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Dan Simmons book Ilium
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Classics professor Thomas Hockenberry, Ph.D is one of the 21st century "scholics" resurrected thousands of years in the future to monitor events of the Trojan War (on Mars) and compare what happens to the events in Homer's "Iliad." One of the tools scholics have at their disposal is a "morphing bracelet" which allows the scholics to replace any of the characters' "quantum waveforms" in order to observe events. Through most of the book, Hockenberry has mostly morphed nondescript male Greeks and Trojans (a notable exception being a one-night stand with Helen of Troy as Paris). However, when he finally chooses to rebel against his godly masters, Hockenberry briefly uses the forms of the goddesses Athena and Thetis to set his plan into motion.

The TG parts of the book are very minimal given its length (with multiple initially unrelated plotlines) and probably alone are not worth buying the book. However, Ilium is probably one of the better hard sci-fi novels of recent years, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves the Greek classics and Shakespeare.

originally posted by DaveS on 2006-02-05, no edits, entryid=918