Ilium by Dan Simmons

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The Trojan War rages at the foot of Olympos Mons on Mars -- observed and influenced from on high by Zeus and his immortal family -- and twenty-first-century professor Thomas Hockenberry is there to play a role in the insidious private wars of vengeful gods and goddesses. On Earth, a small band of the few remaining humans pursues a lost past and devastating truth -- as four sentient machines depart from Jovian space to investigate, perhaps terminate, the potentially catastrophic emissions emanating from a mountaintop miles above the terraformed surface of the Red Planet.


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In his twenty years of publication, DAN SIMMONS has won more than 50 major American and international awards for his fiction. He lives in Colorado.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 752 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Reassembled from scraps of DNA thousands of years in the future, Hockenberry and a host of other scholars were gathered up and sent to the past by a race of creatures with awesome powers and fickle tempers (the Greek gods) to serve as their recorders for what they saw as this grandest of games.

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Ilium by Dan Simmons 352pp, Gollancz, £10.99 Roma Eterna by Robert Silverberg 384pp, Gollancz, £10.99 There's a big morphic resonance from the classics breaking out all over science fiction at the moment.

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Long before I had any formal idea of what literary "classics" were and how they came to be so revered, an imaginative public school teacher told (not read, but told --- from memory) the story of Odysseus, a kingly hero of Greek mythology who took years to get home after the Trojan War.

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For this reason more casual readers may find the initial stages to the novel reluctant to admit interest, each tale appearing to proceed in divergent directions, the resulting shifts in the novel's focus and characters interrupting the threads of what has preceded, regardless of each separate sto...

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What makes this a Good Epic SF novel is Simmons ability to skillfully weave those aspects and the numerous Big Ideas into the novel.

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The humans lead lives of luxury and ease, but are restricted to just 100 years of existence, but a small group discover a 1,400 year old woman and attempt to reach the habitation rings above the planet where the post-humans are said to dwell, and where a heavenly life awaits those who reach their...

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The Zone

The original tale, and Hockenberry's ultimate subversion of it, is more a jumping-off point for a meditation on how humans deal with higher beings - machine, post-human, or divine - and what happens when man decides to challenge the so-called natural order and seize control of his own fate.

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