Dan Simmons
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Dan Simmons

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 received a B.A. in English from Wabash College in 1970, winning a national Phi Beta Kappa Award during his senior year for excellence in fiction, journalism and art.
Dan received his Masters in Education from Washington University in St. Louis in 1971. He then worked in elementary education for 18 years -- 2 years in Missouri, 2 years in Buffalo, New York -- one year as a specially trained BOCES "resource teacher" and another as a sixth-grade teacher -- and 14 years in Colorado.

His last four years in teaching were spent creating, coordinating, and teaching in APEX, an extensive gifted/talented program serving 19 elementary schools and some 15,000 potential students. During his years of teaching, he won awards from the Colorado Education Association and was a finalist for the Colorado Teacher of the Year. He also worked as a national language-arts consultant, sharing his own "Writing Well" curriculum which he had created for his own classroom. Eleven and twelve-year-old students in Simmons' regular 6th-grade class averaged junior-year in high school writing ability according to annual standardized and holistic writing assessments. Whenever someone says "writing can't be taught," Dan begs to differ and has the track record to prove it. Since becoming a full-time writer, Dan likes to visit college writing classes, has taught in New Hampshire's Odyssey writing program for adults, and is considering hosting his own Windwalker Writers' Workshop.
Dan's first published story appeared on Feb. 15, 1982, the day his daughter, Jane Kathryn, was born. He's always attributed that coincidence to "helping in keeping things in perspective when it comes to the relative importance of writing and life."
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. He sometimes writes at Windwalker -- their mountain property and cabin at 8,400 feet of altitude at the base of the Continental Divide, just south of Rocky Mountain National Park. An 8-ft.-tall sculpture of the Shrike -- a thorned and frightening character from the four Hyperion/Endymion novels -- was sculpted by an ex-student and friend, Clee Richeson, and the sculpture now stands guard near the isolated cabin.
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 . His books are published in 27 foreign counties as well as the U.S. and Canada.
Many of Dan's books and stories have been optioned for film, including SONG OF KALI, DROOD, THE CROOK FACTORY, and others. Some, such as the four HYPERION novels and single Hyperion-universe novella "Orphans of the Helix", and CARRION COMFORT have been purchased (the Hyperion books by Warner Brothers and Graham King Films, CARRION COMFORT by European filmmaker Casta Gavras's company) and are in pre-production. Director Scott Derrickson ("The Day the Earth Stood Stood Still") has been announced as the director for the Hyperion movie and Casta Gavras's son has been put at the helm of the French production of Carrion Comfort. Current discussions for other possible options include THE TERROR. Dan's hardboiled Joe Kurtz novels are currently being looked as the basis for a possible cable TV series.
In 1995, Dan's alma mater, Wabash College, awarded him an honorary doctorate for his contributions in education and writing.

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    • Hyperion

    • By: Dan Simmons
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,356
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,229
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,279

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs...

    • By Michael on 10-13-12

    Regular price: $24.99

    • The Fall of Hyperion

    • By: Dan Simmons
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 21 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,223
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,882
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,925

    On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hyperion is FALLEN, am I too to fall?

    • By Darwin8u on 06-15-12

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Terror

    • A Novel
    • By: Dan Simmons
    • Narrated by: Tom Sellwood
    • Length: 28 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,693

    The men onboard HMS Terror have every expectation of finding the Northwest Passage....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Very good then, NOT

    • By Randall on 07-24-18

    Regular price: $34.21

    • Endymion

    • By: Dan Simmons
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 23 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,239
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,367
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,377

    Dan Simmons returns to his richly imagined world of technological achievement, excitement, wonder and fear....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A fine Part II of the Hyperion Cantos

    • By David on 09-06-12

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Rise of Endymion

    • By: Dan Simmons
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 29 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,090
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,319
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,329

    On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well written and narrated

    • By Chaim on 06-26-09

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Summer of Night

    • By: Dan Simmons
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 22 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,823
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,672
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,674

    It’s the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Go Ahead...Take A Stroll Down Horror Lane

    • By Jan on 10-31-14

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Carrion Comfort

    • By: Dan Simmons
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
    • Length: 39 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,505
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,386
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,385

    Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Long, sure...but GREAT story!

    • By LillyO on 01-02-12

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Ilium

    • By: Dan Simmons
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
    • Length: 29 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 675
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 619
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 622

    It is Hockenberry's duty to observe and report on the Trojan War's progress to the so-called deities who saw fit to return him from the dead....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Achaeans and robots and post-humans, oh my

    • By Ryan on 04-11-14

    Regular price: $34.94

    • The Abominable

    • A Novel
    • By: Dan Simmons
    • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
    • Length: 29 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 502
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 473
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 476

    It is 1924 and the race to summit the world's highest mountain has been brought to a terrified pause by the shocking disappearance of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine, high on the shoulder of Mt. Everest....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, great detail

    • By David Shear on 10-30-13

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Olympos

    • By: Dan Simmons
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
    • Length: 36 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 675
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 618
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 618

    Beneath the gaze of the gods, the mighty armies of Greece and Troy met in fierce and glorious combat, scrupulously following the text set forth in Homer's timeless narrative....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent, But Sometimes Overwhelming

    • By thomas on 02-10-16

    Regular price: $39.95

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