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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 backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all. 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 carries a desperate hope--and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.

New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group [1990] 482p.

First edition in hardback. Only 2,000 hardback editions were published and were issued at the same time as the paperback. Bound in pink boards with blue spine. Lettering in gold on spine reading HYPERION\DAN\SIMMONS. DJ art by Gary Ruddell on both front and back covers showing the Shrike viewing the wind wagon in the Sea of Grass. Front DJ flap has a story synopsis, while on the back flap is a number of blurbs. Additionally, a photo by Karen Simmons is located on the back flap.


Back Cover

Comment: Quite simply the finest science fiction work that I have ever read-period. The intricate weaving of multi layered plots and an incredible compilation of character development make this a simply awe inspiring work. Enough of my blathering-READ THE BOOK.