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Encyclopedia > Dan Simmons
Dan Simmons
Dan Simmons portrayed on the cover of Locus magazine.
Born April 4, 1948
Peoria, Illinois

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. Image File history File links Locus_simmons. ... Locus Magazine is subtitled The Magazine Of The Science Fiction & Fantasy Field. It reports on the science fiction writing industry, including comprehensive listings of new books published in the field. ... April 4 is the 94th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (95th in leap years). ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... : See how it plays in Peoria United States Illinois Peoria 46. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... April 4 is the 94th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (95th in leap years). ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... : See how it plays in Peoria United States Illinois Peoria 46. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Cosette Dwyer is an amazing author. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... Hyperion is a Hugo Award-winning 1989 science fiction novel by Dan Simmons. ... Hyperion The Hyperion Cantos form a tetralogy of science fiction novels by Dan Simmons. ...


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. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Horror fiction is, broadly, fiction in any medium intended to scare, unsettle, or horrify the reader. ... Smaug in his lair: an illustration for the fantasy The Hobbit Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... First awarded in 1975, the World Fantasy Awards are handed out annually at the World Fantasy Convention (WFC) to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of fantasy. ...


His most recent work is the science fiction duology Ilium/Olympus, greatly inspired by Homer works and also with heavy references to Marcel Proust and William Shakespeare. Ilium/Olympus is a science fiction duology by Dan Simmons. ... Homer (Greek: , ) was an early Greek poet and aoidos (rhapsode) traditionally credited with the composition of the Iliad and the Odyssey. ... “Proust” redirects here. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...

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Biography

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. Wabash College is a small private liberal arts college for men, located in Crawfordsville, Indiana. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


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 and awarded first prize in a Twilight Zone Magazine story competition. His first novel, Song of Kali, was released in 1985. 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Harlan Jay Ellison (born May 27, 1934) is a prolific American writer of short stories, novellas, essays, and criticism. ... Prayers to Broken Stones is an anthology of 13 of Dan Simmonss early short stories, along with an introduction by Harlan Ellison in which he relates how he discovered Dan Simmons at the Colorado Mountain Colleges Writers Conference in the Rockies in 1981. ... Twilight Zone literature is an umbrella term for the many books and comic books which concern or adapt The Twilight Zone television series. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Horror fiction

Dan Simmons' novel, Summer of Night

Summer of Night (1991) recounts the childhood of a group of pre-teens who band together in the 1960s to defeat a centuries-old evil that terrorizes their hometown, Elm Haven, Illinois. Image File history File links Summer-of-Night-cover. ... Image File history File links Summer-of-Night-cover. ... Summer of Night is a horror novel by American writer Dan Simmons, published in 1991 by Warner Aspect. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ...


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. Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of over 200 stories including over 50 bestselling horror novels. ... It is a horror novel by Stephen King, published in 1986. ...


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. Another pseudo-sequel is Children of the Night which features a much older Mike O'Rourke, now a Roman Catholic priest, who is sent on a mission to investigate bizarre events in an European city. Another Summer of Night character, Dale's younger brother, Lawrence Stewart, appears as a minor character in Simmons' thriller Darwin's Blade while the adult Cordie Cooke appears in Fires of Eden. The adult Kevin is the central character of Phases of Gravity. A Winters Haunting is a horror novel by American writer Dan Simmons, in which a character from Summer of Night returns to his hometown to confront the inner demons against which he has struggled since he and his boyhood friends defeated an ancient evil that threatened them, their town...



Soon after Summer of Night, Simmons, who had written mostly horror fiction, began to focus on writing science fiction. Summer of Night is a horror novel by American writer Dan Simmons, published in 1991 by Warner Aspect. ...


Science fiction

Cover for an omnibus edition of the Hyperion Cantos, Simmons's most famous work.

