RARA-AVIS: Dan Simmons

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 07 Jan 2004

We've talked about Dan Simmons a number of times, because of the Joe Kurtz books, HARDCASE (2001), HARD FREEZE (2002), and HARD AS NAILS (2003), which are fast, tough, and very violent. The first one's even dedicated to Richard Stark (Donald Westlake's pseudonym for his Parker series), if I recall.

Now, Simmons is also a very popular SF writer, and he won the Hugo for HYPERION (1990) and was nominated for a Hugo and a Nebula for THE FALL OF HYPERION (1991). He's also been up for fantasy and horror awards, and won some, so he's got talent all over.

His Kurtz novels are pure crime novels. Is his SF pure SF, and his fantasy just fantasy, or does he mix things up? Is there a hardboiled or noir feel to any of his non-crime writings? I wish I could say myself, but I still haven't read any of his books except for a couple in the Kurtz series, even though friends recommend HYPERION and others.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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