Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
09/26/05 05:28 PM
Welcome

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We welcome you to the new and improved Dan Simmons Forum.


Quantum
(enthusiast)
09/28/05 09:48 AM
Re: Welcome

This is a dream come true.
On behalf of Dan's Superfans Incorporated, we thank you.


Rob
(enthusiast)
09/29/05 03:56 AM
Re: Welcome

Glad to be here. I've been looking forward to this new forum. Although we seemed to have shaken off our forumfuckers over the last few months, it's good that the forum has moved into a new age, not only safer from abuse, but also (I hope) a bit more user-friendly.

Bart_Kedryna
(addict)
09/29/05 08:27 AM
Re: Welcome

I'd like to challenge your "safer from abuse" assertion. Why do you think so? As far as I can tell, it's as unsafe as the old forum. See the 'wow new forum' topic for more details on that.
The format is a lot better, though.


Fudd
(member)
10/03/05 03:21 AM
Re: Welcome

It's about time.

But seriously, I can see myself spending some good time here.


Bart_Kedryna
(addict)
10/08/05 11:48 AM
Re: Welcome

Dan or whoever might have administrative rights,

I have a request. I found this cool option on this board, on the main page, something like "See posts from the last 24 hours". It's much easier to use this than go hunting for dates in the threads. The problem is that if a new post is short, and I click 'Back' quickly, the list of new posts doesn't come back, it just says I can't perform a search now and to try again in a few minutes.

I think this is some limit of how many searches a person can perform, and it's set to one per minute or something like that. Could you lower it to one per 15 seconds? Sometimes I'm eager to read the new posts and sitting there for a minute staring at that error is a little annoying

Thanks


JohnnyDetch
(addict)
10/14/05 02:30 AM
Re: Welcome

in the name of the avatar, i just noticed i have the same sony home stereo as dan (can be seen at the background of his picture on http://dansimmons.com/forum.htm).
think i'm beginning to hear the music of the spheres.


pennypieAdministrator
(member)
10/19/05 12:25 PM
Re: Welcome

I'll see what I can find about resetting this option. I may not be able to get to it right away though.

pennypieAdministrator
(member)
10/19/05 12:40 PM
Re: Welcome

Actually, this was a quick find to reset the search time. I set it to 10 seconds and it seems to move fluidly to the back button and then search again. The exact spot I tested was: View Recent Messages > Past 24 hours.

bladerunner
(enthusiast)
10/20/05 09:24 PM
Re: Welcome

Thank you very much pennypie! It is a useful function and I'm sure I'm not the only who really appreciates your fixing it!

Bart_Kedryna
(addict)
10/28/05 03:37 PM
Re: Welcome

Yes! It works great now, and finding new posts is so much easier. Thanks a lot.

Now, another assignment. Extend the time allowed to create a post from 1 hour to 3 hours. Us ramblers need a little more time once in a while Either that or make it so that hitting the 'back' button after the timeout doesn't erase the form. But I think the first method would be easier to do, since the form erasure is mysterious and I have no idea what's causing it.

Thanks again.


pennypieAdministrator
(member)
10/29/05 11:50 PM
Re: Welcome

I'm sorry, but I dont find an option to increase the post time. I'd guess if you are working on something long, you'd be better of to create it in Word and then copy and paste. It was a reasonable request tho, but no-go.

Bart_Kedryna
(addict)
10/30/05 07:54 AM
Re: Welcome

Thanks anyway. This might be for the best, actually. If it takes more than an hour to write a message, you are either rambling or you're distracted to death, in which case it probably wouldn't make much sense anyway

bot
(member)
01/05/06 09:21 PM
Re: Welcome

thank you

nemomephon
(enthusiast)
03/20/06 05:01 AM
Re: Welcome

I'm a little speechless.

And more than a little shy here. Not that i'm a stranger to forums, only the mere fact that Dan himself might very well browse through here, i've suddenly become very sheepish.

I just wanted to say thanks for the welcoming. I'm not the sort of chap who gives out praise without it being due, but Dan Simmons, You have altered the course of my life and your work [hyperion/endymion] has stayed with me, fed me, and amazed me. I have wished you were present at lengthy conversations i have had with other 'void which binds' characters, and i love taking the opportunity to present these books to weary readers of average S.F.B.S. I cannot bring myself to read any other sci fi novelists, it reads so contrived, a shadow of Raul and the Hyperion universe, and the outwardly spiralling, endlessly connecting series of ideas. The beautiful fact of so much information viewed through the humble eyes of Raul Endymion makes it truly accessible to so many. I can't help but take your story of hyperion and endymion with me in my mind everyday, it means so much to me!!

Goodluck with the films. Stick to your guns and make sure those hollywood cats don't sell out your plot. Do us proud mate!

So, thank you for so much joy, mind bendingly good sci fi, but, as i said... speechless to find you out here in the void...


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
03/20/06 06:17 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons to nemomephon --

Welcome aboard. You may have noticed that there are other Australians who drop by this forum, so if you get lonely for real hospitality (or good beer), be sure to look them up.

As for sticking to my guns and holding the Hollywood cats' feet to the fire (to really mix metaphors to a mulch), that's not quite the way it works. Novelists have less power and say over the film adaptations of their books than studio janitors have. Therefore, the approved method for us novelists is -- A)drive to the Nevada-California border B)wait until the Big Bag of Money is tossed over the state line in your direction C)toss your Beloved Book the opposite direction D) turn around E)drive like hell to get away before they change their minds.

That's what I did last month. Details to follow.

Again, welcome to the Forum. -- Dan Simmons


nemomephon
(enthusiast)
03/20/06 07:13 PM
Re: Welcome

Thanks for replying Dan

Of course, i meant no offence. I am an aussie musician signed with a respected danish recording label, and in the preparations of my album, they can be often found saying "you must change this" or "make this one shorter" etc etc. but the kind of money i'm dealing with is literally half a peanut compared to a hollywood studio.

i think the "approved method for novelists" would make a good short story !?

kindest regards, drew.


bron
(member)
03/20/06 07:36 PM
thankyou

i have just finished the hyperion /endymion series and found myself needing more what an amazing journey i was on every character every situation grabbed me and took me with it why did it have to end?? is there any interest in putting the amazing story on the big screen bringing what i have felt to life?

Tibbetts
(member)
04/05/06 11:32 PM
Re: thankyou

Cool board. I've recentely found a Dan Simmons novel. It looks very interesting.


-Tibbetts


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
04/06/06 02:04 PM
Re: thankyou

Dan Simmons replies to an earlier post query --

The four HYPERION-ENDYMION books (along with the "Orphans of the Helix" novella set in the same Hyperion universe) sold (note: not "was optioned" or "had options renewed" but sold) to the movies this February of '06. But the details of the sale and plans for the project have not been released by the studio(s) involved yet, so both courtesy and contractual obligations require me to wait until they make their announcement before I make mine. (Whether the films will actually be made, of course, is a quite separate topic). -- Dan S.


Karenas
(member)
04/06/06 03:55 PM
Firefox User

Dan--or your webmaster,
I could not find any other way to contact you, so am doing it here. Hope it's okay! I found your chilling April message through Little Green Footballs--and I believe I may stick around. But only if you make your site Firefox-friendly! Please?
I had to copy and paste into notepad to read your message because of the vertical gray lines (part of the background?) that covered the text.
Love to be able to stick around!
Karenas


CroakerJoe
(enthusiast)
04/06/06 04:10 PM
Re: Firefox User

I'm using Firefox as I type this and had no such problem.

Shrike1
(veteran)
04/06/06 04:18 PM
Re: Firefox User

Quote:

I'm using Firefox as I type this and had no such problem.




I use Firefox as well with no problems, but I'm on a Mac.


cshl
(Pooh-Bah)
04/06/06 04:29 PM
Re: Firefox User

No problems with Firefox on Windows XP . . .

John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
04/06/06 08:09 PM
Re: Firefox User

Loved that movie! When Clint Eastwood steals that plane, and fires the missiles by voice control...

Oh, wait. You guys are talking about something else, aren't you? My bad.


John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
04/06/06 08:12 PM
Re: thankyou

My vote would be for Adam Sandler to play the Shrike, but they're probably gonna wuss out and use that CGI crap.

Anchises
(old hand)
04/06/06 08:18 PM
Re: thankyou

I think it should be Dan, in high heels and tinfoil, a la Travolta in Battlefield: Earth.

You know he secretly wants it too.


John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
04/06/06 08:30 PM
Re: thankyou

Ooh! That's even better than my idea! I second it!

Karenas
(member)
04/06/06 09:05 PM
Re: Firefox User

Okay...if it's not the fact that I'm using Firefox, then...any suggestions?

Evo
(old hand)
04/06/06 09:26 PM
Re: Firefox User

I am also using Firefox, though it's on Windows 2000. When I used Windows 98, I got a whole host of bizarre issues on several sites, so many, in fact, it was to the point where I went back to IE and then tried to scrape my brain out with a trowel. There is a fairly wide variety of technical issues you could be having, but blaming Firefox without adding more details is like me saying I drive a Nissan why isn't my acceleration faster.

Karenas
(member)
04/07/06 07:45 AM
Re: Firefox User

Well, I didn't want to just start dumping details--that's why I asked about other ideas. In fact, I am also using Win 98 and while I can not think of any other site I am having problems with, perhaps that is the issue.

cshl
(Pooh-Bah)
04/07/06 07:52 AM
Re: Firefox User

go to the firefox website for support. We can't solve it here.

0rbital
(member)
04/22/06 04:16 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan

Only to say thank you for defining my nemesis: I suffer from depression and have long sought to give my opponent an image to confront. Churchill had his Black Dog; I now have The Shrike. It is much easier to defeat a foe you can see.

I would also say that the US visulisations of the shrike on book covers are awful. The UK Gollancz cover of the Hyperion Ominibus shows a spiked medieval helmet (a very similar one is in the UK Royal Armoury)- perfect as far as I am concerned.

Matt Winter


**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
04/22/06 07:06 PM
Re: Welcome

orbital says - I would also say that the US visulisations of the shrike on book covers are awful. The UK Gollancz cover of the Hyperion Ominibus shows a spiked medieval helmet (a very similar one is in the UK Royal Armoury)- perfect as far as I am concerned.<


i havent seen a decent shrike, yet.


0rbital
(member)
04/23/06 12:35 PM
Re: Welcome

Most go for far too many spikes...

**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
04/23/06 06:39 PM
Re: Welcome

Quote:

Most go for far too many spikes...




yeah, i can dig that; or theyre in funky, comic or anime-like wildness....however, most dont show four arms. whats with that?


romano
(member)
04/24/06 01:26 PM
Re: Welcome

Sorry for my bad english (Englisch is not my mother tongue).

I have just finished the hyperion /endymion series. And I want to tank you for this wonderful story. At the end of endymion I cried. I have never cried when reading a book. This story is absolutely wonderful.
Thank you Mr Simmons.

Is it allowed to ask you a question, Mr. Simmons?
I’m just wondering. When writing hyperion, do you have had the ending of endymion in mind? Or have or you developed stroy successively?


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
04/24/06 10:40 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons answers romero --

When I started writing HYPERION I didn't even have the end of that novel, HYPERION, in mind. At the time, I hadn't imagined writing ENDYMION or THE RISE OF ENDYMION. They came a few years later. -- Best, Dan S.


0rbital
(member)
04/28/06 04:38 PM
Re: Welcome

I figure halfd of these artists don't even read the book...thebrief comes in "big bloke, spikes, imposing" and they run from there...

Ian
(member)
05/04/06 06:37 AM
Re: Welcome

I am extremelly amazed and fascinated to find such a forum exists.A very nice idea IMO,plenty of chatter and interaction between fans of the books.
I will not go into the usual "singing of praises" for the books,suffice to say,that the volume of readers,not only in the States but worldwide speaks for itself.

I found all about Simmons,when accidentally me eye dropped in a peculiar,orang-ish book on a screen,someday downtown Athens,entitled Ilium.Been hooked up ever since,devoured Olympos,sought out The Hyperion Cantos and am currently lost within the wonderful pages of Endymion.

Whilst I enjoy all of the books equally,excuse me if I am a bit biased regarding the Ilium and Olympus.
Many congratulations for these two and esp the first,they are truelly monumental,epic and another 1000 characterizations that I cannot post here.

It is thrilling to say the least to see the Iliad take another shape,another route,another mantle in front of me.
It is fascinating to see all those heroes of the past,being tranformed in your very eyes,to personify all the highest human emations.
Lastly,it is extremelly enjoyous to admire an interpetation not bound by the sheer limits of contemporary literature but vigorously re-telling a heroic tale with respect and interest.

Blessed be Dan Simmons for taking us all as co-passengers in your quest for Ithaca.


colorbird
(member)
05/24/06 08:36 AM
movie!

Quote:

Dan Simmons replies to an earlier post query --

The four HYPERION-ENDYMION books (along with the "Orphans of the Helix" novella set in the same Hyperion universe) sold (note: not "was optioned" or "had options renewed" but sold) to the movies this February of '06. But the details of the sale and plans for the project have not been released by the studio(s) involved yet, so both courtesy and contractual obligations require me to wait until they make their announcement before I make mine. (Whether the films will actually be made, of course, is a quite separate topic). -- Dan S.




I hope they are made ... what a wonderful set of movies that would be.


cshl
(Pooh-Bah)
05/24/06 09:37 AM
Re: movie!

Quote:

I hope they are made ... what a wonderful set of movies that would be.




Unless Dan retained contributory and veto powers over script -- very veryrare for a writer to be able to get (I know of only one writer who has) -- they'll be in all liklihood, the usual hash of Hollywood Sci-Fi fare (sorry Dan!)


NoC
(enthusiast)
05/25/06 08:45 AM
Re: Firefox User

Just though I'd earn some karma points...

If anyone is having problems with Firefox, you may want to visit this link:
http://ietab.mozdev.org/

This allows Firefox to render pages using IE scripting. Better yet, it does so in a tab, not a new window.


bookworm
(member)
06/06/06 04:31 PM
Re: Welcome

I just discovered Dan Simmons (Yhea, where have I been? In the Dean Knootz board I'm afraid). I read "Summer of Night" and I'm amazed. Rearly does a book pull me in as thouroughly as this one did. Are all of DS's books this good?

John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
06/06/06 04:34 PM
Re: Welcome

Oh, just wait til you hit 'Carrion Comfort', my friend...

Orlun
(enthusiast)
06/07/06 02:26 PM
Re: Welcome

Quote:

Are all of DS's books this good?




Out of all the authors I follow, DS is at the top of the list at providing a consistantly good read. I've followed his work into genres I normally wouldn't an they remain enthralling. He's earned an automatic purchase of any new works in hardback for me and his pending work "The Terror" is already in my shopping cart on Amazon.


compcomplex
(member)
06/19/06 10:11 AM
Re: Welcome

I recently finished the Hyperion series of books and have become a fan of Mr. Simmons writing style - quite different from the normal SF stuff on the shelves. I originally came to this website in search of more info on Dan Simmons literature, as well as express my joy with his work. What I wanted to say comes very close to what nemomephon has written.

Without a doubt, the Hyperion series is by far the greatest series I have ever read. I've been an avid reader of SF for 24 years and have read books from Asimov, Benford, Baxter, Clarke, Hebert, and Reynolds to name a few. Series such as the Foundation, Space Odyssey, and Dune come to mind. In my opinion, the Hyperion series is a classis that stands above these. The themes, ideas, and mostly characters are so thought provoking that to quote nemomephon, "...your work [hyperion/endymion] has stayed with me, fed me, and amazed me." As far as characters, the Shrike is possibly the best ever dreamed of.

If the post comes across as to "hero worshippy" I make no apologies. It takes a lot of guts to put a forum out here with a potential to make lots of comments (good and bad) about ones work. Needless to say, I'm impressed and amazed this is out here. I look forward to returning to this forum and learning more about your novels. Mr. Simmons, good luck in your future endeavors.


Clemens
(enthusiast)
06/27/06 11:33 AM
Re: Welcome

Quote:

Quote:

Are all of DS's books this good?




Out of all the authors I follow, DS is at the top of the list at providing a consistantly good read. I've followed his work into genres I normally wouldn't an they remain enthralling. He's earned an automatic purchase of any new works in hardback for me and his pending work "The Terror" is already in my shopping cart on Amazon.




Yes I mirror that sentiment. I was never into SF until Hyperion. It showed me that there can be intelligent SF. The atmosphere and the ideas really attracted me. It was really great to move into that world for a little while. I wonder if mr. Simmons could ever have the same experience. Like they say, the cook does not enjoy the dinner as much as the guest.

Perhaps somebody can point me to some more SF that is not the clichee boring stuff?


Rennie123
(member)
06/28/06 01:18 AM
Re: Welcome

I would like to know if you will be continuing the Hyperion series, I have just completed the "Last" book The Rise of Endymion, which had such a bitter sweet ending, I feel there are so many more stories to be told, and in the hands of such a capable writer as yourself, I feel it can only just continuing being a successful "cantos"

Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
06/28/06 01:12 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons to Rennie123 --

There will be no more novels set in the Hyperion universe after THE RISE OF ENDYMION. Not by me, not written by anyone else. I have left the door open to doing some short fiction in the Hyperion setting and did publish a novelette (or maybe it was a novella, I always forget), titled "Orphans of the Helix" that was set sometime after the events of The Rise of Endymion (and which won a Locus Award, if I remember correctly.) I was going to write another Hyperion-universe story this spring for Gardner Dozois's upcoming THE NEW SPACE OPERA anthology, but decided to create a new universe for that tale, which I titled "Muse of Fire."

There are a lot more stories that could be told from the Hyperion universe, but as a reader I dislike infinologies and the strong feeling of diminishing returns that we -- as readers -- get from staying too long at the party. However much we, as readers AND writers, like returning to something familiar that we greatly enjoyed, the better creative thing to do, I firmly believe, is to move on to new things.

But the four Hyperion/Endymion novels will always be there to reread . . . if they're worth rereading.

-- DS


Peter
(Super User)
06/28/06 01:32 PM
Re: Welcome

I've reread them I have no idea how many times. And I think I will do so again, a lot more than once. I agree with Mr Simmons that they are enough, though, more would diminish not add to them. I loved Orphans of the Helix, and would be delighted if another story of that kind came along. But I'm not pushing for more novels, even though Hyperion/The Fall are my favourite science fiction novels that I've read and the Endymion two aren't far behind.

To use a very distant musical analogy, one of my most admired rock guitarists is Robbie Robertson, once of The Band. His solos are always very brief, but they're perfect. You wouldn't want another note added to them, because then they wouldn't be perfect. Two other beloved guitarists are Tom Verlaine and the late Jerry Garcia. Though capable of brevity, it's not their forte. Generally speaking their solos go on for a fair while, and when they finish you wish they hadn't, you want more. Although the Hyperion Cantos are hardly brief, they match the Robbie Robertson style better.


Clemens
(enthusiast)
06/29/06 12:32 PM
Re: Welcome

Quote:

I've reread them I have no idea how many times. And I think I will do so again, a lot more than once. I agree with Mr Simmons that they are enough, though, more would diminish not add to them. I loved Orphans of the Helix, and would be delighted if another story of that kind came along. But I'm not pushing for more novels, even though Hyperion/The Fall are my favourite science fiction novels that I've read and the Endymion two aren't far behind.

To use a very distant musical analogy, one of my most admired rock guitarists is Robbie Robertson, once of The Band. His solos are always very brief, but they're perfect. You wouldn't want another note added to them, because then they wouldn't be perfect. Two other beloved guitarists are Tom Verlaine and the late Jerry Garcia. Though capable of brevity, it's not their forte. Generally speaking their solos go on for a fair while, and when they finish you wish they hadn't, you want more. Although the Hyperion Cantos are hardly brief, they match the Robbie Robertson style better.





Give me David Gilmour anytime!


cshl
(Pooh-Bah)
06/29/06 12:36 PM
q related to any more Hyperion stories question

DS,

Will there be a hardcover reissue of the Hyperion cantos? I only have paperbacks and would like to upgrade. If there's a reissue -- like with 20th anniversary of SONG OF KALI -- I'll wait for that rather than buy used.


Rennie123
(member)
06/29/06 11:26 PM
Continuing Hyperion

I agree, however, like you said yourself, "and when they finish you wish they hadn't, you want more".
and like you I really hope that some more short stories come out of the Hyperion universe, we will just have to wait and see!

--I think my first stop today will be to get the Orphans of the Helix


Walter
(member)
07/30/06 06:36 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello Mr. Simmons
My English isn`t so good, so I have to read your books in a translation ( German ).
But I want to say : "Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
When I read "Hyperion" I thought there couldn`t be anything better, but now I`m just reading "Endymion" and you`ve become even more brilliant, though it is hard to read for me because the book has over 1300 pages and so it`s heavy, my cat is always sleeping on my belley and so it is not easy to hold a cat, a cigarette and a book of this size, but it`s worth doing it.
Once more : Thank you for many, many pleasant hours!
Sincerely
Walter Pucher
Austria


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
07/30/06 12:01 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons to Walter --

Suggestion: keep the cat and the book; lose the cigarette.

-- DS


yodasears
(member)
08/09/06 04:40 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan,
I started reading your work about 4 months ago based on breaking one of my cardinal rules of book-purchasing. I never buy based on cover, or opinions of strangers - I like to read a chunk and decide (I think that's reasonable!). I saw Hyperion in the shop. Asides from author name and title, the only other text on the cover was "Truly Astonishing" Iain M Banks. A favourite author of mine. So I picked up Hyperion, and Fall of Hyperion, and absolutely loved them. In slippery slope fashion (bad for arguments, good for profits) I lapped up the Endymion books, then tracked down Song of Kali, and have just finished Ilium (waiting for a smaller version of Olympos to come out - my poor forearms can't cope with any more massive tomes!). When I started reading Kali, I started reading your site. Kudos on a truly fascinating body of work, tackling tangible human issues with a flair for the imaginative!
My only question is: of all the historical fare available, why the Iliad and the Tempest? (ie why not, for example, the Aeneid and Troilus & Cressida, or any other combination - what lead to the links between these works?)


brandog
(member)
08/09/06 11:07 PM
I am 777!

After filling out the registration and responding to the verification e-mail, I found that I am the 777th registered user.

I feel very good about this! Thanks for having me, Dan.

Namaste
-b


sanxian
(member)
08/18/06 11:27 AM
Re: Welcome

Dan,

Thanks for hosting such an interactive forum. I have been reading the posts for a while, but I felt I would actually sign up and let my voice be heard! I am really impressed by how much you seem to inject yourself into this forum. I have to be honest, I could be the slightest bit star-struck by writing to an author I admire so much.

Hyperion is the finest SF I have ever read. Bar None. My wife hates hearing about it, because I will shout praises from the roof tops any chance I get. And though I am only 1/2 way through Olympos now, it seems as though your most recent foray into the SF genre will be every bit as good. (Well, 1/2 as good at least, I would like to see 4 books total....maybe a second round that closely mirrors the Odyssey).

Anyways, i don't want to sound like a fanboy or anything, I just wanted to say thanks for hosting this forum, and thank you, thank you, thank you for creating such wonderful distractions from this thing called life!


Suticos
(member)
08/26/06 01:57 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello,
I live close to "Paris-Cratère" and I hope you will apologize my very poor english.
After Hyperion, Endymion, Ilium, I'm reading Olympos now and it's a great pleasure.
Thanks a lot.


ShawnSpeakman
(member)
09/01/06 11:24 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi Dan,

This is the one email address I could find where the email might actually get to you. A shot is better than not having a shot at all.

My name is Shawn Speakman and I am the webmaster for authors Terry Brooks, Greg Keyes, Robert Newcomb, and artist Stephen Youll. I am also the sole-proprietor for The Signed Page, a signing/autographing service for fans who cannot meet their favorite authors on tour. It is difficult for many fans to get a signed or personalized book when the author can only go to 10 or 12 cities, so The Signed Page helps bridge that problem.

I live in Seattle, have been friends with Duane at the University Bookstore for years, and I help many authors who come through town reach out to their fans with signed books. I usually don't go actively looking for more work - I am currently finishing my first novel and time is short - but I received this in an email today:
___________________________
Hi Shawn.

I recently came across your site and thought it was a great idea.
Unfortunately I seem to have missed the Terry Brooks signing...
sigh. :-)

I was wondering if you had plans in the future to include any Dan
Simmon's books to your signings. I'm not sure exactly how you go
about contacting authors to get copies signed, or if you have had any
signings with Dan Simmons, but if there are any future events with
him I believe I would rush to get a copy.

Thanks for the site and the service you run.

Gary
____________________________

In short, I thought I'd ask you and see what you think. It all depends, of course, if you are going on tour again this January AND coming to Seattle to boot.

Hope you are well! I love your website. You do an excellent job of keeping it updated and I really enjoyed reading the Writing Well section.

Thank you in advance!

Shawn Speakman
http://www.signedpage.com
http://www.terrybrooks.net


hyperwind
(member)
12/10/06 09:25 AM
2 Dam Simmons Re: Welcome

"That's what I did last month. Details to follow."

Sorry, but... are you kidding, Mr. Simmons? You have lended your Cantos to those mean defilers in Hollywood? But anything they touch is condemned to decay! But ok, it is surely up to you to decide.

I just wanted to ask you as a reader, not an author of Cantos, what do you think of Aenea's destiny, her destiny as a physical being, after having been burnt to ashes?


calembro
(member)
01/13/07 05:01 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello Dan and all,

I was typing a post and it was taking time... I wanted to post it and what the hell the post was not posted on the forum ; is there a time limit when you're typing and want to post on this forum ?


Peter
(Super User)
01/13/07 05:21 AM
Re: Welcome

Yes. I recommend that when typing something lengthy, before pressing continue you press Control+A then Control+C. Then if you have been timed out you can just go back to the reply window, press Control+V and there is your post.

