|The Fall of Hyperion|
Cover of first edition (hardcover)
|Cover artist||Gary Ruddell|
|Genre(s)||Science fiction novel|
|Publication date||March 1990|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover & Paperback)|
|ISBN||ISBN 0-385-24950-0 (First edition)|
The Fall of Hyperion is the second science fiction novel by Dan Simmons in his Hyperion Cantos fictional universe. Dan Simmons (born April 4, 1948 in Peoria, Illinois) is an American Author most widely known for his Hugo Award Gary Ruddell (born 1951 in San Mateo California) is an American artist best known for his cover paintings for works of Science fiction and Fantasy The United States of America —commonly referred to as the English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States The Hyperion Cantos form a Tetralogy of Science fiction Novels by Dan Simmons. Publishing is the process of production and dissemination of Literature or Information &ndash the activity of making information available for public view The Doubleday Publishing Group is the fifth largest Book Publishing company in the world A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) is a Book bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with Cloth Paperback, softback, or softcover describe and refer to a Book by the nature of its binding. For the novel 'Hyperion' written by Friedrich Hölderlin see Hyperion (Hölderlin Hyperion is a Hugo Award Endymion is the third science fiction novel by Dan Simmons in his Hyperion Cantos Fictional universe. Dan Simmons (born April 4, 1948 in Peoria, Illinois) is an American Author most widely known for his Hugo Award The Hyperion Cantos form a Tetralogy of Science fiction Novels by Dan Simmons. A fictional universe is a self-consistent fictional setting with unique background elements such as an imaginary history or geography and possibly fantasy or science It was written in 1990 and was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel that same year. Year 1990 ( MCMXC) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar) The Nebula Award is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA for the best Science fiction / Fantasy fiction Winners of the Nebula Award for Best Novel, awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. It was also nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1991. The Hugo Awards are given every year for the best Science fiction or Fantasy works and achievements of the previous year Winners of the Hugo Award for best science fiction or fantasy Novel, along with all the nominees are presented here
In 45 chapters and an epilogue, The Fall of Hyperion records the fall of the Hegemony of Man. Like the previous novel Hyperion, it follows a frame structure of sorts, although it is far less explicit: instead of a number of pilgrims telling each other their tales a la The Canterbury Tales, the perspective is that of the reactivated cybrid of John Keats (the poet to whom the novel is dedicated "To John Keats, Whose Name Was Writ in Eternity"), who somehow dreams the adventures of the pilgrims via his twin. A frame story (also frame tale, frame narrative, etc is a narrative technique whereby an introductory main story is composed at least in part for the purpose of The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century (two of them in Prose, the rest in verse)
Meina Gladstone has committed to reinforcing the FORCE:Space picket at Hyperion and pushing the Ousters out. The Hyperion Cantos form a Tetralogy of Science fiction Novels by Dan Simmons. Parties all over the Hegemony break out on the day the armada is dispatched; it is at the party at Government House on the capital of the Hegemony, Tau Ceti Center, that one Joseph Severn, the technological reincarnation of John Keats, fully of neither the human world nor the TechnoCore where his AI consciousness resides, is invited. The TechnoCore is the 'race' of post- singularity Artificial Intelligences in Dan Simmons ' Hyperion universe He meets with Gladstone and her council of war, to "offer an artist's perspective". His official excuse for being there is that he has been commissioned to do a series of sketches of Gladstone during these historic events. He does do these sketches, but the real reason is that Gladstone needs to stay informed about the crucial events surrounding the pilgrims and the Time Tombs, and Severn's dreams appear to correspond to the events.
His dreams are of an uneventful first day exploring the Time Tombs. The Shrike does not appear and nor does Captain Het Masteen. That night a sandstorm begins. Lenar Hoyt staggers off to the Jade Tomb, driven thence by the pain of the cruciform. Brawne Lamia follows him, and Fedmahn Kassad trails behind both: the two shall serve as bait, he hopes, to draw out either the Shrike or Moneta. In the Jade Tomb, Hoyt discovers a shaft that drops kilometers to a veritable inferno. It would surely kill him permanently and destroy the cruciform. Before he can hurl himself over the precipice, the Shrike appears. It ignores the bullets that Lamia fires at it, and slices Hoyt's throat open. Hoyt dies, but the cruciforms he carries might still resurrect him in three days.
Before Severn's meeting with Gladstone, he attends a military briefing. The defense of Hyperion is not going well; the Ousters have several times the number of combat units FORCE predicted, and each unit is more effective than believed. The two space fleets are deadlocked in a bloody stalemate.
The Consul tries to retrieve his ship so its medical facilities can be used on Father Hoyt, and if need be, the ever-younger Rachel, but FORCE grounds the ship on Gladstone's orders. Carrying the corpse of the now-dead Hoyt, they all head up to the Sphinx for shelter.
Severn confronts Gladstone about her callous abandonment of the pilgrims. She is surprised that anyone else knew about it, since she had just given the order, and is convinced that Severn's dreams are true. She defends her action, saying that it is absolutely crucial that the pilgrims stay at the Time Tombs to work out whatever their destinies may be. She then asks Severn to visit Hyperion for a short time with her close aide, Leigh Hunt - to get a closer view of things. On his trip, he meets Governor Theo Lane and Dr. Melio Arundez; from the former he learns that Hyperion is breaking down as everyone crowds around the spaceport, and from the latter that the Time Tombs are preparing to open at any time.
