claushetzer’s #CBR4 Review #5: Muse of Fire by Dan Simmons
Dan Simmons has a hard-on for Shakespeare. Not surprising in a writer, of course; indeed, one might have to question his sanity if he didn’t. Simmons is just more open about it than most, in that he weaves his influences directly into his own work. He started getting referential in the Hyperion series, where the first volume Hyperion is a blatant homage to the Canterbury Tales; in The Fall of Hyperion he takes it even further, with much of the narrative (far-future science fiction, mind you) being told from the perspective of the poet John Keats. His two-volume epic Ilium/Olympos not only takes as its central concept the Greek gods resurrecting 20th-century scholars to make sure that the Trojan war goes exactly as Homer wrote it, but features a robot who is a scholar and expert on Shakespeare as well as appearances from Prospero, Ariel, and Caliban from The Tempest. Dude likes to get meta, is what I’m trying to say here.
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