The Rise of Endymion (Hyperion)

By Dan Simmons

The incredible end to at least one of the best technology fiction sagas of our time

The time of reckoning has arrived. As a last genocidal campaign threatens to enslave humanity ceaselessly, a brand new messiah has come of age. She is Aenea and he or she has passed through an odd apprenticeship to these referred to as the Others. Now her protector, Raul Endymion, one-time shepherd and convicted assassin, needs to support her carry her startling message to her turning out to be military of disciples.

But first they have to embark on a last striking undertaking to find the underlying which means of the universe itself. they've been on their trip through the mysterious Shrike--monster, angel, killing machine--who is set to bare the long-held mystery of its foundation and goal. And on this planet of Hyperion, the place the tale first begun, the ultimate revelation could be delivered--an apocalyptic message that unlocks the secrets and techniques of lifestyles and the destiny of humankind within the galaxy.

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Acknowledged Het Masteen. “Just flip outward to the place we will sincerely see the stars,” acknowledged Aenea. 29 The Yggdrasill persevered on. The Tree of discomfort its captain, the Templar real Voice of the Tree Het Masteen, referred to as it. i couldn't argue. each one leap took extra strength from my Aenea, my love, my terrible, drained Aenea, and every separation crammed the depleting pool of power with a becoming reservoir of unhappiness. and during all of it the Shrike stood lifeless and on my own on its excessive platform, like a hideous bowsprit on a doomed send or a macabre darkish angel at the most sensible of a mirthless Christmas tree.

All around the millions of sq. klicks of this quarter have been gaping wounds and denuded branches. The Yggdrasill moved slowly via billions of tumbling leaves—those nonetheless in containment-field surroundings burning brightly and portray the containment-field perimeter grey with ash—as the treeship back to the sector wall and thoroughly undergone. rising from the a ways aspect and deciding on up pace because the erg-controlled fusion force flared, lets see much more of the conflict now. house the following was once a myriad of winking pinpoints of sunshine, fiery sparks showing as protecting containment fields got here alight below lance assault, numerous thermonuclear and plasma explosions, the force tails of missiles, hyperkinetic guns, small assault craft, and archangels.

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I couldn't communicate. My palms didn't paintings whilst i presumed to paddle opposed to the strong present. “Aenea? ” I aimed the flashlight towards the shore, stuck a glimpse of her poncho sparkling within the mild, the light oval of her face within the shadow of the hood. “Aenea! ” She shouted anything, waved. I waved again. the present was once very powerful for a second. I paddled violently to prevent being pulled into a whole tree that had snagged on a sandbar, after which i used to be out within the principal present and hurtling south. I seemed again yet partitions of the final constructions in Hannibal concealed my expensive lady from view.

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