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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dan Simmons  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fantasy Fiction Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1948 in Peoria, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Dan Simmons was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1948, and grew up in various cities and small towns in the Midwest, including Brimfield, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dan Simmons 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. He then received his Masters in Education from Washington University in St. Louis in 1971. He then worked in elementary education for 18 years becoming a full time writer - 2 years in Missouri, 2 years in New York and 14 years in Colorado. He now lives in Colorado.

Published Works

  • Lovedeath, Warner Books, 1993
  • Fires of Eden, Putnam, 1994
  • The Crook Factory, Avon, 1999
  • Darwin's Blade, Morrow, 2000
  • Phases of Gravity, Olmstead Press, 2001
  • Hard Case: A Joe Kurtz Novel, St. Martin's Minotaur, 2001
  • Hard Freeze: A Joe Kurtz Novel, St. Martin's Minotaur, 2002
  • A Winter Haunting, Morrow, 2002
  • Hard as Nails, St. Martin's Minotaur, 2003
  • Ilium, Eos, 2003
  • Olympos, Eos, 2005
  • The Terror, Little, Brown, 2007
  • Black Hills: A Novel, Reagan arthur books, 2010
  • Summer of Night, St. Martin's Griffin, 2011
  • Flashback, Reagan Authur, 2011
  • Children of the Night, St. Martin's Griffin, 2012
  • The Abominable: A Novel'', Little, Brown, 2013

Selected Titles At Your Library

Lovedeath /
ISBN: 0446517569. OCLC Number:

Warner Books,. New York, NY :. ©1993.

A series of five novellas that explore the connection between love and death.

Fires of Eden /
ISBN: 0399139222. OCLC Number:

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. New York :. ©1994.

In Hawaii, people are murdered as demons seek to rid the island of tourist resorts. Caught in the middle is Eleanor Perry, studying similar events in the previous century, those against Christian missionaries. A horror novel with a parallel by the author of Children of the Night.

The crook factory /
ISBN: 0380973685. OCLC Number:

Avon Books,. New York :. ©1999.

Novelist Ernest Hemingway creates a spy ring in Cuba to combat German agents during World War II and the novel describes his adventures as he chases enemy submarines with his fishing boat. Narrating is an agent planted by the FBI to keep an eye on the ring, a man who never read a word of Hemingway. Famous people make appearances, including spy Ian Fleming, author of James Bond books. By the author of Fires in Eden.

Darwin's blade /
ISBN: 0380789183. OCLC Number:

William Morrow,. New York :. ©2000.

Darwin Minor is an expert in accident reconstruction, but a series of seemingly random, or artfully staged, fatal car wrecks has him puzzled. Why would anyone commit fraud at the cost of his own life?

Phases of gravity /
ISBN: 0759254419. OCLC Number:

[Olmstead Press],. [Chicago, Ill.] :. 1999.

Richard Baedecker, the aptly named hero of this extraordinary novel, is a man adrift, searching for a lost sense of purpose. A former astronaut, Baedecker once walked on the moon, briefly escaping the tidal pull of gravity itself. Sixteen years later, gravity and other entropic forces have overtaken him. At this critical moment, against the unlikely backdrop of Poona, India, Baedecker encounters a remarkable young woman named Maggie Brown, who will point him toward the "places of power" he has left behind and help him rediscover his essential self.

Hardcase /
ISBN: 0312980167. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Minotaur,. New York :. 2001.

Ex-con Joe Kurtz is hired by a Buffalo mob boss to find a missing accountant.

Hard freeze :
ISBN: 0312989482. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Paperbacks,. New York :. 2003, ©2002.

Hard as nails /
ISBN: 0312994680. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Paperbacks,. New York :. 2003.

Ilium /
ISBN: 0380817926. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. 2005, ©2003.

The Trojan War rages at the foot of Olympus Mons on Mars - observed and influenced from on high by Zeusand his immortal family - and twenty-first-century professor Thomas Hockenberry is there to play a role in the insidious private wars of vengeful gods and goddesses. On Earth, a small band of the few remaining humans pursues a lost past and devastating truth - as four sentient machines depart from Jovian space to investigate, perhaps terminate, the potentially catastrophic emissions emanating from a mountaintop miles above the terraformed surface of the Red Planet.

Olympos /
ISBN: 0380817934. OCLC Number:

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A companion to Ilium finds the briefly allied Achilles and Hector laying siege to the home of the gods, inadvertently triggering a massive conflict between humanity and such powerful beings as Setebos, Prospero, and Caliban.

Black Hills /
ISBN: 031600698X. OCLC Number:

Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown and Co.,. New York :. 2010.

Haunted by Custer's ghost, and also by his ability to see into the memories and futures of legendary men like Sioux war-chief Crazy Horse, Paha Sapa plans to silence his ghost forever and reclaim his people's legacy--on the very day FDR comes to Mount Rushmore to dedicate the Jefferson face.

Summer of night /
ISBN: 0312550677. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Griffin,. New York :. 2011.

In the summer of 1960, in Elm Haven, Illinois, a sinister being is stalking the town's children, and when a long-silent bell peals in the middle of the night, the town residents know that it marks the end of innocence.

Flashback :
ISBN: 0316101982. OCLC Number:

Reagan Arthur Books,. New York :. c 2012.

Children of the night /
ISBN: 1250009855. OCLC Number:

Putnam's Sons,. New York :. 1992.

In Romania to help treat rare blood ailments, hematologist Kate Neuman adopts a child whose body is capable of accepting any type of blood, and soon she is tracked by superhuman members of a Romanian underground.

The abominable /
ISBN: 0316198838. OCLC Number:

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"A thrilling tale of high-altitude death and survival set on the snowy summits of Mount Everest, from the bestselling author of The Terror It's 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. By the following year, three climbers -- a British poet and veteran of the Great War, a young French Chamonix guide, and an idealistic young American -- find a way to take their shot at the top. They arrange funding from the grieving Lady Bromley, whose son also disappeared on Mt. Everest in 1924. Young Bromley must be dead, but his mother refuses to believe it and pays the trio to bring him home. Deep in Tibet and high on Everest, the three climbers -- joined by the missing boy's female cousin -- find themselves being pursued through the night by someone. or something. This nightmare becomes a matter of life and death at 28,000 feet - but what is pursuing them? And what is the truth behind the 1924 disappearances on Everest? As they fight their way to the top of the world, the friends uncover a secret far more abominable than any mythical creature could ever be. A pulse-pounding story of adventure and suspense, The Abominable is Dan Simmons at his spine-chilling best"--


World Fantasy Award for Best First Novel.

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