**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
01/13/07 03:28 PM
Re: Welcome

Pete, I was just thinking yesterday we hadn't seen you in a bit. How come you always recommend hotkey stuff vs just mouse/right-click operations?

Peter
(Super User)
01/14/07 05:41 AM
Re: Welcome

Because I use a laptop. I have a mouse somewhere, I think I last plugged it in about two years ago.

**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
01/14/07 11:23 PM
Re: Welcome

Quote:

Because I use a laptop. I have a mouse somewhere, I think I last plugged it in about two years ago.




Laptops have mouse pads, though.


JohnnyDetch
(addict)
01/15/07 04:55 AM
Re: Welcome

Because hotkey stuff is so much more functional... fast... cool.

Peter
(Super User)
01/15/07 05:16 AM
Re: Welcome

Exactly. Yes, with the trackpad I could highlight text, right-click and choose Copy from the menu, but using the keyboard is much quicker and easier.

**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
01/15/07 03:57 PM
Re: Welcome

Only if the cursor is already there. I remember when I was a kid, playing Asteroids, for example, which had only buttons. It fuckin irked me that it didn't use a joystick. In the current circumstance, sans mouse, you're restricted to not linear procession selection (that is, you have to wait), you can't just (essentially) look and point. Very disconcerting.

Peter
(Super User)
01/15/07 05:30 PM
Re: Welcome

As so often, I have absolutely no idea what you're talking about, Pat, but I can assure you that I don't miss the mouse at all. Except for the scroll wheel, and it's not worth plugging in a mouse and moving to a table for that.

**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
01/15/07 11:09 PM
Re: Welcome

Quote:

As so often, I have absolutely no idea what you're talking about, Pat, but I can assure you that I don't miss the mouse at all. Except for the scroll wheel, and it's not worth plugging in a mouse and moving to a table for that.




Obviously, you never played video games....although, just given the data, one could imagine the different functionality of each and guess.


LeoP
(member)
01/18/07 01:41 PM
Re: Welcome

Italian fans are still waiting ro read Olympos! We really hope you will answer and tell us something...

Thomas
(member)
01/19/07 01:15 PM
Re: Welcome

oooooh.....

Robbie Robertson... good call:)


Beaker
(member)
02/03/07 03:20 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello guys, my name is Neil, im from Hull in England. Ive only read the 2 Hyperion novels by Mr Simmons but I am currently read Enydiom right now.

enneite
(member)
03/02/07 04:46 AM
Re: Welcome

Good morning to all of you... First, i want say that i m sorry for my very bad english ( french ,you know ...). Well.
Ten years ago, when i was 17, i've read Hyperion and Te fall of Hyperion and i was realy enchanted by this story . Last week , i've just finished to read Endymion and The rise of Endymion... I don't know what i can think about my emotion, but i can say that is the most wonderfull story i read. I cry a lot of day after i finshed these two books, and i wanted to scream when Aenea whas killed... For this, i want to thanks Mr Dan Simmons , who give's me the "frisson", love and adventure, hate and compassion, dreams and nightmare... Thank you, thank you and thank you for your "chef d'oeuvre".Mr Simmons. I m leaving you now, I m going to read Endymion one more time... Read you later.


VEZI
(veteran)
03/02/07 09:50 AM
Re: Welcome

Bienvenue sur ce forum !

J’ai également besoin de 15 minutes pour écrire 3 lignes « in English » !


Icarus
(member)
03/24/07 03:17 PM
Re: Welcome

I have just read 'The Terror'. Excellent! I have been reading Simmons ever since 'Hyperion', so I come a long way. I was first attracted to reading your novels because of the literary allusions of the title ... I have studied English Lit with an interest in scif fi and fantasy, so your titles were intriguing. My only regret is that I still haven't read 'Worlds Enough and Time' ... because I have written a doctorate thesis on Andrew Marvell and am very curious ...

teensie
(member)
03/28/07 12:29 AM
Re: Welcome

Just finished Ilium, I've had it for almost a year. As with all things Homer, I was scared to begin reading it. I don't like to read books to feel dumb! But I decided to crack it open last night and as usual I'm sitting here with these incredible impressions, anxious to get on to the next book.

BimotaBoy
(member)
04/01/07 08:57 PM
Re: Welcome

Looking for my old teacher from Longmont. Any suggestions?

StudSupreme
(member)
04/06/07 08:08 PM
Re: Welcome

Mr. Simmons,
You're probably tired of hearing this, but:
Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion were STUNNING. I never thought I would read anything like that again (I mean that in a complimentary way.) :-)
I'm not sure how you'd feel about it, but for me, Ilium and Olympos surpassed that.

Please don't stop writing. :-)


Jim_Hess
(enthusiast)
04/07/07 12:45 PM
Re: Welcome

If I may: Why would you rent pigs? I can buy one at Wal-Mart. The Garth Brooks CD of late is free if I use my Wal-Mart credit card.

nemes
(enthusiast)
04/07/07 07:59 PM
Re: Welcome

Again thank you for this gift...

BillH
(member)
05/20/07 08:56 AM
Re: Welcome

Thanx, Mr. Simmons. Enjoy your books. Regards, Bill Hedman

Bisje
(member)
05/20/07 04:40 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi Mr. Simmons,

I'm a Dutch fan of your non-SF work. In fact I never tried the SF part of your work because I'm more a thriller-horror fan
I saw on your site that you display the foreign covers of your books so... I thought you would be interested (and maybe other people also) in the Dutch covers of the books I own.

You can find them here : http://www.boekensite.net/boeken/simmons_dan.html

Looking forward to read you,

Eric


pattirose
(member)
05/21/07 11:55 PM
Re: Welcome

I'm sure this has been said a million times before but I am totally awed by the magnificence of the Hyperion series! I'm halfway thru Endymion and am wishing I had another 1000 pages to go. I've come to realize that any book I read after this will be compared to (but never reach) the greatness of this series. I've only ever read one other book that I felt this way about and that was The Narnia Chronicles. DS is truly one of the most gifted talented writers out there.

4eyes
(member)
05/25/07 09:46 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello to everybody,

I've been lurking around this forums for a couple of years now and today, after finishing the "Summer of Night", I finally decided to join up, thank mr.Simmons for all the countless hours spent among the fantastic stories he's written, and maybe even hang out more often, posting once in a while if need arise.

So. Thank you mr. Simmons, keep up the excellent work, and take some time off some day to visit Finland, sign our books and enjoy the scenery.

And everybody on this forum: keep the quality up, I truly feel like wandering among giants as I read some of the postings here. This is one of the few places I have found intelligent conversation, instead of that eternal stupidity that seems to plague public forums like this. (Maybe you're just normal people, and I still haven't found out how to think for myself. Well, anyways... )

--Marko


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
05/25/07 12:41 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons to Marko --

Welcome to our forum. We hope you enjoy the company and the conversation here.

And -- oh, yes -- you were right the first time. All of those posting here ARE intellectual giants. Odd how they all happened to show up in one place, but this author is not one to look a gift horse in the mouth. (Hope that saying has a Finnish equivalent.)

As for Finland, I'm a great admirer of that nation. (Ever since I was a freshman in college and wrote a paper about the "Winter War" in which Finns stood up for so long against the Soviet invaders -- and then had to read the paper aloud to the Oxford-trained blind head of the History Department. A nerve-shattering experience.)

Welcome, Marko.

-- DS


4eyes
(member)
05/25/07 02:38 PM
Re: Welcome

Yes, the expression about peeking at the teeth of the horsie (at least that's how I think it's meant to be understood), is identical in Finnish as it is in English. Altough I've considered it a very, very poor advice, at least ever since I heard about a certain wooden horse with a full belly...

Glad to hear that the Winter War ("Talvisota" in Finnish) is well known to you also. It's an event which is still reminisced with reverent pride in our small country. And I think it's very cruel for teachers (be they blind or not) to make you read your OWN essays or stories aloud. I'd prefer reading someone else's output...

--Marko


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
05/25/07 03:14 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan S. comments --

Unfortunately, my college's history department (nor the English or Philosophy Departments, come to think of it) did not give me the option of reading SOMEONE ELSE'S papers.

Talvisota SHOULD be remembered with reverent pride in your country. And it should be better remembered and honored in our country.

-- DS


4eyes
(member)
05/25/07 05:33 PM
Re: Welcome

Quote:

Dan S. comments --

Talvisota SHOULD be remembered with reverent pride in your country.

-- DS




Yeah, I totally agree, and it most certainly is. My choice of words might make it seem that I think of it as a 'silly' thing. Which is not in any way the case.

Last year I saw an American document about the Winter War, and was positively surprised by it. It was a very objective portrayal of the events and I had never before heard of the volunteer Americans, traveling to Finland and participating in the war effort in several ways (i.e. in tending the wounded).

--Marko


jmill
(Full Shrike)
05/25/07 06:12 PM
Re: Welcome

Marko -

You'd be surprised how many Americans know of Talvisota (thanks for the new word). I discovered the history section of our grade school library in fifth grade, and devoured every book on WWII I could get my hands on. THe story of how you Finns kicked the you-know-what out of the Soviets is amazing and exciting. Carl Mannerheim must still be considered a great hero in your country. He was a true statesman, and managed to navigate treacherous waters between two vast military powers (German and Soviet) to maintain Finlands independence. Finland, despite the loss of some land to the Soviet Union, and Britain, were the only two European countries that participated in WWII to escape occupation.
And Sweden owes you a huge debt of gratitude, too, or they might all be speaking Russian there today!


Spider
(enthusiast)
05/26/07 03:57 AM
I assume this is the introduction thread...

Greetings to everyone.

Obviously, I'm another science fiction reader.
A bit younger than most folks around here, or so it seems to me.

Dan Simmons is one of my favourite writers, not the favourite because I'm not conversant with classical literature. I'm not a native speaker, so archaic english daunts me. Poetry is thoroughly unenjoyable for my literal mind. Maybe .. anyway, I'm in no hurry, being only 22 gives me about 65 more years in which I can learn to appreciate both and get most connotations present in books like Hyperion.

I'm just starting in my first real job. Junior programmer, 3rd level support. Didn't finish school, though I doubt it's that important. Didn't get that warm fuzzy feeling from studying that I get when I complete some program or work.

So, I'll be active only intermittently.

--Spider
(not my real name, but a fitting nickname. I look like someone Conjoined)


**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
05/27/07 12:30 AM
Re: I assume this is the introduction thread...

Quote:


Dan Simmons is one of my favourite writers, not the favourite because I'm not conversant with classical literature. I'm not a native speaker, so archaic english daunts me. Poetry is thoroughly unenjoyable for my literal mind. Maybe .. anyway, I'm in no hurry, being only 22 gives me about 65 more years in which I can learn to appreciate both and get most connotations present in books like Hyperion.


So, I'll be active only intermittently.

--Spider
(not my real name, but a fitting nickname. I look like someone Conjoined)




You seem to get on pretty good. Though, perhaps you'll just be intermittent?


Spider
(enthusiast)
05/27/07 04:39 AM
Re: I assume this is the introduction thread...

Now you've got me. I've no idea. Aren't both expression correct? Though I have been taught English grammar, I've forgotten it completely, and now I just keep guessing.

KorosIII_RIP
(enthusiast)
05/28/07 02:18 AM
Re: I assume this is the introduction thread...

Just do your best Spider! Those coming from another country have me more interested in their thoughts and feelings than their grammar.
Hope to see you as often as you can drop in...


Sibelius1904
(member)
06/04/07 04:32 PM
Re: Welcome

hello everyone, and the one and only Dan Simmons!

Just wanted to introduce myself to the forum. I became of fan of Dan's after reading Ilium. I immediately bought Olympos and find it very cool. I also bought the Terror. For those who are interested to know I am fan of all things being Classical music. My login is based on a composer I like lot by the name of Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). He resided in Finland and wrote 7 great symphonies. I also read other sci-fi as watching the british sci-fi show "Doctor Who". Does anyone like this show? Tell what you think?
thanks,
Sibelius


Leto2
(old hand)
06/04/07 06:07 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome, Sibelius1904. Finlandia was one of my favorites from childhood, and I recall singing the hymn to which a portion of it was later adapted. I hope you enjoy your time here.

eniparadoxgma
(member)
06/18/07 12:30 PM
Re: Welcome

I just found the site recently and wanted to introduce myself right quick.

During an "all things horror" phase I went through during my younger years, I happened upon Carrion Comfort (can't seem to figure out how to italicize the name for some reason) and loved it. Since then I've read and am in the middle of re-reading the Hyperion/Endymion tetralogy. The only other work I've read is Song of Kali, which I also loved.

So, feel free to envy me for I get to experience Ilium and Olympos for the first time soon, (as well as the rest of his works).

I'm interested in philosophy, religion, music, literature, psychology, and too many things to count. My favorite authors are Hesse, Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison, Mr. Simmons, Vonnegut (RIP), Zachary Hunt and a lot more I'm sure I'm forgetting.

I was so impressed during my re-reading of the Hyperion/Endymion tetralogy that I felt compelled to search the internet for all things Simmons, and found this site. It's a great place and the forum is what all other forums should aspire to.

Thanks for having me.

-eniparadoxgma


Peter
(Super User)
06/18/07 01:22 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome, eni. You just use normal HTML. Strictly speaking it's UBB code, but if there's a difference from HTML I haven't detected it. So, open square brackets, i, close square brackets, word or whatever, open square brackets, slash then i, close square brackets. Like this.

eniparadoxgma
(member)
06/18/07 01:48 PM
Re: Welcome

Thanks for the welcome, as well as the advice.

Leto2
(old hand)
06/20/07 08:02 AM
Re: Welcome

eniparadoxgma, welcome!

Also, when you're editing a message, there's a phrase toward the top right of your initial edit screen: "...UBBCode is enabled, so you may use UBBCode in your posts." Clicking on this hyperlink will take you to the portion of the FAQ page that lists available UBB code. A FAQ page hyperlink also appears on every(?) forum page in the upper right hand quadrant of your screen. Scroll toward the bottom of the page for the coding.

Happy posting!


ezraizrael
(member)
06/20/07 02:54 PM
well you, sir, are not welcome.

Dear Mr. Simmons,
I created an account for this site specifically so i could berate you for ruining all my hopes and dreams that the Hyperion Cantos would be the first of its kind: a beautifully written manuscript honoured by art of filmmaking at its most sentimental level. But no, you are apparently letting go of the story to settle for hollywood ideologies. Martin Scorsese?! Leonardo DiCaprio?!?! Raul and Aenea through the entirety of the story?!?! How would that make sense?!?! Please, i beg of you, take on the challenge of writing a screnplay well-suited to the awesome power of your descriptive storytelling that so shines in those novels. The characters, all of them, are so unique, and easily translatable to the screen. And the settings! My god, if George Lucas can make those last three films-despite his disabled story-telling capabilities-look even remotely believable, i know that you can change the way people look at movie making with the artistic quality of those worlds you've created.
I have read the Hyperion Cantos six times over a period of nine years, always coming back to them like a favourite blanket. I am, in fact, re-reading them again for the seventh time, which is what brought me to the curiosity of a possible film. I thought to myself, well, all these horrible movies keep coming out, perhaps dan simmons will save us all from that black hole of apathy with Hyperion.
You have crushed me, Dan Simmons. I hope this gets to you at least a little, just enough that you might reconsider your original poem that is that series of books, and make all of those people and those planets finally, really, take in a breath of life. They have stayed with me always and to lose them in a film adaptation would be like burning their memory. Please, save the world from the hollywood disease of editing a story until there's nothing left of it but the fiction. Look at what happened to Douglas Adams' masterpiece of sci-fi comedy..it would be a shame for the same follies to befall your art.
Peace to you, thank you for the memories,
M. Izrael


Heath
(enthusiast)
06/20/07 05:25 PM
Re: Welcome

Greetings.

I am new to the forum. I first read Hyperion in 1990 and have been hooked on Dan Simmons' books ever since.


Craig_Wolf
(Pooh-Bah)
06/20/07 08:02 PM
Re: well you, sir, are not welcome.

Quote:

Dear Mr. Simmons,
I created an account for this site specifically so i could berate you for ruining all my hopes and dreams that the Hyperion Cantos would be the first of its kind: a beautifully written manuscript honoured by art of filmmaking at its most sentimental level. But no, you are apparently letting go of the story to settle for hollywood ideologies. Martin Scorsese?! Leonardo DiCaprio?!?! Raul and Aenea through the entirety of the story?!?! How would that make sense?!?! Please, i beg of you, take on the challenge of writing a screnplay well-suited to the awesome power of your descriptive storytelling that so shines in those novels. The characters, all of them, are so unique, and easily translatable to the screen. And the settings! My god, if George Lucas can make those last three films-despite his disabled story-telling capabilities-look even remotely believable, i know that you can change the way people look at movie making with the artistic quality of those worlds you've created.
I have read the Hyperion Cantos six times over a period of nine years, always coming back to them like a favourite blanket. I am, in fact, re-reading them again for the seventh time, which is what brought me to the curiosity of a possible film. I thought to myself, well, all these horrible movies keep coming out, perhaps dan simmons will save us all from that black hole of apathy with Hyperion.
You have crushed me, Dan Simmons. I hope this gets to you at least a little, just enough that you might reconsider your original poem that is that series of books, and make all of those people and those planets finally, really, take in a breath of life. They have stayed with me always and to lose them in a film adaptation would be like burning their memory. Please, save the world from the hollywood disease of editing a story until there's nothing left of it but the fiction. Look at what happened to Douglas Adams' masterpiece of sci-fi comedy..it would be a shame for the same follies to befall your art.
Peace to you, thank you for the memories,
M. Izrael





Wow. That's . . . Huh. Okay.

I'll bet you feel all poopy now, don't you Mr. Simmons? You crusher.

Craig, who once created an account to rail at L. Frank Baum for THE WIZ. Must have worked, there being no sequels.


thecrow033193
(member)
07/26/07 10:06 PM
Re: Welcome

Thank you, Mr. Simmons, for providing us with this forum.

I have been a frequent visitor to this site over the last several years, having been an admirer of your novels since reading Carrion Comfort in 1989 or 1990.

Now that I'm a registered forum member I may, at times, simply lurk in the shadows as a quiet observer, but I'm intent on participating in discussions periodically.

We'll see how that unfolds.


poetwarrior
(member)
07/30/07 12:37 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan,

Just read The Terror and loved it. As a fellow author I really enjoyed the twist on an already fascinating tale.

Well done!
Greg


alexmola
(member)
08/06/07 03:57 AM
Re: Welcome

Ok, I¡m going to introduce myself. I'm 30, from Spain, and just yesterday I finished reading the Hyperion Cantos, and obviously I loved them (before saying anything more, I ask for forgiveness for my english). Other book from mister Simmons I read was Carrion Comfort (which in Spain was translated as "Vampiros de la Mente"["Mind Vampires",ugh]. Well that's all, be reading you all soon

TerrieT
(enthusiast)
08/15/07 05:42 AM
Re: Welcome

Yeeess! I am finally a member of this site! I've tried before but must have done something wrong, since it failed. But here I am now :0) I have just spent the summer re-reading all my Dan Simmons novels and now I suffer severily from withdrawal symptoms! I hope this page will help me to handle them! I must also get hold of the last novel, which I haven't found here in Sweden yet! (

Anyway: I big hello to mr Simmons and to you all.... Im looking forward to future discussions with you all!

//TerrieT


TerrieT
(enthusiast)
08/15/07 05:50 AM
Re: thankyou

Wow! The thought of those novels... That universe adapted to the movie screen... It is thrilling, exciting and terrifying at the same time. I cannot think of any other novels I'd rather see adapted into moving pictures... But at the same time, the risk of being disappointed is imminent! NOTHING could keep me a way from that premiere though!

//TerrieT


JeffFriedberg
(enthusiast)
08/24/07 07:45 PM
Re: Welcome

I'm impressed that Dan actually monitors his site, it's rare for someone of his stature to do so. Thanks.

Robert
(member)
08/26/07 04:58 AM
Re: Welcome


Ha! I'm back!

I've managed to read Ilium and Olympos in the mean time too!

So, what's been happening?


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
08/27/07 11:44 AM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons comments --

JeffFriedberg wrote --"I'm impressed that Dan actually monitors his site, it's rare for someone of his stature to do so."

Careful! No comments about stature. I'll have you know that I'm five feet eight and a half inches -- five foot nine in heels. Compared to my dear friend Harlan Ellison, I'm an NBA player.

Welcome to the forum, sir.

-- DS


SomeFool
(Super User)
08/27/07 09:02 PM
Re: Welcome

Quote:

Compared to my dear friend Harlan Ellison, I'm an NBA player.




Harlan is short? I had no idea. I'm 5'10" btw, or so I was last I measured my height more than 30 years ago, maybe I'm old enough now that I'm in my shrinking phase now. Yikes!

I was the second-shortest kid in my school from like first grade till like tenth grade, then I finally grew. It was damn weird passing my parents in height, I gotta say.

fool


Selket
(member)
08/27/07 09:05 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello, from the great state of Maine! I’m a fan of many, horror being my favorite! I recently read Summer of Night and A Winter Haunting, both only took 6 days of reading because I couldn‘t put them down. Thank you SO MUCH, Mr. Simmons.

Selket, goddess of scorpions


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
08/27/07 09:10 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons writes --

Welcome, Selket, goddess of . . . blecchh . . . scorpions. No stinging allowed on the forum.

-- Dan S.


timthetum
(member)
09/12/07 10:53 PM
Re: Welcome

Thought I'd say "hi" as a new member here; I've enjoyed Dan's work since the crappy little UK hardback of Kali came out, all those years ago. I have the Dark Harvest "Carrion Comofort" (not a favourite of Dan's books), the original Bantam paperback of "Phases of Gravity", and everything since.

I have no hang ups about particular genres; I used to read mainly SF, but over the years I've learned to love pretty much everything from literary fiction to horror, to crime, to bestselling pot boilers. I become annoyed when critics fail to realise that the ability to tell a story is an important literary skill, although I don't want characterisation and word selection to be ignored either.

Other writers I particularly enjoy; Lucius Shepard, John Connolly, Connie WIllis, Lewis Shiner, Joe Haldeman, Lawrence Block, Barry Eisler, Harben Coben, Neil Gaiman, Brian Bendis, Mike Carey and very many more.

This looks like a pleasant place to hang out, so I guess I'll see you around.

Thanks for the welcome.

Tim


Dorje
(member)
11/15/07 08:59 AM
Re: Welcome

Happy to find this site about the most famous world creator. Hi from France, where I'm working on my quantic traveler journey...
Franck.

PS: From your point of view, Dan is Martin Silenus or Ummon?


Dusan
(member)
12/09/07 08:04 PM
Re: Welcome

I'm really glad i've found this forum. Great to be here!

Big thank you to Dan for writing all this books, and I hope that I'll fit in here with the rest of you (=

greetings from Serbia


Rutger
(member)
12/16/07 06:14 AM
Re: Welcome

Just wanted to follow-up on my fellow posters from Europe, so a big hello and season's greetings from The Netherlands.
Of course I am a big fan of Mr. Simmons' writings (except for the Joe Kurtz novels, sorry for that ), but I think that goes without saying / typing...

Cheers,
Rutger


Mario81
(member)
12/19/07 03:06 PM
Re: Welcome

Hallo to everyone!
I just wanted to drop a line since it looks like a common gesture in this kind of forums ...
So I am a kind of on and off constant reader of Dan's writing since grabbing a copy of Summer of Night back in the nineties. Since then I read most of his novels. His best? Hm, maybe The Terror, but I loved the rest, too. Right now I am reading his Kurtz books (just started Hard as Nails) and next year hopefully I will get a hold on the Hyperion books (and of course the forthcoming novel) ...

so ... I am greatful if I can drop a line here from time to time ...

best regards,
Mario


Peter
(Super User)
12/20/07 03:36 AM
Re: Welcome

Welcome, Mario. Someone who's read most everything else but not the Hyperion books is kind of unusual. It's a lack I would hasten to remedy, if I were you. Enjoy Joe, I'm sure you will, and I agree that The Terror was among the best of the best. So are the Hyperion novels, you really should get around to them soonest as a Simmons fan.

Mario81
(member)
12/22/07 09:02 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi Peter! Thanks for the welcoming words ... Yes I know that the Hyperion books are a must read, but I was very reluctant reading that kind of genre (yes i am not into SF, sorry *g*) ... but after having given Ilium and Olympos a try (very good in my humble opinion) and having read some SF the last year (the Ender novels from O.S. Card and Dan's Worlds Enough & Time enough and some old George RR Martin short stories, which were all great) I am willed to get me more SF ... so next year the Hyperion novels should find their way into my hands ... again thanks for your nice welcoming words!

BTW: sorry for my not-so-perfect English ;-)

And to all of you: have a nice X-mas and happy new year ...


Darayavahush
(enthusiast)
01/13/08 06:07 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello 4eyes great to see i'm not the first finn in this forum.

mark_baynes
(member)
01/15/08 10:38 AM
Re: Welcome

"We welcome you to the new and improved Dan Simmons Forum."


When something is 'new and improved!'. Which is it? If it's new,
then there has never been anything before it. If it's an improvement,
then there must have been something before it.


John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
01/15/08 10:41 AM
Re: Welcome

So if I buy a new car I never had any old ones?

mark_baynes
(member)
01/15/08 11:08 AM
Re: Welcome

Its a new car. Not a new and improved one

springer2
(Pooh-Bah)
01/16/08 08:39 PM
Re: Welcome

It's a new car and an improvement over the old one.

escapevelocity
(enthusiast)
02/02/08 03:21 AM
Re: Welcome

This is Robert M Blevins from Adventure Books of Seattle. Dan Simmons is a Guest of Honor at Seattle's Norwescon 31 this year. Congratulations!

