By Dan Simmons
Beneath the gaze of the gods, the powerful armies of Greece and Troy met in fierce and excellent strive against, scrupulously following the textual content set forth in Homer's undying narrative. yet that was once sooner than twenty-first-century student Thomas Hockenberry stirred the bloody brew, inflicting an enraged Achilles to hitch forces along with his archenemy Hector and switch his murderous wrath on Zeus and the full pantheon of divine manipulators; prior to the speedy and negative mechanical creatures that catered for hundreds of years to the pitiful idle remnants of Earth's human race begun massing within the hundreds of thousands, to exterminate instead of serve.
And now all bets are off.
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I don’t remember him from the Iliad,” says Mahnmut. ” Hockenberry shakes his head. ” Mahnmut’s voice, so human in timbre, sounds interested. ” “Smelled bad? ” Hockenberry has to blink at that. He remembers thinking just that ten years ago, when he’d first started as a scholic here shortly after his resurrection on Olympos. But somehow he hadn’t noticed it after the first six months or so. Did he smell bad? he wonders. ” “Snakebite. Bitten by a poisonous snake when he . . well, it’s a long story.
Godlike,” says Mahnmut. “But certainly not these Olympian gods. They’re just . . just . ” said Mahnmut. “Yes, that’s what we thought. ” whispers Hockenberry, who had been raised in a strict Indiana Baptist family before he had traded faith for education. “Well, maybe,” says the moravec, “but if so, He lives on or around planet Earth. ” repeats Hockenberry. He looks around at the night, the funeral pyre below, the city nightlife becoming O LY M P O S ✦ 35 active beneath them, the distant campfires of the Achaeans, and the more distant stars.
In Sophocles’ play,” says Mahnmut, “Achilles’ son, Neoptolemus, was a central figure. But he never met his father when Achilles was alive. ” “Not that I know of,” says Hockenberry. “Just Philoctetes. ” Hockenberry tosses a few more sticks on the fire. Sparks spin in the wind and rise toward the stars. There is blackness out over the ocean where clouds are moving in. Hockenberry guesses that it might rain before morning. Some nights, he sleeps up here—using his pack as a pillow and his cape for a blanket—but not tonight.
Olympos (Ilium, Book 2) by Dan Simmons