...to the so-called deities who saw fit to return him
from the dead. But the muse he serves has a new assignment
for the wary scholic, one dictated by Aphrodite herself.
With the help of fortieth-century technology, Hockenberry
is to infiltrate Olympos, spy on its divine inhabitants…and
ultimately destroy Aphrodite’s sister and rival,
the goddess Pallas Athena.
On an Earth profoundly changed since the departure of
the Post-Humans centuries earlier, the great events on
the bloody plains of Ilium serve as mere entertainment.
Its scenes of unrivaled heroics and unequaled carnage
add excitement to human lives devoid of courage, strife,
labor, and purpose. But this eloi-like existence is not
enough for Harman, a man in the last year of his last
Twenty. That rarest of post-postmodern men-an “adventurer”-he
intends to explore far beyond the boundaries of his world
before his allotted time expires, in search of a lost
past, a devastating truth, and an escape from his own
inevitable “final fax.”
Meanwhile, from the radiation-swept reaches of Jovian
space, four sentient machines race to investigate-and,
perhaps, terminate-the potentially catastrophic emissions
of unexplained quantum-flux emanating from a mountain-top
miles above the terraformed surface of Mars…
The first book in a remarkable two-part epic to be concluded
in the upcoming Olympos, Dan Simmons’s ILIUM is
a breathtaking adventure, enormous in scope and imagination,
sweeping across time and space to connect three seemingly
disparate stories in fresh, thrilling, and totally unexpected
ways. A truly masterful work of speculative fiction, it
is quite possibly Simmons’s finest achievement to
date in an already storied literary career.