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The ''Hyperion Cantos'' is a series of four science fiction novels written by Creator/DanSimmons. In order, they are: ''Hyperion'', ''The Fall of Hyperion'', ''Endymion'', and ''The Rise of Endymion''. There is also a short story called ''Orphans of the Helix'', serving as kind of a DistantFinale.

Eight hundred years into the future, humanity has fled the Earth's accidental destruction at the hands of an [[FreakLabAccident artificial black hole]] and has established the [=WorldWeb=], a society of many planets connected through the [[PortalNetwork Farcaster network]]. With the help of its allies in the [=TechnoCore=] (a group of AIs), mankind lives in peace...until the mysterious "Ousters", a splinter race of humanity adapted to living in deep space, attacks.

As the war becomes desperate, a group of seven pilgrims are sent to the planet Hyperion, a colony world guarded by the inscrutable killing machine known as the Shrike. They hope their desperate appeal to the Shrike will persuade it to give them some of its alien technology that can save humanity. During the journey, the pilgrims, each of whom [[MysteriousPast has a personal link]] to Hyperion, begin to tell each other their stories, and realize that things are ''much'' more complicated than they thought.

Overall, the series is inspired by the unfinished epic poem ''Hyperion'' by Creator/JohnKeats. The first book is modeled after ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'', especially in how each pilgrim has an opportunity to tell their own individual story.
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!This series provides examples Of:
* AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit: The [[spoiler:Lions and Tigers and Bears]] are at ''least'' a Solid Type III, quite possibly higher.
* ArtificialHuman: "Androids" in the series are nearly identical to regular humans, and "cybrids" are androids that act as biological terminals for the [=TechnoCore=].
* AllHailTheGreatGodMickey: The Templars and the Voice of the Tree appear to worship [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Muir John Muir]], a major proponent for the preservation of American forests in the early 19th Century. A book by Muirs is found among Het Masteen's possessions after [[spoiler:he is apparently killed by the Shrike.]] The Templar's devotion to Muir vaguely resembles that of Literature/BraveNewWorld's adulation of Henry Ford as a god-figure in the future.
* TheAlternet: The dataspheres and the megasphere are successors to the internet. One character even comments that "the Internet" was the name of the first crude datasphere on Old Earth.
* AndIMustScream: Features prominently a number of times. Makes sense, since in RealLife Dan Simmons is actually good friends with Creator/HarlanEllison.
** The Shrike's victims on the [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Tree of Pain]].
** Father Duré, who was crucified on a "[[ElectricTorture Tesla Tree]]" but was not able to die due to parasitic "cruciform" that continually revived him.
** Martin Silenus the poet suffers brain damage from [[HumanPopsicle cryosleep]] and is temporarily left unable to talk or use language for a period of time. Though torturous, the experience taught him ''real'' poetry and led him to begin his magnum opus, ''[[TitleDrop The Hyperion Cantos]]''.
* AwesomeMcCoolname / NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Rhadamanth Nemes, and her three siblings Scylla, Gyges, and Briareus.
* AuthorAppeal: Simmons is a former English teacher, so it amuses him to stuff his genre fiction with as many literary references as he can get away with. The first novel in the series, ''Hyperion'', is a WholePlotReference to Chaucer's ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales''. The works of Creator/JohnKeats also factors heavily into the series.
* BackAlleyDoctor: Brawne and Johnny visit one in one of Lusus's seedier Hives.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: The Consul has been involved, almost always in a peripheral or behind-the-scenes role, in virtually ever major foreign policy escapade of the Hegemony government for the last hundred years. [[spoiler:He also reveals himself to have been present for and, in the case of Sol Weintraub, the cause of three of the other pilgrims' previous misfortunes.]]
* BestServedCold: The Ouster operative among the pilgrims has been plotting his revenge on the Hegemony for many decades.
