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: Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? By Philip K. Dick


FAKE CAN BE JUST AS GOOD

IN THIS BLEAK FUTURE THE LACK OF EMPATHY IS MORE DISTURBING THAN THE COMPLETE ABSENCE OF IT

 

Book CoverDo Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

Philip K. Dick
 

Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 208 Pages
Date: 29th March 2010 (First Published 1968)

ISBN-10: 0575094184
ISBN-13: 978-0575094185

 
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If you have seen the film Blade Runner you may think that you know what the book it is based upon, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? is all about. But you would be only partially correct in that assumption, as the film is a rather loose adaptation of the source material, focussing primarily on one aspect of the story while downplaying or completely ignoring much of the rest of the book’s ideas and themes. Anyone who reads the novel after having seen the movie first should not be surprised to discover that there are more differences than similarities; so don’t expect to stumble upon the terms Replicant or Blade Runner in the text, for example.

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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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