Olympos (novel)

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Cover to the 2005 first edition
Cover to the 2005 first edition
Author Dan Simmons
Cover artist Gary Ruddell; cover design by Ervin Serrano
Country United States
Language English
Series Ilium/Olympus duology
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher HarperCollins, Eos imprint
Publication date
June 28, 2005
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 690 pp. hardcover, 891 pp. paperback
ISBN 0-380-97894-6
OCLC 57694972
813/.54 22
LC Class PS3569.I47292 O49 2005
Preceded by Ilium (2003)

Olympos, Dan Simmons' novel published in 2005, is the sequel to Ilium and final part of Ilium/Olympos duology. Like its predecessor it is a work of science fiction, and contains many literary references: it blends together Homer's epics the Iliad and the Odyssey, Shakespeare's The Tempest, and has frequent smaller references to other works, including Proust, James Joyce, Caliban upon Setebos, Prometheus Unbound, Shakespearean poetry and even William Blake and Virgil's Aeneid.

Plot introduction[edit]

Beneath the gaze of the gods, the mighty armies of Greece and Troy met in fierce and glorious combat, scrupulously following the text set forth in Homer's timeless narrative. But that was before twenty-first-century scholar Thomas Hockenberry stirred the bloody brew, causing an enraged Achilles to join forces with his archenemy Hector and turn his murderous wrath on Zeus and the entire pantheon of divine manipulators; before the swift and terrible mechanical creatures that catered for centuries to the pitiful idle remnants of Earth's human race began massing in the millions, to exterminate rather than serve. From the outer solar system, an advanced race of semi-organic Artificial Intelligences, called Moravecs, observe Earth and Mars in consternation, trying to make sense of the situation, hoping to shift the balance of power before out-of-control quantum forces destroy everything.

References to the real world[edit]

The "Paris Crater" location (a devastated French capital) includes a few references to the real world, supposedly produced by folk etymology such as "Invalid Hotel" for "Hôtel des Invalides", "Champs Ulysses" for "Champs-Élysées" or "Guarded Lion" for "Gare de Lyon". A single reference in passing is made to the mountain "Pikespik" (for "Pikes Peak").


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