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The Best Dan Simmons Books

Updated June 14, 2019 1.1k votes 333 voters 9.4k views21 items

List RulesVote for the Dan Simmons novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

List of the best Dan Simmons books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Dan Simmons is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. Simmons is known for his science fiction novels, some of which have won the prestigious Hugo Award. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Dan Simmons who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

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  • 1
    Dan Simmons
    115
    30

    First Published1989

    SubjectsSpace opera, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Space opera, Fiction, Science fantasy, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 2
    Dan Simmons
    73
    11

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 3
    Dan Simmons
    111
    41

    First Published2007-01-08

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Suspense, Horror Film, Historical fiction, Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    #131 of 171 The Greatest American Novels#59 of 186 The Scariest Horror Books of All Time#97 of 110 The Scariest Novels of All Time

  • 4
    Dan Simmons
    62
    6

    First Published1991-01

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 5
    68
    34

    First Published1990-03

    SubjectsSpace opera

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 6
    BreeP.Strange addedDan Simmons
    26
    7
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  • 7
    Dan Simmons
    23
    8

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 8
    Dan Simmons
    31
    19

    First Published2009-02

    SubjectsThe Mystery of Edwin Drood, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, London, Animal magnetism

    Genres (Book)fictitious biography, Horror Film, Historical fiction, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 9
    Dan Simmons
    19
    7

    First Published1992

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 10
    34
    26

    First Published1997

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Novel, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 11
    Dan Simmons
    27
    18

    First Published2003

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 12
    24
    15

    First Published2002-01-22

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 13
    Dan Simmons
    28
    20

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 14
    Dan Simmons
    35
    30

    First Published1996-02

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 15
    11
    2

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 16
    Dan Simmons
    20
    14

    First Published2005-06-28

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Novel, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 17
    Dan Simmons
    15
    9

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction

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  • 18
    Dan Simmons
    11
    7

    First Published2008

    Genres (Book)Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 19
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  • 20

    SubjectsAdventure

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Adventure, Horror Film, Fiction, Short story

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 21
    Dan Simmons, Stephen King
    2
    9

    First Published1989-08-10

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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List Rules: Vote for the Dan Simmons novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.