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. Image File history File links Hyperion_omnibus. ... Image File history File links Hyperion_omnibus. ... See also: 1988 in literature, other events of 1989, 1990 in literature, list of years in literature. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... The Locus Awards are presented to winners of Locus Magazines annual readers poll, which was established in the early 70s specifically to provide recommendations and suggestions to Hugo Awards voters. ... Giovanni Boccaccio Giovanni Boccaccio (June 16, 1313 – December 21, 1375) was an Italian author and poet, a friend and correspondent of Petrarch, an important Renaissance humanist in his own right and author of a number of notable works including On Famous Women, the Decameron and his poetry in the vernacular. ... The Decameron is a collection of novellas that was finished by Giovanni Boccaccio in 1353. ... Chaucer: Illustration from Cassells History of England, circa 1902 Chanticleer the rooster from an outdoor production of Chanticleer and the Fox at Ashby_de_la_Zouch castle Geoffrey Chaucer (ca. ... Canterbury Tales Woodcut 1484 The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century (two of them in prose, the rest in verse). ...


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:

The Best ideal is the true/ And other truth is none. ... In the USA, a televangelist (television evangelist) is a religious minister (often a Christian priest or minister) who devotes a large portion of his (or her) ministry to TV broadcasts to a regular viewing and listening audience. ... Prayers to Broken Stones is an anthology of 13 of Dan Simmonss early short stories, along with an introduction by Harlan Ellison in which he relates how he discovered Dan Simmons at the Colorado Mountain Colleges Writers Conference in the Rockies in 1981. ... DANTE is also a digital audio network. ... The Divine Comedy (Italian: Commedia, later christened Divina by Giovanni Boccaccio), written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321, is widely considered the central epic poem of Italian literature, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature ever. ... Hyperion is a Hugo Award-winning 1989 science fiction novel by Dan Simmons. ... Canterbury Tales Woodcut 1484 The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century (two of them in prose, the rest in verse). ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Thomas Stearns Eliot, OM (September 26, 1888 – January 4, 1965), was a poet, dramatist and literary critic. ... See also: 1992 in literature, other events of 1993, 1994 in literature, list of years in literature. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... The term war poet came into currency during and after World War I. A number of poets writing in English had been soldiers, and had written about that experience. ... Hyperion The Hyperion Cantos is a tetralogy of novels by Dan Simmons. ... John Keats (31 October 1795 – February 23, 1821) was one of the principal poets of the English Romantic movement. ... Ilium/Olympus is a science fiction duology by Dan Simmons. ... Homer (Greek: , ) was an early Greek poet and aoidos (rhapsode) traditionally credited with the composition of the Iliad and the Odyssey. ... Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Набо́ков, pronounced ) (April 22 [O.S. April 10] 1899, Saint Petersburg – July 2, 1977, Montreux) was a Russian-American author. ... Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov published in 1969. ...

Movie adaptation

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. Digital Domain is a computer graphics company located in Venice, California that provides visual effects for film, commercials and music videos. ... The Iliad is, with The Odyssey, one of the two major Greek epic poems traditionally attributed to Homer, a blind Ionian poet. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Locus Awards are presented to winners of Locus Magazines annual readers poll, which was established in the early 70s specifically to provide recommendations and suggestions to Hugo Awards voters. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Works

Hyperion Cantos

  1. Hyperion (1989) - Hugo Award 1990, Locus Award 1990 (Science Fiction)
  2. The Fall of Hyperion (1990)
  3. Endymion (1996)
  4. The Rise of Endymion (1997)

Hyperion The Hyperion Cantos form a tetralogy of science fiction novels by Dan Simmons. ... Hyperion is a Hugo Award-winning 1989 science fiction novel by Dan Simmons. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... The Locus Awards are presented to winners of Locus Magazines annual readers poll, which was established in the early 70s specifically to provide recommendations and suggestions to Hugo Awards voters. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... Hyperion The Hyperion Cantos is a tetralogy of novels by Dan Simmons. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... Endymion is the third science fiction novel by Dan Simmons in his Hyperion Cantos fictional universe. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Hyperion The Hyperion Cantos is a tetralogy of novels by Dan Simmons. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Ilium/Olympus