Just a note that our small, but popular sci-fi magazine, 'Escape Velocity' will also be in attendance. We're dedicating nearly half the April issue to photographs, interviews, and general coverage of the convention.

Mr Simmons: We sent a modest interview request but the message failed, for some reason.


John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
02/02/08 07:49 AM
Re: Welcome

Ooh--Seattle in the spring. Now THAT convention I might be able to make.

johnhornor
(addict)
02/14/08 08:39 AM
Re: Welcome

I'm a new member here and thought I'd announce myself, and say hello, as is common on most bulletin boards. I've been a long time reader of Dan and have followed his Writing Well posts for the past few months. I'll have to say, while I've enjoyed all of his novels, especially the Elm Haven and Hyperion sets, my favorite Dan books are the Joe Kurtz novels. Such clean muscular writing, I'm surprised they haven't been snatched up for movies.

Anywho, as we say down South, I'm currently reading The Terror and enjoying it immensely. I look forward to getting my hands on Drood.

Glad to be here.

jh


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
02/14/08 01:51 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons writes --

Welcome, John. We're glad to have you here. Now, in the year you have to wait for DROOD to hit the stands, feel free to start some controversy on the forum. We're getting a little stodgy here.

Dan S.


col
(enthusiast)
03/03/08 08:21 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi, my name is Shane and I'm an American stuck in Latvia and loving every second of it. I've recently worked my way through the Writing Well section and while I don't aspire to become a writer professionally, I find learning about the process fascinating. Thanks, Dan, for taking the time to put so much great content on your site. And thanks to all the forum posters who add their own two cents. They add up to a quite a fortune.

Looking forward to Drood! I'm a sucker for book covers with menacing and silhouetted Victorian top hats.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
03/04/08 12:07 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons comments --

Welcome, "col." And, by the by, "my name is Shane and I'm an American stuck in Latvia and loving every second of it" isn't a bad opening sentence for a novel.

I had a friend who was stuck in Latvia once. But he lost some weight and wriggled out.

Again, welcome. (I'm sending your approval of book covers with menacing and silhoutted Victorian top hat comment along to the Little, Brown cover designers. Who knew there was such a fan club?)

DS


huck
(enthusiast)
03/07/08 05:35 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi, everyone. I am a long time fan of Dan Simmons many works. I’ve been reading/lurking in the forums and the Writing Well articles here for the past few weeks and I really enjoy the thought-provoking discussions. Greetings to all.

Bry
(addict)
03/09/08 06:03 PM
Re: Welcome

If you gave me an option to move a thousand pounds of chopped one mile with nothing more than my arms and legs or write a coherent paragraph I would chose the former. I'll let Dan do the heavy lifting. I enjoy your work my friend. On another note…

This forum is surprisingly feisty - I'm encountering people with a great sense of history who are good writers and sharply opinionated. Not everything is correct but we’ll get through that.

Myself, I’m new at this; my first forum I mean. I've posted a few of my own but thought – with this post – to take the opportunity to show one of my favorite writers, my appreciation of a well written story.


Bry
(addict)
03/09/08 06:04 PM
Re: Welcome


I meant to say:

If you gave me an option to move a thousand pounds of chopped wood one mile with nothing more than my arms and legs or write a coherent paragraph I would chose the former. I'll let Dan do the heavy lifting. I enjoy your work my friend. On another note…


Duke
(member)
03/10/08 09:39 AM
Re: Welcome

This is my first post. I joined the forum this morning. John Jacobs sent me.

Ok, so I just finished Darwin's Blade. Whats the deal with Dar Minor's cabin and Dale Stewart's basement in Winter Haunting. In my mind I imagine that they are similar, and they both have these alternate access points with air shafts to the outside.

And both men have Savage's that they both attempted suicide with, and both times the shells misfired. Creepy.

Dan, is it like a musical passage that you like to re-visit with different instruments?

-Duke


Trevor Sands
(member)
03/20/08 11:43 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello Dan,

Just joined the forum.
Love your work and love the site.
Hope you will be hearing more from me in the near future...

Best,

Trevor Sands


Spider
(enthusiast)
03/21/08 08:52 AM
Hmm..

I've got a feeling I post too much. I'm not sure it's appreciated..

I'll go turn myself in and spend some quality time in our family gulag fixing subtitles on pirated films, burning them on DVDs and generally abetting the chief pirate hereabouts, who happens to be my father. We gotta fill our cache with at least 2000 films before the media figure out how to make filesharing less easy than today..

I've got a feeling that time is not far.


Spider
(enthusiast)
03/23/08 04:58 AM
To the moderators:

I beseech you,ban me the next time I post anything about US foreign policy. Flaming about foreign policies, especially those of the US is a vice that I have to kick.

So, I can post about soldiers(their training, not their work), guns, gun control, welfare, healthcare in the US, but will be banned if I post anything about Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, or more precisely US involvement thereof.

If the posting'll be in a grey area, warn me and threaten.

I ask this to be in effect until the US elects another president...

I'll try to stick to books, idiot philosophy and technology.

It might decrease the number of shards flying through the air.

Regards

Y.T.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
03/26/08 01:37 PM
Re: To the moderators:

Dan Simmons comments:

Mr. Spider has left us.

DS


Fantelives
(Pooh-Bah)
03/26/08 02:24 PM
Re: To the moderators:

HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The King has returned and slain the beastie what hain'ts our village.


springer2
(Pooh-Bah)
03/26/08 07:21 PM
Re: To the moderators:

ALL HAIL THE KING!!!!!

**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
03/26/08 08:29 PM
Re: To the moderators:

Well, I believe in free speech and would defend anyone's right to say anything (even stuff I find personally offensive), so I'm having a real problem with how I feel about this one.

On the one hand, I believe Spider has the right to damn himself with his incoherent, racist effluvia. On the other, I'm glad I no longer have to put up with it as it was becoming more than tiresome.


Bry
(addict)
03/26/08 09:53 PM
Re: To the moderators:

Bry to joechip -

I believe in freedom of speech too but on this site, as well as in many other venues in life, you DON"T have the right to say anything you want. A right to say or write anything you want can be done only in the right venue without consequences. When you're in the place of someone's property or business, that right is subservient to the host's editorial wishes or legalities. If someone in my house uttered a racial slur for instance, my editorial wish would be to toss them out. And I would.


Peter
(Super User)
03/27/08 02:39 AM
Re: To the moderators:

I feel sorry for Spider, and acknowledge that he was clearly intelligent and that his command of English was more than impressive. But his behaviour was unconscionable, to switch classes he was more a plague of locusts than a buzzing fly. I tried to get him to see that, as did others, but no luck. So he had to go, and hopefully this time will stay gone, at least until he's grown up a bit.

To be honest I wouldn't have tolerated him for half so long, he was clearly driving most of the rest of us mad for his own entertainment, why put up with that? Still I am glad Dan is so tolerant, otherwise a few little incidents in the past would have put paid to me!


**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
03/28/08 03:49 PM
Re: To the moderators:

 Originally Posted By: Peter
I feel sorry for Spider, and acknowledge that he was clearly intelligent and that his command of English was more than impressive. But his behaviour was unconscionable, to switch classes he was more a plague of locusts than a buzzing fly. I tried to get him to see that, as did others, but no luck.


No need to feel sorry for him. As well, no need to feel antagonistic. Both sides of the same coin. I don't think anyone was really neutral.


cshl
(Pooh-Bah)
03/28/08 04:01 PM
Re: To the moderators:

 Originally Posted By: joechip
Well, I believe in free speech and would defend anyone's right to say anything (even stuff I find personally offensive), so I'm having a real problem with how I feel about this one.


But this is not a public space. DS *pays* for this; it's like a foyer into his house. Yeah, the door is open, but that doesn't mean you can pull down the curtains and vomit on the carpet because that's your idea of free speech.

As to the tiresome voice, I'd say what anyone would say at a party of conversationalists: wow, aren't you glad he finally left?!

The fact it took a virtual bouncer has nothing to do with it. The company is better off!


hilltop
(member)
03/30/08 06:38 PM
Re: Welcome

I'm new to this forum, but a big fan of the Hyperion series. It took me awhile to actually get into it, however. For years I would pick up "Hyperion" and leaf through it at the bookstores and put it back. It wasn't until I read "Fall of Hyperion" that I finally went back and read the first book. After that, I quickly devoured the remaining two books and eventually found all in hardcover to keep in my library. I read the entire series at least once a year.

I would love to see the Hyperion/Endymion books adapted to a series of movies. It would take several movies to begin to do it justice. There is so much there for movie makers and watchers to enjoy: special effects, costumes, languages, romance, violence, alien creatures, space battles, time travel, etc. (Not to mention a great plot and story line, but that seems less important for movies these days.)

I fear, however, that the huge and sinister role of the Roman Catholic Church (and it's new "sacrament") in the later Endymion books makes it unlikely that that part of the series would ever make it to the big screen--at least not without lots of pain and/or compromise of the story. There has been such uproar over films like "DaVinci Code;" just imagine the outcry over a movie depicting a Pope and Catholic hierarcy serving the interests of advanced computer AI's engineering the elimination of Jews, Muslims, Bhudists, etc. When I heard that Mr. Simmons sold the movie rights, I even wondered if someone purchased them to make sure that the books never make it to film. A good series of films based on Hyperion could be bigger than "Lord of the Rings", but I'm not holding my breath because I doubt there's enough courage in Hollywood to produce it.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
03/30/08 10:56 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons writes --

Hi, "hilltop." Welcome to the forum.

All of the HYPERION books (and the single Hyperion-universe novella) sold to a huge studio a couple of years ago because director Martin Scorsese (and a young actor he uses frequently) showed some interest in it. I don't think Scorsese -- who's no longer involved with it -- was that interested in doing a sci-fi film. I think it was the very idea of the future (corrupted) and very temporal Catholic Church with literal powers of resurrection that may have interested him.

I would have liked to see that film. (But no, there's no sinister conspiracy to buy up my little SF novels to make sure that they're NOT made into movies. Although sometimes it almost feels that way.)

Dan S.


maud
(member)
04/04/08 12:20 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello everyone,
I'm new in this forum. I registered a few weeks ago but it's the first time I can post. I'm the mother of a 20 months old monster and I'm working at home, so time is precious.
Anyway, I really like M. Simmons books and I'm glad to be there. I read almost all of them, except the crime series, I really hate detective stories (I don't find the words in english, sorry)
And English is not my mother tongue, as I mentionned in another post, so, I'll do my best. I'm french if you wonder.
maud


VEZI
(veteran)
04/04/08 02:22 PM
Re: Welcome

Bienvenue sur le Forum maud !

Don’t bother, you’re English is really great.

I’m a French Canadian, and so far « cette joyeuse bande d’intello ne s’est pas encore payé ma gueule » on this subject ! :-)


maud
(member)
04/10/08 09:27 AM
Re: Welcome

Merci, m'sieur Vézina,
I'm doing my best.


arpa
(member)
04/10/08 07:00 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello all. My name is Justin, I'm a 29 year old law student in North West Ohio, currently completing my second year. I was introduced to Dan Simmons's fiction back in 1995 when my father and older brother recommended the Hyperion Cantos. I have since read most of Dan's sci-fi and horror work, and cannot wait for the end of my exams and the start of summer so that I can begin reading The Terror. Since starting law school my time for reading fiction has been limited to picking up things here or there and reading them piecemeal over an extended period of time.

What is sad is I originally registered this nic-name a few years back and failed to ever post. I had a very specific question about Hyperion after reading it for the second time, and then I completely failed to follow up and post a question for it, so I suppose I'm going to search the forums for an answer before I do so. In the mean time I wanted to introduce myself and begin posting response to some threads that look very interesting.


John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
04/10/08 07:16 PM
Re: Welcome

Love your tagline, man. I'm giggling to myself right now remembering that scene...

Welcome aboard!


HobbsBaranov
(member)
04/13/08 02:11 PM
Re: Welcome

I'm an aspiring scribbler, who doesn't like talking about himself. Read Hyperion cantos, though I'm about two thirds through Endymion so I'm watching you all carefully, trying not to let myself get spoilered. Sleepless nights ahead and I'm supposed to be revising for a math exam. I left my pursuit of English behind after my last year in secondary (UK school system is fractured to hell. Years 15-16 years old), but I'm a pedant, so I can spell still at least (though my grammar slips into archaicism and I over use subclauses). That was a few years back now, but I find writing the odd vignette is immensely soothing. I might get it together and write something worth reading one day. But the Writing Well installments (which for some reason I imagined as source of writing from deep underground) have made me decide to come here and stick my ugly nose in. Finally, forgot to mention I read Ilium/Olympus a year or so ago.

As you can tell, my narrative is fractured and I forget bits.


Matt Greenwood
(enthusiast)
05/06/08 02:12 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi everyone. I'm an aspiring writer in my 30's who masquerades as a faceless bureaucrat during working hours. I've been reading the Writing Well series and the forums for a while now, and recently signed up.

A note to our gracious host: My wife and I went to Rome for our honeymoon last spring, and went to Keats' apartment beside the Spanish Steps. It's now a little museum devoted to Keats. Not only was it fascinating to step inside the physical space once inhabited by a Romantic poet (the Romantics were always my favourites). But in the back of my mind I was visualizing the scenes from Fall of Hyperion that took place there!

It was a wonderful moment that married my English degree to my genre fiction geekery - which seems to happen frequently when I pick up a Dan Simmons book. This is one of the reasons why I enjoy your work so much!


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
05/06/08 05:29 PM
Re: Welcome

DS to Matt --

You and your geekery are welcome here. (I envy you the visit to Keats's apartment.)

Enjoy our forumosity.

DS


Daniel Prevett
(enthusiast)
05/06/08 05:53 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi all. I'll make my hellos and then go back to lurking. My name is Daniel & I've really enjoyed all the literary and political back and forth on this forum. I do manage to learn something new every day from here, which is quite a plus. I have two children under the age of two, so keeping abreast of news (like the primaries and Rev. Wright's latest) is a challenge at the moment. This forum provides some interesting discussions that can be read at my leisure & when I have time.

The Writing Well discussions are also of immense value to me as a reader, since I can begin to see the difference between good and bad writing, and to better articulate to others why I like some things and why I dislike others.

As a bit of a side note, I wanted to thank DS for his recent concise summary of a well-known SF author's comet disaster book, as that summary allowed me to clean out a whole shelf on my bookshelf, thus making room for other (hopefully better) books.

I do have one question of our host here, if I may. What happened in Dothan, Alabama?

I ask, because I drove through there in the mid-eighties while on my way from Pekin, Il to Dunedin, FL to visit my Grandmother, stopped for gas, and without anything directly threatening happening, felt lucky to escape unscathed. The only thing the attendant said to me as I paid was "Y'all ain't from around here, are ya?" I was by myself.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
05/06/08 08:44 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan S. comments --

I've sworn to -- and been made to swear to -- never, ever, never, under any circumstance, reveal what happened to me (and others) in Dothan, Alabama, circa 1976.

DS


BarryK
(enthusiast)
05/27/08 06:55 PM
Re: To the moderators:

At the risk of offending our esteemed host, I would have loved to have seen Mr. Simmons write:

"THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER MISUSE OF THIS CHANNEL. YOU ARE DISTURBING OTHERS WHO ARE USING IT TO SERIOUS PURPOSE. ACCESS WILL BE RESTORED WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS FOR. GOODBYE".

(In case you can't tell, I have just finished re-reading a certain novel).
(I hope I wasn't out-of-line quoting four sentences in a row!).

---BarryK


Transient
(member)
05/29/08 02:05 AM
Re: Welcome

In compliance with a custom as old as the humanity itself, I appear before you to introduce myself: I’m a swarm of rather oddly ordered atoms from Lapland of Finland, who just finished the Hyperion Cantos and I have to say that it blew my mind in various ways. Now I have great expectations that this forum would do the same. It took me 25 years to crawl my way into this server, but when I quickly glance around I can already see that I’m amongst very special people. Not for this reason only, I’m tempted to say that the my journey under Helios and Aurora Borealis has been truly worth it and I’m excited to see what future can teach me.

PS: Maybe a cliché, but I must apologize my, errrm… very practical english, which lacks many of the details that english grammar possess.


Peter
(Super User)
05/29/08 02:19 AM
Re: Welcome

Welcome, Transient, and I hope you won't live up to your name. As a pedant, I have to point out that Helsinki is not exactly in Lapland, though that may well be where you're from originally. Also as a pedant, although as another thread testifies I have been known to pick up native English-speakers on their English, being a monoglot I never correct people who are clear in my language, when it is not theirs. You were perfectly clear, and needed to make no apologies.

Alex3
(addict)
05/29/08 07:15 PM
Re: To the moderators:

 Originally Posted By: BarryK
At the risk of offending our esteemed host, I would have loved to have seen Mr. Simmons write:

"THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER MISUSE OF THIS CHANNEL. YOU ARE DISTURBING OTHERS WHO ARE USING IT TO SERIOUS PURPOSE. ACCESS WILL BE RESTORED WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS FOR. GOODBYE".

(In case you can't tell, I have just finished re-reading a certain novel).
(I hope I wasn't out-of-line quoting four sentences in a row!).

---BarryK


lawl my favourite quote! That was my signature on another forum. Full caps, as it is written there. I got a lot of questions but refused to answer them short of an amazon.com link \:D I would be very scared if Señor Simmons were to shout that one. T_T


Omo Ajax
(member)
06/19/08 09:12 PM
Re: To the moderators:

Forgive me if this post is inappropriate for this topic. Perhaps a kind moderator could move it or delete it if it is.

I have just completed the last Endymion book. I have to express my feelings about it, it really affected me.

Mr Simmons, with all due respect - you bastard! I can't remember reading anything that has moved me so much, or so close to tears.

When I was 4 or 5 I watch a movie adaptation of 'Of Mice and Men'. I remember crying to my Mother because I didn't want Lennie to die and I didn't understand why he was killed. I mean, couldn't it just all be explained?

With similar emotional immaturity no doubt, I skimmed the pages of Aenea's capture an torture, hardly able to bear to read the detail. The book and a half of foreshadowed, foreboding build up was not enough warning - or I wanted to ignore the warning. Surely the clever Mr Simmons would pull out some equally clever trick, delighting readers with a plot twisting escape, satisfying accomplishment of the characters mission and happily-ever-after ending that in no way diminishes the power of the story?

Ok, we all knew what was coming was inevitable. But man, I so didn't want it to end that way.

It made me think of my wife, and how much I loved her. It made me think of things about people, and love, and humanity in ways I had not previously considered.

I always thought I was as a compassionate person as the next guy. But I can tell you, a door I never new existed was opened in those penultimate pages.


ScottSA
(CEO of the Hegemony)
06/19/08 09:44 PM
Re: To the moderators:

He's pretty stern about putting posts exactly where they belong and staying precisely on topic, but he may forgive you this once \:\)

Fauntleroy
(member)
06/27/08 05:35 PM
Re: Welcome

Mr. Simmons,

In 1995 my good friend Rich told me to read Hyperion. He said the author had the greatest imagination he'd ever seen and handed me his copy. I took it to our family's cabin with our dog and read the whole thing that weekend, rarely leaving my chair. Since then I have sought out your books and have read very nearly all of your published work with great gusto.

I joined the forums a few days ago and have spent some time here trying to understand its purposes and get the general feel. I like what I'm reading and really appreciate your putting forth the effort not only to provide a platform but to contribute generously.

I look forward to learning much and helping out where I can.

Thanks


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
06/27/08 05:54 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons to "Fauntleroy" --

Welcome to the Dan Simmons forum! I loved your generous story (the only thing better would have been if your pal Rich had dragged you out to make you BUY a copy of Hyperion instead of sharing his own copy.) (Just kidding.)

I hope you keep finding something of value in the books. As for the folks on this forum . . . well, they tend to generate their own value. Again . . . welcome!

DS


ShrikeMa
(member)
06/28/08 11:30 PM
Re: Welcome

As you can probably tell from my choice of handles, I'm a fan. Actually I was blown away when the Forum accepted the tag. Anyway, like most of us here, I also was, am still, will always be, blown away by the Hyperion series and the questions it forces us to ask ourselves. I've posted elsewhere in this topic on the subject of The Singularity, which is what prompted me to read the series in the first place, but I took so much more away from the series than just a "discussion" of the effects of run-away technology on the human condition.
Mr S, I would be very interested in knowing if the story evolved over time as you were writing it or did it birth itself in a moment of clarity? Most writers I know, myself included, find the characters in their stories write the story themselves after a bit, but there are themes and plot devices presented in the first book that arent fully realized until the last book, which suggests the story came to you fully formed or you did a lot of re-writes.
Like another poster, I lent my books to a friend (sorry) who has a similar fascination with the themes you cover, and now I can't get the damm things back to re-read. I can't imagine how anyone is going to be able to write a screen play that will do even just the first two books justice, but it will be interesting to find out.


MelBell
(member)
07/04/08 08:27 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi there,

My friends have been reading Dan Simmons for eons. I'm halfway through my first Dan Simmons novel, <i>The Terror</i>, and loving it. Which is why I'm here.

So I'm a very new fan - certainly no Dan Simmons expert. But I do like to write, and having explored this forum over the past few days, I know I could learn a lot from hanging out here.

Thanks for having me.


Alex3
(addict)
07/06/08 05:23 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: MelBell
Hi there,

My friends have been reading Dan Simmons for eons. I'm halfway through my first Dan Simmons novel, <i>The Terror</i>, and loving it. Which is why I'm here.

So I'm a very new fan - certainly no Dan Simmons expert. But I do like to write, and having explored this forum over the past few days, I know I could learn a lot from hanging out here.

Thanks for having me.



Y HELO THAR


Welcome to the frums! This is a srsfknbzns forum but the guys are pretty cool. Mister Dan even comes around to say hello sometimes, and that's cool too just don't say his books suck.

\:\)


John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
07/06/08 05:30 PM
Re: Welcome

'serious fucking business'?

Alex3
(addict)
07/06/08 07:42 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: john_sunseri
'serious fucking business'?


watch your language young man \:\)


MelBell
(member)
07/06/08 07:43 PM
Re: Welcome

Thank you for the welcome, Alex3.

Vegard
(member)
07/08/08 09:15 PM
Re: Welcome

Here I present myself, male, 37 years old, Italian. Just found this forum surfing the internet searching for discussions about someone called Petyr (I am reading the second book right now). And I am amazed.

The story so far.
When I was twenty four (in a world far away, it was the 1995) I found a book in the local library. It was named Hyperion, took it for the nice cover, it changed my life. After waiting two years for the translation of the second book I start to buy books in English. Now I read the Hyperion Cantos almost once every two years, and always cry at the end of the fourth book. Hyperion Cantos is my favorite tetralogy, and I am quite a voracious reader. I read sci-fi from the age of six (from almost 32 years right now) but Hyperion is totally another thing.

Then I found this forum, i can't believe it. A direct line to the my favorite author and a community that can understand me when I speak about farcaster (that the Italian translator had translated in something like teleporters) and the tombs of time.
Simply unbelievable.

Obviously I've read any other book of Mr. Simmons I found.

oh, as I said in another post:
I apologize for my English I learned it alone twenty years ago for the need to read books in their original language without waiting ages for a translation. I understand and read perfectly, but I do not have many opportunities to speak and write.

I'll do my best to make my posts understandable.

Hugs, V.

P.S.
If anyone knows how to convince my girlfriend to read the Hyperion Cantos, she read all other books (and particularly loves Children of the Night) please let me know, I'm working at it from eleven years and two months right now, from the first time I meet her. I'm beginning to think there is no more hope for her. \:D


John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
07/08/08 09:20 PM
Re: Welcome

Marry her.

Matt
(addict)
07/08/08 09:48 PM
Re: Welcome

Read it to her! That's romantic.

Vegard
(member)
07/08/08 10:00 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Matt
Read it to her! That's romantic.

I never learn to read... er.. inconsistent... I'm for the women's rights, she can do it by herself... like many other things i presume \:D

 Originally Posted By: john_sunseri
Marry her.

She don't want (and my precedent marriage doesn't ended up very well) anyone knows how to hire a killer? Oh, that's another question. \:D


Fantelives
(Pooh-Bah)
07/08/08 10:07 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome, Vegard.

Hate to tell you this, but ten years ago my girlfriend DID read THE CANTOS, within the first 3 months of our relationship. She would not allow me to make the beast with two backs for six months, but she read HYPERION before I got to second base.

I married her. She is still my wife.

--Fantelives


Alex3
(addict)
07/08/08 10:20 PM
Re: Welcome

Tell her about the hot robutsecks.

Vegard
(member)
07/08/08 10:45 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Alex3
Tell her about the hot robutsecks.

I will remember that you are talking to a poor Italian, the only reference to "robutsecks" that I found on the web relates an episode of STNG involving Data and Tasha, I vaguely remember that episode, if is that, I think that the meaning has been lost with Italian translation. \:D


Alex3
(addict)
07/08/08 10:47 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Vegard
 Originally Posted By: Alex3
Tell her about the hot robutsecks.

I will remember that you are talking to a poor Italian, the only reference to "robutsecks" that I found on the web relates an episode of STNG involving Data and Tasha, I vaguely remember that episode, if is that, I think that the meaning has been lost with Italian translation. \:D


Sorry, robutsecks is 'Robot Sex.'

It's a joke my friends and I have, because of the part where Kassad and Moneta are having 'relations' and she turns into the Shrike or... whatever. I never understood what happened exactly, we just call it robutsecks. \:\)


Vegard
(member)
07/08/08 10:55 PM
Re: Welcome

Oh thank you for the clear explanation (hate when I cannot understand due to my faulty English). She just wake up, I'll try with this \:D

Alex3
(addict)
07/08/08 11:11 PM
Re: Welcome

Good luck!

