Ilium [Dan Simmons] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Trojan War rages at the foot of Olympos Mons on Mars — observed and. DAN SIMMONS. Ilium is a work of such brain-boggling scope that it’s difficult to figure out how to contain a discussion of all its different facets in a review that. Justina Robson explores an empire that never fell in Robert Silverberg’s Roma Eterna and a far-future Greece in Dan Simmons’s Ilium.

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Ultimately many of those fail under their own weight and implode into the speculative fiction black hole. Not only that, but the ancient city of Troy, along with all its Trojan citizens, as well as all the Greek warriors, led by Agammemnon, Menelaus, and Achilles, have been miraculously resurrected to play out the entire year Trojan War. First, there’s a group of languid, pleasure-seeking old-style humans living on old earth, all their needs taken care of by mechanical servitors left for them, presumably, by the posthumans.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Video thoughts at https: This satirical jibe against present-day America is as cutting as things get in this book, which, although there’s fun along the way, never becomes the big thought-feast it promises.

Now the book starts throwing in all sorts of sci-fi wonders I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. Hockenberry is called a “Scholic,” a human from our the 20th century our time If someone were to describe this book to me if they even couldI don’t know if I would believe how much I absolutely enjoyed it. Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers.

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This was my chance to see some characterization of all my favorite mythological badasses and it failed so astoundingly. And then, she like, rubs her boobs on a pole. And the more I read, the more it became like Endymion and its sequel, and less like Hyperion. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List.


But who wouldn’t be when you have everything handed to you on a silver platter by robots called servitors sp – I did listen to the audio so forgive melike all humans everywhere. After two pages of Ilium, I literally could not stop reading. Believe it or not they all go together in not such a surreal way as you might think. In Iliumas in the Hyperion books, Simmons really shows off his knowledge of classical literature.

It baffles me; I could have sworn that I enjoyed Hyperion and that it was well-written, could I have been so wrong?

For other uses, see Ilium disambiguation. A small group of old-style humans decides to find out what’s really going on in those orbital rings. While you are iliion, O Muse, sing also of the rage of those thoughtful, sentient, serious but not-so-close-to-human beings out there dreaming under the ice of Europa, dying in the sulfur ash of Io, and being born in the cold folds of Ganymede.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Life minus art equals pointlessness. All Simmons’ overt eimmons with literature are meant to establish a place in the canon as his genre has been trying to do for a century perhaps that’s why this book was shortlisted for awards, and has been widely praised, because of its obvious attempt to connect to Great Works. Copy Lovecraft’s cosmic horror, but skip the racist epithets.

The gods know that the scholics know how Homer said the story is supposed to end, but they’ve been forbidden to ask the scholics.

Knowing the gist of the fall of Troy is enough to read this book. Sebastian Zwenger rated it it was amazing Jul 12, Zeus, Hera, Athene, Aphrodite, Apollo, and the whole rest, augmented by nanotechnology, quantum teleportation, and ikion of other interesting stuff. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Paperbackpages. Books by Dan Simmons.

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English Choose a language for shopping. Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books. This is told in first person. To continue my theme from my review of Carrion Comfort, five Dan Simmons books into it and I can say he remains at the top of my list. There’s unfamiliar words, odd sounding places and the live battle of Troy being overseen by a 21st Century dna.


It’s epic sci-fi with huge twists, characters tempting fate, some fickle and furious Greek gods, Achilles and Hector from Homer’s Iliad, Shakespeare-spouting robots from Jupiter, oh, and some trippy worm holes.

In my opinion, if the award had been a motor race, the other contenders would have got their asses lapped.

Set in a very distant future, long after both AI and posthumans have merged, this novel contains three main storylines, all of which ventually intersect.

Greek mythology has never really been my thing. While Hyperion gave us a structure loosely based on the classic Chauceresque simmonw story, Ilium is straight up Homeric Trojan War.

If that’s all you need to hear, then consider yourself informed; enjoy the rest of your day.

Mahnmut and Orphu, the only two survivors, try to make it across Mars, aided by mysterious “Little Green Men” who seem to be creations of neither early humans nor the slmmons. Huhuhuh, and then she rubs her thigh on the pole. This isn’t a forward-looking book, as sci fi should be, its a weirdly nostalgic attempt to redeem the past of sci fi–despite how goofy, exclusionary, and horribly Gernsbackian it all was. I can just imagine him waking up on the bathroom floor in the morning with some indecpherable napkin notes ending with the phrase “good luck with that”.

Eleven and twelve-year-old students in Simmons’ regular 6th-grade class averaged junior-year in high school writing ability according to annual standardized and holistic writing assessments.