Reviews of Rise of Endymion, the (1997)
Review by Oneiros (2003-04-08)
This is the pinnacle of science fiction, in the hands of a true master of the genre; it's groundbreaking literature any way you cut it: philosophy and religion are heavily -and meaningfully- expounded upon in an iconoclastic way (I wonder how Simmons escaped the Inquisition!), the characters are flesh and bone humans (I wept for Aenea and Raoul), but the setting is that of purest space opera, with breathtaking battles and grand adventures in a multitude of fantastic settings. And, what do you know, even the science holds water, without being too didactic about it. Due to the complexity of the story (in the Hyperion Cantos, Simmons really tackles *all* the sub-genres of science fiction), it would be advisable to start from Hyperion and move through all four books in sequence, in order to better appreciate the tales, but this is the first time I've seen a series ending better all it's predecessors (not by much, all of them are excellent, to say the least).