Dan Simmons is a Speculative Fiction author, best known for his sprawling and imaginative sci-fi series The Hyperion Cantos and Illium/Olympos, though he started off (and has since returned to) writing Horror and Fantasy novels.

A common thread throughout all Simmons' novels are references to classic literature, either directly or metaphorically. (Simmons was once a middle-school English teacher).

Some of his non-sci-fi novels include:

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