posted on Oct, 26 2011 @ 04:25 PM
Counsellor Albedo from the Hyperion Cantos. Set 900 years in the future when humans are on a few hundred different planets. He was a holographic
representative of the TechnoCore, the AIs who split off from the humans in a nonviolent arrangement. They would "assist" humanity with amazing
technologies, but seem to have an agenda... I won't ruin it. Nobody even knows where the "hardware" where the AI entities exist, exists...
A quote from Albedo near the end when the "hero" is caught in the prison of the human government, which is highly religious BTW, and the TechnoCore
has convinced the humans that she is a huge threat to them...
He instructs a highly advanced killer cyborg to "bite off her nose, and eyelids... SLOWLY..."
It literally made my stomach turn after becoming attached to the character vicariously through her "protector", Raul Endymion through the last two of
the four books.
"Technically" speaking, the villian would be the "evil" factions of the TechnoCore. Albedo was merely a holographic representation.
How Dan Simmons came up with this epic saga, I do not know. But those four books could have been divided into at least 10 or 20 stories of their
own... You really feel like you "got a good deal" or actually absorbed 10 or 20 books of storytelling value out of those 4 books. I own the first 3.
Only when I find the 4th, I will read it again.
edit on 26-10-2011 by 3n19m470 because: the first two books are set about 700 years in the
future. The last two, about 900.