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The Story of the Fall of Hyperion

The Story of the Fall of Hyperion

The novel picks up where it left off, with the pilgrims entering the Shrike Valley. They find themselves caught up in a war between the Hegemony and the Ousters, a group of humans who have rejected the Hegemony's rule.

The AI plays a major role in this novel as it’s goals and relationship with humanity are explored in depth. They had something to do with the Shrike and the upcoming war. Hint hint!

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AI REMARK TOWARDS HUMANS

“Declaring war against the AI Technocore would be like … like a fish declaring war against water

AI REMARK TOWARDS HUMANS

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CEO GLADSTONE

Mobs have passions, not brains.

CEO GLADSTONE

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The Goals of the AI

The Goals of the AI

The Technocore is the sentient AI civilisation in Hyperion. Less is known about its purpose but we know there are 3 factions: 

  • The Stables - wishing to keep the human-machine symbiosis
  • The Volatiles - wishing to end humankind
  • The Ultimates - wishing to transcend towards an Ultimate Intelligence

The Ultimates are the most forward looking. Their goal is to evolve into Ultimate God-like being, existing outside space-time. 

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The Ultimate Fight between the AI God and Human God

The Ultimate Fight between the AI God and Human God

As the Technocore AI civilisation was evolving into an ultimate form it met the Human Ultimate. It met God. What they realized is that God’s trinity is made of:

  1. the Void Which Binds
  2. Intellect
  3. Empathy

The machines did not poses Empathy so:

  • they tried to bait the Human God using empathy as its weakness. This is the role of the Shrike.
  • they worked on developing empathy by trying to understand poetry. It's why they focused on reviving John Keats. To understand the human spirit through poetry.

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Accepting God vs Creating God

Accepting God vs Creating God

As the AI was working on becoming God, the humans are struggling with accepting one:

  • Sol, a Jew scholar who's daughter is aging backwards, rejected him for cruelty and demand for obedience: “Abraham’s path of obedience can no longer be followed, even if there is a God demanding such obedience.”
  • Father Dure, a Jesuit priest who was revived by a mysterious crucifix, was struggling with God as a clever algorithm. Not accepting that some things are beyond intellect.

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Teilhard’s God

Teilhard’s God

Father Dure was a disciple of Teilhard de Chardin, a controversial Jesuit priest from the XX century. Teilhard’s God is not a mystical concept, but a cosmic one. He proposed that the cosmic body of Christ "extends throughout the universe and comprises all things that attain their fulfillment in Christ .. the Body of Christ is the one single thing that is being made in creation."

This process of God expansion and evolution will continue, it is proposed, until its full realization at Omega, a point which coincides with the fully realized Christ. It is at this point that God will be "all in all”.

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The Abraham Problem Resolved

The Abraham Problem Resolved

Sol understood at the end, why Abraham had agreed to sacrifice Isaac, his son, when the Lord commanded him to do so. It was not obedience. It was not even to put the love of God above the love of his son. 

Abraham was testing God. By denying the sacrifice at the last moment, by stopping the knife, God had earned the right—in Abraham’s eyes and the hearts of his offspring—to become the God of Abraham.

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MONSIGNOR EDOUARD TALKING TO FATHER DURE

“Are we so sure that Christ always knew what to do next? He knew what had to be done. It is not always the same as knowing what to do.”

MONSIGNOR EDOUARD TALKING TO FATHER DURE

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IDEAS CURATED BY

vladimir

Life-long learner. Passionate about leadership, entrepreneurship, philosophy, Buddhism & SF. Founder @deepstash.

CURATOR'S NOTE

Took me a month of thinking about the themes of this book to write some ideas down. Very complex plot with lots of religious themes. Loved it.

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