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Fires of Eden Hardcover – Oct 1994

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T); First Printing edition (Oct. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399139222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399139222
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,010,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Simmons was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1948, and grew up in various cities and small towns in the Midwest, including Brimfield, Illinois, which was the source of his fictional "Elm Haven" in 1991's SUMMER OF NIGHT and 2002's A WINTER HAUNTING. Dan received a B.A. in English from Wabash College in 1970, winning a national Phi Beta Kappa Award during his senior year for excellence in fiction, journalism and art.

Dan received his Masters in Education from Washington University in St. Louis in 1971. He then worked in elementary education for 18 years -- 2 years in Missouri, 2 years in Buffalo, New York -- one year as a specially trained BOCES "resource teacher" and another as a sixth-grade teacher -- and 14 years in Colorado.

His last four years in teaching were spent creating, coordinating, and teaching in APEX, an extensive gifted/talented program serving 19 elementary schools and some 15,000 potential students. During his years of teaching, he won awards from the Colorado Education Association and was a finalist for the Colorado Teacher of the Year. He also worked as a national language-arts consultant, sharing his own "Writing Well" curriculum which he had created for his own classroom. Eleven and twelve-year-old students in Simmons' regular 6th-grade class averaged junior-year in high school writing ability according to annual standardized and holistic writing assessments. Whenever someone says "writing can't be taught," Dan begs to differ and has the track record to prove it. Since becoming a full-time writer, Dan likes to visit college writing classes, has taught in New Hampshire's Odyssey writing program for adults, and is considering hosting his own Windwalker Writers' Workshop.

Dan's first published story appeared on Feb. 15, 1982, the day his daughter, Jane Kathryn, was born. He's always attributed that coincidence to "helping in keeping things in perspective when it comes to the relative importance of writing and life."

Dan has been a full-time writer since 1987 and lives along the Front Range of Colorado -- in the same town where he taught for 14 years -- with his wife, Karen. He sometimes writes at Windwalker -- their mountain property and cabin at 8,400 feet of altitude at the base of the Continental Divide, just south of Rocky Mountain National Park. An 8-ft.-tall sculpture of the Shrike -- a thorned and frightening character from the four Hyperion/Endymion novels -- was sculpted by an ex-student and friend, Clee Richeson, and the sculpture now stands guard near the isolated cabin.

Dan is one of the few novelists whose work spans the genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror, suspense, historical fiction, noir crime fiction, and mainstream literary fiction . His books are published in 27 foreign counties as well as the U.S. and Canada.

Many of Dan's books and stories have been optioned for film, including SONG OF KALI, DROOD, THE CROOK FACTORY, and others. Some, such as the four HYPERION novels and single Hyperion-universe novella "Orphans of the Helix", and CARRION COMFORT have been purchased (the Hyperion books by Warner Brothers and Graham King Films, CARRION COMFORT by European filmmaker Casta Gavras's company) and are in pre-production. Director Scott Derrickson ("The Day the Earth Stood Stood Still") has been announced as the director for the Hyperion movie and Casta Gavras's son has been put at the helm of the French production of Carrion Comfort. Current discussions for other possible options include THE TERROR. Dan's hardboiled Joe Kurtz novels are currently being looked as the basis for a possible cable TV series.

In 1995, Dan's alma mater, Wabash College, awarded him an honorary doctorate for his contributions in education and writing.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
Dan Simmons prooves to be the master of yet another genre with this offbeat story based on the gods of Hawaii. The modern story tells of the millionaire businessman Trumbo desparately trying to offload a white elephant of a Hawaian holiday resort to a group of slightly stereotypical Japanese businessmen. Unfortunately for Trumbo, the ancient gods of Hawaii are arising, and slowly eating their way through the guests and staff of the hotel, in a variety of grotesque forms.

The story is told mainly from the point of view of Trumbo and two female guest. One, Cordie, is a winner of a holiday competition. The other, Eleanor, is the relative of a female traveller, who years before made a trip to Hawaii in the company of Samuel Clemens, AKA Mark Twain.
This parallel journey is told in the reading of the relatives journal as she witnesses the worship of the gods and endures the dangerous trip to their underworld in order to save the soul of one of her companions.
It is a very different read to the author's other books, without the huge scope of the Hyperion quartet, but has the same degree of research clear on every page. The description of a nightime trip over the dangerously thin lava sheets was one of the most affecting pieces of writing i have read.
The characters are well rounded and comically human, and the author does play with the readers preconceptions on who may or may not be the heroes in the story to good effect.
Very different to the "norm" but then the author seems impossible to pigeon-hole as a genre author. If you have enjoyed any of his other books, you should enjoy this definite change in pace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Fires of Eden gain points for sheer nerve. There's a story about awful things happening at a tropical resort, and it seems awfully familiar- although I was pleased that a goodly number of characters survive the carnage, instead of the one or two who usually live to see the dawn in stories like this. But at the heart of the novel is a journal which recounts a rousing adventure in which one of the main characters is Mr. Samuel Clemens. Ever since "Ragtime" came out in the 70's writers have felt free to have characters from history come into their novels and do their bidding. Mr. Clemens is a very believable character, and the adventures he has a century before the comtemporary action of "Fires of Eden" are, as a reviewer of his day might have said, a ripping yarn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jun. 1997
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Having never read Dan Simmons, I was impressed with his historical knowledge, his literary expertise and the general flow of the plot. Although I found Fires of Eden strange at times, I also found it thrilling and occasionally chilling. His ability to intertwine two stories at once attracted my attention. He combines history with the paranormal to form a story that captures and holds the reader's attention.
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