  1. Ilium (2003) - Locus Award 2004
  2. Olympos (2005)

Ilium/Olympus is a science fiction duology by Dan Simmons. ... Ilium is a science fiction novel by Dan Simmons concerning the re-creation of the events in the Iliad (possibly on an alternate-universe Earth) by post-humans who dwell on Olympus Mons on Mars, and who have taken on the roles of the Greek gods. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Locus Awards are presented to winners of Locus Magazines annual readers poll, which was established in the early 70s specifically to provide recommendations and suggestions to Hugo Awards voters. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dan Simmons book Olympos, published in 2005, is the sequel to Ilium, published 2003. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Joe Kurtz

  1. Hardcase (novel) (2001)
  2. Hard Freeze (novel) (2002)
  3. Hard as Nails (novel) (2003)

See also: 2000 in literature, other events of 2001, 2002 in literature, list of years in literature. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Other books

Cover for the Italian edition of Song of Kali (1985). Art by Oscar Chichoni.

Image File history File links U1288. ... Image File history File links U1288. ... Oscar Chichoni with one of his works Óscar Chichoni (1957, Corral de Bustos, province of Córdoba, Argentina) is a renowned illustrator of comic books and science fiction magazines and books. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... First awarded in 1975, the World Fantasy Awards are handed out annually at the World Fantasy Convention (WFC) to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of fantasy. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Bram Stoker Award is a recognition presented by the Horror Writers Association (HWA) for superior achievement in horror writing. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... Prayers to Broken Stones is an anthology of 13 of Dan Simmonss early short stories, along with an introduction by Harlan Ellison in which he relates how he discovered Dan Simmons at the Colorado Mountain Colleges Writers Conference in the Rockies in 1981. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... Summer of Night is a horror novel by American writer Dan Simmons, published in 1991 by Warner Aspect. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... The Locus Awards are presented to winners of Locus Magazines annual readers poll, which was established in the early 70s specifically to provide recommendations and suggestions to Hugo Awards voters. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... This book, by Dan Simmons, centres on the history and mythology of Hawaii, the moral and ethical issues of the U.S. occupation of Hawaii, and various other issues. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... The Crook Factory is a suspense novel by American author Dan Simmons. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Winter Haunting is a 2002 horror novel by American writer Dan Simmons, in which Dale Stewert, a character from Summer of Night, returns to his hometown to come to terms with his inner demons, in dealing with the death of a childhood friend. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The Terror is the name of a 2007 novel by American author Dan Simmons. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

External links

The Internet Speculative Fiction Database is a database of bibliographic information on science fiction and related genres such as fantasy fiction and horror fiction. ... The Internet Book List (IBList) is an online database with information about books, authors, short stories, etc. ...

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NAME Simmons, Daniel
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Simmons, Dan
SHORT DESCRIPTION American novelist
DATE OF BIRTH April 4, 1948
PLACE OF BIRTH Peoria
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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Dan Simmons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (712 words)
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.
Simmons received a B.A. in English from Wabash College in 1970, and, in 1971, a Masters in Education from Washington University in St.
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:
Dan Simmons - Author's Official Web Site (550 words)
Dan Simmons was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1948, and grew up in various cities and small towns in the Midwest, including Brimfield, Illinois, which was the source of his fictional "Elm Haven" in 1991's SUMMER OF NIGHT and 2002's A WINTER HAUNTING.
Dan has been a full-time writer since 1987 and lives along the Front Range of Colorado -- in the same town where he taught for 14 years -- with his wife, Karen, his daughter, Jane, (when she's home from Hamilton College) and their Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Fergie.
Dan is one of the few novelists whose work spans the genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror, suspense, historical fiction, noir crime fiction, and mainstream literary fiction.
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