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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (9 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575076399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575076396
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 3.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, journalism and art.

Dan received his Masters in Education from Washington University in St. Louis in 1971. He then worked in elementary education for 18 years -- 2 years in Missouri, 2 years in Buffalo, New York -- one year as a specially trained BOCES "resource teacher" and another as a sixth-grade teacher -- and 14 years in Colorado.

His last four years in teaching were spent creating, coordinating, and teaching in APEX, an extensive gifted/talented program serving 19 elementary schools and some 15,000 potential students. During his years of teaching, he won awards from the Colorado Education Association and was a finalist for the Colorado Teacher of the Year. He also worked as a national language-arts consultant, sharing his own "Writing Well" curriculum which he had created for his own classroom. Eleven and twelve-year-old students in Simmons' regular 6th-grade class averaged junior-year in high school writing ability according to annual standardized and holistic writing assessments. Whenever someone says "writing can't be taught," Dan begs to differ and has the track record to prove it. Since becoming a full-time writer, Dan likes to visit college writing classes, has taught in New Hampshire's Odyssey writing program for adults, and is considering hosting his own Windwalker Writers' Workshop.

Dan's first published story appeared on Feb. 15, 1982, the day his daughter, Jane Kathryn, was born. He's always attributed that coincidence to "helping in keeping things in perspective when it comes to the relative importance of writing and life."

Dan has been a full-time writer since 1987 and lives along the Front Range of Colorado -- in the same town where he taught for 14 years -- with his wife, Karen. He sometimes writes at Windwalker -- their mountain property and cabin at 8,400 feet of altitude at the base of the Continental Divide, just south of Rocky Mountain National Park. An 8-ft.-tall sculpture of the Shrike -- a thorned and frightening character from the four Hyperion/Endymion novels -- was sculpted by an ex-student and friend, Clee Richeson, and the sculpture now stands guard near the isolated cabin.

Dan is one of the few novelists whose work spans the genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror, suspense, historical fiction, noir crime fiction, and mainstream literary fiction . His books are published in 27 foreign counties as well as the U.S. and Canada.

Many of Dan's books and stories have been optioned for film, including SONG OF KALI, DROOD, THE CROOK FACTORY, and others. Some, such as the four HYPERION novels and single Hyperion-universe novella "Orphans of the Helix", and CARRION COMFORT have been purchased (the Hyperion books by Warner Brothers and Graham King Films, CARRION COMFORT by European filmmaker Casta Gavras's company) and are in pre-production. Director Scott Derrickson ("The Day the Earth Stood Stood Still") has been announced as the director for the Hyperion movie and Casta Gavras's son has been put at the helm of the French production of Carrion Comfort. Current discussions for other possible options include THE TERROR. Dan's hardboiled Joe Kurtz novels are currently being looked as the basis for a possible cable TV series.

In 1995, Dan's alma mater, Wabash College, awarded him an honorary doctorate for his contributions in education and writing.

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The conclusion to the groundbreaking Hyperion Cantos

About the Author

Dan Simmons won the World Fantasy Award for his first novel, SONG OF KALI,. inspired by his travels in India. In the 1990s he rewrote the SF rulebook with his Hyperion Cantos quartet. He has also written thrillers. Alongside his writing he maintains a career as a college lecturer in English Literature in the USA.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Micky67 on 24 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
'You are reading this for the wrong reasons'.

The very first line in 'Endymion' the third part of Simmons spectacular Hyperion series. Reading the several negative reviews posted on Amazon and around the web by irate customers claiming this was not a satisfactory continuation of this story, you have to ask yourself how they missed the glaring warning from Simmons.

'If you are reading this because you are a fan of the old poet's Cantos and are obsessed with curiosity about what happened to the lives of the Hyperion pilgrims, you will be disappointed' he continues. Both of these quotes occur in the first two paragraphs. He's practically urging readers not to compare this part, to what went on before.

