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Hyperion - Dan Simmons

1989 - In a galaxy threatened by war, seven travels embark on a government sponsored mission to the outback planet of Hyperion. Their mission is to gain insight into the mysterious Time Tombs and understand the deadly Shrike creature. With each member of the expedition holding special knowledge of Hyperion, they set about to share their tales and pieces together mystery. The book is deep, rich, and beautifully written. An homage to the Canterbury Tales, Hyperion's plot is told through the individual stories of each traveler.