SpotTheCat wrote:Is the first one good on its own?
They're all good. Hyperion
is written as a frame story, much like Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
, and is the best of the four (though "worst" is still very high quality).
I started reading them when they first came out and bought the next three as soon as they hit paperback (I'm working now on finding reasonably-priced hardcover replacements). I've got a PDF version of the short story Simmons wrote that billowed into the Cantos
. If you want to read it and decide to go further, that story is available here:http://livearchive.org/2010/pdf/dan-sim ... ring-siri/
EDIT: The only other recent author that I consider an "automatic buy" is Alastair Reynolds. Be it in the Revelation Space universe or not, the man knows how to write sci-fi.
In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.