ScottSA
(CEO of the Hegemony)
07/08/08 11:34 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Vegard
Oh thank you for the clear explanation (hate when I cannot understand due to my faulty English). She just wake up, I'll try with this
You cannot understand due to Alex' inventive English. Whatever you do, don't let him help you learn English. Most of it looks like a proposition from Lichtenstein, in the original German. \:D


Alex3
(addict)
07/08/08 11:35 PM
Re: Welcome

Who?

an wut u taklin bout i noe engrish guder n u


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
07/09/08 04:16 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons comments to "Alex3" --

I'm going to limit your sacred right of self-expression and free speech and request that you knock off the text-speak and reduce the number of "motherfucking . . ." etc.

This is arbitrary censorship -- I just find it irritating and contrary to the general tone I want on this forum -- but I'd like to get back to either English or some known (and civilized) human language. Thanks in advance.

Dan Simmons


Alex3
(addict)
07/09/08 08:05 PM
Re: Welcome

No problem, I can type correctly sometimes and even watch my language! Sorry about that, I didn't know.

Little John
(old hand)
08/01/08 09:50 PM
Re: Welcome

Just a quick "hello" since this appears to be the default introductions thread.

A bit about me: Like a few others here, I came to Mr. Simmons' work via the Hyperion series, but have finished only the first two installments (so far) before diverging into Ilium and Olympos. They've all been some of the most enjoyable novels I've ever read. Besides SF, I'm a voracious reader of all sorts of material including (but not limited to) horror, history, technology, travel, politics, sociology and religion. Became acquainted with this website about a year ago when a friend sent me a link to one of Dan's Messages. Found myself returning regularly to check on new Messages and began lurking around the forums, so figured it was time to join up.


ScottSA
(CEO of the Hegemony)
08/01/08 11:08 PM
Re: Welcome

Hey dude. Remember, I'm always right and Sunseri is always wrong, unless we happen to agree on something, in which case he's only partly right.

John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
08/02/08 06:39 AM
Re: Welcome

Remember--we Johns have to stick together.

Welcome aboard!


Synchronicity
(member)
09/05/08 10:58 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello!

I'm an avid reader of sci-fi and detective stories, but the very first books of Mr. Simmons' that I've had the fortune to read are his Joe Kurtz novels.

I LOVE these books. Sometimes a girl just needs a set of hard-boiled novels that take no prisoner and kick some butt. Know what I mean? I'm on my fourth set, because I keep re-reading them and then giving them to friends (all the better to get them hooked).

I also have purchased the Hyperion/Endymion books, and look very forward to reading them.

Mr. Simmons, if you're ever in Aurora, give me a heads-up and I'll bake you chocolate chip cookies by way of thanks for bringing Joe Kurtz into being.


Karna
(member)
09/06/08 01:15 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello!

I was introduced to Mr. Simmons' work through his Hyperion series, which I first heard of through a reference in an anime series that might have been influenced in some way by his novel.

I recently bought The Terror and am looking forward to reading it, especially since I haven't read a good horror story in some time!


John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
09/06/08 01:19 PM
Re: Welcome

Happy reading! (and then when you're done pick up SONG OF KALI, CARRION COMFORT and SUMMER OF NIGHT)

imunick
(member)
09/20/08 01:31 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi,
I would like to express my appreciation and admiration of Dan Simmons. The first novel I read was the wonderful Hyperion. At first I'd only seen it in my local book shop and thought that a book with a name such as "Hyperion" was some Si-Fi for kids. A while later I saw a reference to "The Fall of Hyperion" in a very popular Anime series called "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya" and then I thought "If it appears in Haruhi then it has to be REALY good". Then I decided to look into it. I'd also heard from an acquaintance of mine who was reading Hyperion that it was quite good. When I started reading Hyperion, I got hooked very quickly. It was so much more than what I'd expected. Such a gripping story telling, such mind-boggling futuristic technologies, such colorful and realistic characters, such profound knowledge in so many fields!
Today, the Hyperion cantos is behind me, as is Ilium, and I'm about 1/5 way through Olympos.

Thank you Dan Simmons!
May you bless us simple mortals with more Si-Fi.


AlexLondon
(enthusiast)
09/20/08 10:51 PM
Re: Welcome


All hail the grand pooh-bah. Yes. Well. I have enjoyed Hyperion, Endymion et al and look forward to reading other works as well, but my interest lies in the series as a sort of prequel to the Dune universe. The one that *should* have been written. And I finally decided to sign up because I've been researching negative capability. And wonderng what on earth to think of someone who says that egarding their romantic relationships. Hmmm.


Peter
(Super User)
09/21/08 01:14 AM
Re: Welcome

Welcome Alex, also imunick. I can't help you with negative capability, I'm afraid, but maybe you can help me with your intriguing remark that you see the Cantos as a kind of prequel to the Dune universe. We know that Dan admires Dune and regards it as a seminal work in the field, because he has said so. Not too many would disagree. We know that he was approached to write the Dune prequels and declined on ethical grounds, as this would be a weaselly end-run around Frank Herbert's wish that no one should continue the saga. Again, he has said so.

But I am at a loss to see how the situation at the the end of The Rise of Endymion could ever conceivably have ended up with that at the beginning of Dune. And I can't see any stylistic or thematic connection. So I would be interested if you were to amplify your thoughts.


AlexLondon
(enthusiast)
09/21/08 09:39 AM
Re: herbert and Simmons

well. Using my *own* capacity for negative capability, it goes something like this: the showdown between the human divinity, empathy, and the ultimate intelligence(s) of the AI coupled with the lions and bears and tigers Oh my, the farcasters is correlated, analgous to the Butlerian Jihad and later on, as reenvisioned by Brian and et al as the final showdown between the most powerful people recreated as clones/gholas (kind of like the cruciform but not, as there is no AI involved) and the AI intelligence who likes the universe a neat pretty place without the chaos and surprises that rue humanity brings. Again and again these themes of entropy and knowing the future and stagnation of our evolution are explored in depth by both Herbert and Simmons. It is interesting how protaganists and villians use technology according to both Herbert and Simmons.
For instant in Hyperion/Endymion the Ousters are called and accused of being inhuman with all the "upgrades" they've made to evolve to space conditions using nanotechnology, (Remember when Desoya has to kill all the children and mothers in the nursery, and the angels, and the effect it has on him) but we know the AI have infected humanity with the cruciforms and uses them as batteries to power their own capabilties, parasites living off of us.
In the Dune Universe, there is the Orange Catholic bible and soemhow I get the feeling that much of what Aenea has to say and that conversation the was it Bishop oh jeez had with the little Buddha kid is in there.
I don't think it is an exact correlations but sort of a what if universe. And in the Dune Encyclopedia there is alot more that is sadi and satisfies regarding certain questions about the Dune universe than has been revisioned in the prequels and sequels Brian et al wrote. I did not know that about Dan writing them. I often think Brian was trying to go all Leto on Frank and change things. He did add to his $$ account not a little. And Frank's genes are alive and kicking and I am interested in his inventions as well as his writing.
Also, space, time travel. And herbert specificallt says SPACE TRAVEL itself is a religion and that is exactly, in a way what Aenea does traveling through space and time; nto so much a religion but a highly eveolved understanding of the space between, where the empathy and the intelligences and lions and tigers and bears live. The places Frank said the Bene gesserit were too scared to look, a contrivance he made up, Aenea and those she trains are not. Frank got alot right but soem wrong. Soem women can look at the masculine shadow self in their Psyche without withering away into oblivion or going mad like Alia.
There is much more but I do not have copies of everything in front of me. But it is the philosophies on relgion, life and the universe and technology and how we use it that intrigue me not a little.


Peter
(Super User)
09/21/08 02:33 PM
Re: herbert and Simmons

Hmmm, thanks for answering. I'm not sure if I agree with very much. Ignoring the prequels as non-canon, which since they were written after Herbert's death it is surely right to, we don't know a great deal about the Butlerian Jihad. As far as I can see it is just a plot mechanism to explain the absence of (other than human) computers in such an advanced society. I wouldn't know if the prequels do tell us more, since I've never read them and don't plan to.

A Jihad though sounds very much like a war. There is no actual war against the Technocore in the Cantos. Again, I don't recall Herbert using nanotech, as I don't think the idea was around at the time. He was certainly very interested in genetic changes, witness for example Hellstrom's Hive, and of course the Guild Navigators and Face Dancers and so forth, but I don't think he could claim a monopoly on the idea. As for the OC Bible, of course we don't have a copy. Aenea's teachings in The Rise of Endymion amount to many more words than all the OC Bible quotations put together.

So, as I started out saying, I don't think I'm convinced. The Aeneans and the Ousters would have to have been wiped out altogether and the whole thing started again, perhaps by the remnant of the Pax, to have ever arrived at Arrakis.


John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
09/21/08 02:37 PM
Re: herbert and Simmons

Like you, Peter, I've never read the DUNE prequels. It seems wrong to me, somehow.

And yet I've read and enjoyed the Brin/Benford/Bear FOUNDATION trilogy and enjoyed it very much. I wonder why I think THAT'S all right, but the Herbert pastiches aren't?

Some strange psychological thing, no doubt.


John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
09/21/08 02:40 PM
Re: herbert and Simmons

I also enjoy saying 'enjoy' as often as I can, sometimes twice in the same sentence. Enjoy.

Peter
(Super User)
09/21/08 02:45 PM
Re: herbert and Simmons

You didn't say it at all, John, you said 'enjoyed'. Just mentioning. It's not as bad as something I read today, in the autobiography of an England cricketer, in which he quotes his birth announcement in the local paper. It starts: "The couple already have a three-year-old daughter, Anna, who is three." As he comments, whoever wrote that must have had one too many of the cup that cheers.

AlexLondon
(enthusiast)
09/21/08 02:48 PM
Re: herbert and Simmons

I'm not trying to convince you. Just telling you my way of looking at things. And I certainly think there is a war against the Technocore! Are we reading the same books?! It is a holy war indeed about what is and is not human. parallels, but not precisely. And those were only quotes from the Orange Biblia, not the thing itself. remember a bunch of people dies just trying to decide what went in the thing!:0) It's all in my own imagination of course. I'm not the cannonical type. I like to flirt with possibilities. The larger metaphor.

AlexLondon
(enthusiast)
09/21/08 02:49 PM
Re: herbert and Simmons

Dear Gordon, it's one thing when *I* make typos, but professionally it is cringeworthy or laugh inducing.

Peter
(Super User)
09/21/08 02:53 PM
Re: herbert and Simmons

Not really. The Technocore was certainly fighting a war against humanity, the problem is most of the time no one knew it, so they weren't fighting back. The one military action against the Technocore was the destruction of the singularity spheres. Devastating as that was in its consequences, it wasn't a direct strike against the Core. Aenea fought the Core by revealing the truth about the Pax and freeing people from the cruciforms with her blood. That's not a war, that's a revelation.

Ian R.
(member)
09/26/08 04:51 PM
Re: Welcome

After skulking around for the forum for a long while, I thought I'd join up. Also, just ordered Terror / Drood from Subterranean Press, so thought this was the time to stop hiding in the shadows.

I've been an admirer of the work of Mr Simmons since buying a hard back copy of Fires of Eden, back in 94. Now it appears as long as I don't mention politics, I'll be OK.....


Peter
(Super User)
09/28/08 03:40 AM
Re: Welcome

Politics, religion, literature, film, sport, all have their inherent dangers. But if you don't want to talk about anything, Ian, why are you here? A warm welcome to a fellow Englishman, even if you do come from north of Watford (and I've never been too sure about Watford).

Fires of Eden hardback causes me a slight twinge. I had the very nice English cover, unsigned. A friend came back from the US proudly bearing a signed copy with the hideous American cover. I probably had eight or nine of Dan's signatures already, and would rather have kept the nice cover. But the thought had been very kind, and it would have been ungracious not to accept, also not to offer my English copy in a swap. Oh well, the book is still the same.


Mark Dykeman
(member)
10/04/08 04:44 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello, I just discovered these forums today. My experience with Dan Simmons's work is limited to the four Hyperion-related books, the novella that he later wrote for that universe (the name escapes me) and Ilium. Suffice it to say that Dan is one of my favorite authors of fiction.

I'm looking forward to checking things out!


myo
(enthusiast)
10/24/08 12:57 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello,

I'm really surprised finding a blog by my new favorite SF author (previous ones: Asimov, Herbert, and Vernes -sorry guys).

To tell the truth, I'm just so surprised that DS is not dead for years! That means I can hope one day to read another Hyperyon or another Illium! Wow!! Go on Mr Simmons, take your pills, and please write!

As a little present for the host, a quantum link
http://cosmicvariance.com/2008/10/23/quantum-hyperion/#comments

PS: don't blame me for my ugly english, I don't even speak it.


John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
10/24/08 01:01 PM
Re: Welcome

Let me also congratulate Dan for not being dead.

VEZI
(veteran)
10/24/08 01:41 PM
Re: Welcome

Bwahahahahaha!!! John, you’re the best!

Steve_Clayworth
(Super User)
10/24/08 01:47 PM
Re: Welcome

But if you play an audio recording of THE TERROR backwards it says, "I buried Dan". Or maybe it's "blueberry Stan". It's hard to tell.

myo
(enthusiast)
10/24/08 09:38 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: john_sunseri
Let me also congratulate Dan for not being dead.

Yes! That's a full time job. ;\)


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
10/24/08 10:05 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons comments --

*cough* *cough*


Yhelo
(addict)
10/24/08 10:49 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Dan Simmons
Dan Simmons comments --

*cough* *cough*


You might wanna get that cough looked at... word on the street is you've been dead for years. :X


corp refugee
(member)
11/29/08 05:36 PM
Re: Welcome

Just approved...thank you Mr. Simmons (or other powers-that-be responsible)

I found this site after doing some searches on writers I had been reading at the time and have been lurking for some time. Thanks Dan for participating in your own site through the forums. I must admit that I'm primarily here for the writing discussions and look forward to the Writing Well forum getting back up and running soon. I've opted for the 'take it when and where you can' retirement plan and recently relocated to a small Florida town. I write (at least attempt) daily and am sure to relish the fiction and writing discussions to come.

Again, thank you Mr. Simmons for your books and efforts here.


AlexLondon
(enthusiast)
11/29/08 11:02 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome, look forward to your posts. I was going to say 'Ah-ha, fresh meat," but since you've been lurkin', you're more like that expensive aged beef they sell in ctalogs.;) Get ready to be broiled. lol.

AlexLondon
(enthusiast)
11/29/08 11:04 PM
Re: Welcome

Damn it, Vezi, just when I thought *I* had co--opted the bwahahahahas you come along and grab 'em. Of course, as you are now well aware, I certainly don;t need bwahahhahahahas to sound weird.

Zaothus
(member)
12/21/08 07:04 PM
Re: Welcome

Just got approved... hi.

I'm sure I'm just retreading old ground as far as this thread is concerned, but I read "Hyperion" and "The Fall of Hyperion" last year, and since then whenever I come across any modern hard sci-fi novels in bookshops, I read the blurb and dismiss them out of habit, telling myself "it might be OK, but it's not Hyperion."

As for myself, I'm a 18 years old, Scottish, currently in my first year at University studying English Literature and Politics. I'm a sci-fi lover who'll recite Roy Baty's speech at the end of "Blade Runner" at the drop of a hat. ;\) My favourite book is "Heart of Darkness," favourite films (apart from "Blade Runner", obviously) "Apocalypse Now," "Scarface" and "2001: A Space Odyssey." I'm presently reading "Ilium", and I've been meaning to get around to the "Endymion"/"The Rise of Endymion" Omnibus, but I'm unfortunately a slow reader and it's a bloody big tome.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to participating in this board and the discussion it promises.


ScottSA
(CEO of the Hegemony)
12/21/08 09:26 PM
Re: Welcome

Good. We need more Scotsmen hereabouts. My great great grandparents were being chased by sheep or Englishmen or some such, took a wrong turn at the local Loch, and when it was all over they were in Canada complaining about the weather; a tradition we shall never give up. Anyway, it's their fault there aren't two Scotsmen here. Welcome.

By the way, what is this "Hyperion" thing you mentioned?


KorosIII_RIP
(enthusiast)
12/26/08 12:23 AM
Re: Welcome

Zaothus, don't wait too long to delve into "Endymion" and "The Rise of Endymion" - you never know when you might meet a runaway train with your name on it! Don't procrastinate!

sdhonda
(veteran)
12/26/08 12:44 AM
Re: Welcome

Perhaps, but should he read it so fast?

Bellis_Coldwine
(Pooh-Bah)
12/27/08 04:15 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Zaothus

I'm sure I'm just retreading old ground as far as this thread is concerned, but I read "Hyperion" and "The Fall of Hyperion" last year, and since then whenever I come across any modern hard sci-fi novels in bookshops, I read the blurb and dismiss them out of habit, telling myself "it might be OK, but it's not Hyperion."



Zaothus: IAIN BANKS!!!!!!!!! plus Gary Gibson and (some) Ken Macleod. Wonderful Scottish SF writers. And Charles Stross, although I'm not a huge fan of his.


Gabrielle
(enthusiast)
01/07/09 04:11 PM
Re: Welcome

I'm a little nervous writing on this forum. I'm not the type to leave my ideas and opinions lying around for anyone to read, but I thought it was really cool that Dan responds to his fans and I now have even more love for the man.

I'm a huge fan of Dan Simmons, I have every book of his I can get my hands on (seriously). I just finished "The Crook Factory". I always get a little depressed after finishing a book (especially if there is no sequel to look forward to) and this book was no different. It's so hard for me to leave the characters and the world. I want to thank Dan for creating the most fascinating and well written books I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

I'm actually a little spoiled because of Dan. I finished reading Ilium/Olympus (my favorite books of all time, by far) and I tried another author. I believe his name is John Scalzi (sorry to anyone who's a fan of his) and the book was "Old Man's War". Ugh, I couldn't even get through it. I try not to give up books in the middle of reading them, but I couldn't stand it. The book reads like a script to a play. Every character has some smart comment or remark to EVERYTHING, even when totally unnecessary. The true joy I take when reading Dan Simmons is that his characters don't have to have dialogue for every thing that happens. His storytelling is so descriptive and rich, it's not necessary all the time. It really stood out to me in "The Crook Factory". The character, Joe Lucas, would be listening to Hemingway and then after Hemingway was done speaking, Joe would just sit there with nothing to really add or say. It's beautiful because that's how REAL LIFE is. People don't have witty comments to everything little thing.

I would like to take a moment here and state that I am expanding my horizons because of Dan, and have started getting into Harlan Ellison's stories, so I must thank Dan for that.

I found Dan Simmons through my husband (by the way, he happens to be an atheist, I'm a Catholic, yet it works perfectly somehow). He was reading "Hyperion" and I was reading "Wicked" (a very good book), and he started telling me all about Kassad/Moneta, Silenus, Lamia, etc. and even though he went into great detail and gave me a few spoilers, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read it. After he was finished, I picked it up and have been addicted to reading Simmons ever since. It might be a little unhealthy, actually. I read Ilium/Olympos before my husband did, and he recently finished them. He was as blown away as I was. Definitely one of the most satisfying series ever! I loved it. I like that I come away from Dan Simmons' books feeling like I learned something.

Just a little background on me. 28 years old, married 9 years, mother of 4 girls, 5 years old, 4 years old and the last two, identical twins, are 2 years old. I homeschool them, not for religious reasons or anything, but because after much time and studying of what was best for us and our children, that was the option.

Looking forward to reading more comments on the Forum!
-Gabrielle

P.S. I am currently just starting on "The Fires of Eden". I'm only about 2 pages in, so not much to say on this one yet.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
01/07/09 04:52 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons writes --

Welcome to the forum, Gabrielle. And thanks for the kind words about the author and his words. (All of us readers here know that kind of finished-the-book letdown you described; it's one reason we tend to gather together in postings and lamentations when a favorite author dies, as Donald Westlake did last week.)

So, again, welcome to the forum. It may sound a bit contentious on some issues at times (because it is), but we've only had one or two actual PHYSICAL casualties. But do join in when you get the urge. (I get the impression that you can take care of yourself in a debate.)

The ON WRITING WELL forum will also be reopening this week or next, about the time I post the next Writing Well installment dealing with a book I "assigned" to those most involved with the Writing Well dialogue -- James Wood's How Fiction Works. Part of what we'll be analyzing and discussing there is this question of how certain writers manage to get us resonating to their work.

Again, welcome (and let me know what you think of FIRES OF EDEN if you finish it. Only 8 people ever bought copies and a total of only 10 people ever tried to read that book, 6 of them actually finishing it -- and of those, only one person actually commented on it to me. And I don't trust those comments 'cause they came from my agent.)

Dan S.


John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
01/07/09 05:24 PM
Re: Welcome

FIRES OF EDEN is the Dan Simmons book I loan to friends and acquaintances who don't think they're going to like Dan Simmons. It's worked like a charm so far.

SomeFool
(Super User)
01/07/09 05:31 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome, Gabrielle. I quite liked ILIUM/OLYMPOS as well, that was what made me look for and find this place. Things can get heated here at times, but no animals have been harmed in the operation of this board. So, no worries. Keep you arms and legs inside the car at all times. Enjoy your ride.

fool out


Bry
(addict)
01/07/09 05:37 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome aboard Gabrielle! I'm a little nervous on this forum too which I'll get to in a moment but this compliment you paid to Mr. Simmons is something I wish I had said when I joined:

"His storytelling is so descriptive and rich, it's not necessary all the time. It really stood out to me in "The Crook Factory". The character, Joe Lucas, would be listening to Hemingway and then after Hemingway was done speaking, Joe would just sit there with nothing to really add or say. It's beautiful because that's how REAL LIFE is. People don't have witty comments to everything little thing."

From time to time we talk about what makes fiction work on this forum (I wish we would really do more) and, oh my, have you placed a finger on the very wonderful topic of character development in storytelling. I'm a big fan of a writer who uses the fewest brush strokes and sketchier ensembles to evoke vivid character images. To make them real in our minds. And my reason too for being a fan of Mr. Simmons' work.

You sound like a wonderful family. When do you suppose the girls will be ready for a DAN SIMMONS reading assignment? :-)


Bry
(addict)
01/07/09 05:42 PM
Re: Welcome

I should have read this BEFORE my message to Gabrielle. (Damn I a slow writer.) Good news about the other side of the forum.

Peter
(Super User)
01/08/09 04:33 AM
Re: Welcome

Welcome, Gabrielle, a great introduction from you. I certainly have read Fires of Eden, several times, so I hope I'm not half the readership. It's extremely funny and has some of the most lush landscape depictions, something in which Dan excels, of any of his books. I don't have it on my very top tier of Dan books, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with it and I love it. Enjoy.

Peter
(Super User)
01/08/09 04:50 AM
Re: Welcome

By the way, I have a very dear aunt, now sadly widowed, a lifelong and commited atheist. She married a devout Catholic, a lovely man whom I recall with deep fondness. Their marriage was extremely happy and secure, radiantly so. Just thought you might like to know of another very succesful Catholic-atheist marriage.

Gabrielle
(enthusiast)
01/08/09 10:01 AM
Re: Welcome

You know it's pretty funny, because my husband, the atheist, goes to church with us every week so we can be as a family (there's a lot of "Catholics" that don't do that!) and respects our beliefs. Our children are not yet old enough to understand that daddy is an atheist since our oldest is only 5, but that day is coming because when we were studying ancient history in school, she learned that some people don't believe in God...this threw her for a loop! I told Rob, my husband, it's almost time to tell her. I don't want them to think their daddy is Catholic and then find out later that he's not. They know he doesn't take communion and things like that, though. Just a as a side bar here, my five year old, when we were learning about Egypt and all the gods they worshiped, she asked me, "Why would God let them believe in other gods? Why didn't he tell them about himself?" Hard question to answer from my perspective.

I think it works because we are both honest with ourselves and each other. I understand how someone cannot believe just as he understands how someone can. I am by far, not the "strictest" of Catholics, so that might help, too. I don't believe he's going to hell because he doesn't believe and I don't force my beliefs on him.

It's been working for nine years, though...today is our anniversary!


Gabrielle
(enthusiast)
01/08/09 10:25 AM
Re: Welcome

Thank you all for the kind welcome. It makes me feel right at home here.

I am very excited about "The Fires of Eden". It was a hard book to get my hands on. It was on Amazon and there weren't many copies in a good condition (and as I found out with this book's condition, they use that term very loosely).

I've read the Writing Well installments (as much as I could between teaching the kiddos) and it's just so fascinating. I have so much respect for what (real) writers do! It cracks me up because my mother-in-law is of the belief that ANYONE can write and her writing venue of choice is poetry. She reads these books about how to write poetry and they give you encouraging words along the way and all that feel good, mumbo-jumbo crap that I can't stand, basically saying "Just tap into your ability, everyone has it.". It's awful. True writing ability is a talent precious few possess. For Christmas she gave Rob and me a book of her poetry. Ugh, just terrible. So reading the first installment of the Writing Well series was a joy to me. She'd probably have a heart attack if I printed it off for her and had her read it!


Lasombra
(Terror)
01/08/09 10:54 AM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Gabrielle

It's been working for nine years, though...today is our anniversary!


Happy Anniversary and welcome to the forum Gabrielle!!

Gabrielle is a beautiful name, by the way...


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
01/09/09 01:07 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan comments:

Gabrielle wrote --"It cracks me up because my mother-in-law is of the belief that ANYONE can write and her writing venue of choice is poetry. She reads these books about how to write poetry and they give you encouraging words along the way and all that feel good, mumbo-jumbo crap that I can't stand, basically saying "Just tap into your ability, everyone has it.". It's awful.

