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Dan Simmons is a successful American author that has written novels in various genres, including horror, science, fiction, and fantasy. Born in 1948 in Peoria, Illinois, Simmons attended Wabash College (BA in English) and Washington University, St. Louis (Masters in Education).

Order of Hyperion Cantos Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Hyperion 1989 Description / Buy
2 The Fall of Hyperion 1990 Description / Buy
3 Endymion 1996 Description / Buy
4 The Rise of Endymion 1997 Description / Buy

Order of Summer Of Night/Seasons Of Horror Series

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1 Summer of Night 1991 Description / Buy
2 A Winter Haunting 2002 Description / Buy

Order of Joe Kurtz Series

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1 Hardcase 2001 Description / Buy
2 Hard Freeze 2002 Description / Buy
3 Hard as Nails 2003 Description / Buy

Order of Ilium Series

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1 Ilium 2003 Description / Buy
2 Olympos 2005 Description / Buy

Order of Fifth Heart Series

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1 The Fifth Heart 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Dan Simmons Standalone Novels

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1 Song of Kali 1985 Description / Buy
2 Carrion Comfort 1989 Description / Buy
3 Phases of Gravity 1989 Description / Buy
4 Children of the Night 1992 Description / Buy
5 The Hollow Man 1992 Description / Buy
6 Fires of Eden 1994 Description / Buy
7 The Crook Factory 1999 Description / Buy
8 Darwin's Blade 2000 Description / Buy
9 The Terror 2007 Description / Buy
10 Muse of Fire (Short Story) 2008 Description / Buy
11 Drood 2009 Description / Buy
12 Black Hills 2010 Description / Buy
13 Flashback 2011 Description / Buy
14 The Abominable 2013 Description / Buy
15 Omega Canyon 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Dan Simmons Short Stories/Novellas

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1 Banished Dreams 1990 Description / Buy
2 Entropy's Bed at Midnight (Short Story) 1990 Description / Buy
3 This Year's Class Picture (Short Story) 1992 Description / Buy
4 The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Dan Simmons Short Story Collections

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1 Prayers to Broken Stones 1990 Description / Buy
2 Summer Sketches 1992 Description / Buy
3 Lovedeath 1993 Description / Buy
4 Worlds Enough & Time 2002 Description / Buy

Order of Dan Simmons Non-Fiction

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1 Going After the Rubber Chicken 1991 Description / Buy

Order of The Dying Earth Series

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1 The Dying Earth / Mazirian the Magician 1950 Description / Buy
2 Cugel's Saga / Cugel: The Skybreak Spatterlight 1966 Description / Buy
3 The Eyes of the Overworld / Cugel the Clever 1966 Description / Buy
4 A Quest for Simbilis 1974 Description / Buy
5 Morreion (Short Story) 1978 Description / Buy
6 The Seventeen Virgins 1979 Description / Buy
7 The Bagful of Dreams 1979 Description / Buy
8 Rhialto the Marvellous 1984 Description / Buy
9 The Laughing Magician 2006 Description / Buy
10 Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance 2009 Description / Buy

Order of The Year's Best Science Fiction Series

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1 The Year's Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection 1986 Description / Buy
2 The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eleventh Annual Collection 1994 Description / Buy
3 The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourteenth Annual Collection 1997 Description / Buy

Order of Book of the Dead Series with , Nancy Holder, , Douglas E. Winter, Poppy Z. Brite, , , , , , , , , K.W. Jeter

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1 Still Dead ( With: , Nancy Holder, , Douglas E. Winter, Poppy Z. Brite, , , , , , , , , K.W. Jeter) 1992 Description / Buy
2 Still Dead ( By:) 1992 Description / Buy

Dan Simmons Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Third Omni Book of Science Fiction 1985 Description / Buy
2 Obsessions 1991 Description / Buy
3 Still Dead 1992 Description / Buy
4 Far Horizons 1999 Description / Buy
5 The Space Opera Renaissance 2006 Description / Buy
6 Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance 2009 Description / Buy
7 Blood Is Not Enough 2019 Description / Buy
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He sparked an interest in teaching after spending some time in inner-city Philadelphia. The author was working with Steve Brooks to teach ghetto children.