* {{BFG}}: The "FORCE:GROUND multipurpose assault rifle", which can split a boulders in a single one shot and on higher power settings carve long holes through mountains. It has a range measured in ''thousands'' of kilometers.
* BlessedWithSuck:
** The cruciform in ''Hyperion'' and ''The Fall of Hyperion'' is a cross-shaped parasite that grants its hosts a powerful HealingFactor - but slowly transforms them, physically and mentally, into neutered caricatures of humanity.
** In ''Endymion'' and ''The Rise of Endymion'', the cruciform also makes you dependent on the Pax [[spoiler:and gives your mind over to the Core]]. It also functions as built in shock collar.
* BodyHorror: The cruciforms are embedded in the flesh of their hosts.
* TheButcher: Colonel Kassad. The "backhanded compliment" version, at least to some.
* CessationOfExistence: What happens after death, according to Aenea.
* ChameleonCamouflage: Military PowerArmor works this way.
* ChekhovsGun: Both played straight and subverted in Endymion, where it is established early on that [[spoiler:resurrection (which normally takes three days) can be rushed to completion in six hours at the risk of some major BodyHorror.]] Separately subverted with a literal "Chekhov's gun" - huge plasma rifle which the narrator mentions and plays up for quite some time - but never is used for to significant effect.
* CloningBodyParts: Mentioned as ''possible'' but too expensive for wide use.
* CorruptChurch: Very much so in the latter two books with the "Pax", a descendant of the Vatican that controls nearly all of mankind. While individual members (along with the occasional [[spoiler:pope]]) may be good, the church overall acts as one of the main villain organizations in ''Endymion'' and ''Rise of Endymion''.
* CurbstompBattle: Pretty much any time the [=TechnoCore=] is involved. Prominent in the second two books, with "Archangel-class" warships unceremoniously laying waste to almost everything they come up against. [[spoiler:The attack on the Startree is particularly heart-breaking, with millions of Ousters mobilizing to defend what is possibly mankind's greatest achievement in the setting being put to the sword by just a few dozen ships. There is not even a HopeSpot, just endless death and destruction.]]
** Pretty much any time the Shrike goes up against an opponent without phase shifting.
* ColonelBadass: Kassad. He's called "the Butcher of South Bressia" for a reason.
* CoolOldGuy: Oh, boy.
** Father Paul Duré is a charismatic old priest who fights to bring back his church from extinction, [[spoiler: Crucifies himself with electric rods for over a decade to eradicate his cruciform, then comes back from the dead to help the pilgrims stand against the Shrike.]]
** Sol Weintraub is a quiet, extremely intelligent old professor who would go up against the Shrike and his own God to heal [[PapaWolf his daughter.]]
** The Consul is a [[CulturedBadass cultured, suave]] old diplomat who, when not traveling across the known universe in his personal spaceship, shapes history and plots his vengeance against the [[spoiler: Hegemony]]for what they did to come to power.
** Martin Silenus is a [[SirSwearsALot foul mouthed,]] wisecracking, [[TheCynic cynical]], and, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold when it comes down to it, honorable]] old poet who is quite mad, knows this, and doesn't give a single fuck about it.
* CoolOldLady: Meina Gladstone is the dignified and [[TheChessmaster powerful]] leader of the Hegemony who doesn't take crap from critics or the Technocore.
-->''Technocore Representative: Declaring war against the core would be like…like a fish declaring war on water. Like a driver attaching his EMV because of disturbing news of an accident elsewhere.'' ''Gladstone: I once had a grandfather on Patawpha…who put six slugs from a pulse rifle into the family EMV when it did not start one morning. You are dismissed, Councilor.''
* CoolStarship: Archangels. Fleet destroying super-battleships with instant-anywhere FTL.
* DeadpanSnarker: Martin Silenus, though Brawne Lamia has her moments as well, usually directed back towards Martin.
* DebateAndSwitch: Immortal life at a spiritual cost, or harmony with the universe for a fleeting moment? [[spoiler:Just kidding, immortality means being a slave to the machines. Also, it's damaging to the universe. Also, they constantly need you to die. Also, the life-restoring cruciforms are actually neural parasites. Wait, why is your hand still up?]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Aenea is a messiah, who trains as a architect and [[spoiler:shares her blood and lets herself be killed to liberate mankind.]]
* DoingInTheWizard: In the first two books the Shrike has an air of mystery heightening it's scariness. In the later two book its origins are fully explained and retconned in a way that rather diminishes its badassness.
* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: [[spoiler:The Consul]] is working for the Hegemony, but is also a double agent for the Ousters. The Hegemony knows this, and believe him to also be a triple-agent for them. The Ousters also know ''that'', but are sure he's really a quadruple agent for them. [[spoiler:In reality, he's only in it for bloody revenge, and turns on the Ousters as soon as their hesitancy to launch a galactic war imperils his plan.]]
* DramaPreservingHandicap: In the fourth novel when Raul takes on Nemes barehanded it's worth noting that, for the duration of the fight, the PowersThatBe have taken away her ability to move in BulletTime, making it just ''slightly'' more of an "even fight" (she still has bones made of metal, long claws, shark teeth, feels no pain, etc).
* DysonSphere: Well, Dyson ''Tree'': an Ouster structure is composed of millions of trees grown/interwoven together in zero-g around a star.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Kassad dies defeating the Shrike in hand-to-hand combat.
* EarthThatWas: Earth was destroyed by an errant experiment involving micro-black holes. [[spoiler:It gets better: it's revealed that the Lions and Tigers and Bears moved it to the Magellanic Cloud before the [=TechnoCore=] could destroy it. They also give it back]]
* EnsembleCast: The first book features six main characters, each taking the time to tell their own tale.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Consul.
* FamousFamousFictional: Meina Gladstone is likened to Lincoln, Churchill or "Alvarez-Temp" as a leader.
** And UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler is frequently mentioned in the same breath as "Horace Glennon-Height".
* FateWorseThanDeath: The condition the Ousters keep their prisoners of war in. The Tree of Pain is also this. Or the traitors who are "thoroughly interrogated" and "detained" by the Hegemony.
* FaceHeelTurn: It's revealed in ''Endymion'' that [[spoiler:Hoyt murders Duré and becomes the Pope. By spreading the cruciform to all of humanity, he enslaves it to the Core.]]
* FaunsAndSatyrs: Martin Silenus undergoes body modifications in order to turn himself into a satyric figure.
* FranchiseZombie: An in-universe example in "The Poet's Tale" section of ''Hyperion'': Martin Silenus becomes famous for his "Dying Earth" series but eventually becomes forced to keep writing it just to make a living.
* GambitPileup: Pretty much what caused [[spoiler:the Ouster invasion. The Core provokes Bressia to attack the Ouster Swarm secretly, so the Swarm's massive retaliation looks like unprovoked barbaric aggression to the Hegemony. Said [[DisproportionateRetribution massive retaliation]] is actually not the Ousters, but instead the Core making sure the Web is freaked out about how genocidal and tough the Ousters are. Meanwhile the Core plants more fake Swarms around the Web so they can manufacture an invasion on demand. When Gladstone brings Hyperion into the Web, the real Ousters invade there to keep the Core from taking the Time Tombs. The Core sends their fake invasion against the Web and hands the Hegemony the deathwand device, urging them to point it at the real Ousters.]]
* GenreSavvy : Many of the characters quip various [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] in archetypal situtations (i. e. Father Duré wondering at first if the Bikura [[GodGuise hadn't mistakened him for a deity]], remarking that something like that is worthy of clichéd holonovels).
* GlorifiedSpermDonor: Martin's father takes this trope UpToEleven.
* GodWasMyCopilot: [[spoiler:Bettik is the Observer for the Lions and Tigers and Bears.]]