Gabrielle, is your mother-in-law named 'Maya Angelou' by any chance?

Sorry, couldn't resist. The lovely and stately Ms. Angelou's infinitely overrated doggerel is an old hobbyhorse of mine.

DS


jryan
(Hardcase)
01/09/09 01:48 PM
Re: Welcome

On the upside, once you learn to write poetry like Maya Angelou you can churn out a poem on any subject in a heart beat.

Subject: Rear Wheel Drive

Rear Wheel drive
Keeping us alive
Like a man
Black skinned
Lost
Lost in a woods
The Woods are America


Gabrielle
(enthusiast)
01/10/09 08:08 AM
Re: Welcome

Oh, man, that's so funny that you mentioned Maya Angelou because she ended the book with a poem from Maya Angelou (I have the same opinions of her as you. In 8th grade I had to read "Why the Caged Bird Sings" and haven't liked her writing since, not that I was fond of it before that or anything.)

Here's the gem she included at the end of her book, no title was given:

The work, once completed,
does not need me.
The work I'm working on
needs my total concentration.
The work that's finished
doesn't belong to me anymore.
It belongs to itself.
-Maya Angelou

Sent chills down your spine, huh? (You can take that comment as you were moved by the poem and it shook you to the core or it's from you shuddering to think that people believe this is poetry.)

I want to know, if work belongs to itself, then why put your name on it. You can't "own" it, let it go try to sell itself in a book without you, see how far it gets.


Gabrielle
(enthusiast)
01/10/09 06:42 PM
Re: Welcome

Bry wrote:

You sound like a wonderful family. When do you suppose the girls will be ready for a DAN SIMMONS reading assignment? :-)

Most of Dan's books are a little heavy for my girls right now (of course there are some good history lessons: The Crook Factory, Ilium/Olympos).

I did want to mention, maybe Dan should get into writing childrens' books since he's covered all the other genres. Whatcha say, Mr. Simmons?


Bellis_Coldwine
(Pooh-Bah)
01/11/09 01:30 PM
Re: Welcome

You mean your girls don't have a shrike doll? ;-)

**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
01/12/09 09:47 AM
Re: Welcome

One supposes that one should introduce oneself in some acceptable manner, and therefore one has determined that it behooves one to do so.

Both my parents were teachers. My father taught history and geography at what an American would call Senior High School before becoming a Principal. My mother taught Politics, English and English Literature at Senior High School, and at 71 years of age still tutors students from non-English speaking backgrounds in English. They were Catholics.

I had a weird upbringing. My father was a lay Vatican advisor in his spare time. Both my parents were quite left wing, and almost hippies except they were too straight for that lifestyle. I was educated (using the term extremely loosely) initially in the Catholic system, and then at a private Uniting Church (Methodist) boys school where I was on a half academic/half sports scholarship (I was a swimmer). I was one of the first students in Australia to be taught de Bono's CORT thinking, and was a member of the de Bono Institute for a number of years.

I have a BA in English and Philosophy (Politics was my minor sequence), and post-graduate qualifications in Fine Art Photography and Organisational Psychology. I run two businesses. One is a medieval history company (www.daysofknights.com.au), and the other a photographic business. I dabble as an essayist, musicologist and organisational dynamics consultant. I'm fast approaching my mid-40s, am married to an recovering US attorney and have an 8 year old son.

My hobbies include rock climbing (I was President of the largest climbing club in Australia for 2 years, and competed to National level in sports climbing), extreme skiing, medieval living history (Society for Creative Anachronism, which I was Australian President of for 2 years, and "metal weapons" grousp), philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, ethics and the cognitive areas including AI), contemporary music (predominantly progressive rock and its sub-genres, post-rock, experimental, ambient and electronica), sustainable living and photography (mostly fine art, but I still do some photo-journalism and portraiture).

I read Hyperion when it was first released, and have read many more Simmon's since. Amongst my other favorite authors in and around the genre are Tad Williams, Sherri S Tepper, Greg Bear, Peter Hamilton, William Gibson, and, of course, Philip K. Dick.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
01/12/09 12:00 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons to "Furious Ennui":

Your list of favorite genre authors is a little suspect, but the rest of your qualifications are in line. We especially need someone who can combine a good understanding of epistemology with a working use of edged metal weapons.

You're hired.

DS


mrstandfast
(Super User)
01/12/09 12:05 PM
Re: Welcome

Most illustrious Lord, having now sufficiently seen and considered the proofs of all those who count themselves master and inventors of instruments of war, and finding that their invention and use of the said instruments does not differ in any respect from those in common practice, I am emboldened without prejudice to anyone else to put myself in communication with your Excellency, in order to acquaint you with my secrets, thereafter offering myself at your pleasure effectually to demonstrate at any convenient time all those matters which are in part briefly recorded below.

I have plans for bridges, very light and strong and suitable for carrying very easily.
When a place is besieged I know how to cut off water from the trenches, and how to construct an infinite number of scaling ladders and other instruments…
If because of the height of the embankment, and the strength of the place or its site, it should be impossible to reduce it by bombardment; I know methods of destroying any citadel or fortress, even if it is built on rock.
I have plans for making cannon, very convenient and easy of transport, with which to hurl small stones in the manner almost of hail.
And if it should happen that the engagement is at sea, I have plans for constructing many engines most suitable for attack or defence, and ships which can resist the fire of all the heaviest cannon, and powder and smoke.
Also I have ways of arriving at a certain fixed spot by caverns and secret winding passages made without any noise even though it may be necessary to pass underneath. . . a river.
Also I can make covered cars, safe and unassailable, which will enter the serried ranks of the enemy with artillery, and there is no company of men at arms so great as not to be broken by it. And behind these the infantry will be able to follow quite unharmed and without any opposition.
Also, if need shall arise, I can make cannon, mortars, and light ordnance, of very beautiful and useful shapes, quite different from those in common use.
Where it is not possible to employ cannon, I can supply catapults, mangonels, traps, and other engines of wonderful efficacy not in general issue. In short, as the variety of circumstances shall necessitate, I can supply an infinite number of different engines of attack and defence.
In time of peace I believe that I can give you as complete satisfaction as anyone else in architecture, in the construction of buildings both public and private, and in conducting water from one place to another.
Also I can execute sculpture in marble, bronze, or clay, and also painting, in which my work will stand comparison with that of anyone else whoever he may be.
Moreover, I would undertake the work of the bronze horse, which shall endure with immortal glory and eternal honour the auspicious memory of the Prince your father and of the illustrious house of Sforza.
And if any of the aforesaid things should seem impossible or impracticable to anyone, I offer myself as ready to make trial of them in your park or in whatever place shall please your Excellency, to whom I commend myself with all possible humility.

Leonardo da Vinci, 1482


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
01/12/09 12:35 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan S. comments:

If I remember correctly, the only work that Leo got out of that application was the Big Bronze Horse which couldn't be cast correctly, broke apart, and was melted down for more cannonballs.

Or maybe not. I refuse to Google it or to go to my bookshelves.

DS


**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
01/13/09 05:54 AM
Re: Welcome

It's all about knowing when and how to strike. ;\)

But, I humbly submit that you should not ignore those other, non-edged weapons that can wreak havoc as mighty as any blade. Maces, war hammers, mauls, military picks, flails, and their pole beweaponed brethen in exsanguination such as the lucern hammer.


Peter
(Super User)
01/13/09 06:19 AM
Re: Welcome

Is a lucern hammer the same thing as a morning star? Of your list of authors, I like Sheri Tepper and have many books, without considering her a great. I haven't even read any of the others, apart from Philip Dick, whom friends have tried to interest me in. I have tried to be interested, but don't get it. Funny that we should like the same genre and have only two favourite authors in common, Dan being the other of course.

**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
01/14/09 04:29 PM
Re: Welcome

A Lucern Hammer is a pole weapon with a hammer head backed by a back spike. The hammer head was often a square face cut out to present four very nasty points on the striking surface. The back spike was useful for concentrated blows to pierce plate armor or for hooking a rider from his horse.

I know a lot of people who have tried to read Tepper and not particularly enjoyed her. I love her use of language. She has, for mine, an extraordinarily lyrical quality to her writing, and her characters are marvellously rendered, though she does females much better than males who can tend to gender stereotypes.

The other authors I left off my list were David Zindell, Clive Barker and Iain Banks, and, naturally, Tolkien, who was the one who got me started on all of this SF&F "nonsense" as my mother called it. It's all her fault, actually, as she was the one who gave me Lord of the Rings for my 10th birthday, having fed me a steady diet of Rosemary Sutcliffe, Ursula le Guin (who gives "The Left Hand of Darkness" to a 9 year old to read?), Henry Treece, Geoffrey Treece, Alan Garner, Susan Cooper and the like.

These days, my house is decorated in early modern book and cd shelf. Between what I have bought, been given and inherited, I had 4000 books when I last moved house 4 years ago.


Peter
(Super User)
01/14/09 04:37 PM
Re: Welcome

Funnily enough, I have read books by every single one of the people your mother gave you to read. Nine years old might have been a little premature for The Left Hand of Darkness, yes. On the other hand, I have no idea how old I was when I first read it. I seem to have always known it.

Are you aware of Sheri Tepper's detective stories? She wrote them under the names AJ Orde and BJ Oliphant. I think they are among her best, after the True Game books, which introduced me to her and remain my first love.


Aaron P
(enthusiast)
01/18/09 03:19 AM
Re: Welcome

G'day Dan and everyone,

I'm a long time lurker whose finally worked up the gumption to throw his hat into the ring.

I came to Dan's work via my wife, Elizabeth. Since both of us are SF nuts, and she being more widely read than I, had been urging me for some time to read this incredble SF-take-on-The-Canterbury-Tales by this bloke called Dan Simmons. In my blissful ignorance, I had never heard of this Simmons fellow but knew not to argue. I eventually followed her advice and kicked myself for not having done so sooner. I've been hooked ever since.

Liz and I were married in September '08 and planned to honeymoon in Tasmania. In "preparation" for the trip I dutifully read "The Terror" during the preceeding winter months, having heard through Dan's 2007 interview with Rick Kleffel about the connections between the novel and the "Apple Isle". Needless to say, I was even more excited about visiting after reading the book.

Although we were on the move a lot during the trip I was able to come across a few Franklin related bits and pieces.

For starters, anytime we asked about the Franklins people were more than willing to offer information and anecdotes. However,
when inquiring about Lady Jane specifically, the response was usually one of wide-eyed awe and reverence. It was incredible
to see what high esteem she is still regarded in today. As Dan has mentioned more than once, she was tru;y an amazing person.

Some other Franklin-alia we came across in the Hobart Museum was a painting of Mathinna, the young Aboriginal girl the Franklin's "adopted". The painting, by convict painter Thomas Bock, illustrates the girl in a bright red dress that Lady Jane dressed Mathinna in. The adoption was actually a social experiment to see if it was possible to rid the girl of her savage ways and convert her to a proper civilised lifestyle. The experiment failed miserably.

In the museum we also came across the blackwood mahogany chair that Lady Jane sat upon, whilst being carried by a handful of
native servants, during the Franklin's cross-island expedition to the Tasmanian west coast. For a good part of the trip the
chair was in fact occupied by Lady Jane's handmaid, who had fallen ill and could no longer walk.

These were the main examples of the Franklin's influence out of the many we encountered whilst in Tasmania. If anyone is ever interested in visiting Australia, make Tasmania part of your trip. It is simply stunning.

If you are still here, thank you for indulging me. I shall stop now,

I look forward to being part of the fun and the lively discussion on books, writing, movies and whatever else pops up.

Regards

Aaron

PS By the way, Dan, Harlan Ellison's account of his "discovery" in the introduction to "Prayers To Broken Stones" is priceless!


Aaron P
(enthusiast)
01/18/09 01:16 PM
Re: Welcome

I would like to make a small modification to my previous post.

-- Some other Franklin-alia we came across in the Hobart Museum was a painting of Mathinna, the young Aboriginal girl the Franklin's "adopted". The painting, by convict painter Thomas Bock, illustrates the girl in a bright red dress that Lady Jane dressed Mathinna in. The adoption was actually a social experiment to see if it was possible to rid the girl of her savage ways and convert her to a proper civilised lifestyle. The experiment failed miserably. --


Should read as -

Some other Franklin-alia we came across in the Hobart Museum was a painting of Mathinna, the young Aboriginal girl the Franklin's "adopted". The painting, by convict painter Thomas Bock, illustrates the girl in a bright red dress that Lady Jane dressed Mathinna in. The adoption was actually a social experiment by the British to see if it was possible to rid the girl of "her savage ways" and convert her to "a proper civilised lifestyle".The experiment failed miserably. Whilst tolerated as a "curiosity" by the British, she was simply ostracised by her own people. Never acccepted as part of either culture, she died young after a short and hard life.

Thanks again.

Aaron


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
01/19/09 01:45 AM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons to "Aaron P":

Welcome to the forum, sir.

Details of your Franklinalia research in Tasmania were fascinating. And I have to say that you're the first -- and, I am sure, the last -- person ever to write to me "In preparation for our honeymoon, I read THE TERROR . . ."

Welcome aboard and enjoy your stay. We'll see you at the 6 a.m. shuffleboard competition on B Deck.

Dan S.


Alec Chambers
(enthusiast)
01/19/09 06:11 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello Dan and everyone here.

(frowning at monitor, not sure of how to proceed . . .)

To Dan,

Great to be here, and I'm wondering now why it took me so long to show up.
I came to know your work as a horror story fan, and The Terror (which was my introduction to your work) delivered beyond my experience.
Having read your work, I now am not only a Horror story fan, but have found an unexpected joy in reading Science Fiction, namely the Hyperion books. Before Hyperion, I deemed science fiction writing to be pretentious and confusing nerd-fodder, and felt I was entirely too cool for such meandering nonsense. Well, I stand (sit actually) here now to tell you and everyone else that I was cataclysmically wrong, and happy to admit it. Thank you for that.
I just read that part back, and laughed because it sounded like an introduction at a self help group.
"Hello my name is Alec, and I'm a Sci-Fi book nerd."
"Hi Alec."

Anyway, I'm in awe of your attention to detail, your dedication to researching your material, and your love and gift of storytelling. Thanks for unwittingly opening the eyes and mind of this humble yet insatiable reader. (Bowing low.)

To Everyone Else,

I'm learning the hard way that there is a distinct difference between loving to read, and being able to write. I am by no means throwing in the towel, but I'm looking at my own work with a touch of skepticism. I hope to gain some insight, dialogue, and a few laughs perhaps from all of you. (Bowing just as low.)

Thanks
Alec


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
01/19/09 11:35 AM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons to Alec Chambers:

A lot of us were also wondering why it was taking you so long to show up. But now you're here, so welcome to the forum. (If you thought that the SF genre was pretentious and confusing nerd-fodder, just wait 'til you stumble into one of the heated debates here or on the On Writing Well forum.)

Welcome.

Dan S.

ps -- of course there's a huge difference between "loving to read and being able to write," but this is still the feedback loop that produces writers. Always. No exceptions. And sometimes seeing that broad difference and gap is the first step toward becoming a writer.


Aaron P
(enthusiast)
01/20/09 01:30 AM
Re: Welcome

Thank you for the warm welcome, Dan.

Your reply put a smile on both our faces.

Aaron.

P.S. Shuffleboard invitation graciously accepted.


kwills
(member)
01/20/09 06:01 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello Dan and everybody,
I'm not very good at this,but I had to join this forum to let Dan know that I was absolutely bowled over by his book The Terror. It is one of the best books I have ever read and it will stay with me for a long time.The attention to detail,the way the characters were so real.I felt sometimes that I was there with them.
Respect Mr Simmons I look forward to reading all your other works.
Thanks,
Kwills


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
01/20/09 11:53 AM
Re: Welcome

Dan S. comments:

Welcome to the forum, "kwills".

And thank you for the kind words about THE TERROR. (I wear the leek every St. David's Day.)

DS


NeonKnight
(enthusiast)
01/21/09 06:09 PM
Re: Welcome

Yes, well sorry to just go off starting threads and opinionating and so on without a proper introduction here in this thread.

Could The Shrike please impale me (gently now OUCH) and transport me back in time to a few days ago before my first post? (and a New Topic for crying out loud, no wonder it got no responses) \:D

I've been huge Dan Simmons fan for quite some time, I started with Hyperion and the Shrike has had me very happily impaled ever since. Loved Ilium and Olympos and was recently devoured by the Creature from The Terror having raced through that awesome tale in just a few days. (Having that Shrike around to move me around in time curing my fatal encounters and such is awfully nice... OUCH)

As far as favorite genre authors and books, there are so many, hard to list them all but I am willing to delve into my faulty memory for a few...

SF: Issac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Frederick Pohl, Robert Silverberg, Larry Niven, Ian Banks (particular favorite these days) Peter Hamilton...etc etc...

Fantasy: Tolkien, George RR Martin (guess he spans both) China Mieville (also a genre smasher) Stephen Donaldson (well there's another) Robert Jordan and the fantastic and ultra -prolific Steven Erikson.

Big sports fan, very concerned American conservative, (hope I fit in around here) ;\) and I am an absolutely huge L O S T fan. (hard to guess that one right?)

When I am not fantasizing about ruling the world through my amazing control of The Shrike, I like to persuade people they need to buy my software....

And my name is

Terrence


Gianfranco A.
(member)
02/08/09 12:25 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello to Mr. Simmons and everyone else here,

I read in this forum for quite a while, and I’m really happy it’s online again. Now I have registered to be able to visit it, while I'm not sure if I will often post here. I’m from Austria and my English is not so great, so I’m afraid that it will take so much time for me to write an appropriate post, that the discussion about the issue will be over at that point(which happened in the past when I was considering to register). Anyway I find this forum a good place because of all the insights I can gain as an aspiring writer.

I came to this site over the WW-Installments, which are all pure gold for readers and especially writers (maybe except that one about dustcoverfotos), as I believe. These Installments showed me the rich experience of classic literature, which I began shortly after to read.

At first, I did it to learn and ‘absorb style’, as our host said. But soon I realized, that there is much more in it than just ‘learning’, and now classic literature is something for me, my life would be impossible to imagine without. For opening my eyes I wanted to thank you, Mr. Simmons. So my favorite Author has become Lew Tolstoy among others(I just made it through War and Peace, now I’m at Anna Karenina, and I’m still shaken by that beauty of words like I couldn’t find in today’s literature). I also began with the late Henry James, while I have to admit that his 100-and-more-words-labyrinth-sentences are making me dizzy ;\) But I still enjoy his work, because it shows how great writing can be, and how desirable it is to follow such a high, high model in terms of style.

Well, I look forward to participate in the WW-discussions, despite the fact it is hard for me to translate my Austrian thoughts into this for me foreign language (this post was some work for me, I have to admit). But I will try.

GA


John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
02/08/09 12:31 PM
Re: Welcome

Willkommen, Gianfranco. Your English is certainly good enough for me, and I look forward to reading more from you--it sounds like you're at the beginning of a fascinating journey.

Gianfranco A.
(member)
02/09/09 03:47 AM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: john_sunseri
Willkommen, Gianfranco. Your English is certainly good enough for me, and I look forward to reading more from you--it sounds like you're at the beginning of a fascinating journey.


Thank you for the friendly ‘Willkommen’, John!

Yes, I feel a bit guilty to have not registered sooner in this place, since it has become an important place for me. I’m into literature and writing techniques for four years now, and I wasn’t able to find a place like this in the german speaking web. That is not a long period of time, since some of you write seriously for decades.

But I believe I made most progression on ‘my fascinating journey’, as you said so nice, John, on the way of discovering my own voice in writing, by reading the WW-Installments, and, more than everything else, reading the classics, as suggested by our Host in the person of E.H. in the WW-Installment 6. I’m on my way through that list Ernest has channeled through Mr. Simmons, and it has become some kind of enjoyment which I wouldn’t have believed before starting.

And for my English: I’m glad it isn’t hurting your eyes as professional writers in that language. I left elementary school to get work, and my education in English was mostly a dictionary and some English novels, but I hope it will do the job. If you don’t understand something, feel free to ask ;\)

GA


SoniePilot
(addict)
02/10/09 02:58 PM
Re: Welcome

A quick hello and tip of the hat to Mr. Simmons and all the wonderful posters here on this forum. I've been lurking for a bit, but decided to take the plunge. This is a fantastic, freewheeling, and amazingly civil place to hang out. I hope I have a bit to contribute occasionally!

capri
(member)
02/14/09 01:00 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi to all the users and the magnificent Mr. Dan Simmons.

My name is Daniel (but you can call me Capri), and im a 19 year old mexican fan of The amazing Hyperion Saga.
I remember buying the hyperion book at a coffee store (yes!), just because of the mexican cover! but when i finished the book i knew it was the best sci-fi book i've ever read. Thanks Dan because the worlds you create are a perfect excuse to leave reality for a moment and enjoy a good time of words and poems!

And im looking forward to the movie, i cant wait to see the shrike in action!
\:\)


kellydiamondstar
(enthusiast)
02/14/09 06:30 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello to everyone here, my name is Kelly, and I like the Hyperion books too. I especially like the Ouster technology.

jmill
(Full Shrike)
02/14/09 07:28 PM
Re: Welcome


Hola Kelly!


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
02/14/09 07:37 PM
Re: Welcome

This is Dan Simmons and just want to say "Hi" and "Welcome" to capri and Kelly (I think I've already talked with SoniePilot on the forum.)

We hope you two enjoy the forum and feel free to jump into any and many of the derange . . . er . . . stimulating conversations going on here.

Dan S.


Stageplay
(member)
02/14/09 08:25 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello to Dan and everyone on this forum. The first book I read by Dan was "Carrion Comfort", back in the '80's. I read "The Terror" last year. Dan, you have become one of my favorite writers. Today, about one hour after I ordered "Drood" from Amazon.com, I found out you are doing a reading and signing this Monday night at the Tattered Cover (Colfax). I used to do shows at the old Bonfils/Lowenstein Theatre, which is, I believe, the building that is now occupied as the Tattered Cover. I plan to be there and hope to meet you and pick up a copy or two of "Drood". You're a terrific writer, and I am anxious to see what magic you have wrought with Collins/Dickens.

kellydiamondstar
(enthusiast)
02/14/09 09:15 PM
Re: Welcome

Thanks. I'll be sure to look into those derange. .. . er stimulating chats soon. Do members call you Mr. Simmons on the board or Dan? I really like the way there is a strange red laser-looking line boring into the back of your head in your picture.
Nice to meet you.
Stageplay, what a great screen name.


kellydiamondstar
(enthusiast)
02/14/09 09:16 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi jmill. What does poohbah mean? Is that related to how many posts you've made?

sdhonda
(veteran)
02/14/09 10:47 PM
Re: Welcome

It becomes your user title after a certain post threshold.

As far as I'm concerned, it's some in joke, probably having something to do with colorado. Or worse...


Peter
(Super User)
02/15/09 01:44 AM
Re: Welcome

It's the name of the Lord High Everything Else in The Mikado. As I hate Gilbert & Sullivan in general and The Mikado in particular, I strove mightily to get through it to my present serene contentment as Super User. Then two days later Dan pulled the plug. Happily we're all back here now.

Sky Lynx
(member)
02/15/09 04:39 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello to everyone. Greetings to Mr. Simmons.

My name is Alex, I'm 22. You can call me Lynx, Sky or both though. I'm a huge fan of Dan's Hyperion series and Ilium books as well. Currently reading Oplimpos actually. Glad to hear that the Hyperion movie is in the works. I'm also fond of symphonic music composition, so I put my inspiration there. Looking forward to have a great time on this forum full of such an interesting persons, I'm sure, as all of you are. \:\)



jmill
(Full Shrike)
02/15/09 08:31 AM
Re: Welcome

Don't listen to sdhonda about my honorific, kellydiamondstar. Poo-Bah is a title conferred only on those rare members who have been determined by the host's monitoring AI (known affectionately as Gilsullivanbert, the same one he uses to vet his commercial fiction), to possess a level of intelligence, wit, candor and writing ability high enough to be the ruler of a small asian country.

We are sent ceremonial robes and zoris and allowed to say anything we desire on the Dan Simmons Forum as long as it generates some form of cash flow for the host (keeping an AI of the power and sophistication of Gilsullivanbert operating at peak levels is quite expensive in terms of the number of platinum catalysts the entity consumes in a day to power its positivelytronic brain). When the AI is able to routinely transform what we post into literary gold (it writes novels under a variety of pseudonyms, mostly Harlequin Romances, because that's where the money is), then we are awarded status befitting our usefulness.

There are drawbacks, however. Should you prove to be useless in terms of generating income for the host, you run the risk of being converted into a mere human storage battery, known as a maytricks, and your sole function becomes to light an LED or two in the control room in which our host does most of his interfacing with Gilsullivanbert (apparently that's about how much electricity we can generate after the wires are inserted into the base of our spine). The long term result of that fate is that sooner or later you stop being rechargeable (battery memory, you know) and then the host disconnects you. So be useful, or else!


kellydiamondstar
(enthusiast)
02/16/09 04:43 PM
Re: Welcome

Thank you for explaining that.
It all makes sense now.
Here's to being useful!


KarenGerhardt
(member)
02/16/09 08:39 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello, I was prompted to look for Dan's website when I saw news of the publication of "Drood". Can't wait to read it!! 700+ pages YESSS! (I am one of those loooong book lovers.) I was hoping to get to the signing tonight in Denver but just couldn't get away in time.

I live in Boulder Colorado, and am a huge fan of all of your work, Dan, since I bought the Science Fiction Book Club version of "Hyperion Cantos"... Still have it, tattered and torn from so many re-reads. I LOVED "The Terror".

