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Avon (hardcover, 304 pages, $22.95 US)
Publication date: March, 1999
The latest from one of SF and dark fantasy's master craftsman -- author of Summer of Night, Hyperion, and the classic Carrion Comfort -- appears to be something of a significant departure: a novel of historical fiction which Simmons claims is 95% true. The plot revolves around Ernest Hemingway's life in Cuba, where he ran spy ring during the war, observing Axis activity around Cuba and reporting back to the FBI. One thing's for certain -- Simmons never repeats himself.
Song of Kali
Tor (reprint, trade paperback
The debut novel that really put Dan Simmons on the map is now recognized as one of the great classics of modern horror -- a look at the dark underworld in the sprawling slums of Calcutta, India. Despite its banishment thousands of years ago, the cult of Kali lives on, and American journalist Robert Luzack is on assignment to prove it. If he can survive. Winner of the World Fantasy Award.
The Rise of Endymion (Hyperion series, volume 4)
Bantam Spectra (reprint, paperback, 709 pages, $6.50 US/$8.99 Canada)
Publication date: July 13, 1998
Speaking of award-winning series... the previous installments in the Hyperion saga (Hyperion, Fall of Hyperion, and Endymion), Simmons' first science fiction novels, are some of the most acclaimed works in modern SF. Taking their titles and theme from the incomplete epic poems of John Keats, which deal with the fall of the old gods and the rise of a new pantheon, the first volumes form a rich tale of far-future mankind on the brink -- with god-like AIs, religious quests, cyberspace, bioengineering, and much more. In this volume we find the protagonists on the run from agents of both the Pax and the TechnoCore. But the child Aenea is slowly coming of age, growing perhaps into the messiah who may one day topple the church and stop the terrible resurrection. "Hyperion is perhaps definitive for the 1980s. In one novel, Dan Simmons became one of the half-dozen central figures of that decade." -- The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
Review by Wayne MacLaurin
Bantam Spectra paperback
A sequel to the award winning novels Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion and like its predecessors is told in two parts. Raul Endymion (one-time shepherd and convicted murderer) is selected as a bodyguard to the next messiah.
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