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9 Nov 2006 GOLLANCZ S.F.

The time of reckoning has arrived. As a final genocidal Crusade threatens to enslave humanity forever, a new messiah has come of age. She is Aenea and she has undergone a strange apprenticeship to those known as the Others. Now her protector, Raul Endymion, one-time shepherd and convicted murderer, must help her deliver her startling message to her growing army of disciples.

But first they must embark on a final spectacular mission to discover the underlying meaning of the universe itself. They have been followed on their journey by the mysterious Shrike--monster, angel, killing machine--who is about to reveal the long-held secret of its origin and purpose. And on the planet of Hyperion, where the story first began, the final revelation will be delivered--an apocalyptic message that unlocks the secrets of existence and the fate of humankind in the galaxy.

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  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (9 Nov 2006)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0575076402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575076402
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,205 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The defining moment of the Hyperion cantos. 15 Aug 1999
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With Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion, Dan Simmons created for us his new, revolutionary universe 700 years in the future, and then destroyed it. These two books, in themselves, were clearly benchmark science-fiction and marked Simmons out not only to be a writer of vision and creativity but also to have more than sufficiently skilful prose to bring his creation to vivid life. He could have left it there. With Endymion he continued the timeline past the fall of the Hegemony of Man and into the time of the Pax; the newly resurrected Catholic Church. He also, with nothing short of brilliance, introduced a second narrative to rival, surpass and eventually integrate into itself the original pilgrimmage made in the first two books. Things were promising as a love story was spun beautifully in the chaos of war and destruction indicating, once again, Simmons' talent for prose and the integration styles. Readers might notice at this point how I have been writing about anything other than the last book, how I have been detailing the previous stories in the cycle with little or no reference to this, the Rise of Endymion. This is because that no-one can sufficiently review this book without looking at what has come before it. It is the defining moment in the saga. It marks the formerly wonderful and rich work of creativity as something different entirely, as a staggering work of science fiction and world building. It integrates the fragile story of love between the two main protaganists with riveting and revealing moments of violent war that serve to illuminate the dark conciences of those who fight them. It depicts the conflict of faith with the 'necessary' violence that comes with it. It is a history of the future, of the evolution of man. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needed a lot more blue pencil 19 Mar 2010
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I doubt if anyone who has read all four of the Hyperion/Endymion books would disagree that the collection, viewed as a whole, is a science fiction masterpiece. Unfortunately this last volume suffers from a malaise that is infecting much of the genre (and Fantasy as well): literary elephantiasis. Simply put, it would have been a much better book if about a third of it had been binned, particularly large chunks of the "Tibetan" stuff and many of the descriptive passages. I found myself speed-reading dozens of pages until I spotted signs that the story was starting again or that Simmons was expounding a bit more of his philosophy.

Nevertheless, if you have finished the first three volumes you would be mad not to read this one as well, and to be fair, the "good" two thirds are as good as anything in the series. Nearly all the story lines are brought to satisfactory conclusions, but there are several appetising morsels scattered around the closing pages that suggest that Simmons would like to revisit his universe. I hope he does.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally draining 25 Jan 2005
I came to this book via the Hyperion series, good books in their own right, all deserving five stars. But nothing prepared me for this.
First and foremost this is a love story and if you relate to the characters you've had it - you are in for a rollercoaster ride (if not - are you alive?). Yes, the ending is signposted in outline from a long way out, but it still does not prepare you when you get there. Since finishing the book, I re-read the final chapters several times and it haunted me for several days afterward. At best bittersweet, at worst horrific. I can't imagine another book in the series or setting - it could only be monochrome in comparison to this.
The book does suffer from the criticisms mentioned by other reviewers - overly long in places, overturning previous 'facts' as lies. It does not detract from the overall impact.
The last time a book caught me like this was reading Raymond Feist/Janny Wurts' Servant of the Empire nearly 15 years ago. I'll warn you in advance, its not as good as this.
I pity the author of the next book I read, the bar has been set impossibly high.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book in the SF series ever! 8 Jun 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
SF series are, if well written, often tense, fast-moving, page-turners with action on an epic scale. What they are rarely is emotional and touching, leaving the reader moved by the dignity, suffering and, ultimately, tragedy (in its classic sense of inevitability) of the characters.
The Rise Of Endymion is both of these but it is the emotional grip it takes on you that is most unusual. At one point the impact of one of the revelations on me was so strong that I felt as if I had been slapped, and had to put the book down for a while to recover.
The final 'twist' is signposted so much that I guessed it about 300 pages in advance but the cleverness of the writing is such that this in no way diminshes the power the text has over you. Like the previous reviewer my first inclination on finishing it is to go back to the beginning of the Hyperion Cantos and read it all over again, but more slowly.
This is the best series I have ever read, far better than Dune, Foundation or any of the usual suspects always trotted out as comparisons when a book like this is published. Read it and enjoy - but don't think that you can remain unaffected by it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I love this book.

This book and this series, is for me what sci-fi is and should be all about.

The story itself is full of complex, innovative concepts and ideas which truly stretch your thinking across a wide variety of subjects, from longevity, transhumanism, autonomy and morality, while at the same time being grounded in great characterisation and good old fashioned elequent story telling.

There are parts of this story which move with a slower, almost frustratingly slow, pace, but then these are followed by frenetic machine gun paced events that almost leave you breathless, and which with the benefit of hindsight are all the more enjoyable for the contrast.

The only problem. What on earth am i going to read next, that could possibly follow this?
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
In my view the BEST sci-fi series bar none... It flows beautifully and is expansive in scope and characterisation. Read it
Published 17 days ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic quadrilogy ending on a high?
Superb. the full closure of the quadrilogy has had me glued to my kindle for far of my day than has been healthy. I am at a loss now.
Published 2 months ago by Mr Timothy W J Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a slog in places, but mostgly excellent.
If you've come this far, there's no reason not to have a go on this one. The story is excellent, the characters are mostly very good also, and the ending is a fittingly outstanding... Read more
Published 2 months ago by matthenkes
4.0 out of 5 stars Great conclusion to the saga
It's a fast paced, intrigue, adventure laden conclusion to the Hyperion series. It doesn't have the wow factor of the first instalment but it is still a skilfully written piece of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mel Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Part Review
I bought this book as a gift and therefore can’t assess it properly. It was well received by the recipient.
Published 6 months ago by D. A. Stretch
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much love among the bamboo
all goes quickly and well until about half way through when we get page after page of Bamboo and travelling around bambooland and being in bambooland - then it turns out everything... Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. V. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Endless Waffle
I waded through 450 pages of this nonsense befor saving myself the bother and binning it. The previous books were excellent if not the classics some herald them to be. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Richard Warburton
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
What an ending. Completely recommend reading all of these books. I will struggle to find another series like it. Wow
Published 14 months ago by Mr John P Fulke
5.0 out of 5 stars What a story!!
The whole Hyperion series is just so intricate and such a great story. This final book is very satisfying, I don't want to give anything away but I laughed and sobbed my heart out... Read more
Published 14 months ago by V E Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Great end to the Hyperion series
Bloody love this series, and the final book doesn't let you down. if you enjoyed the Hyperion books definitely take the time to finish with the Endymion Omnibus.
Published 14 months ago by sam
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