A couple of weeks ago I finally finished reading the four book Hyperion/Endymion series by Dan Simmons:
At well over 2000 pages total, this was an undertaking but well worth it. Of the four, I think The Fall of Hyperion was the weakest in that I thought it wrapped up the story line too quickly. It also didn’t so much leave things open for a sequel, but left me confused. In the midst of reading Hyperion, I bought both numbers two and three and so forged on to Endymion. I’m glad I did, because the last two are the best written. I thought the last book relied a bit too much on the “what they told you before was a lie” trick, but overall things wrapped up well and completely.
If you enjoy good old fashioned future world science fiction with some AI, hyperspace and time travel thrown in, you’ll like these. Note, however, that at times the language is vulgar and there are some adult scenes, shall we say.
That’s a shame, in my opinion, because when I was a teen I enjoyed reading scifi series like Asimov’s Foundation series, and I really couldn’t recommend these Hyperion/Endymion for anyone younger than an adult.
Incidentally, I’m looking for a new scifi series to start reading over the December holidays. I welcome your suggestions, though I would prefer to skip the wizards, dragons, and medieval supernatural church sagas. In any case, I would like to assemble a list of such series. Incidentally, I consider Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials some of the best literature I have ever read, scifi/fantasy or otherwise.
On the non-fiction front, I just started reading Hiding in the Mirror: The Quest for Alternate Realities, from Plato to String Theory (by way of Alicein Wonderland, Einstein, and The Twilight Zone) by Lawrence Krauss. I’m only about 20 pages into it, but so far, so good.