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Secondly, Dan Simmons. He's written in other genres as well, but it's his science fiction works that I've read to date: a loose series called "The Hyperion Cantos"(Hyperion,The Fall of Hyperion,Endymion,The Rise of Endymion) and a duology with no series title I know:IlliumandOlympos. Far future, crazy technology, more than a bit of transhumanism, and a lot of literary or mythological references (The Hyperion Cantos draw heavily on the unfinished epic poem "Hyperion", by John Keats, while Illium and Olympos involve the recreation of theIlliadby nanotech- and quantum-enhanced Greek gods.)The Hyperion universe has the best logical extension of Internet culture I've ever seen: in addition to a vast information network, the central civilized worlds are connected by a vast network of teleportation devices, such that anyone can visit any of them pretty much at will. So if something interesting happens on one planet, they are quickly overwhelmed by billions of tourists from other parts of the Worldweb. It's the Slashdot effect, writ large and with physical travel.
One of my co-workers was reading these awhile ago. I saw it on her desk, but it looked like a generic fantasy novel to me. If publishers made covers that more accurately represented the contents of the books, I wouldn't keep getting bitten by false pre-judgements. Anyway, after I read this giant pile of literature next to my bed I will check out the *ion series for sure.Pop trivia question! Rym can't answer and Using Google, Wikipedia, etc. is cheating.What anime character is also known as "The Hawk of Endymion?"