Review: Hyperion By Dan Simmons


THE PILGRIMS PROGRESS

SEVEN STRANGERS EMBARK UPON A ONCE IN A LIFETIME MISSION, EACH WITH A STRANGE TALE TO TELL

 
Book CoverHyperion
(Hyperion Cantos, Book 1)

Dan Simmons

Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 496 Pages
Date: 12th May 2011 (First Published 1989)

ISBN-10: 0575099437
ISBN-13: 978-0575099432

 
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It’s difficult deciding how best to describe Dan Simmons’ Hugo Award winning novel, Hyperion. Though it is a full-length novel it is structurally more like a collection of short stories loosely connected by an overarching conceit; a narrative choice acknowledged to have been directly inspired by Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Likewise, though Hyperion is a book that is ostensibly science fiction, stripping away the copious amounts of technobabble leaves a story that reads very much like a work of literary fiction. This is, perhaps, not surprising given the author’s known fondness for classical literature, which is very much in evidence throughout Simmons’ narrative.

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Review: Ender’s Game By Orson Scott Card


AT BATTLE SCHOOL FIGHTING IS COMPULSORY

IS ENDER WIGGIN HUMANITY’S LAST BEST HOPE FOR THE FUTURE, OR A MONSTER IN THE MAKING?

 

Book CoverEnder’s Game
(Ender Saga, Book 1)

Orson Scott Card

Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 352 Pages
Date: 1st December 2011 (First Published 1985)

ISBN-10: 0356500845
ISBN-13: 978-0356500843

 
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One of the most noteworthy things about reading Ender’s Game today is that thirty years after its initial publication the book hasn’t noticeably aged much, if at all. In fact, if one were unaware of its publication history it would be easy to believe that author, Orson Scott Card, penned his science fiction classic within the last couple of years. There is little, if anything, contained within the book that is obviously outdated.

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Review: Double Star By Robert A. Heinlein


GET YOUR ASS TO MARS!!!

IN A CAREER DEFINING ROLE, A DOWN ON HIS LUCK ACTOR FINDS HIMSELF WHILE IMPERSONATING SOMEONE ELSE

 

Book CoverDouble Star

Robert A. Heinlein
 

Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 224 Pages
Date: 12th September 2013 (First Published 1956)

ISBN-10: 057512203X
ISBN-13: 978-0575122031

 
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Anyone who reads a Robert A. Heinlein novel today will likely find it next to impossible not to come to the conclusion that his work hasn’t aged very well. But in many ways this sense of “out-datedness” is invariably tied, one way or another, to either the characterisation or the setting within which Heinlein tells his story rather than the narrative itself. This is very much the case with regard to his Hugo Award winning novel, Double Star.

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Quote: Hyperion, “…Human Beings. Go Figure.”


THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY

 

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“Look,” said Tyrena. “In twentieth-century Old Earth, a fast food chain took dead cow meat, fried it in grease, added carcinogens, wrapped it in petroleum-based foam, and sold nine hundred billion units. Human beings. Go figure.”

Dan Simmons
Hyperion

 
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Trivia: The Winners Of Both The Hugo And Nebula Awards For Best Novel


IT HAS OCCURRED MORE OFTEN THAN YOU MIGHT THINK.

An elite group of novels and their authors have achieved the ultimate accolade of winning both awards at the same time.

 
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As you are no doubt already aware, the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award are the two most prestigious honours bestowed upon works of fantasy and science fiction. But did you know that 23 books have achieved the double whammy of winning both awards for Best Novel? The most recent being Ancillary Justice, the début science fiction novel by American author Ann Leckie.

Below, I present you with the complete list of books that have accomplished this impressive feat for their writers.

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Trivia: The Inspiration For, The Man In The High Castle


CREATIVITY DOESN’T OCCUR IN A VACUUM

HERE IS THE INSIDE SCOOP ON THE INSPIRATION FOR PHILIP K. DICK’S ALTERNATE HISTORY CLASSIC

 

As you may already know, The Man In The High Castle is the Hugo Award winning, alternate history novel in which the Allies lost the Second World War, by American science fiction author, Philip K. Dick. What you may not know, is that the writer cited the primary influence for his work was the 1953 novel, Bring The Jubilee, by Ward Moore, which occurs in an alternate history, twentieth century United States wherein the Confederate States of America won the American Civil War in the 1860s.

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You learn something new everyday! (Assuming, of course, that you weren’t already aware of this fun and cheerful fact.)

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