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Dan Simmons Biography

(1948– ), The Song of Kali, Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, Carrion Comfort, Children of the Night

American science fiction and fantasy writer, formerly a teacher of gifted children; he became a full-time writer in 1989, following the success of The Song of Kali (1985), a horror novel centring on an Indian cult. Hyperion (1989) and its sequel The Fall of Hyperion (1990), which sustain an apocalyptic narrative of a doomed civilization, gained him a firm reputation as a science fiction author. Carrion Comfort (1990), set in contemporary America, and Children of the Night (1992), which takes place in Romania after the fall of Ceausescu, both employ imaginative variants on the theme of vampirism. Simmons's other novels include Phases of Gravity (1989), The Hollow Man (1992), Summer of Night (1991), and Fires of Eden (1994). Prayers for Broken Stones (1990) and Lovedeath (1993) are collections of his short stories.

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Literature Reference: American Literature, English Literature, Classics & Modern FictionEncyclopedia of Literature: Seven Against Thebes (Hepta epi Thēbas; Septem contra Thebas) to Sir Walter Scott and Scotland