* HeavyWorlder: Brawne Lamia (and all other Lusans, by extension), as well as the ([[HufflepuffHouse not often seen]]) folks from Sol Draconi Septem.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:De Soya, and (most) the crew of both his ''Archangel'' ships.]]
* HeldGaze: One happens between Kassad and [[spoiler:Moneta when they are lying on the forest floor after they have just met.]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory: [[spoiler:Rachel]]'s adventures are hinted at in a few tantalizing scenes in first, second and fourth books.
* HijackedByGanon: Did you think ''Endymion'' was just about [[spoiler:a CorruptChurch? Nope, they're just puppets of the [=TechnoCore=].]]
* {{Homage}}: The first book is written in the style of ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'' and the series is inspired by the work of Creator/JohnKeats. In addition, several of the individual tales are homages to other SF works or genres.
** "The Priest's Tale" bears a a striking resemblance to Creator/JamesBlish's ''A Case of Conscience''
** "The Detective's Tale" is cyberpunk (complete with a Creator/WilliamGibson NameDrop)
** "The Soldier's Tale" uses a lot of elements from Creator/JoeHaldeman's ''Literature/TheForeverWar''.
** The ''Consul's Tale'' is a sci-fi ''RomeoAndJuliet''.
* HonorBeforeReason: How Raul Endymion rolls. Of course it nearly gets him killed.
* HollywoodTactics: An intentional example. Hegemony ground wars before the Ouster invasion were fought with organized battles on open fields as it was considered more honorable and less harmful to civilians. While they wise up pretty quickly, their ground forces are initially devastated by the much more competent Ouster troops.
* HumanoidAbomination: [[MultiArmedAndDangerous Two extra arms aside]], the Shrike has an otherwise vaguely humanish shape, but it is for all intents an EldritchAbomination. It is a creature of horror that communicates only in fear and pain, and seemingly breaks rules of reality at will, being [[NighInvulnerability completely indestructible]], able to [[TeleportSpam disappear from one spot and instantly appear in another at will]], eerily silent, and follows a set of motives that seem [[BlueAndOrangeMorality inscrutable and almost arbitrary from our point of view]].
* HumanPopsicle: Used for interstellar travel. Silenus uses this to extend his life, and [[spoiler:the Core does this to billions of humans in the second half of the series to use them as massive parallel processors.]]
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: The "Gideon drive" is described as being terrifying to use, possibly killing you in incredibly painful ways.
* ImmortalLifeIsCheap: Many immortals in the latter two books are vaporized, devoured, or melted, resulting in "true death". Archangel-class ships are designed with the crew's gruesome and repeated deaths in mind. Considering the excruciating details of the original Archangel's introduction, this doubles as horrific.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: The Shrike gets its name from its habit of doing this.
* InfantImmortality: Averted. An entire maternity ward filled with babies gets blown up by PAX troops in The Rise Of Endymion.
* InformedAbility: Rise of Endymion is full of references to the independent nature, critical thinking tendencies and, at one point, a vast mob of "intelligent, questioning, alert" Aenea's followers. Needless to say, they all obey their leader's every word without question, never hesitate, never second-guess and rarely show any personality beyond total obedience. Aenea's paradigm-shifting revelations are more often than not taken at face value.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: A central theme of Kassad's tale.
* InvisibilityFlicker: The Shrike, with its super-speed and time manipulation abilities, can (and sometimes does) kill without ever being seen. However, owing perhaps to sadism, it normally appears in front of its victims in full view for the maximum amount of terror. Being NighInvulnerable means it's not much of a risk.
* InstantExpert: Averted. When Kassad commandeers an Ouster transport ship, he's only able to get a vague idea of how to use it after randomly pressing buttons and comparing the cockpit to that of Hegemony ships, and the ship still blows up in reentry. Lampshaded when Kassad notes that characters in fiction somehow always know how to use any vehicle they get into.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Raul Endymion. Normally pronounced like the spanish "Raúl" (rhymes with "cool") but early on he specifies that it actually rhymes with "''Paul''".
