic and good old fashioned Hard SF. It isn't that I don't have critical issues with the novel. Please, Simmons, pleas...more
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Dan Simmons was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1948, and grew up in various cities and small towns in the Midwest, including Brimfield, Illinois, which was the source of his fictional "Elm Haven" in 1991's SUMMER OF NIGHT and 2002's A WINTER HAUNTING. Dan received a B.A. in English from Wabash College in 1970, winning a national Phi Beta Kappa Award during his senior year for excellence in fiction,...more
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