Technology is a strange thing. What’s new today is old tomorrow; what we think the future looks like is heavily tinted by the technological level we are at today. Dan Simmon’s epic duology
provides both classical and sci-fi buffs a jolt of adrenaline with a story that unfolds from three different theaters of play that is set on a collision path with one another. On Mars, powerful beings that have taken on the appearance and roles of ancient Greek gods such as Zeus amuse themselves with an eternal reenactment of the Trojan wars from Homer’s Iliad. On Earth, a controled habitat of ‘oldstyle humans’ live in apparent nirvana, provided for by the technology left behind by their post-human forefathers that have evolved beyond human beings. And on Jupiter, a sentient robot race is sent to investigate an alarming spike of energy emmissions eminating from Mars. The novels cover many areas of science including genetics, string theory, quantum theory and nanotechnology; cleverly combining its sci-fi elements into classical and contemporary settings. If you’ve ever wanted to know what the future holds, paints a very believable picture.