I found this approach rather refreshing. I found the characters likable and interesting (even the villains) and the planets brilliantly described. From the powerful Chitaktuk tribe surviving against Arctic Wraiths on a planet that's atmosphere is practically all ice, through to the nuclear wasteland that is now God's Grove. Each planet is detailed beautifully and enhances the overall story, immersing the reader in this remarkable universe. We visit many, many worlds throughout this books 400+ pages and given small glimpses into what became of each after the events of the Hyperion Cantos, as the story progresses.

That the story runs more like a movie, where our protagonists ( a convicted murderer and a blue android from Hyperion who are tasked with protecting a child who is destined to be the Messiah in the future) are chased by the formidable Pax, a religion that spans and exerts control over much of the universe with the use of resurrection through the Cruciform found in the tombs of Hyperion, but just who is controlling the Pax?.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 July 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was dissapointed by Endymion probably because of the high expectations set by the previous 2 books. Although compared with novels by other authors this is still a very good novel, I did not like the lack of imagination, simplicity of the plot and extreme resemblance of the story to well-known movies like "Terminator 2". There are also some weak points in the story such as it is not convincing what motivates Endymion to go into all this trouble and the insides of the Pax are too extensively described. There are no new worlds to be described and Aenea's personality reminds me more of a typical American teenager.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mel Powell on 21 April 2014
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Endymion takes us Two hundred and seventy-four years into the future to continue the Hyperion series. We meet some old characters and two new protagonists who will take us through to the concluding part in the Rise of Endymion. We discover the regime which has replaced the WorldWeb in the Fall of Hyperion is not what we anticipated and Raoul and Aenea begin the task of undoing the incumbent regime led by the church and facilitated by the spread of the parasitic cruciform. Some irritation at the revision material which is not really necessary since even with these passages, it really isn't a stand alone novel. Never the less, I found it just as engaging as Hyperion albeit it, not in the same jaw dropping fashion. Recommend to be read in sequence. At the conclusion, which is another cliff hanger, I found myself very much looking forward to the final chapter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Aug. 1999
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Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion are both truly excellent books...indisputably classics of the genre. That being said, I cannot overstress my disappointment in the Endymion books. Simmons' weak, formulaic plotting and 2-dimensional characters showed me that he was just going through the motions on Endymion and Rise of Endymion. The tense, gothic quality which made the first 2 books so fresh and unique is completely absent. It is a mystery to me that the average review for this book is so high. There are some interesting concepts and Mr Simmons shows the occasional flash of his talent here and there, but I honestly wish I had stopped reading this series after the second book.
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By A Customer on 11 Jan. 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was somewhat disappointed -- this third work in the series lacks the breathtaking scope and grandeur of the first two. It is primarily a fairly routine planetary romance, although Dan Simmons does break through periodically with a headlong, can't-put-it-down quality of narrative. The homage to Keats continues, with reluctant hero Raul "Endymion" escorting the future messiah Aenea (the daughter of [Fanny] "Brawne" "Lamia") through a well-realized sequence of post-holocaust worlds. The final chapter ends with two excerpts from the poet, first the famous opening lines of Keats' Endymion (the end loops back to the beginning -- get it?), and the second from the first stanza of his Ode on a Grecian Urn (for reasons which are unclear). And Aenea's promise of a sequel: "...and so, Raul Endymion, until we meet again on your pages, in wild ecstasy, I bid you adieu." That last is a good thing, since when I was about 80% through the book, I began to wonder how fast he would have to wrap up the extensive QUEST outlined in the opening pages, and hoped it wouldn't be a hurried synopsis like the wrapup to Vance's Lyonesse trilogy... Never fear, on this site you will find the Rise of Endymion (not a Keats title -- I would have suggested perhaps La Belle Dame Sans Merci). I'll get the next...hoping it offers greater scope for Simmons' genius. Endymion's plot does have a number of nice twists -- but it owes too much to another "literary" classic of our time. I won't say what, but at the triumphant climax do resist the temptation to raise your fist and cry out "Hasta la vista, Baby!" It wouldn't be dignified. --Eric Halsey
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