Book II of Hyperion Cantos. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening and seven pilgrims risk their lives to petition the entity called the Shrike – a creature that may well control the fate of all mankind. The Hegemony of Man – a thousand thousand worlds linked by a network of farcaster portals and high tech gateways- is under siege by Ousters, strange half human tribes mutated almost beyond recognition. The A.I.s – Artificial Intelligences whose synthetic wisdom created and and maintains the nets that bind the Hegemony – have become a threat: it seems they have turned against the Hegemony and all mankind. And there is evidence that they have begin a project to create the Ultimate Intelligence – to build, in short, God, God of Machines: the ultimate deus ex machina. His genesis may mean man’s annihilation. Something is drawing the A.I.s, the Ousters, the Hegemony – the entire Universe – toward the Shrike and the Time Tombs from which it has arisen. In a moment the paths of man, chine and god will intersect – and nothing will ever be the same. Cover art by Lee Gibbons.