* {{Jerkass}}: Silenus is definitely seen as one throughout much of the first two books, with some of his fellow pilgrims assaulting and threatening to kill him due to his behavior.
* {{Koan}}: Ummon has quite a few of these. Not surprising, given that he's [[MeaningfulName named after the great Chinese Zen master]] Yunmen Wenyan, known in Japanese (and from there English) as Ummon. Some of them may or may not have the IceCreamKoan nature, depending on [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation how firmly you believe]] the AIs are really in control of things.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:The Core]] in the first two books are behind everything from [[spoiler:the Ouster invasion]] to [[spoiler:the ''motherfucking Shrike!'']]
* MayDecemberRomance:
** Raul and Aenea are a rather extreme example. They first meet when he is twenty-seven and she's twelve. Their ages are drawn closer together by the [[TimeDilation effects of relativistic travel]] before they actually become a couple.
** The Consul's grandfather's romance turns into this because she's following TheSlowPath.
* MeaningfulName: Creator/DanSimmons is quite fond of literary references
** Brawne Lamia (Brawne being the last name of Creator/JohnKeats' RealLife sweetheart, [[spoiler: and Brawne herself falls in love with a retrieved from the past John Keats in the form of a cybrid]]).
** Rachel Weintraub. Rachel means "Lamb" and at the midpoint of the ''Fall of Hyperion'' she becomes the SacrificialLamb when Sol, her father, re-enacts the Sacrifice of Abraham.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: The Shrike.
* {{Nanomachines}}: A ubiquitous part of the setting.
* NighInvulnerability:
** The cruciform allows for regeneration from FromASingleCell, albeit with the consequence of repeated revivals slowly transforming one into a retarded and genderless being.
** The Shrike is seemingly indestructible and with its natural TimeTravel abilities, can come back after appearing to be destroyed.
** Nemes, when phase shifted, shows invulnerability second only to the Shrike. Even an ''eighty-gigawatt laser'' is unable to harm her.
* NonLinearCharacter: Moneta, a character Kassad meets who seemingly is meeting him backward in time (his first time meeting her is her last time seing him, and vice versa). Later revealed [[spoiler:that she's actually Rachel Weintraub, whose experience in the Time Tombs has enabled her to move backwards and forwards in time, thus allowing her TimeTravelRomance with Kassad. She ends up as one of Aenea's disciples and ultimately saves her younger self when her father tries to sacrifices her to the Shrike.]]
* NoNameGiven: The Consul.
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:Sol Weintraub]] attempts to reenact the Sacrifice of Abraham, only with [[spoiler:his time-reversed infant daughter as the sacrifice and the Shrike instead of God. Considering she was only seconds away from non-existence ''anyway'', this might have been the only way to save her.]]
* OhCrap: When Kassad is in a simulation of the [[UsefulNotes/TheHundredYearsWar Battle of Agincourt]] he notices that, while he may be trained with virtually every kind of weaponry there is, from futuristic guns to the longbow, he doesn't have ''any'' of those things on hand...and he's just unthinkingly charged alone after a heavily armed knight. His reaction: ''"Ah shit."''
* OneManArmy:
** The Shrike can, and ''does'', kill thousands of people and destroys dozens of vehicles in less then a picosecond. ''Literally''.
** Nemes and her "siblings" are each capable of tearing through an army as well.
** Individual PAX Swiss Guard troopers can easily defeat thousands of regular PAX troopers (each of whom carries enough firepower to level mountains).
* OrganicTechnology: Fairly common in the universe. The largest example being the Templars "tree ships", which are giant, space-travelling trees protected by [[DeflectorShields force fields]] generated from living things. Many forms of AI are apparently DNA based, whatever that means. [[spoiler: The Core utilizes humans as vast parallel processors, first by using people travelling through farcasters, and then using the cruciforms.]]
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Kassad's conquest and [[TheSiege defense]] of the Solar System are largely off-camera.]]
