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|Born||April 4, 1948|
Dan Simmons (born April 4, 1948 in Peoria, Illinois) is an American author most widely known for his Hugo Award-winning science fiction novel Hyperion and its sequel The Fall of Hyperion. The other novels in this series, which is known as the Hyperion Cantos, are Endymion and The Rise of Endymion.
He spans genres such as science fiction, horror and fantasy, sometimes within the same novel: a typical example of Simmons' ability to intermingle genres is Song of Kali (1985), winner of World Fantasy Award. He is also a respected author of mysteries and thrillers.
Simmons received a B.A. in English from Wabash College in 1970, and, in 1971, a Masters in Education from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He subsequently worked in elementary education until 1989.
He soon started to write short stories, although his career did not take off until 1982, when, through Harlan Ellison's help, his short story "The River Styx Runs Upstream" was published. His first novel, Song of Kali, was released in 1985.
 Horror fiction
This novel, which was praised by Stephen King, is similar to King's It, in its focus on small town life, the corruption of innocence, the return of an ancient evil, and the responsibility for others that emerges with the transition from youth to adulthood.
In the sequel to Summer of Night, A Winter's Haunting, the protagonist, now an adult, revisits his boyhood town to come to grips with mysteries that have disrupted his adult life.
Soon after Summer of Night , Simmons, who had written mostly horror fiction, began to focus on writing science fiction.
 Science fiction
Simmons became famous in 1989 for Hyperion, winner of Hugo and Locus Awards for the best science fiction novel. This novel deals with a space war, and is inspired in its structure by Boccaccio's Decameron and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
From the beginning, Simmons was noted as skilled in developing plots and as one of the best science-fiction authors in the quality of his prosody; his plots too are enriched by his familiarity with the classics: many of his works have similarly strong ties with classic literature:
- Carrion Comfort derives its title and many of its themes from a Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem
- "Vanni Fucci Is Alive and Well and Living In Hell", a 1988 short story lampooning televangelists included in Prayers to Broken Stones, is about a brief return to earth by the title character, an inhabitant of Dante's Inferno
- The Hollow Man (1992) is influenced by Dante's Inferno and T. S. Eliot
- A short story from 1993, "The Great Lover", is inspired by the World War I War Poets.
- In The Fall of Hyperion, John Keats appears as one of the main characters.
- His Ilium cycle is inspired by Homer's works.
- The character of Ada and her home Ardis Hall in the Ilium cycle are inspired by Vladimir Nabokov's novel Ada, which was Nabokov's foray into the science fiction genre and alternate history.
In January 2004, it was announced that the screenplay he wrote for his novels Ilium and Olympos would be made into a film by Digital Domain and Barnet Bain Films, with Simmons acting as executive producer. Ilium is described as an "epic tale that spans 5,000 years and sweeps across the entire solar system, including themes and characters from Homer's The Iliad and Shakespeare's The Tempest." In July 2004, Ilium received a Locus Award for best science fiction novel of 2003.
- Hyperion (1989) - Hugo Award 1990, Locus Award 1990 (Science Fiction)
- The Fall of Hyperion (1990)
- Endymion (1996)
- The Rise of Endymion (1997)
 Joe Kurtz
 Other books
- Song of Kali (1985) - World Fantasy Award 1986
- Carrion Comfort (1989)
- Phases of Gravity (1989)
- Entropy's Bed at Midnight (1990)
- Prayers to Broken Stones (1990, short story collection)
- Summer of Night (1991)
- Summer Sketches (1992, short story collection}
- Children of the Night (1992) - Locus Award 1993 (Horror)
- Lovedeath (1993, short story collection)
- The Hollow Man (1992)
- Fires of Eden (1994)
- The Crook Factory (1999)
- Darwin's Blade (2000)
- A Winter Haunting (2002)
- Worlds Enough & Time (2002, short story collection)
- The Terror (2007)
 External links
- Official Site
- Dan Simmons at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Dan Simmons at the Internet Book List
- When Mental Growth Outruns Maturity: An Interview with Dan Simmons
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Simmons, Dan|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||American novelist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 4, 1948|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Peoria|
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