I recently read Dan Simmons' Hyperion (currently reading Fall of Hyperion), and it was an eye-opener. I haven't enjoyed a novel that much in a long time, and it's changed the way I look at sci-fi.
I loved how Hyperion spanned genres and integrated literary references and analogs. I was really impressed by the sheer depth (and disturbing plausibility) of the novel's universe, and the way Simmons explained the backstory over time.
So I plan to order a few more of Simmons' novels, and I'm wondering which of them represent the best of his work.
It doesn't necessarily have to be confined to his sci-fi stuff, but I'll add that I'm not too interested in the mystery novels.
Is The Terror worth a read?