Hyperion - Dan Simmons


By Dan Simmons

  • Release Date: 1989-05-26
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 933 Ratings


A stunning tour de force filled with transcendent awe and wonder, Hyperion is a masterwork of science fiction that resonates with excitement and invention, the first volume in a remarkable science fiction epic by the multiple-award-winning author of The Hollow Man.

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the reach of galactic law, waits a creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope—and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.

Praise for Dan Simmons and Hyperion

“Dan Simmons has brilliantly conceptualized a future 700 years distant. In sheer scope and complexity it matches, and perhaps even surpasses, those of Isaac Asimov and James Blish.”The Washington Post Book World 

“An unfailingly inventive narrative . . . generously conceived and stylistically sure-handed.”The New York Times Book Review

“Simmons’s own genius transforms space opera into a new kind of poetry.”The Denver Post

“An essential part of any science fiction collection.”Booklist


  • So much more than sci-fi

    By Danho323
    This book has so many parts that would deserve "best story" status in their own right. Sci fi, horror, philosophy, cyberpunk, I'm blown away by the amount of genres Hyperion touches. Can't wait to keep reading the series.
  • Amazing Find

    By jimmyb1
    I’m a lifelong sci-fi fan. I don’t understand why it took me until my 48th year of life to discover this series. It’s remarkable. It’s complicated. The characters are very well written. The emotions feel real. This book is a very good set up for my favorite sci-fi series. Is it difficult for you to imagine how John Keats’ poetry and life can relate to the political struggles and survival of the human race on hundreds of worlds millennia from now? Grab a copy of Hyperion, and let the fantastic journey begin.
  • Hyperion

    By Loree Sprague
    Dan Simmons, how could you leave your readers standing on the precipice like this? I’m very upset with you, so I refuse to read the next book... at least for one day!
  • God awful

    By Jim in NYC
    Really really bad. I don’t know how this has such a high rating or regard. “Hey, let me rip off the Canterbury Tales and I will seem so clever.” And I knew that thing about the baby at the beginning. Did it really surprise anyone?
  • One of the best novels of any genre of all time.

    By dOoMeD G
    I adore this book and recommend it for all.
  • The start of a life-changing epic

    By Iceberg01
    Learn to take the first step... Read this book
  • Excellent

    By Am book reader
    Some of the pilgrims tales drag and need to be reread several times to comprehend however an excellent read and very exciting.
  • Waste of time

    By interestedObserver
    While it's obvious a great deal of thought went into creating the universe this book is set in, that to me is table stakes. Great fiction requires a compelling plot and characters on top of a thoroughly vetted stage, and equally great storytelling to weave it all together. The storytelling here is lazy. Separate, unrelated subplots are exposed, and you plod through them just to get to the resolution. But guess what? There is no resolution, no explanation. Nothing. The story ends just *before* the climax. A huge waste of time.
  • Quite smart

    By @Eusonofa
    Simmons is obviously quite intellectual, I felt like I learned so much "reality" that beyond my knowledge base...that the writing often transitioned into fiction without my notice. Is it possible to not just adore that snuggly little Shrike....hugs. Just bought the next book of the cantos. Only negative us authors name misspelled in "about the author" and that's worse than they treated Silenus. Boo digital editor!!
  • Best Sci Fi Literature

    By PurpleCopter
    An amazing and well written series. Note that there are four books in this series. It has everything - read it