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Ilium

Ilium

by Dan Simmons

Availability: Out of Print

Product Name Price
Ilium Lettered Edition
$500.00
Ilium Limited Edition
$75.00

The intertwined narratives that comprise the novel take place nearly 2,500 years from now, in the "post-human" universe of "The Ninth of Av." On Earth, the eloi-like remnants of the "old style" human race pursue painless, pointless existences, largely unaware of the history of their species, or of the nature and geography of the planet they inhabit. In Jupiter space, a pair of Moravecs -- partially organic robots with an affinity for Proust and Shakespeare -- agree to investigate a quantum anomaly recently discovered on the surface of Mars. And on the Plains of Ilium, a scholic named Thomas Hockenberry observes what appear to be the gods of the Greek pantheon -- Zeus, Ares, Apollo, Athena, and literally hundreds more -- as they preside over the bloody spectacle of the Trojan War, a once familiar conflict that will evolve -- and escalate -- in unexpected ways.

 

Ilium is Dan Simmons' first full-length science fiction novel since The Rise of Endymion in 1997. A work of epic scope, audacious intelligence, and imaginative grandeur, it is the opening movement of a projected two-volume sequence, and is an authentic masterpiece in its own right.

The intertwined narratives that comprise the novel take place nearly 2,500 years from now, in the "post-human" universe of "The Ninth of Av." On Earth, the eloi-like remnants of the "old style" human race pursue painless, pointless existences, largely unaware of the history of their species, or of the nature and geography of the planet they inhabit. In Jupiter space, a pair of Moravecs -- partially organic robots with an affinity for Proust and Shakespeare -- agree to investigate a quantum anomaly recently discovered on the surface of Mars. And on the Plains of Ilium, a scholic named Thomas Hockenberry observes what appear to be the gods of the Greek pantheon -- Zeus, Ares, Apollo, Athena, and literally hundreds more -- as they preside over the bloody spectacle of the Trojan War, a once familiar conflict that will evolve -- and escalate -- in unexpected ways.

Looking backward toward the epic glories of Homer's Greece and forward toward the marvels -- and terrors -- of the distant future, Ilium is a novel of heroic proportions that stands at the intersection of quantum physics and ancient myth. Funny, moving, startling, enlightening, and endlessly entertaining, it is the most astonishing accomplishment to date by one of the most gifted, ambitious, and unpredictable storytellers of the modern era.

Limited: 724 signed numbered hardcover copies
Lettered: 26 signed traycased copies

Additional Information

Authors Simmons, Dan
Artists Moser, Barry
Type Novel
ISBN 978-1-931081-88-7
Year 2003
Month July
Print Status Out of Print
Shippable Yes
Length 681 pages

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