Olympos (novel)

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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
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 the Ilium/Olympos series. 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[disambiguation needed], Shakespearean poetry and even William Blake and Virgil's Aeneid.

Plot introduction[edit]

The novel centers on three main character groups; that of the scholic Hockenberry, Helen and Greek and Trojan warriors from the Iliad; Daeman, Harman, Ada and the other humans of Earth; and the moravecs, specifically Mahnmut the Europan and Orphu of Io. The novel is written in present-tense when centered on Hockenberry's character, but features third-person, past-tense narrative in all other instances. Much like Simmons' Hyperion where the actual events serve as a frame, the three groups of characters' stories are told over the course of the novel and their stories do not begin to converge until the end.

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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