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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A unique bond: author & reader

“There's a unique bond of trust between readers and authors that I don't believe exists in any other art form.  As a reader, I trust a novelist to give me his or her best effort, however flawed.” – Dan Simmons

Simmons, who was born on this date in 1948, is an award-winning author of science fiction, horror and fantasy, sometimes all within the same novel. A typical example of Simmons' intermingling of genres is his World Fantasy Award winner Song of Kali, a tale surrounding a mysterious cult that worships the Indian god Kali. 

After a number of modest successes, Simmons became internationally renowned for Hyperion, which won the 1989 Hugo and Locus Awards for the best science fiction novel.    He followed that with 3 more books and several short stories in a series that concluded with another award winner, The Rise of Endymion, also winner of the Locus and a finalist for the Hugo.  Don’t be surprised to see a SyFy Channel series arriving soon.

Simmons is a master at connecting stories to bits and pieces or characters from Classic literature ranging from Dante’s Inferno to H.G. Wells’ Time Machine.        And, he also writes mysteries and thrillers and enjoys moving among and between genres, something he finds relaxing.

“ I think it's one of the strangest attributes of this profession that when we writers get exhausted writing one thing, we relax by writing another.”

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