In Severn's next dreams, Kassad is attacked by Moneta. Their long-distance sniper duel devastates the Crystal Monolith. Kassad catches up with her at the top. After she defeats him in hand-to-hand combat, they make love. She then gives him a suit of armor/weapon from the future, to which the Shrike takes Moneta and Kassad.
The "Ousters" reveal their master plan when a dozen fleets' fusion drive tails are spotted so close to crucial Web Worlds that when they activate their Hawking drives, they are scant dozens or hundreds of hours travel-time from their target, having previously traveled at speeds below the detection threshold. Simultaneously, the swarm in the Hyperion system presses the FORCE even harder: Gladstone has just committed the strategic reserve to reinforce them, but to little avail.
By this point, Father Duré has been reborn by the cruciform attached by Father Hoyt's remains. Lamia and Silenus leave for Chronos Keep, to resupply. The pilgrims had not brought many supplies with them, as they did not expect to live long enough to exhaust them. Silenus peels off when they pass the Poet's City; he is sick of Lamia, and wants to finish his Cantos, and he had always done his best work in the Poet's City. Lamia leaves him to meet what may come. During the two's absence, they (the Consul, Sol Weintraub, and Duré) find Captain Het Masteen collapsed in the sands, badly burned and dehydrated. He too eventually dies, never telling his tale aside from some confused babbling about the Shrike's Tree of Pain and Masteen's failure to pilot it through the galaxy.
Silenus finds the silence of the city extremely conducive to writing. He makes extraordinary progress - his muse has returned. Silenus's Hyperion Cantos is a retread of Keats's two previous failures, attempts to write the great epic of the Titanomachia - the overthrow of the Titans by their more beautiful upstart offspring, the more familiar Olympians of Greek myth, and the Titans' counter-attack: Hyperion & The Fall of Hyperion: A Dream. Titanomachy (epic poem In Greek mythology, the Titanomachy, or War of the Titans (Τιτανομαχία was the ten-year series of battles fought between In Greek mythology, the Titans ( Greek: Tītā́n; plural Tītânes) were a race of powerful Deities that ruled during the legendary Greek mythology is the body of stories belonging to the ancient Greeks concerning their gods and Heroes the nature of the world and the origins and significance "Hyperion" can also refer to the Epistolary novel Hyperion by the German poet Friedrich Hölderlin. The Fall of Hyperion A Dream, sometimes subtitled as A Vision instead of a dream is an epic poem written by the English Romantic John Keats. Silenus's poem is not merely poetic myth, but an obvious allegory for events wracking the stars, the long-running conflict between humanity and its creations, the AIs of the TechnoCore. As the wan light fails, Saturn and Jupiter have concluded their grand debates at the treaty table by expressing fear of some third hostile other force. Unable to see the manuscript, Silenus pauses to find some source of illumination. The Shrike silently appears and commandeers Silenus's arm, writing that "IT IS TIME, MARTIN. " Silenus of course refuses to go: the poem is almost done, after all. The Shrike takes him and impales Silenus on his Tree of Pain anyway.
Lamia's mission to retrieve supplies from the Keep is perturbed by odd moving noises and abruptly cut off screams of pain. On her way down, she is nearly killed by dislodged falling rocks. When she returns to the Sphinx agonizing hours and kilometers later, she finds no one except the Shrike. Her bullets are for naught against the metal body, and it stabs a finger into her head behind her ear, knocking her out. Sol and the Consul discover her prone and unconscious - apparently brain-dead - and her head seamlessly connected to the bare rock of the Sphinx by an odd almost-living techno-organic cable. Brain death is a legal definition of death that emerged in the 1960s as a response to the ability to resuscitate individuals and mechanically keep the heart and lungs working The Consul departs on a Hawking mat (the same one used by Merin and Siri) back to the capital of Hyperion, Keats, to try to free his ship; it has a cryogenic freezing unit that Rachel could be put in before her last birth-day arrives, and tools to help in cutting the cable off Lamia.
Lamia is still alive, but her consciousness has been transferred to the datumplane. She is joined there by Johnny, apparently freed from the Schrön loop by the Shrike. Johnny mentions that he had been dreaming Severn's reality, much as Severn had been dreaming Johnny's reality. The two head into the heart of the TechnoCore to find some answers.
The scene switches back to Kassad. The portal the Shrike led him through leads to the Tree of Pain where all of the Shrike's victims are impaled and still living. Kassad moves to free Martin Silenus from the tree, but the Shrike multiplies to put thousands of them in Kassad's way. Kassad then begins to battle the Shrike.
Kassad's battle with the Shrike takes him and the Shrike through different times and places one of which is a room in the ship the pilgrims rode across the planet in the first book. The blood on the wall that was found, and thought to be that of Het Masteen, ends up being Kassads as they continue to battle. Editorial note: This summary is not yet complete and the original plot does not end at this point.