* OurGodsAreGreater: They're called "Ultimate Intelligences". At least some are computers, and humans create them, not the other way around.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Depending on your definition of "person", the Shrike. It is effectively invulnerable, and with his time manipulation it can kill thousands in less than a second.
* PhysicalGod: The Shrike can freely manipulate time and space, and is for all intents and purposes invulnerable. Appropriately enough, he has a church devoted to him.
* PlanetOfHats: There's planet of the Jews (which suffers implied genocide), planet of the Muslims (a backward, desert world [[spoiler:also genocide]]), planet of the tree-worshipping Asians [[spoiler:which gets nuked]], planet of the Palestinians(!) (in a permanent state of rebellion), planet of the slums, planet of the bureaucrats, planet of the Catholics...
** To be fair, some of these are [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as being self-selected. For example Mars as home to the Palestinians is explicitly mentioned as their second stage of refugeedom, while many other planets were expressly established with some religious or ideological agenda e.g. Maui-Covenant (environmentalist Hawaiians playing nice with dolphins), Hebron (a ReplacementGoldfish for Israel), [=MadredeDios=] (Latin American Catholic pioneers), Asquith (Brits, to the point of keeping UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor on the throne), and Madhya (a Hindu haven).
* PoweredArmor:
** The combat armor worn by FORCE troops in the first two books. It lets Kassad chop his hand faster than the speed of sound to decapitate an opponent; it also has a ton of specialized defensive capacities (absorbing concussions from explosions as well as bullet/frag impacts, radiating off heat energy from laser beams, etc).
** The Swiss Guard's armor in the latter two books. Raul was worried that shooting them would accomplish nothing except to piss them off, which would only make the situation worse for all concerned.
** The "skinsuits" Kassad and Moneta utilize, which give wearers incredible strength, speed, and durability, and as a defense against light/laser-based attacks makes the wearer into a ChromeChampion.
* PowerOfLove: [[spoiler: The Void That Binds. Allows for time travel and a form of telepathy/psychometry with all living things.]]
* PowersThatBe: The [[spoiler:Lions and Tigers and Bears]]. Not to mention the various [[spoiler:Ultimate Intelligences]].
* PregnantBadass: [[spoiler:Brawne Lamia]]
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Sol Weintraub gets a few of these moments in the form of mental arguments with God.
** ''You use Nazis as your instruments. Madmen. Monsters. You're A goddamn monster yourself.''
** ''Listen! there will be no more offerings,neither child nor parent. There will be no more sacrifices for anyone but our fellow human. The time of obedience and atonement has passed. That's all! now either leave us alone or join us a sa father rather than receiver of sacrifices. You have the choice of Abraham!''
* ReformedButRejected: No one ever remembers that Kassad resigned his commission and became an anti-war activist - once you earn a nickname like "[[TheButcher The Butcher of South Bressia]]", you're not going to be remembered for anything else.
* {{Retcon}}: The second two books revise and reinterpret many of the events of the first two. See DoingInTheWizard above.
* RetroRocket: The Consul's starship is designed to look like one. His intent was to make it fit the Platonic ideal of "space ship".
* RiverOfInsanity : Father Duré's expedition to the mysterious Bikura tribe on Hyperion, retold by Hoyt in "The Priest's Tale".
* RubberForeheadAliens: Averted. Several sapient species described in Hyperion are incredibly different. Even the Ousters, who are genetically altered humans, look radically different from normal humans.
* SapientCetaceans: There is mention of intelligent telepathic dolphins. Unfortunately they are noted to have been hunted nearly to extinction two hundred years prio...''because'' they were sentient.
* SapientShip: The Consul's "singleship" is piloted by an AI (and lacks obvious manual controls).
* SceneryGorn: In the second book the invasion of Hyperion. Also when the [[spoiler:"Ouster" swarms destroy Heaven's Gate and God's Grove.]]
* SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfEnergy: Certain starships are depicted as capable of devastating entire planets and blowing up ''stars''. However, any time actual firepower is described, it is kiloton level beams and megaton-level missiles, delivered in single-digit salvos. You'd have to spend a ''long'' time destroying anything as big as a planet (or a trillion square kilometers of [[spoiler:forcefield-protected tree]]) that way.
** Could be because all explicitly noted firepower yields were for Ouster and [[spoiler:[=TechnoCore=] masquerading as Ouster]] ships, which are generally inferior to Hegemony/PAX ships and fight using Zerg Rush tactics.
** Also, even the best ships seem to have real problems when entering the upper layers of red giants.Red giants are relatively cool and ''really'' low density. You'll be hard pressed to absorb more than a couple megatons per hour inside one.
* SevenDirtyWords: Brain damage reduces Martin Silenus' vocabulary to these, for a time.
* ShoutOut:
** Martin Silenus' monster best-seller is called "The Dying Earth", in explicit reference to Jack Vance's ''Literature/DyingEarth''.
** The John Keats references are actually discussed [[DiscussedTrope in-universe by the characters themselves]].
** There's even a ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' reference near the end of the first book. The Hegemony truly has no culture save for what it remembers from Old Earth.
** The opening paragraph is basically a long version of the quintessential line, "[[ItWasADarkAndStormyNight It was a dark and stormy night.]]"
** It also has an absolutely hysterical reference to Magazine/{{MAD}} in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it line about 43-Man Squamish.
** The [=TechnoCore=] "ambassador" asserts that [[ThreeLawsCompliant "it pains us to harm any human, or allow a human to come to harm."]] (Lying through his artificial teeth.)
* SlapSlapKiss: More like attempted murder, brutal rape, begrudging consent. Jarringly, [[spoiler:Moneta]] is never held accountable for this and is an [[KarmaHoudini otherwise sympathetic character]].
* TheSlowPath: In the Consul's tale, his grandfather has a romance with a girl he meets between space trips. Each time he returns, she has aged many years, while only a short time has passed for him.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Martin Silenus' entire Modus Operandi.
* Main/SpaceCossacks: The Ousters.
* Main/SpaceIsNoisy: Colonel Fedmahn Kassad spends an extended scene fighting Ousters in the vacuum of a derelict ship using a sonic gun.
* Main/SpaceMarine: The Swiss Guard in the second two books are pretty much this. For bonus points, they are foot soldiers of an evil Catholic empire, fighting alien heresy with PoweredArmor and Latin. Yeah, they're ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} those]]'' kind of Space Marines.
* Main/SpacePeople: Again, the Ousters.
* SpikesOfVillainy: The Shrike is covered head-to-toe in (or maybe is just ''made'' of) vicious looking metallic thorns.
* SwissArmyGun: The multipurpose FORCE assault rifle. A [[FrickinLaserBeams laser-shooting]] [[SecondaryFire flechette-grenade-launching]] DisintegratorRay [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot particle cannon]] [[{{Troperiffic}} sniper rifle]]. It noted that the only thing it was ''not'' designed to do is cook the troops food...but with its energy output set to its lowest setting, it could probably do that too.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: "Farcasting" allows for instantaneous travel through two connected points. [[spoiler:At the end of the series, ''anyone'' can teleport anywhere using the [[PowerOfLove "Void That Binds"]].]]
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Kassad considers himself the only one who can kill the Shrike. [[spoiler:''The Rise of Endymion'' reveals that he is only one allowed to do so because part of his soul actually ''resides'' in the Shrike, thus he is paradoxically killing himself. That same paradox ensures that by killing the Shrike (and himself) he will live into the future and becomes Moneta's lover and one of the heroes of the ''Hyperion Cantos'' saga.]]
* TimeTravel: Used very frequently throughout the series.
