I have now read the science fiction book Hyperion by Dan Simmons. And I must say it was quite good. I give it a score of 3.2 of 5.0. Personally I think it's more a book based on short stories with a red line between them, than a real novel. Because the pilgrims tells their own story, and every story is a chapter in the book. I like some of the stories better than the others. I don't like war stories, and I don't like fighting scenes described in text.
This is the first thick science fiction novel I have read. I have only read short stories by Isaac Asimov and Brian Aldiss before when it comes to sci-fi. I am a horror fan usually. But Hyperion made me highly interesting in the science fiction genre, so it will be a lot more of it from now on.
And I will probably read "The Fall of Hyperion" (the sequel) quite soon.
The Hyperion Story:
On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all. On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope—and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.