Study Guide

Hyperion Characters

By Dan Simmons

The Consul

The Hegemony Consul is the first character we meet, in the Prologue of the story, and the...

Brawne Lamia (The Detective)

Brawne Lamia is the sole female pilgrim on the voyage to Hyperion. It's a little hard to picture...

Martin Silenus (The Poet)

Close your eyes and think of poetry. What do you see and hear? Are you walking through woods on a...

Sol Weintraub (The Scholar)

No, Sol Weintraub isn't a houseplant. Houseplants don't have "sad, luminous eyes" (1.28), which...

Colonel Fedmahn Kassad (The Soldier)

The word soldier conjures up images of violence and honor. Where Kassad is concerned, he...

Father Lenar Hoyt (The Priest)

The fact that Father Hoyt is the first pilgrim to tell us his story tells us that Hyperion is...

Het Masteen

Het Masteen doesn't have a tale. For all we know he might have a tail (he never takes off that...

Meina Gladstone (Senate CEO)

Meina Gladstone is the Hegemony CEO. That's kind of like the president, except of the whole...

Johnny Keats

Brawne Lamia's Detective's Tale begins like any good detective story: a dark and stormy night....

Father Paul Duré

The Priest's Tale is more about Father Paul Duré than it is about its teller, Father Lenar...

The Bikura, The Three Score and Ten

Father Paul Duré heads deep into the jungles of Hyperion to study the Bikura. He probably...

Moneta

Moneta is "the most beautiful woman [Kassad] had ever seen" (2.221). Well, he must like them...

Rachel Sarah Weintraub

When she's seven years old, Rachel Sarah Weintraub will be dubbed by the media the "Virgin Victim...

The TechnoCore

The TechnoCore is hard to define, especially since no one is really sure what it is. It's not as...

Merin Aspic

Merin Aspic is the Consul's grandfather, and the Consul's tale is more about him than about the...

Siri

"I will remember Siri" (6.150), Merin Aspic says after standing in line for 72 hours to get a new...

The Ousters

The Ousters are always in the background, and they have been for long before the book began: "The...

Sad King Billy

New arrivals to Hyperion are greeted with a statue of Sad King Billy. It's nothing exciting. In...

Tyrena Wingreen-Feif

Tyrena Wingreen-Feif is Martin Silenus's editor at Transline publishing. After she's sent...

Mike Osho

Poor Mike Osho, doomed to play Mercutio (the name Mike Osho even sounds a lot like Mercutio) to...

Theo Lane

Theo Lane was the Consul's aide when he was Consul of Hyperion. Through Theo, we learn a bit...

A. Bettik

A. Bettik is the android who guides the pilgrims from the inn on Keats to the barge Benares. He...