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Taking place mere moments after the events of Hyperion, this novel is framed from the perspective of a cyborg of the poet John Keats whose origin and purpose remains obscure—even to himself. Keats reflects on the acedia of a civilization, dependent on omniscient AI, spoiled with instantaneous interplanetary travel, as it spirals out into a calculated interplanetary war. Wrapping up the narratives of the travelers from the first novel as they confront the Shrike monster, Fall of Hyperion raises large and ambitious questions.

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ISBN: 9780553288209
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Published: Spectra - November 1st, 1995

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This atmospheric, occasionally lyrical, sci-fi is formatted around Boccacio’s 14th century novel about seven character sharing stories as they shelter from the plague, The Decameron. The seven narrators must travel to the planet of Hyperion on the eve of interplanetary war to face the Shrike. Each traveler has a distinct voice and style: transcendent, violent, poetic, sad, mysterious, and romantic. With complex and layered world building, Simmons discreetly weaves together a civilizational epic of our ecological and philosophical decline through compelling personal stories.

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ISBN: 9780399178610
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Published: Del Rey - August 15th, 2017

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I'd been meaning to check out Samatar's writing for a while, but this short story collection caught me off guard in its amazing stylistic range and flexibility. Dancing between heartfelt character study and chilling horror, Calvino homage and badly written (on purpose!) personal essay, each entry challenges the convention of the form while subverting the reader's expectations.



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ISBN: 9781618731654
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Published: Small Beer Press - April 2nd, 2019