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The Best Dan Simmons Books

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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

    Hyperion

    Dan Simmons
    113
    30

    First Published1989

    SubjectsSpace opera, Adventure

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 2

    Carrion Comfort

    Dan Simmons
    73
    11

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 3

    The Terror

    Dan Simmons
    107
    40

    First Published2007-01-08

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    #130 of 161 The Greatest American Novels#64 of 186 The Scariest Horror Books of All Time#98 of 110 The Scariest Novels of All Time

  • 4

    Summer of Night

    Dan Simmons
    61
    6

    First Published1991-01

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 5
    68
    32

    First Published1990-03

    SubjectsSpace opera

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 6
    BreeP.Strange added

    Children of the Night

    Dan Simmons
    25
    6
  • 7

    Hardcase

    Dan Simmons
    22
    6

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 8
    34
    24

    First Published1997

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Novel, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 9

    Drood: A Novel

    Dan Simmons
    29
    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

  • 10

    Ilium

    Dan Simmons
    27
    18

    First Published2003

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    #275 of 1,236 The Best Novels Ever Written#25 of 99 The Best Sci Fi Novels for Smart People

  • 11

    The Hollow Man

    Dan Simmons
    17
    6

    First Published1992

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 12
    23
    14

    First Published2002-01-22

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 13

    Endymion

    Dan Simmons
    35
    28

    First Published1996-02

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 14

    Song of Kali

    Dan Simmons
    26
    19

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 15
    11
    2

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 16

    Olympos

    Dan Simmons
    20
    13

    First Published2005-06-28

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Novel, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 17

    LoveDeath

    Dan Simmons
    14
    9

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction

  • 18

    Muse of Fire

    Dan Simmons
    11
    6

    First Published2008

    Genres (Book)Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 19
  • 20

    SubjectsAdventure

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 21

    Dark Visions

    Dan Simmons, Stephen King
    2
    8

    First Published1989-08-10

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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