I have very mixed feelings about the Hyperion series being made into a movie. It is such a HUGE concept I just don't see how it could be anything but diminished taken to the screen. But I would like it to succeed for Dan's sake if nothing else because I want him to be rich and famous and therefore able to keep on writing amazing books!!

Also as an artist I have an excellent internal visual perception and I already "know" what all the characters and settings etc. look like. So I generally hate it when a movie of some treasured book comes out because I don't want to change my own visualization. (I can't now see Aragorn as anyone other than what's-his-name from the movies... aaargh.) I do vote for all unknown actors except maybe one or two biggies just to get it noticed!

Anyway, will be interesting to check in to this forum.

Karen


John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
02/16/09 10:47 PM
Re: Welcome

Karen, welcome to the board. I see that you're an Equine Artist, so I look forward to your thoughts on the vomiting horses thread...

RaulEndymion23
(member)
02/19/09 10:01 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi..my name's martino cardani and i've finished to read "the rise of Endymion", founding extraordinary this epopee. however in italy it's IMPOSSIBLE to found the small "book" "The orphans of helix" and i'm desperate 'cause i would like to see the future of the last book. i hope that someone of you can help me..
sorry for my english..


Bellis_Coldwine
(Pooh-Bah)
02/19/09 11:56 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi Martino. "Orphans of the Helix" is one of the five very excellent Dan Simmons stories in the book WORLDS ENOUGH AND TIME. You can find WORLDS ENOUGH AND TIME on amazon.co.uk or maybe somewhere in Italy. :-)

RaulEndymion23
(member)
02/21/09 04:57 AM
Re: Welcome

thank you bellis..i'll search this book in milan(if i'll found it in italian is better) or i'll buy it in amazon.co.uk as you suggest.
thank you for your answer.. good-bye from italy


ccosborne3
(member)
03/03/09 06:47 PM
Re: Welcome

Hiya, I'm ccosborne3. I've been a Simmons fan since Carrion Comfort debuted in the Eighties. I've read all the horror/ supernatural themed titles and ran with the Kurtz novels while he was still kicking around. All great stuff.

When The Terror was released I thought it the finest book of the year. I feel the same about Drood. I don't want to get too ass-kissey on my first post but the two titles may be the best back to back releases in the history of horror fiction.

King, Koontz, McCammon, Wilson. I've read everything they've put out. Some are good, some are bad, some are meh. Of the hundreds of titles they have collectively released I'd rank Terror and Drood in the top 5. It's a hell of an achievment. What a one two punch.

See ya on the boards.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
03/03/09 07:58 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons to "ccosborne3" --

First of all, welcome. Live long and prosper here.

Second of all . . . that's OK. Get kick-assy! More, more!

Ds


Jeanne
(member)
03/04/09 04:45 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello, I'm Jeanne and new to Dan's work, my first being Drood. I'm surprised we haven't met before since my primary genres are fantasy and sci fi. Looks like my next stop on the Simmons path will be Hyperion. I have a habit of plowing through everything I can get my hands on by an author when I find one I enjoy and I am really enjoying Drood!

Lasombra
(Terror)
03/04/09 05:23 PM
Re: Welcome

HYPERION will change your expectations of what speculative fiction can and should do. You are in for a treat!!

Dearesttragedy
(member)
03/10/09 11:19 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi! I'm new here... and SO glad to BE here! I can't wait to start browsing the forum and posting.

Dminto
(member)
03/15/09 12:33 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello I am new here as well. I have read Dan's whole Hyperion Cantos as well as Ilium and its sequel. I just finished the Terror and cannot believe how good that book was. Mr. Simmons is an author that keeps surprising me.

awahdani
(member)
03/16/09 08:07 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi! I am new to the site. I would like to say that I just finished reading Summer of Night and absolutely loved it! I was born in '61 and grew up in the '60s and '70s, so I could relate to the characters in the story (especially Monopoly marathons!). I also just finished A Winter Haunting and was disappointed! There were a few errors that I was quite surprised at! The paint slash on Duane's Uncle Art's car was red (from the Rendering Truck) yet in A Winter Haunting the sheriff and Dale are discussing it being a blue slash from the Justice of the Peace's car. The other mistake was that J.P. Congden was killed during the ambush by the boys during their camping trip (the body was found later by Cordie and shown to one of the boys). Yet in A Winter Haunting the Sheriff is telling Dale that J.P. threatened Michelle Staffney's dad after he (Michelle's dad) reported his (J.P.'s)son (C.J.) as Michelle's rapist. This, supposedly, happened in 1961. Did he come back from the dead!?? (Ha ha...no pun intended!) I was just really surprised at how much I LOVED "Summer" and how disappointed I was in "Winter". Also, it was too sad that Dale and Lawrence didn't "keep in touch" (as stated in "Winter"). I think brothers that close would have stayed in touch with each other, especially after what happened during the summer of '60. Just my 2 cents. Dan, please reply! Thanks!

awahdani
(member)
03/16/09 08:08 PM
Re: Welcome

Definitely read Summer of Night!! It's the best!

Peter
(Super User)
03/17/09 01:21 AM
Re: Welcome

You have to remember that Dale was, to all intents and purposes, nuts. What he remembers isn't necessarily how it happened. Half the time he isn't sure himself. Other Summer of Night characters turn up in Shildren of the Night (Mike), Fires of Eden (Cordie and Mike again) and Darwin's Blade (Lawrence). None is a sequel in the sense that A Winter Haunting somewhat is, they just allow us to see the characters again.

There is also the chapbook Banished Dreams, which is a sequence left out of Summer of Night. Finally Dan very generously published a free two-part story in his October and November Messages from Dan, set back in Elm Haven with the characters still children. I strongly advise not reading it until you've read everything else in this very loose (but wonderful) "series".


Peter
(Super User)
03/17/09 04:50 AM
Re: Welcome

By the way Banished Dreams is a rarity, it can readily be found but is expensive, especially for its slender extent. It is certainly well worth reading, but not essential before you read Dan's gift story. The others you must read first, or it will lose half its impact and you will know too much about them before first reading. Darwin's Blade you could get away with now I think about it, it is not really part of the sequeance except insofar as Lawrence-don't-call-me-Larry is in it. Love the book, but you could read the free story before it without harm.

awahdani
(member)
03/17/09 04:48 PM
Re: Welcome

Thanks Peter! I will keep those books in mind. I tried to read "Terror", but just couldn't get into it. I am still way too invested in the "boys of Summer". I do agree that Dale was, for all intents and purposes, nuts (I mean who wouldn't be after seeing all that!), but I just felt that the story (Winter) was too thin and rushed compared to Summer.

Peter
(Super User)
03/18/09 02:22 AM
Re: Welcome

I wouldn't agree with your characterisation of A Winter Haunting. I might have discreetly done so once, but found my opinion of the book much improved on my last re-reading. I think I may have brought expectations of a different kind of book to it first time around, and been disappointed when they were not met. Of course, there is no reason why they should be. And certainly no reason for Dan to write Summer of Night over again, you've already got it and can re-read it whenever you please.

So I would suggest giving A Winter Haunting another try after a suitable interval, taking it on its own terms. As for The Terror, it is an undeniably difficult read due to its length and harrowing nature. But I think it's a flat-out masterpiece. On finishing, it went straight on to my top tier of Simmons books. If you care, the company it keeps is the Hyperion quartet, Ilium, The Hollow Man, Phases of Gravity and Prayers to Broken Stones.

Not Summer of Night, I love it but it's not quite up at that level. Everyone has their favourite. Many people's is Carrion Comfort, which I would place just below the very top. Still, if we all agreed, there wouldn't be much to talk about.


Geo
(Super User)
03/18/09 07:17 AM
Re: Welcome

I wholeheartedly agree with Peter here. I didn't quite get A Winter Haunting the first time I read it, possibly due to my own expectations and what I was bringing to the table. It has to be read on its own terms, not as a sequel to Summer of Night. It's a more psychological and nuanced story compared to the galloping genre thriller that Summer is.

SoniePilot
(addict)
03/18/09 10:26 AM
Re: Welcome

Absolutely. Dan Simmons never does the same thing twice, which is part of the real appeal of his work for me. It's constantly surprising.

(On the other hand, there are themes, or maybe philosophical positions is a better term, running through the varied novels.)

What a great, great author.


ptSabin
(enthusiast)
03/23/09 07:27 PM
Re: Welcome

Must be a namesake thing...
The [b]Hyperion [/b]quartet is so damn stunning--kind of glad/sad Mr. Simmons hasn't revisited it.

I though [b]Hollow Man[/b] a great love story. Made me cry.

What do you do when all your life ambitions are met when your 30? [b]Phases of Gravity[/b].

[b]Song of Kali[/b]: a most gruesome tale with an optimistic 'life is good' ending that was also believable.

[b]Drood[/b]: I absolutely loved it. Kept me entranced for all 770+ pages. Also bothered me...it was too easy to identify with Wilkie.

[b]Ilium[/b] Wow. Wow. and Wow. Proust and Shakespeare quoting mechs. Caused me to read the Iliad for the first time. Sorry, but not so wow on [b]Olympos[/b]

And for pure damn fun... the Joe Kurtz novels. Move over, Mickey. You, too, Dashiell.

so just how do you introduce friends to Dan Simmons if they've been under a rock for the past years?




SoniePilot
(addict)
03/24/09 06:53 AM
Re: Welcome

I think it depends on the friend. If he/she has familiarity with SF tropes and ideas, then Hyperion Cantos is the place to begin. On the other hand, I had a friend who was very literary but not a fan of SF, so ILIUM/OLYMPOS, with its Homer/Shakespeare/Proust/Nabokov references, hooked her. Readers of thrillers get hooked on THE CROOK FACTORY or DARWIN'S BLADE or the Kurtz books.

Lots of points of entry, I guess. Depends on the traveler!


michaeltaso
(member)
05/02/09 08:43 PM
Re: Welcome

dan simmons is great, i also like china melville...

teensie
(member)
05/09/09 11:04 PM
Re: Welcome

Thank you for the welcome. I feel like I should say an official hello; I've been lurking for a couple of years. I was compelled to post because I recently purchased the audiobooks to listen to while at the gym and was left crying on the treadmill over the narration. I am not a writer or a poet or an anything. I just love your books more than I love anybody else's books. You are my favorite author, and your work blows my tiny mind. I am currently on an Agincourt bender and it reminded me of Kassad and I exited the Tudor freeway onto Hyperion again. I loved the Crook Factory as well but I'm afraid to look for the audiobook after this experience with Hyperion. Fall of Hyperion is yards better, but I'm wary. So, goody for forums and goody for being able to get that off my chest!

**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
05/15/09 12:56 PM
Re: Welcome





Norton
(member)
05/19/09 08:21 AM
Re: Welcome

I would also like to say "hello". So here I go.

"Hello," I said.

A relatively new fan to Dan's work but I've been taking home lots of helpful writing tips and other information from the website. And, of course, I'll be selecting my next Simmons classic shortly.

Cheers to all, and see you 'round.


dan z
(member)
05/20/09 06:16 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi! I am new here and thought I'd say hi to everybody and a special thanks to Dan Simmons for his efforts in making this togetherness possible, also I am a loyal fan of your literary work.

Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
05/20/09 09:59 AM
Re: Welcome

Dan S. to dan z:

Hi and welcome but . . . just a fan of my literary work? What about my band, man? I put most of my time and energy into my music these days.

Fans. Sheesh.

DS


AuntiePam
(enthusiast)
05/21/09 09:46 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello from a newbie (new to the forum, not to Mr. Simmons). I've been a fan for many years (I'm quite old) and am happy to find this forum (thanks to a thread at the Shocklines board).

Off to explore! \:\)


Craig_Wolf
(Pooh-Bah)
05/21/09 09:58 AM
Re: Welcome

Auntie Pam! Good to see you, dear. Haven't been over to Shocklines in ages, but I think you'll love it here. It's the cat's meow.

Craig


AuntiePam
(enthusiast)
05/21/09 10:36 AM
Re: Welcome

Thanks, Craig! I saw your name and was hoping it was the same Craig Wolf. \:\)

jhanic
(enthusiast)
05/23/09 07:59 AM
Re: Welcome

I just discovered this forum today and am glad to have been able to join. I started reading Dan Simmons when his first book, Song of Kali, was published in paperback and have been an avid fan ever since. I've read many of his works and was VERY impressed by his latest The Terror and Drood. I'm going to begin my reread of Drood in a few days.

John


tenakha
(member)
06/09/09 05:38 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi John,

Song of Kali was the first book that I read also (of Dan's). Wasn't it just superb! I just re-read it this weekend, and I was amazed to find that I enjoyed it just as much second time around - if not more - as I could concentrate on all the references that Dan has strewn throughout the text. And so many unanswered questions .. who was Sanjay/Krisha? Was he Kapilak? Why did he help Robert? Was he involved in Victorias kidnapping?

For me that book was just amazing, and it still is. I lent it to a friend recently and she was just blown away - read it in like 2 days ....

Khalid


Kat
(enthusiast)
06/09/09 10:19 PM
Re: Welcome

Just wanted to drop by and say Hi...

I've done some writing, some ghost writing (and got ripped off pretty badly) and have taken a sabbatical over the last couple of years. Writing is like playing an instrument (or a drug)...once you get the taste, you crave for more.

To date, I've been focusing on concepts of religions and its implications upon society so I'm a bit 'one track mind' atm...doing a double degree in sociology and religion. Tad masochist but whatcha gonna do...

Anyhoo...seeing all the praise for Hyperion got me wondering if folks had read 'Hollow Man'?

Dan...that novel, Hollow Man, got me wondering if you have read Brian Aldiss...you both have a 'realness' about your work that seems to be lacking today or maybe I'm just getting old n cranky...

'Terror' and 'LoveDeath' are currently waiting for me amongst a pile of other books waiting to be read...

ummm...think that's it....

Take care,

Kat


Sartori
(member)
06/12/09 05:26 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello to all. I'm new to the forums obviously.

I adore the Hyperion series myself. I've been wanting to dig into the other books, but until now I haven't had the time. So at the moment, finally, it's all about The Terror and Drood.


Nyxlight
(member)
06/16/09 04:55 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi, just discovered this site. I first read Hyperion about 10 years ago and I have been an avid fan ever since, especially of the Hyperion/Endymion books. I also adored Ilium and Olympos and I love the new take on Homer that these books offered. I recently read The Terror which I enjoyed very much, especially the historical element, and am looking forward to grabbing a copy of Drood soon. Interestingly I just read Lloyd Jones' 'Mister Pip' which sets Dickens' Great Expectations amongst the Papau New Guinean civil war so I have a bit of a Dickens fire already burning inside me now.

Heath
(enthusiast)
06/18/09 01:47 PM
Re: Welcome

I lurk here but rarely post due to time constraints. I've been a fan since I read Hyperion in 1989.

I wanted to share one interesting anecdote from about 2003. When I lived in Tokyo and took the subway to work every day, I would (like the Japanese) always be reading. But there is only one author, Dan Simmons, whose work was so engrossing that I actually missed my subway stop and didn't realize it. I was so caught up in Darwin's Blade that I went right past my stop and headed deep into Tokyo. I had to switch trains and go back, costing me about 20 extra minutes.

But that just gave me more time to read more of the novel!


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
06/19/09 10:53 AM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons to "Heath":

Welcome to the forum. I think I've missed that same subway stop that you did.

But weren't you proud that while all the gray-suited Japanese businessmen around you were reading their little book-sized comic books, you were reading LITERATURE?

Or perhaps you were reading HYPERION in the Japanese version with the graphic, comicky covers, 10 books to tell the one-book tale, and the covers able to be shuffled around like a puzzle to make a graphic-novel mosaic? (And bodaciously big tatas on whoever that catsuited lady was on the covers.)

Anyway, welcome to the forum (and the same to "Nyxlight" before ye, although we may have driven him away by now.) Many are called; few are chosen.

DS


Utmost Pathos
(enthusiast)
06/25/09 09:39 PM
Re: Welcome

Helllooo! I typically won't utilize this little topic on most forums for I like to stay in the shadows, but I have so much respect for Monsieur Simmons that I cannot resist. Hopefully I can benefit this community as much as they benefit me.

To Dan: Hyperion makes me shiver whenever I discuss it, thank you for the experience and the hard work. It amazes me every time I think about it, and I could not pronounce my gratitude any more.

Also, I am utterly infatuated with the incredibly pathetic and eloquent piece from John Keats you put into The Rise of Endymion, so much so that it is forever embedded within the recesses of my mind so that I can recall it whenever I wish to chew on it's beauty with my mind.

But this is human life: The wars, the deeds,
The disappointment, the anxiety,
Imagination's Struggles, far and nigh,
All Human; bearing in themselves this good,
That they are still the air, the subtle food,
To make us feel existence, and to show
How quiet death is. Where soil is men grow,
Whether to weeds or flowers; but for me,
I have no depth to strike in...

Thank you Dan, I would never have found this without your intervention.

Also, this forum is a gem, thanks for creating it and spending the time to hear what your readers have to say, I truly appreciate it.

With Utter Sincerity,

Mark


Heath
(enthusiast)
06/29/09 03:31 PM
Re: Welcome

I haven't seen that version of Hyperion...although I did once have a nightmare about the Shrike.

1Slider1
(member)
06/29/09 06:56 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello from a noob. Just got 2 books on a recommend from a friend. I haven't read any of the books, but am very excited to start. I got Ilium and Olympos. Is there any problem starting with Ilium and following with Olympos, are they stand alone books? I've been researching and can't find anywhere the order in which to read the books if there is one.

Thank you \:\)


Lasombra
(Terror)
06/29/09 07:05 PM
Re: Welcome

Illium first, than Olympos, welcome to the forum!!

1Slider1
(member)
06/30/09 03:35 PM
Re: Welcome

Thank you, can't wait to start .. have about 10 books to read before I start, so a couple weeks.

JimR
(member)
07/07/09 09:24 PM
Re: Welcome

Well, I guess this has become the "newbie intro thread", so that is what I shall do.

My name's Jim, and I've been a fan of Mr. Simmons' work since high school...Oh So Many Years Ago...though I must admit that I have only read the Hyperion series and Illium/Olympos (I know, I know, but the reading list is so long, and the lifespan is so short...).

I live with my wife and mother-in-law in Japan, where I teach English for Special Purposes (basically Business English) and collect straight razors.

Nice ta meetcha.

Jim


Yhelo
(addict)
07/09/09 09:37 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome to the forum. Straight razors are a weird thing to collect, but at least it's unique. Do you have any interesting ones?


I don't think anyone else on this forum is Japanese, that's pretty beast. Though I think someone speaks it.. don't remember who, though.

Hajimemashite, Alex3 desu. Douzo yoro shiku!



..atashi no nihongo wa yokunai desu. :-/


Heath
(enthusiast)
07/10/09 11:48 AM
Re: Welcome

That may be me. I'm fluent in Japanese, practiced international law in Japan, translated a book into English, and lived there for 7 of the last 15 years. Even now, I advise multinational clients on Japan legal issues when I'm not defending looney class action lawsuits in California.

JimR
(member)
07/11/09 07:05 AM
Re: Welcome

Thanks for the welcome, Alex. actually, I'm not Japanese, I'm American--I just live here.

Straight razors aren't that weird to collect, I hope...there are actually a lot of collectors out there, and with my measly 16 or so I'm not even on the list when it comes to REAL collections. I do have one or two rare ones, including some made by Japanese sword makers...But I'll try not to get started, or I'll never stop. ;\)

Boku mo nihongo amari jouzu hanashimasen desu kedo...


Heath, that's an interesting history...7 years, what made you decide to leave? Or was it outside your control? I'm interested in Expat experiences in General, I've been one in a few countries...

Thanks again for the welcome.

Best,
Jim


**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
07/11/09 06:30 PM
Re: Welcome

The following was found on the Idaho Statesman's archives

Suicide Stumps FBI

By Ben Stuart
Copyright 1998, Idaho Statesman

The identity of a man found dead in Ketchum last month remains unknown, even to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In the latest twist in the month long mystery, the FBI has apparently closed the investigation and reported the case as a death of an “unknown person”.

The case started last month when visitors to the grave of writer Ernest Hemmingway in the Ketchum Cemetery reported a coyote running through the cemetery carrying what looked like a human hand.

After a search of the area by Blaine County Sheriff’s department produced no results, a cadaver dog was brought in from Boise. Within 30 minutes of the arrival of the dog, sheriff’s officials had located the decomposing remains of a man. Blain County spokesman reported that the man was elderly and apparently died of a self-inflicted gun shot to his head.

After further searching of the Ketchum Cemetery, the sheriff’s department recovered a rental car in the parking lot. The Sheriff’s department reported irregularities in the registration and identification found in the car. The week after the body was found, the FBI was brought into the case.

During the first press conference, Denver FBI Special Agent Dan Andros reported that the car was rented to a man named “Ernest G. Hoover”. Mr. Andros reported that the drivers license and passport found at the scene belonged to a man named “Edger Hemmingway”. When reporters at the press conference asked about the apparent connection between former FBI Chief, G. Edger Hoover and the late writer Ernest Hemmingway, Mr. Andros refused to comment.

Following the press conference, the FBI collected all physical evidence of the case, including the body, the car and the weapon and departed Ketchum. Although an autopsy was performed in Ketchum, the report was removed by the FBI, stating security reasons.

An anonymous morgue worker reported to the Idaho Statesman that the results of the autopsy showed that the man had died of a 38-caliber gunshot wound to the head. The morgue worker described the wound as ‘passing through the soft pallet of the mouth’.

Another anonymous Sheriff’s department staff member reported to the Statesman that a computer was recovered inside the rental car, but that it was also taken by the FBI. Following numerous telephone calls and written requests to the feds, the FBI released a written statement yesterday, stating that the case has been closed as an unknown death. The statement also reported that the laptop computer recovered from the rental car was not readable, due to the heat inside the rental car.


John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
07/12/09 03:47 PM
Re: Welcome

Boy, that's a whole lot of horrible spelling for a newspaper article. 'Hemmingway'? 'Edger' Hoover? The 'soft pallet' of the mouth? 'Blain' county?

Where'd you get this thing?


**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
07/14/09 12:50 PM
Re: Welcome

Huh... That's what I get for not having YOU as my copy editor!

Where do you think I got that thing?

Beyond the spellcheck boo-boos, did the story come off as, a: Interesting, b: informative, c: boring, d: funny, or e: I don't get it?

I was hoping that Dan might also see it and respond, but he's probably too busy doing re-writes to the Hyperion script and chatting things up with his buds, Stephen King, Harlen Ellison, et al.


John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
07/14/09 01:04 PM
Re: Welcome

(laughing) Oh, I thought you were passing along what purported to be a real news story. Sorry!

I do give advice on writing, but not on a public board like this. Send me a PM and I'll put you in the queue.


Alex4
(enthusiast)
07/14/09 09:00 PM
Re: Welcome

Ouch, Mr. Sunseri is cruel. \:\)


@Heath you aren't the guy, it's someone like sdhonda I think? It may or may not be fluency actually, just more knowledge than me. And @JimR I didn't mean Japanese literally, just living in Japan- my B. Most people here live in North America or Europe, I think.


Edit- I re-read your post, Jim, and saw you called me Alex and was confused. Most people had been calling me 'Yhelo' (thus the name change) and I was impressed you saw my signature, then I remembered I'd said, "Alex3 desu." to you and lol'd.


Heath
(enthusiast)
07/20/09 02:29 PM
Re: Welcome

Jim,

I left because my youngest son (born in Japan) was born with mild brain damage and needed speech therapy. As you can imagine, finding speech therapy in English while in Japan is not easy.

And besides, it's nice to come back home. When I'm the only Japanese speaker in the family, I have to take care of ALL household needs outside of the house, which is burdensome.

Also, the claustrophobia of living cramped in a Japanese house became very apparent when I bought a very large house on a golf course upon returning to America. I love the space and greenery!

FYI, I would say "jouzu ni hanasemasen," not "hanashimasen." The "se" makes it "cannot" rather than the "shi" for "do not" and the "ni" turns the "jouzu" into an adverb. "I cannot skillfully speak Japanese" compared to "I do not skillful speak Japanese."


Mike Grover
(enthusiast)
07/20/09 04:27 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi all,

I've already posted in a few other topics, but I thought I'd take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Mike (duh!), I'm 40, a husband, a father and I work at a bank. My main interests, other than my family, are music, film, beer and, of course, reading. My first exposure to Mr. Simmons took place last summer when I read The Terror, which I absolutely loved. I'm not sure why I waited a whole year to read another one of his books, but I recently finished Summer of Night and A Winter Haunting, and I thought they were both incredible (my wife is reading SoN now based on my recommendation, and she's loving it, too). Drood is next on my list, and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm also looking forward to some great conversations here!

See you around,
Mike


Fantelives
(Pooh-Bah)
07/20/09 05:57 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome, Mike. I envy all the wonderful reading that awaits you in your progression through the Simmons canon. Please make yourself at home here.

Chris "Fantelives" Ransom


Alex4
(enthusiast)
07/20/09 06:05 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Heath

FYI, I would say "jouzu ni hanasemasen," not "hanashimasen." The "se" makes it "cannot" rather than the "shi" for "do not" and the "ni" turns the "jouzu" into an adverb. "I cannot skillfully speak Japanese" compared to "I do not skillful speak Japanese."



See I ought to memorise that. My "atashi no nihongo wa yokunai desu" is mostly a joke because the grammar is so bad, but I guess it means something like "my japanese no good." I feel like it would be weird if the only sentence you could speak in a language was a perfect "I'm sorry, I can't understand [language]" People might not believe you. Still, those were the first words they taught us. wakarimasen (sp? I think that's it...) and other things like that.

I should learn more japanese, then I could at least speak two languages poorly.


Heath
(enthusiast)
07/21/09 02:49 PM
Re: Welcome

I just hope you're female because "atashi" is very feminine.

