Posts Tagged ‘Hyperion Cantos’

Sol Draconi Septem – Wraiths in an Ice Sky

The Ice Wraiths of Sol Draconi Septem prey on the indigenous tribe of Chitchatuk, and vice versa. SciFiMix Art, "Glacier Wraith", background retouched photo from Glacier Langjokull in Iceland. Inspired by Dan Simmons' "Endymion".

The Ice Wraiths of Sol Draconi Septem prey on the indigenous tribe of Chitchatuk, and vice versa. SciFiMix Art, “Glacier Wraith”,background retouched photo from Glacier Langjokull in Iceland. Inspired by Dan Simmons’ “Endymion”.

Sol Draconi Septem is the ice planet of Dan Simmon’s Endymion. It was once a warm, terraformed world on the path of the River Tethys. Following the destruction of the farcasters at the end of Fall of Hyperion, however, Sol Draconi Septem was plunged into isolation, causing it to revert back to its pre-terraformed state. The atmosphere froze into a glacier, joining the sky and earth below into one endless icy landscape. (more…)

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SciFi Mixed Links – Philae Wakes Up, Star Wars at Comic-Con, Brooklyn Robot Ballet

After months of silence, the Philae comet lander wakes up! Image source: ESA

After months of silence, the Philae comet lander wakes up! Image source: ESA

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Zeplins and Akerataeli Dance in the Clouds: Rise of Endymion

Zeplins Dance in the Cloud World of Dan Simmon's Rise of Endymion. SciFiMix Original Art.

Aliens Dance in a Cloud World, inspired by the Zeplins of Dan Simmons’ ‘Rise of Endymion’. SciFiMix Original Art.

Dan Simmons’ Hyperion Cantos describes the wonder of Zeplins – large floating creatures that inhabit the atmosphere of Jovian gas giants.  These translucent, cuttlefish-like aliens hover in the air like blimps, while their skins shimmer and reflect the ever-changing colors of the clouds (and storms) around them. Never feeling the need to rest on land, the Zeplins constantly propel themselves forward in the sky, by expanding and collapsing their delicate tentacles. Similar to whales, the slowly feed by straining particles in the air. Zeplins are larger than whales, however, having leviathan-esque proportions. (more…)

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Mare Infinitus: The Water World of Dan Simmon’s Hyperion

The water world of Mare Infinitus, circling a gas giant with two other moons. SciFiMix original art, created with NASA textures.

The water world of Mare Infinitus, from Dan Simmon’s Hyperion Cantos. Mare Infinitus circles a gas giant with two other moons. SciFiMix original art, created with NASA textures.

Mare Infinitus is a world of endless ocean.  From the viewpoint of an observer on Mare Infinitus, three beautiful yet distinct moons rise in the sky each night.  In fact, Mare Infinitus (sometimes known as “Mare-Eye”) is one of three moons in celestial orbit around a Jovian gas giant. (more…)

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