Following his graduation from Wabash College, Simons joined an experimental graduate program at Washington University. In the years he spent teaching, the author distinguished himself, receiving recognition from the Colorado Education Association.

At one point, he was a ‘Colorado Teacher of the Year’ finalist. The author loved teaching because he had more freedom than most teachers. During his days as a sixth-grade teacher, he could basically teach whatever he wanted so long as his students scored well on their standardized tests. He could create any curriculum that suited him.

In the final years of his teaching career, Simmons joined a gifted program called APEX that the district killed after he left. By that point, the author was writing and publishing novels.

Simmons started reading at an early age. He consumed anything and everything he came across at home, including comic books and science fiction magazines. In school, he got in trouble for reading books the nuns considered too advanced for his age.

Luckily, when he entered third grade, they took him to the library and permitted him to borrow whatever he wanted. Writing was just as important to Simmons as reading.

As a boy, he would use his vibrant imagination to create frameworks for plays and backstories for toy characters. In third grade, he started writing simple stories and disseminating them among his classmates.

By fourth grade, Simmons had typed out a science fiction story. He even penned a sequel to ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ Naturally, his teachers took offense to his activities, scolding him whenever they intercepted his stories.

‘Song of Kali’ was the author’s first published novel. He never intended to write it. But his mind concocted a story that wouldn’t let him rest until he had written it. He wrote it in 1982 and published it in 1985.

Finding a publisher was not easy. The author’s story was too dark for conventional publishers at that time. Simmons had given up hope on finding a publisher when he encountered Harlan Ellison at a workshop. Harlan was a legend, and his words essentially terrified the author into getting published.

Most people know Simmons for the Hyperion novels. They may not realize that he created the series because he wanted to buy a house. His agent told him that he would get a $25,000 advance if he wrote two SF novels.

‘Hyperion’ was his first long-form science fiction story. Once he finished ‘The Fall of Hyperion,’ Simmons realized that the world he created had the potential to sustain more stories, which is why he wrote ‘Endymion’ and ‘The Rise of Endymion.’ Though, he waited four years after finishing ‘The Fall of Hyperion’ before dipping his toes back into the Hyperion world.

Dan Simmons Awards

Simmons has won World Fantasy and Bram Stoker Awards.

Dan Simmons Books into Movies

‘The Terror’ became a 10-episode miniseries on AMC.

Best Dan Simmons Books

Many people think that the author uses his novels to attack organized religion and the Catholic Church. But in truth, he loves organized religions. The church in his science fiction novels has no relation to the church today. Simmons’ best books include:

Hyperion: Seven pilgrims are traveling to Hyperion in search of answers. But Hyperion is no ordinary world. The planet is home to large structures that travel through time. Within the Valley of the Time Tombs, the Shrike waits, a harrowing creature that some worship and others fear.

The Fall of Hyperion: The saga that Simmons started in ‘Hyperion’ continues in the sequel. In the universe the author created, humanity is no longer bound to earth. They have an empire consisting of numerous worlds connected by farcasters.

But their future hangs on a knife’s edge. Humanity relies on artificial intelligence to predict human events and then chart a way forward.

But things are changing. The AI cannot account for the Shrike and Hyperion. Therefore, with the Ousters invading, it cannot see the outcome of the conflict.

Meanwhile, seven pilgrims were sent to Hyperion on a suicide mission. To accomplish their goal, they must seek out and decipher the true nature of the Shrike, a dangerous entity that haunts the frightened inhabitants of the planet.

When Does The Next Dan Simmons book come out?

Dan Simmons doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Omega Canyon and was released on January, 1st 2020.

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