Monday, 22 June 2009
SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Ilium - Dan Simmons
Taking the events and characters of the Iliad as his jumping- off point, Dan Simmons has created an epic of time travel and savage warfare. Travellers from 40,000 years in the future return to Homer's Greece and rewrite history forever, their technology impacting on the population in a godlike fashion. This is broad scope space opera rich in classical and literary allusion, from one of the key figures in 1990s world SF. Ilium marks a return to the genre for one of its greats.
As a long standing fan of Dan Simmons, I’m more than pleased to see this reissued as part of the Gollancz modern classics range. Here is a futuristic retelling of the Greek classic and whilst some may think that Dan’s Hyperion is superior, this is my personal favourite of his. The writing is crisp, the characters enthralling and above all it’s a tale that will keep you gripped to the last page. Truly a modern classic and something that bridges the gap between the fantasy and sci-fi. Great stuff.