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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 of their stories is told with a radically different style and voice.
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... Read More »
A group of pilgrims voyage to the planet Hyperion to witness the opening of the Time Tombs. Each recounts a story in a different style and setting that explore the nature of the tombs and their maleficent guardian, the Shrike. Inspired by Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
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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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But when the time comes to judge, to understand a betrayal which will spread like flame across the Web, which will end worlds, I ask you not to think of me-- my name was not even writ on water as your lost poet's soul said-- but to think of Old Earth dying for no reason, to think of the dolphins, their gray flesh drying and rotting in the sun, to see-- as I have seen-- the motile isles with no place to wander, their feeding grounds destroyed, the Equatorial Shallows scabbed with drilling platforms, the islands themselves burdened with shouting, trammeling tourists smelling of UV lotion and cannabis.
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