Books That Inspire 2005

Dan Simmons

Like most scientists, I am inspired by the unbounded possibilities laid out before us in our universe. Dan Simmons’ Hyperion captures that inspirational spirit of discovery for me, both upon first reading as a graduate student, and today. Set in the 28th century, Hyperion weaves an intricate tale that centers on a mystery that brings six strangers together to save humanity. Waiting on the planet Hyperion, and at the heart of the mystery, stand the enigmatic Shrike and the time tombs. Simmons masterfully creates a scientifically plausible universe as a backdrop for incredible storytelling.
Bob Houser
Assistant Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry