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Ilium

Simmons, Dan;Homer

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ISBN 10: 0380978938 / ISBN 13: 9780380978939
Published by HarperCollins, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 2003
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Title: Ilium

Publisher: HarperCollins, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Good

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LIKE NEW-BOOK/VERY GOOD-DUST JACKET,1ST EDITION: 1ST PRINTING as evidenced by print history number line ending in the number 1. Hardcover speculative fiction/science fiction. In like new, unread, or lightly read condition, text is unmarked, not library copy but, is remainder marked. Dust jacket has minor shelf, rubbing, guttering and light edge wear and is not price clipped. Book is NOT SIGNED OR AUTOGRAPHED. Seller is a lifelong book collector and each edition comes directly from his 35,000+ volume collection! Orders are shipped every business day using USPS Media Mail WITH FREE TRACKING for all U S. orders. Thank You! DEZ 0028

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Genre-hopping Dan Simmons returns to science fiction with the vast and intricate masterpiece Ilium. Within, Simmons weaves three astounding story lines into one Earth-, Mars-, and Jupiter-shattering cliffhanger that will leave readers aching for the sequel.

On Earth, a post-technological group of humans, pampered by servant machines and easy travel via "faxing," begins to question its beginnings. Meanwhile, a team of sentient and Shakespeare-quoting robots from Jupiter's lunar system embark on a mission to Mars to investigate an increase in dangerous quantum fluctuations. On the Red Planet, they'll find a race of metahumans living out existence as the pantheon of classic Greek gods. These "gods" have recreated the Trojan War with reconstituted Greeks and Trojans and staffed it with scholars from throughout Earth's history who observe the events and report on the accuracy of Homer's Iliad. One of these scholars, Thomas Hockenberry, finds himself tangled in the midst of interplay between the gods and their playthings and sends the war reeling in a direction the blind poet could have never imagined.

Simmons creates an exciting and thrilling tale set in the thick of the Trojan War as seen through Hockenberry's 20th-century eyes. At the same time, Simmons's robots study Shakespeare and Proust and the origin-seeking Earthlings find themselves caught in a murderous retelling of The Tempest. Reading this highly literate novel does take more than a passing familiarity with at least The Iliad but readers who can dive into these heady waters and swim with the current will be amply rewarded. --Jeremy Pugh

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