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On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the 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.  

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November 16th, 2014
Unbelievably entertaining, humorous, moving, really 5 or 6 novellas in 1 coherent future history. Gives you the best and worst of human nature, and a vision of how tech has changed, not improved, civilization as each character travels a different arc to their humanity.
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January 28th, 2014
An absolute must-read series for scifi fans! The characters, technologies, and reality that Dan Simmons creates with Hyperion will stay with you for quite awhile. A captivating epic tale told from many perspectives -- great read overall!
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September 28th, 2013
As the entire known universe is torn apart by war, seven strangers travel to Hyperion to make pilgrimage to the Shrike. A creature which, unrestricted by human morality or the limits of time strikes out at humanity, slaughtering its victims in attacks to fast to be seen or understood. Fleeing the confusion on their home-worlds, these individuals share their stories so that they might understand why they were each drawn to seek answers from an inscrutable being whose actions only seem to breed chaos and destruction.
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