THE PILGRIMS PROGRESS
SEVEN STRANGERS EMBARK UPON A ONCE IN A LIFETIME MISSION, EACH WITH A STRANGE TALE TO TELL
(Hyperion Cantos, Book 1)
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: Paperback, 496 Pages
Date: 12th May 2011 (First Published 1989)
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.