When being Japanese-like in modesty, I like to break into an Osaka dialect to tell them how bad my Japanese is. They freak out at the irony.


Alex4
(enthusiast)
07/21/09 10:36 PM
Re: Welcome

Eto.. Atashi no sei wa himitsu desu yo! (Demo, minasan wa... ano... shitte(?) desu. )


That's pretty beast, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference I only know the dialect exists.


edit- my japanese is terrible.


ocaj
(member)
07/25/09 07:41 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi I am a long term Simmons fan. Hyperion well was my life for a few years. It dominated my consciousness in even an unhealthy way.

The others like Song Of Kali still haunt me at times. I still think it is his creepiest book.

Summer Of Night and the bike patrol. Who cannot be captivated.

Drood well yeah. I need to read it again. Anyway great to be here with one of my favourite writers.


Serge G
(member)
08/05/09 04:31 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi all,

I suppose I'm a fan of Dan's work too, though so far I've only read "The Terror" and have "Ilium" standing on one of my book shelves, peering down at me (does that count?).

Anyway, great website (really enjoyed the writing well installments) and the forum is very...stimulating.


glenn
(enthusiast)
08/25/09 11:22 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello everyone! I'm a big fan of Dan's work, and also a big fan of this forum. I laugh, I cry, and I learn.

VEZI
(veteran)
08/26/09 05:36 AM
Re: Welcome

Welcome aboard "glenn"!

You did the illustration on your welcome page site?!?
This is awesome man! I love the little samurai robot and the background sky.


Alec Chambers
(enthusiast)
08/26/09 06:17 AM
Re: Welcome

Welcome glenn.

I agree with Vezi, great image. I look forward to seeing more.


glenn
(enthusiast)
08/26/09 12:00 PM
Re: Welcome

Thanks for the welcome and the feedback!

Starbuck
(member)
08/30/09 03:11 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi people, just wanted to say a short hello.

I have recently started listening to Hyperion as an audiobook, and I'm quite enthusiastic about it. Maybe you guys can help me with my first questions about the Hyperion Timeline.

See you!


Pavel
(member)
08/31/09 12:01 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi all!
Dan Simmons the excellent author. I very much respect him. I like his worlds.


Portal
(member)
09/20/09 12:03 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello everyone.
I am an old time fan of Mr Simmons (Hyperion), although I am reading his books when they get available in French, meaning I read Terror only this June, and am still waiting for Drood \:\)


redshift1
(enthusiast)
09/30/09 12:47 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello all,

Long time reader of Dan Simmons just finished Drood, by the way I use a Kindle
for all my new book purchases.


jmill
(Full Shrike)
09/30/09 01:51 AM
Re: Welcome


Since no one else has greeted the newcomers yet, I'll do so:

Hi there Starbuck, Pavel, Portal, and redshift1! Welcome to the fray.


Julianos
(member)
10/01/09 05:19 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi all !
What an amazing place : a forum with Dan speaking to us ! In fact, since I've read Hyperion, I always thought mister Simmons was a sort of god (I'm apparently not alone ^^) A dream come true !

Well, a young and so inexperimented frenchy writer is in the place :p

(excuse me for grammatical mistakes and stuff, my english needs quick improvements !)


Jobiska
( Shrike-in-training)
10/01/09 07:29 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi Julianos,

Bienvenue! No need to apologize for your grammar. Your English is much better than my French.

jobiska

« temporelle. A l’aide! Je suis coincé dans une spirale »
(D. Aronofsky et A. Handel)


Julianos
(member)
10/02/09 06:45 AM
Re: Welcome

Thanks a lot !
However , I'll do my best to not hurt your eyes :p


(yep, Serge Lehman payed homage to Aranofsky and Handel with this six-word sentence !)


VEZI
(veteran)
10/06/09 05:46 AM
Re: Welcome

« However , I'll do my best to not hurt your eyes »


Bienvenue Julianos! Ils sont plutôt patients avec les Frenchies ici.

Tu n’as qu’à les mettre dans ta poche en causant de vin, de haute gastronomie et de voitures sport au début... \:\)


Julianos
(member)
10/09/09 10:29 AM
Re: Welcome

Un francophone ! Joie, joie !
Merci des conseils, I will do that :p (hello there ! Who wants to get the most tasty bourgogne on earth ?*plop* (well, french wine bottle usuallay doesn't make "plop", it's more like "Plowwwpf, or "poup", and sometimes"santé", nevertheless "plop" is of course more significant )


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
10/09/09 12:52 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons comments:

Yes, a hearty welcome to our newcomers here.

And to Julianos, to add to the joie, joie!, a special Willkommen! (See, we gods can speak European!)

Alas, though, the "god" thing only lasts until our new acoly . . . er . . . visitors discover the Hot Button Issues forum and their host's predilections and provocations.

But welcome anyway. Just remember to duck and cover! (old 1950's Cold War joke.) (never mind)

DS


Mike Grover
(enthusiast)
10/09/09 02:02 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Dan Simmons
Dan Simmons comments:

Yes, a hearty welcome to our newcomers here.

And to Julianos, to add to the joie, joie!, a special Willkommen! (See, we gods can speak European!)

Alas, though, the "god" thing only lasts until our new acoly . . . er . . . visitors discover the Hot Button Issues forum and their host's predilections and provocations.

But welcome anyway. Just remember to duck and cover! (old 1950's Cold War joke.) (never mind)

DS

Yeah, it's all sunshine and smiley faces up here in the penthouse, but if you wander down to the basement, prepare to be beaten senseless! ;\)


McQ
(enthusiast)
10/26/09 11:33 AM
Re: Welcome

Just want to say hello and briefly introduce myself. I'm McQ, a new fan of Dan's work. At least, of the first novel of his that I've ever read: The Terror.

I enjoy reading, photography, movies, music, and sports. Also any of my four sons' activities.

I'll admit up front that until I read The Terror, I had never even heard of Dan. Never heard of Hyperion or any other of his works. Go ahead - shoot me now! I have much catching up to do. He is an amazing writer. I have not read a book as good as Terror in decades, and I read a lot. It is now in my list of top three books of all time.

Enough for now. I look forward to this forum and to more of Dan's writing.


John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
10/26/09 11:37 AM
Re: Welcome

Welcome aboard, man. Now go out and buy the other seventy-seven books Dan has written. No excuses--they're all great.

Leto2
(old hand)
10/26/09 01:00 PM
Re: Welcome

Pleased to finally meet someone on the forum whose list of catch-up work is longer than mine <<insert cheeZy condiment joke here>>.

Att
(member)
11/07/09 03:31 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello everyone,
it's always nice to find like minded people, I've just discovered Dan's work and was instantly hooked!!!!.

I think Dan would find this discovery of his work funny, bearing in mind I enjoy the fantasy genre anyway, I purchased a 2nd hand Ipod from a local car boot sale and was clearing out the music when I found a chapter of what I now know is Endyniom it was titled ch14emdan just to find out what this cryptic title could be. i should'nt have !! It started me on a two year Quest/journey trying to place this chapter within a book thats involved more than a few friend's and a couple of well known authors they all have my gratitude it turned out to be the audible release part one chapter 14, i've since downloaded the full unabridged version of both Endyniom and Rise of Endyniom and all i can say is the last 7 days have been indescribable to say the least thank you Dan for a fantastic piece of work I'll be downloading the 1st two next chance I get.

Also may I take this time thank Both Anne's Pern and Vatta (you should be able to figure out the references) Publicly both have been already thanked in person for their help

Att


Peter
(Super User)
11/07/09 04:19 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome, Att. Are you this Brampton? Or this one?

Att
(member)
11/08/09 05:09 AM
Re: Welcome

Brampton is 2 miles form Huntingdon and about 15 miles from Cambridge at the junction of the A1 and A14 and if you enjoy the sport of king I'm about 90 seconds walk from Huntingdon race course
and 10 mins from a big blank space on the map

hope this helps, and thanks for the welcome Peter

Att


Peter
(Super User)
11/08/09 11:03 AM
Re: Welcome

Right. You said East Anglia, there's one Brampton each in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. So although Cambridgeshire is now counted as East Anglia I discounted that one because it didn't use to be so considered, also no pretty church picture. Wrong. I'm sure it's a very pleasant place, and livelier than the other two, which are minuscule. Sorry for being nosy! Just curious about a compatriot.

Att
(member)
11/09/09 03:24 AM
Re: Welcome

No problem peter, what part of the country are you from

Att


Peter
(Super User)
11/09/09 04:06 AM
Re: Welcome

Moved around. Born in Kent, though in my defence I don't remember living there, we moved away when I was an infant, then in Essex, then in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, then in a rural part of mid-Bedfordshire where I did most of the growing up I've ever gotten around to, then aged about 17 to Walthamstow, north-east London on the Essex borders, and I've been there or in neighbouring Chingford ever since apart from a few years in Islington.

I envy people who've lived in one place all their lives, or nearly so. But I would say I come from Bedfordshire since I spent almost all the childhood I remember there, identifying most with that rural spot, and am a north (never south, shudder) Londoner. The Kent prejudice is cricket, Essex supporter (after Surrey, but I have the full complement of Essex tribal hatreds).


Enright
(Super User)
11/13/09 12:48 PM
Re: Welcome

Naturally, I fell in love with England on a visit to London, Bath, and the Cottswold area a few years ago. It was all I had ever dreamed. Of course, any place on vacation is wonderful, but England was and remains special. Welcome Att.

Att
(member)
11/13/09 04:47 PM
Re: Welcome

Thank you James

Att


D.Hickey
(member)
11/13/09 05:43 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Peter
I envy people who've lived in one place all their lives


I have lived up North in Yorkshire for over twenty years. I'm no longer sure if I'm a man or a whippet. If I was a betting whippet, I would say 'man'.

Actually, I haven't introduced myself either. I first read Hyperion a while ago, and was surprised by how the writing was of a higher quality than that of the television shows that I used to while away the evening hours of my fruitless blip of an existence. I became fascinated with the sheer scope and clarity of the ideas contained within, pondering at the time how each paragraph could probably provide enough fuel for a whole series of shows. After this initial stage I became more and more interested in fiction. For me, part of being entertained is dreaming of contribution to that which entertains me, and so I began to seriously consider writing my own story - something that had seemed as likely as running my own Olympic marathon in the past. But I was not deterred!.

I already had a spit-bucket's worth of ideas - some good, some truly embarrassing - that I was to dredge my tale out of. One fortunate evening, I decided to seek out Mr Simmons' website in the hope of shamelessly scavenging any tips on writing from the guy who wrote those stunning novels. Imagine my excitement at not finding prescriptive one liners ("To write well.. be sure to use a 2B pencil and... blue paper!" was the kind of thing I hoped for), but an entire series of extensive essays on the craft of Writing Well. Also, imagine the disappointment when the very first installment shocked me with news of what an arrogant fool I had been thus far. I was deterred, but I read on.

Those series of essays are worth more than their printed weight in gold (which I imagine is not insubstantial) for the aspiring writer. I have not only enjoyed them, but have followed the advice contained within, and I have seen my own writing dramatically improve as a result. I have not yet read enough to be able to write with the distinction that I aim for - however I am hopefully at the start of the right track, rather than simply typing artless drivel into MS Word for my own deluded enjoyment.

These forums also seem to be a vast resource for aspiring writers - I was shocked to find how many professionals frequent these forums and give away their insights for free! After the occasional reading/writing session, I came here and could even empathise with some of the quirks of writing that the professionals described so eloquently.

I'm very surprised that a million more pests like me aren't swamping these boards.


altfeld
(member)
11/23/09 03:06 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello Dan, hello everybody else.
That’s my first appearance here on this forum.
So . . . eh . . .
“Hello together”.
Okay . . . that wasn’t difficult.
To be honest, Dan: I like your literary work as well as your band! Can you send a CD?
I hope I'll find the time to read Drood around Christmas. The best designed Hardcover in the German bookstores at the moment. Your oversea publisher has done a good job.
But at the moment I'm stuck in the middle of "Das Haus der vergessenen Kinder" - Fantelives knows what I mean, I guess \:\)


Jedi
(member)
11/24/09 06:50 PM
Re: Welcome

Hey guys! I am the one they call Jedi. Well, not really, but for all intents and purposes, that's what they call me. I'm one of those obsessed, insanity-drenched Star Wars fans they're always warning you about; as a matter of fact, I'm a moderator on the largest Star Wars message board in cyberspace.

Being a history/mythology nerd and utterly devoted to science-fiction in all of its aspects, it was Ilium that initially drew me to your work, Mr. Simmons. After that, it was easy. I haven't read anything of yours that I've disliked! I keep waiting for it to happen but...it never does. So congratulations on that; it's quite an accomplishment.
;\)


sdhonda
(veteran)
11/24/09 07:03 PM
Re: Welcome

We don't serve that kind around here. Your fandom, it'll have to wait outside, we don't want it here.

Just kidding, but seriously, most of the people here are not to big on Star wars. We have a somewhat more literate crowd here.

Nonetheless, welcome.


Jedi
(member)
11/24/09 11:33 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: sdhonda
Just kidding, but seriously, most of the people here are not to big on Star wars. We have a somewhat more literate crowd here.


Very literate. ;\)

I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself.


ScottSA
(CEO of the Hegemony)
11/24/09 11:57 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Jedi
 Originally Posted By: sdhonda
Just kidding, but seriously, most of the people here are not to big on Star wars. We have a somewhat more literate crowd here.


Very literate. ;\)

I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself.
Ouch.


sdhonda
(veteran)
11/25/09 12:22 AM
Re: Welcome

Well, uh, ya, um....

Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
11/26/09 01:08 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: altfeld
Hello Dan, hello everybody else.
That’s my first appearance here on this forum.
So . . . eh . . .
“Hello together”.
Okay . . . that wasn’t difficult.
To be honest, Dan: I like your literary work as well as your band! Can you send a CD?
I hope I'll find the time to read Drood around Christmas. The best designed Hardcover in the German bookstores at the moment. Your oversea publisher has done a good job.
But at the moment I'm stuck in the middle of "Das Haus der vergessenen Kinder" - Fantelives knows what I mean, I guess \:\)



Dan Simmons comments:

My band?

DS


ScottSA
(CEO of the Hegemony)
11/26/09 02:33 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Dan Simmons
 Originally Posted By: altfeld
Hello Dan, hello everybody else.
That’s my first appearance here on this forum.
So . . . eh . . .
“Hello together”.
Okay . . . that wasn’t difficult.
To be honest, Dan: I like your literary work as well as your band! Can you send a CD?
I hope I'll find the time to read Drood around Christmas. The best designed Hardcover in the German bookstores at the moment. Your oversea publisher has done a good job.
But at the moment I'm stuck in the middle of "Das Haus der vergessenen Kinder" - Fantelives knows what I mean, I guess \:\)



Dan Simmons comments:

My band?

DS
Uhoh...the games up. I'm sorry Dan, it wasn't my fault. A bunch of us were sitting around one night with, you know, Ringo and Yoko, and some guy named Richard with curly hair who claimed to have made some exercize videos, and thinking it would be cool to revive the Beatles. Of course that wasn't possible with most of them either dead or getting financially raped by exwives, so we knew the name wouldn't fly.

Well, turns out this Richard guy can sing, or so he told us at the time...Jsun is the one who agreed with him, in case you were wondering...but for some reason unbeknownst to me, no one else wanted Richard to use his own first name. Lasombra said something about him prancing around stage in shiny tight pants, and everyone seemed to agree.

I of course didn't have a clue what they were talking about, so you can see that I didn't have anything to do with subsequent events, but the upshot is that we sort of borrowed your name...well Jsun did anyway...because you had the same last name as this Richard character. Lasombra, the big money manager, said not to tell you because then you'd want royalties or something.

Anyway, that's the story. Lasombra and Jsun are trying to make me lie, but I never would.


altfeld
(member)
11/26/09 03:19 PM
Re: Welcome

Just in case you've forgotten, here I repeat your words: 'Hi and welcome but . . . just a fan of my literary work? What about my band, man? I put most of my time and energy into my music these days.

Fans. Sheesh.

DS'

Do you remember? What is it's name? "The Kids of Kali"? Would be nice to hear a sample on your homepage ;\)


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
12/01/09 01:43 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons comments:


Oh, that band.

We've gone our separate ways due to . . . to . . . creative differences. Yeah, that's it, due to creative differences. (Never mind the feuds about drugs 'n sex and liner credits and the fact that that talentless b**ch Yoko kept sitting in on all the recording sessions.)

DS


altfeld
(member)
12/01/09 04:53 PM
Re: Welcome

Oh, sorry to hear that. In this case I'll gonna read one of your books soon. The next one will be probably Drood.
My wife made a mistake today - she told me that among my christmas presents there could be a hardcover book. To be honest: my list of wishes is long, but there are only two hardcovers on this list at all. One of them is Drood. The other one is . . . well, never mind, just another American writer.

I'm always been keen about the 19th century and I love books that are playing in this time period. So I bet it will be Drood. Can't wait for x-mas.
PS: you wanna hear a song of 'my' band?


Peedee
(enthusiast)
12/13/09 10:56 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello. My name's Peter, and I have been reading my way around these forums for a couple of months now, like some creepy person standing just outside your window and watching your television.

I'm afraid I have a complete lack of band, and am now worried that perhaps this is a requirement for being a participant around here? I shall form one immediately. My inability to play an instrument, or sing, or have any other band members, will be seen as ironic and progressive.

I first discovered Dan Simmons through the Harlan Ellison documentary "Dreams with Sharp Teeth," in which Harlan first praises the novel "Song of Kali" and later, features Dan talking about Harlan. Ten minutes of book-hunting led me to Drood, and The Terror and others. (Drood floored me, The Terror brutalized me, the Joe Kurtz books make me want to swear and drink more, and Ilium/Olympos are gleeful fun).

I spent a long chunk of time reading through the Writing Well installments. I'm not much for writing articles, having been soured long ago by too many articles with titles like "How YOU can make YOUR query letter SELL NOW!" or guff like "TOP TEN ways to make your FIRST PAGE SIZZLE!" or so on. But I was terribly impressed by the Writing Well articles, because they were nuts-and-bolts looks at writing, and they cared about the READING and the WRITING. I adored them.

I'm ALSO not much for writing forums, having spent too long and been too jaded by a couple of writing forums, where the main activity is Having Opinions About Writing...but no one seems to actually WRITE or READ. And if they do write, it's because they aspire toward the mythic literary heights of Stephanie Meyer, or something. I write every-damn-day and I enjoy it, even the bad days (better to have a fight with something you care about, I figure) and I read at least two books a week (and sometimes, a lot more). The point is, I was terribly impressed when I wandered in here and discovered that everyone seemed to have a similar opinion toward writing and reading. I was pleased to be reading through discussions that were as intelligent and interesting as the Writing Well installments.

And...that's the end of my cheerful wave hello. I can't stay and say anything else. I have to go start that band. Heavy metal xylophone. That'll be our "thing."


dsp
(member)
12/17/09 01:55 PM
Re: Welcome

Hey guys and gals.
My name is Daniel.
Just registered. New Dan Simmons fan. Reading The Terror now and love it. It was -15 last week here in Montana, but reading about the arctic -50 had me relatively grateful.

I teach a senior high school English class in the morning called World Biography (focusing on Afghanistan now with A Woman Among Warlords); and, in the afternoon, I run an art/music/dance non-profit scholarship group in coordination with the local stages, symphony, dance studios, and school district.

See you around the forum.
dsp


Gilbert Huey
(enthusiast)
12/17/09 07:51 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello Simmons forum,

My name is Gilbert Huey and I've been lurking on this forum since its earliest incarnation. I've been a fan of Mr. Simmons since Hyperion hit the bookstores. I chose Dan as the author who I would assemble the "complete" collection of his works and I've been working toward that goal for several years now. Not only do I enjoy reading his books but I enjoy owning them, looking at them on my bookshelf, hunting for that elusive ARC or limited edition, etc. The Subterranean Press editions are wonderful. Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself.

Gilbert


Jason_Boyd
(enthusiast)
12/18/09 07:33 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello all,

I've been around here, mostly lurking, a few years now. I too have been a fan of Mr. Simmons since spotting Hyperion in 1993, and have read a good 80% of his published works. I would love to be able to claim that I'm any sort of writer, but I'm still working on being more of a reader.

I only learned well after graduating college that I had some sort of lexical learning... disability of sorts that helped explain years of painfully slow reading and writing. I've always had an easier time absorbing ideas non-verbally -- I'm an artist, a (non-ironic) musician, and a movie nut. Of course this has made me particularly vulnerable to the hyper-connected, "reality-based", incessantly babbling modern media, what with all the bright shiny things and buttons to click on. In recent years work has also got in the way of reading. (I lead a Dilbert-like existence of modern-day indentured servitude, which unfortunately pays pretty well). Long story short, I'm not well-read. I'm lucky if I can read 10 books a year. I've never read Melville, Dickens, Byron, and so many others. I could write a book about what I don't know about literature.

What was my point? Sorry, I had to update my Facebook status. Oh, right -- I was saying that Dan Simmons re-awakened my interest in reading. He led me to Keats (a wonderful rediscovery), Shakespeare's sonnets, Twain, Hemingway, and, I am beginning to fear, The Canon. Don't get me wrong -- I'd still rather read a good juicy book about psychic Nazi vampires that killed John Lennon than some dusty tome like War and Peace. So I'm sticking with the English writers. I can handle that, keep it under control. I can stop anytime...

Anyway, hello. My name is Jason and I'm a Dan Simmons fan.


JohnStephen
(Super User)
12/18/09 07:46 PM
Re: Welcome

Gabba gabba hey! and all that.

OK, that's my all-encompassing welcome to everyone from me.

P.S. And for Pete's sake, don't fret about not having read enough of the classics, I'm a near-illiterate and you're making me self-conscious.


Clare
(old hand)
12/18/09 07:48 PM
Re: Welcome

"I lead a Dilbert-like existence of modern-day indentured servitude, which unfortunately pays pretty well."

Anyone who comes out with a sentence like that is someone I, for one, welcome as an electronic companion. Good to meet you, Jason.

Clare


jmill
(Full Shrike)
12/19/09 10:56 AM
Re: Welcome


And a hello to Gilbert Huey as well!


Bellis_Coldwine
(Pooh-Bah)
12/19/09 03:14 PM
Re: Welcome

And to dsp: Hello, dsp.

Matt P
(enthusiast)
12/25/09 05:16 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello everyone, and Merry Christmas (or happy holidays, to any non-celebratory types). It's the 26th down here at the moment, but we're a few hours ahead of most.

I just wanted to pop my head in and introduce myself. My name is Matt, as you may have gathered, and I'm a long-time fan of Mr. Simmons' writing. I'm here because I've been doing my best to follow the Writing Well series, and because I see that the community seems to have interesting discussions that spin off from it.

As I've only recently learned enough to realize I know nothing, I figure I can use any help that's available. I'm hoping that perhaps the lot of you can inspire some motivation on my part, and hit me with the kwatz-stick when it becomes necessary.

Cheers!


Sara Dean
(member)
01/04/10 06:28 PM
Re: Welcome

I just meandered into the proper place for my introduction. Hello, all!

My name is Sara,I'm a big fan of Dan Simmons but haven't yet begun to read all of his works yet. However, I plan to.

I'm actually currently using all four Hyperion novels as the basis of my Master's thesis. Something I should be working on right now in fact, but instead decided to meander in the halls of the muse for a time before going back to it.

Anyhow, just wanted to say a hearty hello here to all. I do love reading and involving myself in the discourse of the day.


JohnStephen
(Super User)
01/08/10 02:41 AM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Sara Dean

I'm actually currently using all four Hyperion novels as the basis of my Master's thesis.


Now THAT I'd like to read.

Welcome aboard.


J.Christopher
(member)
01/11/10 12:38 AM
Re: Welcome

Just a friendly howdy from a Tennessean here. I figured I had been lurking long enough that it was time to pop up and give my greetings. Love all the books by Dan that I have read.

Stay thirsty my friends.


playdo3
(member)
01/23/10 07:38 PM
Re: Welcome

Hey Dan....
Hi. i discovered you and your world not too long ago and i've found myself unfortunately reading The Rise of Endymion very very slowly...See i have this problem when I discover authors as great as you..I JUST DON't WAN'T IT TO END. I also have Olympos by my bedside since that is a two book installment I decided to not end it so soon and read The Rise of Endymion...of course both books are different...but i just can't get enough and eventually it will end. Just one question and one wish Mr. Simmons....will you ever write another saga like Hyeprion or ilium??? you have talent where you can actually make these books go as far as many other series...ie: Dune, Lord of the Rings, etc. Will there be another Sci-Fi series in the future?? I love your work man...and thanks. I know your busy but would love to get a response....Play DOe...aka...Jorge


gaspodethetwd
(member)
02/02/10 01:24 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello Mr. Simmons,

You have been an influence on my life and inspiration!

Thank you,

John @ Microsoft Corporation


Coop
(member)
02/18/10 01:33 PM
Re: Welcome

I'm late saying hi as I joined last week.

Mr Simmons - You are one of the best writers I have ever had the pleasure of encountering. J.R.R. Tolkein, Terry Brooks, and yourself are the three main authors I have grown up with, and the Hyperion Cantos is a series I have read and re-read multiple times.

I work in IT. It really strikes me as our technology advances how much of a parallel really exists between our adaptation of technology, how quickly it develops and our growing dependency on it. I remember a time, as I am sure you do as well when we didn't have computers, internet, and cell phones. When these things fail us - we don't seem to know what to do anymore, how to function without it!

This was an ongoing theme of your Cantos - The Technocore and dependency of Humanity upon it.

I am privileged to be a part of your online forum and I think it's really cool that you are an active contributor here.


