What a deal!! Not to shill for a book club that I have to PAY for my books, but SFBC.com currently has a deal on the Hyperion Cantos in a special bookclub hardcover edition. Hyperion, by Dan Simmons, is without a doubt my favorite science fiction novel. I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more, you get the picture. It’s well written with classical and scifi allusions throughout, and it makes you think. It won the Hugo (& I think a Nebula award as well). I have read all four related novels (Hyperion, Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, Rise of Endymion) 5 times each. I admit, I’m a huge Dan Simmons fanboy–I even got a free copy of Olympos to review for HarperCollins, and a review I wrote was published in the SFBC catalog . . . But all of that is besides the point.
I just checked Amazon, and the Hyperion Cantos–which consists of Hyperion and its sequel Fall of Hyperion–goes for over $90.00 NEW. SFBC is currently selling it (granted, “bookclub edition” size) for $15.99 for members. If you ever make it a mission in your life to purchase only ONE scifi novel, this would be it. (Well, the Foundation series by Asimov is invaluable as well, truth be told, but I’m talking MODERN scifi.)
I know you have to join, but you can refuse your monthy choices each month online with no hassle. And you keep apprised of the latest and upcoming scifi. It’s worth it. Go. NOW.
If you choose not to, well . . . choose again.