I had planned on starting Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space
after having finished the Hyperion Cantos, but finding myself hooked on Dan Simmons I went straight to Ilium
and I've got Olympos
(the sequel and conclusion)
on my shelf ready for when I finish. Ilium is as good as it is hard to describe. Greek Gods, far-future quantum physics technology, sentient robots habitating the outer planets of the solar system and who study Shakespeare
, mount Olympos on Mars, the Trojan war....all of this told over different points in history, during the trojan war and on in to the far far future.
I always really liked far-future science fiction. I feel like science fiction can really work as a medium for writing about the human condition when your characters are in a future so far ahead that everything is alien and the author had a clean creative slate.
Anyway...here's a picture of a loofa sponge I took when I was taking a shower. I liked the way the beads of water formed on it.