This review is from: The Hyperion Omnibus: Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
this is the most outstanding piece of science fiction writing I have ever read. Previously I had read a lot of the Starwars fiction, star trek, then later most of Arthur C. Clarke and Asimov's work. Hyperion, for me eclipses all of this. Starwars and StarTrek are cheap mindless fiction in comparison (and tales of the bounty hunter was a masterpiece). The 2001 series are literary classics. However, those who have not spent the time voyaging through this epic tale have not truly experienced science fiction. Simmons uses classic literature and elements of Chausers cantebury tales in a futuristic setting but as well as creating huge, rich, living worlds and intricately weaves classic works into them. The character and plot development is deep and emotional creating real and engaging characters that could fit equally in the far future or the classics. Simmons introduces and develops the characters using short stories to tie the travellers together, as done more recently in the likes of Lost but with infinitely more class and sophistication. There are elements of drama, romance, suspense, and intense action sequences as the back stories are knitted together into a final, breathtaking climax.
A sci-fi enthusiast who hasn't read Hyperion is like a fan of fantasy who has never read Tolkein.
Does exactly what it says on the tin: "truly astonishing"
Buy it, (build the strength to lift it!!) and read it! :))