Here's what Book 1 is about, or at least what I think it's about. The Time Tombs are opening up. A war is undeniably arriving. The Consul of a giant ship meets up with several different people who are on their way to investigate the Time Tombs on the planet Hyperion. Where do most people, aka about twenty billion or so people live? On New Earth. Our Old Earth got destroyed quite a while ago. They must simply travel while learning from one another about the Time Tombs to try to find a weakness to the menacing Shrike, a great wizard who is never really introduced but is certainly scary and vicious to those who oppose. The consul hands out cards to everyone, to choose who will tell their story after who. In the group is a former Colonel of the English who attacked the French and met a mysterious vanishing girl. There's a poet who is trying to discover The Word of God who used to have been an author whose books got read more than The Bible. Make a note, he used to make words out of swear words only and expect us to understand, when he was little and didn't know any words. Another is a seventy-year old man with a cursed daughter and he's out to try to fix her curse before she reverse ages to back to the umbilical cord and a female detect who made love with a cybrid, plus of course the Consul himself who had a loving lady named Siri.
To put it all in small terms though, I don't think I'm ready for a book like this yet. It simply takes a long time, each chapter being 1/6 of the 500 paged book even though there are a lot of big spaces between some paragraphs. It also more or less refuses to end, and believe it or not, this is a series of four. The truth is, it quickly got extra boring when the first story was from a diary from a dead man who actually has an interesting story, but there's no accomplishment in the story and most of these stories are really committed to pain and just the facts around them rather than feeling good. The poet ends up losing something he worked really hard on, and the old man's daughter story was just going on and on with sadness until this day. Some of the stories also include sex, such as the Colonel's and every story in a tiny bit, including breast size. Also, about half of the sentences that came up had a word that was so complex and weird that I couldn't get most of the details. When I was almost done though, I decided to try out writing some of these words down for my own book, and they'll help.
So I hated Hyperion, but I just may try out the sequel, The Fall of Hyperion. You might like it yourself, though. Dan Simmons' book is the sci-fi of sci-fi, it's a sci-fi record, it's a sic-fi dictionary, it's the sci-fi of sex, it has just about as much detail in it's fictional history of the Hyperion planet as there is on our own Earth, it's a big sci-fi F.U., it's the biggest and most incomprehensible sci-fi story I've ever read.