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April 4, 1948 (age 76) Peoria, Illinois (

Science fiction, horror, fantasy

Notable works
Novel: Song of Kali (1985) Novel: Hyperion (1989)

Washington University in St. Louis, Wabash College

Hugo Award for Best Novel

Hyperion, The Terror, The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, Ilium

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Stephen King, George R R Martin, Wilkie Collins, Jack Vance, Iain Banks

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Dan Simmons (born April 4, 1948) is an American science fiction and horror writer. He is the author of the Hyperion Cantos and the Ilium/Olympos cycles, among other works which span the science fiction, horror, and fantasy genres, sometimes within a single novel. A typical example of Simmons' intermingling of genres is Song of Kali (1985), winner of World Fantasy Award. He also writes mysteries and thrillers, some of which feature the continuing character Joe Kurtz.


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Born in Peoria, Illinois, 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.

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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.

He worked in elementary education until 1989.

Horror fiction

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 of Elm Haven, Illinois. The novel, which was praised by Stephen King in a cover blurb, is similar to King's It (1986) 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 Haunting (2002), Dale Stewart (one of the first book's protagonists, and now an adult), revisits his boyhood home to come to grips with mysteries that have disrupted his adult life. Children of the Night (1992), another loose sequel, features Mike O'Rourke, now much older and a Roman Catholic priest, who is sent on a mission to investigate bizarre events in a European city. Another Summer of Night character, Dale's younger brother, Lawrence Stewart, appears as a minor character in Simmons' thriller Darwin's Blade (2000), while the adult Cordie Cooke appears in Fires of Eden (1994).

Soon after Summer of Night (1991), Simmons, who had written mostly horror fiction, began to focus on writing science fiction, although in 2007 he returned with a work of historical fiction and horror, The Terror. In 2009, he also wrote a book, Drood, based on the last years of Charles Dickens' life, leading up to the writing of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which Dickens had partially completed at the time of his death.

Historical fiction

The Terror (2007) crosses the bridge between horror and historical fiction. It is a fictionalized account of Captain John Franklin's expedition to find the Northwest Passage. The two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, become icebound the first winter, and the captains and crew struggle to survive while being stalked across an Arctic landscape by a monster.

The Abominable (2013) recounts a mid-1920s attempt on Mount Everest by five climbers—two English, one French, one Sherpa, and one American (the narrator)—to recover the body of the cousin of one of the English characters.

Screen adaptations

In 2009, Scott Derrickson was set to direct "Hyperion Cantos" for Warner Bros. and Graham King, with Trevor Sands penning the script to blend the first two cantos "Hyperion" and "The Fall of Hyperion" into one film. In 2011, actor Bradley Cooper expressed interest in taking over the adaptation. In 2015, it was announced that TV channel Syfy will produce a mini-series based on the Hyperion Cantos with the involvement of Cooper and King.

The Terror (2007) is being adapted as an AMC TV series.

Hyperion Cantos

  1. Hyperion (1989) – Hugo and Locus Awards winner, BSFA nominee, 1990; Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 1992
  2. The Fall of Hyperion (1990) – Nebula Award nominee, 1990; BSFA and Locus Awards winner, Hugo Award nominee, 1991;
  3. Endymion (1996) – Locus Award shortlist, 1997
  4. The Rise of Endymion (1997) – Locus Award winner, Hugo Award nominee 1998


  1. Ilium (2003) – Locus Award winner, Hugo Award nominee, 2004
  2. Olympos (2005) – Locus Award shortlist, 2006

Joe Kurtz

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

Seasons Of Horror

  • Summer of Night (1991) – British Fantasy Award, 1992
  • Children of the Night (1992) – Locus Award 1993 (Horror)
  • Fires of Eden (1994) - Locus Award
  • A Winter Haunting (2002) – Locus Award nominee, 2003
  • Other books

  • Song of Kali (1985) – World Fantasy Award winner, 1986
  • Carrion Comfort (1989) – Bram Stoker Award winner 1989; British Fantasy Award winner, World Fantasy Award nominee, 1990
  • Phases of Gravity (1989)
  • Entropy's Bed at Midnight (1990). Limited edition of story, later collected in Lovedeath.
  • Prayers to Broken Stones (1990, short story collection)
  • Summer Sketches (1992, short story collection)
  • Lovedeath (1993, short story collection)
  • The Hollow Man (1992) – Locus Award nominee, 1993
  • The Crook Factory (1999)
  • Darwin's Blade (2000)
  • Worlds Enough & Time (2002, short story collection)
  • The Terror (2007) – British Fantasy Award nominee, 2008
  • Muse of Fire (2008, novella)
  • The Guiding Nose of Ulfänt Banderōz (2009, novella)
  • Drood (2009)
  • Black Hills (2010)
  • Flashback (2011)
  • The Abominable (2013)
  • The Fifth Heart (2015)
  • Wins

    Bram Stoker Award

  • Best Collection (1992): Prayers to Broken Stones
  • Best Novel (1990): Carrion Comfort
  • Best Novellette (1994): "Dying in Bangkok"
  • Best Short Story (1993): "This Year's Class Picture"
  • British Fantasy Society Award

  • Best Novel (1990): Carrion Comfort
  • British Science Fiction Award

  • Best Novel (1991): The Fall of Hyperion
  • Hugo Award

  • Best Novel (1990): Hyperion
  • International Horror Guild Award

  • Best Novel (2003): A Winter Haunting
  • Locus Award

  • Best Horror Novel (1990): Carrion Comfort
  • Best Science Fiction Novel (1990): Hyperion
  • Best Novelette (1991): "Entropy's Bed at Midnight"
  • Best Science Fiction Novel (1991): The Fall of Hyperion
  • Best Horror/Dark Fantasy Novel (1992): Summer of Night
  • Best Horror/Dark Fantasy Novel (1993): Children of the Night
  • Best Novelette (1994): "Dying in Bangkok"
  • Best Horror/Dark Fantasy Novel (1995): Fires of Eden
  • Best Science Fiction Novel (1998): The Rise of Endymion
  • Best Novelette (2000): "Orphans of the Helix"
  • Best Science Fiction Novel (2004): Ilium
  • Nocte Award

  • Best Foreign Short Story (2010): “La foto de la clase de este año” (This Year's Class Picture).
  • Seiun Award

  • Best Foreign Novel (1995): Hyperion
  • Best Novel (1996): The Fall of Hyperion (tied with Timelike Infinity by Stephen Baxter)
  • Best Foreign Short Story (1999): "This Year's Class Picture"
  • World Fantasy Award

  • Best Novel (1986): Song of Kali
  • Best Short story (1993): "This Year's Class Picture"
  • Nominations

    Dan Simmons has been nominated on numerous occasions in a range of categories for his fiction, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Bram Stoker Award, British Fantasy Society Award, Hugo Award, Nebula Award, and World Fantasy Award.


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