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Olympos

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Olympos by Dan Simmons
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Helen of Troy is in mourning for her dead husband, Paris. Killed in single combat with the merciless Apollo, his body is nothing but a scorched and blasted thing. Hockenberry, her lover, still sneaks from her bed after their nights of lovemaking. And the gods still strike out from the besieged Olympos, their single-molecule bomb casings quantum phase-shifting through the moravecs' force shield and laying waste to Ilium. Or so Hockenberry and the amusing little metal creature, Mahnmut, have tried to explain to her. Helen of Troy does not give a fig about machines. She must dress for the funeral. And man and the gods and the unknown players in this tragedy must prepare for the final act. And a battle that will decide the future of the universe itself.

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"The most authentically Homeric portrayal of the Gods that I have read in a modern work of fiction. The violence and terror are convincingly epic." -- Tom Holland SUNDAY TELEGRAPH "...a mind-blasting look at the nature of humanity, and what it truly means to be a hero. Complex and multi-stranded, this free-wheeling and beautifully bonkers epic [is] more than worth the effort. " -- Saxon Bullock SFX "A deeply satisfying and dark twist on the old comics idea of fictional heroes existing in parallel universes. The action is non-stop and it has an ending that's satisfying. Heavy but rewarding stuff." -- Anthony Brown STARBURST "This is powerful stuff, rich in both high-tech sense of wonder and literary allusions, but Simmons is in complete control of his material as half a dozen baroque plot lines smoothly converge on a rousing and highly satisfying conclusion." -- PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY " Like so many epics and space operas, Olympos measures individual lives against a cosmic scale... combines the historical and literary Trojan war with biotechnology, nano-engineering, quantum physics, geology, astronomy, sex, politics, and religion." The Guardian

Author Biography

Dan Simmons won the World Fantasy Award for his first novel, SONG OF KALI, inspired by his travels in India. In the 1990s he rewrote the SF rulebook with his Hyperion Cantos quartet. He has also written thrillers. Alongside his writing he maintains a career as a college lecturer in English Literature in the USA.
Release date NZ
July 12th, 2006
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Gollancz
Pages
832
Dimensions
174x140x54
ISBN-13
9780575078826
Product ID
1714343

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