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The Fall of Hyperion and the opening of the Time Tombs is told mostly from the point of view of a cybrid created by the TechnoCore (AIs), with the memory of the poet John Keats. He is able to watch, in dreams, what happens to the pilgrims at the time tombs: Kassad looking for his love, Moneta, and to destroy the Shrike, Sol, trying to understand whether he should give his infant daughter up as a sacrifice, Brawne, with her implant of the original Keats persona, the Consul, the poet Silenus who wants to finish his Cantos and the priest Hoyt, carrying Father Dure's DNA in another cruciform. While the pilgrims seek the truth of the time tombs, Gladstone, the CEO of the Hegemony, wages war against the TechnoCore and the Ousters - and she needs to find out the truth about the TechnoCore's intentions, and those of the Ousters...
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The review of this Book prepared by Paul W

Second book of the Hyperion saga, THE FALL OF HYPERION has been published in 1990.

All the questions found in HYPERION will be answered here. the story is told with the subjective point of view of the second clone of english poet John Keats. This cybrid is able, while dreaming, to witness what happens to the seven pilgrims of Hyperion. Meanwhile, the Extros are invading the Hyperion system and become a threat for the Hegemony while President Gladstone has to take a terrible decision : will she dare to send her warships to Hyperion and risk a global war that could be fatal to the planets under her juridiction ?

Great following to a book that has changed the face of modern science-fiction.

The review of this Book prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   saving govt/kingdom from external overthrow    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:    -   fighting overt invasion (attacking aliens) War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   lasers    -   spaceship battles    -   air battles Story involving clones/duplicates?    -   good clones/duplicates Kind of alteration:    -   exotic/alien torture for major character Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Clones    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   clone Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   clairvoyant    -   teleportation    -    Invisibility Really unusual traits?    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Domed/Underground City    -   Asteroid Spaceship setting:    -   futuristic human warship    -   alien spaceship A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society    -   unfriendly aliens    -   empty, or nearly empty world    -   big overbuilt futuristic city Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   an average amount of scientific explanation    -   a significant amount of technical jargon How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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