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Dan Simmons is a science fiction, fantasy and horror author, known for his popular series the Hyperion Cantos.

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How could Father Duré survive as a person on the Tesla tree?

(I am presently halfway through The Rise of Endymion, it may of course be explained in what I have not read yet) In "Hyperion", we read the story of Father Duré who after leaving the Bikura crucifies ...
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Hyperion: how do other pilgrims know about Hoyt's cruciforms?

Note: I've read the French version of the books: maybe I'm not using the geniune terminology/names here I recently re-read Hyperion by Dan Simmons, and I noticed all pilgrims suddenly know Father ...
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Timing of space travel in Hyperion and Endymion is inconsistent

I'm reading the Hyperion Cantos books by Dan Simmons, and I'm partway through Endymion. (so no spoilers if you can please). However, I'm beginning to notice that the time it takes to travel is ...
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Why is the Shrike depicted with only two arms on the covers of the first three “Hyperion” novels?

The cover illustrations for the Dan Simmons novels "Hyperion", "The Fall of Hyperion" and "Endymion" all feature depictions of the Shrike with two arms: However, already in the first novel "...
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Who is the first-person narrator in Dan Simmons's *The Hollow Man*?

The scenes in Simmons's The Hollow Man alternate between third person omniscient and first person, with the first person narrator apparently having a fairly omniscient view of Jeremy Bremen's life, ...
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What was going on with Moneta's transformation?

I've finished the series, but I'm left wondering about Moneta's transformation into a Shrike-like form during her last meeting with Kassad in the first book. After that and during the second book ...
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Why is Sol Weintraub's tale titled “The River Lethe's Taste is Bitter”?

All of the titles of the tales in Dan Simmon's Hyperion make sense, except for one: in chapter 5 (page 246 of Mass Market Paperback), Sol Weintraub's story is titled "The River Lethe's Taste is Bitter....
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How was the Shrike able to communicate with Martin Silenius?

In Fall of Hyperion, when the Shrike comes for Martin, it takes control of his hand, forcing Martin to write out messages from the Shrike (e.g. "It is time."). How did the Shrike do this? I don't ...
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What is “Kwatz!”?

In Fall of Hyperion, the Core AI Ummon periodically interjects his koans and oddly-formatted comments with [Kwatz!] What does this mean? Is it a made-up expletive? If so, why would a computer ...
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Why was it so important to sacrifice Rachel?

Throughout the first and second books in the cantos, Sol Weintraub was urged to sacrifice his only child, Rachel, and give her willingly to the Shrike. It was clearly presented as the ultimate act ...
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How realistic is the physical evolution of the Ousters in Dan Simmons' Hyperion Cantos novels?

I am halfway through Dan Simmons 'Fall of Hyperion' and I was wondering whether there are any expert opinions on how human physicality would change upon living in zero-g. In the Hyperion novels the ...
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Was crucifom a symbolic criticism of church?

Was cruciform organism from Dan Simmons' Hyperion supposed to be a symbolic criticism of Christian church? One can easily notice several possible allusions to church (spoilers ahead): On the other ...
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About Dan Simmons' description of the Doppler effect applied to light

I remember that, reading Hyperion's cantos, I'd been wondering whether there could be some kind of “altered” physical model which would support Dan Simmons' description of the Doppler effect applied ...
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Who created the cruciforms from the Hyperion Cantos?

I'm currently on the 3rd book from the Hyperion Cantos. I read Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion and they've become one of my favorite sci-fi books of all time, but I have a question. (Obvious spoilers ...
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What role did the Tunnels & Cruciform parasites play in “Hyperion”

I was discussing Dan Simmons Hyperion books with a friend recently. While we both could recall the immediate roll the Cruciform parasites played in the novels, we couldn't remember where they - or the ...
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What do the moravecs look like in “Ilium” by Dan Simmons?

What do the moravecs (humanoid machines from the Jovian system) look like in Dan Simmons' Ilium? I am halfway through the book and haven't seen a good description yet as to their appearance.