Cover to the 2005 first edition
|Cover artist||Gary Ruddell; cover design by Ervin Serrano|
|Genre||Science fiction novel|
|Publisher||HarperCollins, Eos imprint|
|June 28, 2005|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
|Pages||690 pp. hardcover, 891 pp. paperback|
|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.
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
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").
- Olympos on Worlds Without End