** CasualTimeTravel: [[spoiler: In the future, it seems to be employed quite literally by the Core and humanity.]]
** FutureBadass: [[spoiler: Rachel becomes Moneta, who is quite capable of taking down Kassad.]]
** MerlinSickness: The TropeNamer. A "disease" in ''Hyperion'' that Rachel Weintraub contracts after contact with the Time Tombs causing her to age backwards (as well as progressively lose her memory).
** StableTimeLoop: [[spoiler: The entirety of the plot of the series seems to suggest one, but see below.]]
** TerminatorTwosome: [[spoiler: The Core sends the Shrike into the past to kill humanity's Ultimate Intelligence, and Moneta/Rachel follows it to help set the plot into motion.]]
** TimeStandsStill: The Shrike, thanks to its ability to manipulate time.
** TimeTravelRomance: Kassad and Moneta
* TheWhitesOfTheirEyes: Averted and Lampshaded. Spacebattles in the series take places at ranges of millions of kilometers, and it's noted that modern infantry would find the ranges that most fictional starships engage at to be claustrophobic
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Kassad '''is''' the Shrike. Or, more accurately, the Shrike comes from him]].
* TorchTheFranchiseAndRun: Done in-universe. The poet Martin Silenus, finally realizing that his profitable ''Dying Earth'' series of books[[note]]Yes, the title is a tribute to Creator/JackVance[[/note]] has become a brain-dead ClicheStorm, decides to just kill the thing off completely and utterly so that he can search for his lost muse and work on ''real'' poetry.
* UndergroundCity: The planet Lusus contains several, unflatteringly called "Hives" by the locals.
* TheUnfettered: [[spoiler:The Consul]], who has spent literally his entire life doing whatever is required (and sacrificing whatever is necessary) to get into a position to bring down the Hegemony.
* UnreliableNarrator: Raul in ''Endymion'', such as when he claims initially not to know [[spoiler:Aenea's fate]]. He admits it later, and proceeds to dump us (the readers) with [[spoiler:a gruesome torture scene followed by Aenea burning to death]]. Who knows what else he hid from us?
* UniversalDriversLicense: Raul contemplates this in ''Endymion'' as he considers stealing an "ornithopter". He realizes he can't fly one, and [[LampshadeHanging muses that a fictional hero should be able to pilot ''any'' vehicle]].
* WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture: Where to begin? The "[=TechnoCore=]", the "[=WorldWeb=]", and the "[=AllThing=]" are all staples of the series. Some examples are particularly egregious, such as the enigmatic "[=TangleWebs=]" and the somewhat redundant "[=DeathBomb=]". As a rule of thumb, if a device or technology is not named after a person, this is how it's referred to.
* WhodunnitToMe: The plot to Brawne Lamia's tale revolves around her trying to find the killer of [[spoiler: A resurrected persona of John Keats]]
* WholePlotReference: Most of the first volume, to ''The Canterbury Tales''. [[spoiler:Also the final part of Endymion, to the second Terminator.]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: The cruciform keeps you from dying no matter how much you might want to - and also keeps you from leaving a small geographic area. In the latter books, the technology has been harnessed to keep humanity virtually immortal but at a hefty spiritual price.
* TheWorfEffect: Nemmes utterly wipes the floor with [[spoiler:the Shrike, which previously engaged and summarily defeated a combined ground-air-space task force in a gruesome CurbStompBattle.]]
** [[spoiler:Later, her boss remarks that Nemes cheated. Later encounters have Shrike easily defeating her clone and the other two clones being sacrificed to take it out]].
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Raul gets one before his final showdown with Nemes.
* WretchedHive: These abound, although the most prominent is the one on Lusus.
* YouCantFightFate: [[spoiler:Het and Kassad are both destined to die, Rachel is destined to become Moneta, and the Shrike will always be created in the future. However, the existence of alternate futures seems to open the possibility that fate isn't set in stone.]]
* ZeroGSpot: Raul and Aenea's weightless consummation of their relationship in the Ouster Startree is described in great...detail.
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