Greg Houston
(member)
03/02/10 07:04 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello Mr. Simmons, and hello to everyone else. I've been a reader on these forums for many months, and I made my account here today. You all have had many excellent discussions here. I'm sure there will be many more, and I hope someday I'll be able to contribute something of value to them.

Hyperion was my first Dan Simmons book. I'd heard it was a wonderful book, so I bought a copy and began reading it. The story was packed with so many interesting people and ideas, and it was told so well, that I could not stop reading once I had started. I read straight through until I reached Sol Weintraub's tale. I did come up for air then; I had a feeling in my gut that something powerful was ahead, and I wanted to be prepared for it. I'm glad I came to his story refreshed, and that I didn't plow on through it. Sol's story was real magic. I finished it, set the book down, took a deep breath. I was shaking my head, and not because Sol's story was so well-crafted, or because the writing was so beautiful (both of those things are true), but just because...poor, poor Sol. I grieved for him, and his wife, and his daughter. I felt as if he'd been sitting on my chair and telling me the story himself, and that maybe he'd just stepped out for a second to check on his girl. After I came around, another part of me -- the part that wants to write professionally -- thought, "You can do that with words?" I've never fallen so deeply into the reader's trance, and until I read the Scholar's Tale, I don't think I had a proper appreciation for the power of the word (after reading everything Mr. Simmon's has written in his Writing Well series, I suspect I still don't).

I waited about fifteen minutes before I began reading again. It was about three in the morning. I turned the page, and I was puzzled by what I saw there. I read the first few words, then I flipped ahead a few more pages and read a few more words. I was even more puzzled. I went back to the first new page after Sol's story and read it very carefully, to see what I was missing. Nothing. I flipped ahead about one hundred pages and read, and then I figured it out.

I set the book down and stared at it. I picked it up and put it back on my bookshelf, then stared at it some more. I considered throwing it out the window.

Every page after Sol's story was a copy of the pages that had come directly before it, printed in reverse order. It was a printing error, of course, and in any other book I would have recognized it right away. But I thought it was some sort of experimental literary technique, and that the book was "aging backwards," like Rachel! This might seem like a very stupid conclusion to come to; my excuse is that it was three in the morning and I wasn't thinking clearly, and the book was recommended to me by a friend who would really get a kick out of this sort of trick. I finally picked up the book again and flipped ahead farther than I had before, and then I realized it was a misprint. The later pages were in the right order. I slept for about four hours, arrived at the bookstore before it opened, swapped my copy for a complete copy and finished reading in my car, in the mall parking lot, about four hours later.

I have read many of your books since Hyperion, Mr. Simmons, and they are all excellent. I feel like I could write for pages and pages about them. I'll spare everyone that, and just say that I think my favorite is probably Drood (although this is a tough call). I'm happy to have found your work while still young; I'll have time to reread your books, and to think about them, and to learn from them. I'd like to thank you for the enjoyment you've given me, and for what's to come.

My real name is Greg Houston, by the way. I thought I'd use my real name here, so I wouldn't be tempted by anonymity into posting something sloppy or moronic. I'm 22, from Buffalo NY, and I'm currently reading through the Joe Kurtz books. I had no idea they were set in Buffalo when I began reading them; I did a double take when Ted's was mentioned. There is something surreal about reading a story set in your own hometown, while in your hometown. There's this weird overlap between what I read and what I see everyday. It's not something I've ever experienced before, and it's entertaining. It's also nice to know that someone outside of Buffalo knows about Buffalo.

Anyways, hello once again! I'm sorry for the length of my introductory post. Thanks for reading!


jmill
(Full Shrike)
03/02/10 09:27 PM
Re: Welcome


Welcome aboard, Mr. Houston!

p.s. - I can't wait to be able to use the expression "Houston, we have a problem".


VEZI
(veteran)
03/03/10 06:53 AM
Re: Welcome

Roger that, John.

Welcome Greg!


Jack the Pin
(enthusiast)
03/18/10 09:39 AM
Re: Welcome



greetings,

I'm brand spanking new to this forum, and have read only the three most recent works by mr. simmons. However, I find his novels to be exhilarating and exceptional in their execution and imaginative scope. I'm pleased and proud to be here, and I'm looking forward to some lively discussions--not right away, of course, because I need to learn the forum ropes before I get my feet wet. P.S. I mix metaphors the way Julia Child mixes cake batter--fast and often.


**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
03/20/10 10:56 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi. I started reading Dan Simmons when I picked up CARRION COMFORT in 1989. I love his books and have read them all except for about a half dozen of the hardcore sci-fi ones. I'm just not real into sci fi, though I will get around to them eventually.

ezestreets
(enthusiast)
03/22/10 04:24 PM
Re: Welcome

Greetings. I've been lurking about this site for several months trying to get the lay of the land. I'm a huge fan of Mr. DS, and thought that it was time I registered. If and when I feel I have something intelligent to share with this community, you will hear from me again

Little John
(old hand)
03/22/10 04:55 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome ezestreets!

If we all waited until we had something intelligent to share, this place would be a lot quieter, and probably not 56% as much fun. Jump on in - the water's fine!


rsqst
(member)
04/20/10 04:56 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi all,

I Just finished the Hyperion Cantos! Big fan. Excited to dive into discussions here.

Nathan


**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
04/20/10 05:40 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi Nathan!

Hope you're not too near Mt. Vesuvius... some folks are saying that man-made global warming is causing earthquakes and volcanoes to shake and spew...


JM Mathis
(enthusiast)
05/27/10 05:10 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello Everyone,

I look forward to participating on the forum and meeting all of you.

Jack Mathis


Aaron P
(enthusiast)
05/27/10 08:11 PM
Re: Welcome

G'day Jack -- and welcome to the fun!

Aaron.


Dantes
(member)
06/09/10 04:44 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello all, I look forward to enjoying this forum.
I've been a fan of Dan for a couple of years and of book's in general since I was knee high to a grass hopper!


Tim
(member)
06/11/10 01:54 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi, Dan and All. I have just now completed my first of your books, Black Hills. I have read many excellent books in my 59 years and it is certainly one of the very best.

I am sure I will be reading more. Thank you.

Tim


Alex1980
(member)
07/07/10 04:13 AM
Re: Welcome

Excuse me, where i can discuss the art of mr.Simmons?

Alex1980
(member)
07/07/10 04:19 AM
Re: Welcome

Ooops, i think i can do it right here :-)
So, what do you think about "Terror"?


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
07/07/10 12:48 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Alex1980
Ooops, i think i can do it right here :-)
So, what do you think about "Terror"?


Dan Simmons comments:

Well, I for one thought The Terror was a masterpiece of 21st Century fiction, Alex1980. And I dare anyone here to say otherwise.

Seriously, to get the full effect of this forum's comments, start a thread about anything you want to discuss on whichever of the three forums you think most appropriate for it. (The On Writing Well forum is for general and specific writing topics. This General Discussion thread is indeed a good place for your query, but we tend to stay polite and light here. For real brawls, ask the question on the Hot Button Issues forum -- but be sure to bring a broken bottle and brass knuckles to the debate.)

Welcome to the forum.

Dan S.


Allyn
(member)
07/18/10 04:45 PM
Re: Welcome

First, this is great that I am part of a forum managed by one of my favorite authors!

Second, "The Terror" was actually my first novel by Dan Simmons I read. I listened to it on audio and fell in love with the voice of the narrator and the content of the book. I was just discovering historical fiction and was enthralled by the book. I, too, think is a masterpiece. I purchased the hardback copy and am still looking for the audio book read by John Lee.

Third, I just purchased a book today at Half Price Books of "Children of the Night". I opened it up (still in the store) and found that the cover was "Children of the Night" by Dan Simmons but the contents was "The Glory Game" by Janet Dailey. I purchased it anyway as it is a significant misprint and the fact that the cover is one of Dan Simmons books. Although I was appalled that the publishers put a romance book in the cover of a horror novel so I cannot even read the incorrect book...I do not do romance.

Has anyone else ever encountered this type of error?

Dan,

Hope you get to feeling better. I know that I would rather have you rest for a couple of years and get better than to try to satisfy the publishers. I can always go back and read "The Terror" again! \:\)

P.S. I do not normally purchase books at Half Price of my favorite authors unless it is one that has already been published and I am just discovering the author. I did purchase "Carrion Comfort", "Drood", and "Black Hills" brand new. I believe in supporting my favorite authors and actors.


Alex1980
(member)
07/19/10 01:39 AM
Re: Welcome

Well, my english is not so good for translating all this text right, but i think that was a very courious occurrence with the wrong book in a bookstore.
"The Terror" wasn`t my first work of D.S. The first i read trilogy (at least in russian edition it was a trilogy) "Summer night", "Children of the Night" and "Winter ghosts" (excuse my literal translation from russian). I think, that "Burning Edem" (literal translation) is the same serial, isn`t it mr. S.? Thanks to you Dan, i`ve read some stories of M.Twen.

P.S. So, Allyn how did you like "The Glory Game"?


Tekmerc
(member)
07/20/10 06:03 AM
Re: Welcome

Just to say "Afternoon" to everyone, and to indicate that my introduction to all things Dan Simmons (hello, Dan!) was completed this morning, with the final pages of Ilium, and did it have the hairs standing up on the back of my forearms (the requisite sign for me that what you have just read is a real winner)!

I really appreciate it when authors offer the opportunity to interact with them, and go to the lengths therefore of moderating their own forum (another one is M. John Harrison). Thanks a lot, and i look forward to understanding and learning more here.

All best,

Tek


Allyn
(member)
07/21/10 06:58 AM
Re: Welcome

Alex, I did not read "The Glory Game". It is a romance book by Janet Dailey and I do not do strictly romance. I purchased the book simply because it had a Dan Simmons cover over the Janet Dailey pages. I was hoping the book was another horror so I could at least read it but I read so many romance books when I was young that I cannot read them anymore. I do not mind if there is romance in a book but when it is in the category of romance I do not read them.

Sorry, I cannot give you any input on it.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
07/21/10 11:21 AM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Allyn
First, this is great that I am part of a forum managed by one of my favorite authors!

Second, "The Terror" was actually my first novel by Dan Simmons I read. I listened to it on audio and fell in love with the voice of the narrator and the content of the book. I was just discovering historical fiction and was enthralled by the book. I, too, think is a masterpiece. I purchased the hardback copy and am still looking for the audio book read by John Lee.

Third, I just purchased a book today at Half Price Books of "Children of the Night". I opened it up (still in the store) and found that the cover was "Children of the Night" by Dan Simmons but the contents was "The Glory Game" by Janet Dailey. I purchased it anyway as it is a significant misprint and the fact that the cover is one of Dan Simmons books. Although I was appalled that the publishers put a romance book in the cover of a horror novel so I cannot even read the incorrect book...I do not do romance.

Has anyone else ever encountered this type of error?

Dan,

Hope you get to feeling better. I know that I would rather have you rest for a couple of years and get better than to try to satisfy the publishers. I can always go back and read "The Terror" again! \:\)

P.S. I do not normally purchase books at Half Price of my favorite authors unless it is one that has already been published and I am just discovering the author. I did purchase "Carrion Comfort", "Drood", and "Black Hills" brand new. I believe in supporting my favorite authors and actors.



Dan Simmons comments:

Welcome to the forum.

Oddly enough, Janet Dailey is my literary agent Richard Curtis's primary client. Sounds like some sort of conspiracy is afoot here.

DS


Allyn
(member)
07/21/10 10:02 PM
Re: Welcome

You are too funny!

I just finished reading "Carrion Comfort". Amazing! I went into my daughter's room after I finished and said "he's a genius."

How are you feeling, Mr. Simmons?


Alex1980
(member)
07/22/10 02:36 AM
Re: Welcome

Hey, Allyn, about Janet Dailey - it was a joke!

Allyn
(member)
07/23/10 07:44 PM
Re: Welcome

Thank you, Alex. I understood. That is why I said Mr. Simmons is funny. I asked how he was doing because of the comments he made on his web site.

Thank you for the clarification.


Allyn
(member)
07/27/10 09:29 PM
Re: Welcome

So, Tek, did you like "Ilium"? I have been wanting to read it but I am reading Dan Simmons' horror stories right now. Not to mention they are so in depth that I have to take a break after reading each one. Are you going to dive into the next one or wait a little while?

Briarius
(enthusiast)
09/03/10 06:09 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi everyone \:\) first things first: my english isn't that good ( I'm from germany), so please be gentle with my comments. I just finished Hyperion and Endymion, all 4 books, and I can't get enough of it. I see myself as a grown up, just like Raul Endymion at the beginning of his adventure, I'm 27 years old. But those books have touched me so deeply, that i have to ask this:

Is there any possibility to see another book of Raul and Aenea? Here in germany, we have to wait a long time for Dan's books and I hoped so much to see another Book, that pushes the story to the next level. Till then, I will read Ilium and hope it will have a similar effect on me.


Jobiska
( Shrike-in-training)
09/03/10 08:47 AM
Re: Welcome

Welcome to the forum, Briarius. Don't worry about your English -- it is much better than my rusty old German.

jobiska


Briarius
(enthusiast)
09/03/10 09:07 AM
Re: Welcome

Thank you jobiska. I would like to see/read some of your rusty old German ;\)

Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
09/07/10 12:15 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Briarius
Hi everyone \:\) first things first: my english isn't that good ( I'm from germany), so please be gentle with my comments. I just finished Hyperion and Endymion, all 4 books, and I can't get enough of it. I see myself as a grown up, just like Raul Endymion at the beginning of his adventure, I'm 27 years old. But those books have touched me so deeply, that i have to ask this:

Is there any possibility to see another book of Raul and Aenea? Here in germany, we have to wait a long time for Dan's books and I hoped so much to see another Book, that pushes the story to the next level. Till then, I will read Ilium and hope it will have a similar effect on me.


Dan Simmons writes:

Welcome to the forum, Briarius. We look forward to reading your posts and hope you take part in the various dialogues here.

As for another novel about Raul, Aenea, et. al. . . . no. I've vowed to write no more novels set in the Hyperion universe. As you might guess, all evidence suggests that I could have spent the rest of my career (i.e. life) writing Hyperion-books and made a very good living at it (readers enjoy going back to familiar places), but it's not the sort of writing career I wanted. I'd rather fail while trying new things -- telling new tales in new ways -- than succeed in what inevitably turns into telling the same story over and over.

However, although I've promised not to write more novels set in the Hyperion universe, I never vowed not to write interlinked stories or novelettes or novellas set there. (Not about Aenea, Raul, et. al. -- their tale is told - but perhaps about their son, Petyr, the Shrike, and events in the decades and even centuries following the Shared Moment.)

How does the title SHRIKE QUINCUNX sound? (That bad, huh?)

Welcome to the forum(s).

Dan S.


Briarius
(enthusiast)
09/07/10 01:13 PM
Re: Welcome

Thank you for the warm welcome, Dan. That sounds familiar - just like that old poet in your books, and his never ending story about the old earth \:\) I've just read Ilum (great book aswell) and going on and buy Olympos.

And a Story about their son sounds great, maybe he tells the story about kassad and the shirke ;\)

I guess, I'm a little relieved that there is no more suffering for Aenea and Roul, at least if she didn't cheat on Raul and gives birth to a litte Shirke - I guess that would hurt a "little". And again, sorry for my bad English. I will practise, promised! ;\)

Mirko


NiñoViento
(enthusiast)
10/13/10 02:03 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi there!, as a fan of Mr. Simmons writtings, it has been great to discover his website and this forum. I also apologize for my English (my mother tongue is Spanish).

NV


jmill
(Full Shrike)
10/13/10 08:52 AM
Re: Welcome


Willkommen, NiñoViento! Your Inglés es muy bien.


Little John
(old hand)
10/13/10 11:37 AM
Re: Welcome

¡Bienvenido!

Feel free to jump in at any time and show us your duende. ;\)


NiñoViento
(enthusiast)
10/14/10 03:01 AM
Re: Welcome

Thanks jmill and Little John. Funny, though. I've come across with the "duende" expression before but, until now, I didn't give it much attention :-).

NV


Enright
(Super User)
10/20/10 01:21 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Briarius
Thank you for the warm welcome, Dan. That sounds familiar - just like that old poet in your books, and his never ending story about the old earth \:\) I've just read Ilum (great book aswell) and going on and buy Olympos.

And a Story about their son sounds great, maybe he tells the story about kassad and the shirke ;\)

I guess, I'm a little relieved that there is no more suffering for Aenea and Roul, at least if she didn't cheat on Raul and gives birth to a litte Shirke - I guess that would hurt a "little". And again, sorry for my bad English. I will practise, promised! ;\)

Mirko


Hey Briarius, thought you might be amused by the following story:

I was in the dressing room at the gymnasium at the University of California at Berkeley, and I heard these two young German guys speaking to each other, but I don't know German, so I couldn't understand what they were saying, except that every other word seemed to be "Tour de France," so I knew that they were big fans of that, as they were very animated about it. Anyway, their language sounded so great, I walked up to them and said, "That sure is a beautiful-sounding language that you are speaking." They thanked me for that, and then one of them smiled at me, and said, "Can you guess what language it is?"

I hesitated for a moment, and then said, "Sprechen Sie Tour de France?"

Well, they just howled. They thought that was the funniest thing ever.

Jim


Briarius
(enthusiast)
10/20/10 02:13 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi there Jim, it sure is a funny story! I guess many Germans are big Fans of the "Tour de France", except me ;\) My question is: did you know the meaning of those words: "sprechen sie"? \:\)

Mirko


John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
10/20/10 02:15 PM
Re: Welcome

It's 'sprechen Sie', isn't it? If I remember my high school Deutsch, you capitalize the formal 'sie'.

Briarius
(enthusiast)
10/20/10 02:22 PM
Re: Welcome

Yes, your right John! But the german grammar is very complicated, even for some Germans ;\) I never thought they teach you "Deutsch" in some high schools.

John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
10/20/10 02:25 PM
Re: Welcome

Ich habe drei Jahre Deutsch gelernt. But I'm rusty.

Enright
(Super User)
10/20/10 02:28 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Briarius
Hi there Jim, it sure is a funny story! I guess many Germans are big Fans of the "Tour de France", except me ;\) My question is: did you know the meaning of those words: "sprechen sie"? \:\)

Mirko


Yes, I knew what the words meant, but that was all I knew. It just worked beautifully. I'd even have to think about how to say "hello" in the language, but I did recognize right away that they were speaking German. And I was sincere about liking the sound of the language. It seemed beautiful.

Jim


Briarius
(enthusiast)
10/21/10 02:43 AM
Re: Welcome

Wow John! Ich habe 15 Jahre Deutsch gelernt and sometimes I have the feeling of being rusty too ;\)

Briarius
(enthusiast)
10/21/10 02:48 AM
Re: Welcome

Jim, to tell the truth I never heard that someone love the sound of our language, so that alone is worth a smile \:\) but you have to know that the German language have so many dialect variations and some of them are so odd that I don't understand them, at least not much ;\)

Renaud
(member)
11/17/10 07:06 AM
Re: Welcome

Bonjour, à tous de la part d'un fan de la première heure de Dan Simmons.

A +


VEZI
(veteran)
11/17/10 07:35 AM
Re: Welcome

Ouaaaaais! Un nouveau francophone.

Bienvenue à bord Renaud \:\)


Renaud
(member)
11/18/10 04:27 AM
Re: Welcome

Il en faut un peu ;o)
Merci Christian.


Brookey
(enthusiast)
01/10/11 09:00 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi. I'm Brookey. I am just about finished with Rise of Endymion. I have read a lot of Dan Simmons in the past, but this series just blows me away. My oldest son is the one who got me into Simmons. Thank you, oldest son.

Leto2
(old hand)
01/12/11 10:58 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi. My name is Leto2. It's been over a year since my last post on this forum. Just stopping in for a moment to say "Hey" to anyone who remembers me who is not a <<social networking site>> friend. Happy New Year, all!

VEZI
(veteran)
01/12/11 11:06 AM
Re: Welcome

YAY! No need to introduce yourself Leto. No one forgot you.

I sure missed you a lot and it’s good to see you back here!


Leto2
(old hand)
01/12/11 11:08 AM
Re: Welcome

SQUEEEE! Where's the "Like" button? I want a "Like" button ...

VEZI
(veteran)
01/12/11 11:28 AM
Re: Welcome

WTF, LOL, ROFLMAO \:\)

Feeling at home now?


Leto2
(old hand)
01/12/11 11:31 AM
Re: Welcome

Haha, Vezi. I am SO thankful that forum members here attend to their spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

VEZI
(veteran)
01/12/11 11:34 AM
Re: Welcome

Now, if only "Peter" would come back...

Leto2
(old hand)
01/12/11 11:37 AM
Re: Welcome

Agreed. I certainly wish him well, wherever he may be.

Orullian
(member)
01/17/11 08:44 AM
Re: Welcome

Hey gang,

I wondered if any of you have contact info for Dan. My first novel is being published soon by Tor, and I've written Dan into my Acknowledgments. I'd like to get in touch with him, but the email address I have, I'm pretty sure, is outdated.

Glad to have anyone contact me offlist: vox1(at)hotmail.com.

Appreciate any help.

Thanks,
Peter


Brookey
(enthusiast)
01/24/11 06:16 PM
Re: Welcome

Is there some place here in this forum where we can see a picture of the other members? I'm just curious. It's nice to put a face to a name when I read a post.

Lasombra
(Terror)
01/24/11 07:56 PM
Re: Welcome

Gee, the only pic I had available was the shot used on my ID badge at work, so please forgive my not looking my best.




Shrike1
(veteran)
01/24/11 08:49 PM
Re: Welcome



I'm here in this time period for the moment...


Brookey
(enthusiast)
01/24/11 09:21 PM
Re: Welcome

So you're Georgie, eh? And you're in Phoenix? So am I. You aren't by any chance at the Phoenician again, are you? Ya know, Vinny doesn't work there anymore.

pfsmith
(Super User)
01/24/11 09:22 PM
Re: Welcome

Brookey: It has always been my understanding that this forum doesn't allow for pic uploads to be used as avatars. As for pictures as part of the sig line, my recollection is that it was discouraged as it might have had the tendency to cause certain users pages to load slower and be an overall drain on bandwidth. I have no idea if this is still the case. I've never had any problems here loading pages with pictures.

Brookey
(enthusiast)
01/24/11 10:21 PM
Re: Welcome

Oh. Okay. Sorry about that. It's gone.

John_Sunseri
(CEO of the Hegemony)
01/24/11 11:37 PM
Re: Welcome

That's what Facebook is for. If you're dying to see my mug, I'm at John Philip Sunseri II.

Brookey
(enthusiast)
01/25/11 02:08 AM
Re: Welcome

*shudders* I loathe FaceBook and MySpace and all those other websites. Way too much noise and commotion and nonsense. But here's my FB noise and commotion and nonsense, in the event anyone is interested: Brookey's FB Full of Noise and Commotion and Nonsense...

Geo
(Super User)
01/27/11 09:35 AM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: john_sunseri
That's what Facebook is for. If you're dying to see my mug, I'm at John Philip Sunseri II.


Apparently Sunseri is a cat.


Leto2
(old hand)
01/27/11 09:41 AM
Re: Welcome

Irrefutable proof that an infinite number of cats with an infinite number of PCs CAN generate in excess of 11,000 English language internet forum posts.

Bellis_Coldwine
(Pooh-Bah)
01/27/11 12:16 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Leto2
Irrefutable proof that an infinite number of cats with an infinite number of PCs CAN generate in excess of 11,000 English language internet forum posts.


Ha!


Brian_Barlow
(enthusiast)
01/27/11 12:25 PM
Re: Welcome

"If you think what your friends say on facebook is trivial, the problem is not facebook, it is your choice of friends."

I can't recall where I read that, but there is at least some element of truth in it.


Ray C.
(enthusiast)
02/26/11 03:13 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi i'm Ray C. aka Ray Collins. I'v read A good percentage of your books (fukkin publishers half then time out of print the bastards)"Hyperion" kept me up all night. Then I had to drive to Carmel CA. when couldn't find "fall of . . " I was living in Santa Cruz. Anyway it's 3:12 in the morning so I decided to say HI. so Hi.

Luzifull33
(member)
03/01/11 02:21 AM
Re: Welcome

yess Ok Thankss1

Simply
(member)
04/08/11 05:16 PM
Re: Welcome

herrow

Shrike1
(veteran)
05/18/11 09:42 AM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: jsmith7
Hello! I'm new here! Glad to be here as well. Totally excited to see everyone and meet everyone here. \:D


Howdy! Always nice to meet new Simmons readers.

Greg


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
06/03/11 05:31 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons writes:

Hello and welcome to "jsmith7" and our other new forum members. We hope you live long, prosper here, and enjoy all the debates, discussions, and wildly varied threads on our fairly widely varied sub-forums here. Enjoy!

DS


**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
06/10/11 05:37 AM
Re: Welcome

Well, hello everyone

What I have in common with you lot is that I like Mr.Simmons's kind of speculative fiction. I prefer hard science fiction, which, unlike spec fic sometimes tries to imagine how an actual future may look, and doesn't just explore present day or timeless themes with SF tropes.

But I like spec fic too. My second favorite kind of fiction.
I've read all of Mr.Simmons's older books, except for the Terror which I found boring-a bunch of doomed men stuck on ice and dreadful.

Not the monster, the cold. I cannot bear freezing weather due to peculiar biology, on the other hand, I tolerate hot and humid weather very well. Strolling around in direct sunshine when it's 100F.. pleasant for me.

But seeing snow covered forests or plains makes me shiver. I'm very prone to frostbite, unless I keep running in such temperatures.

My favorite books Mr.Simmons has written are Song of Kali, Hyperion, and Carrion Comfort.
My other favorite authors are Alastair Reynolds, Greg Egan, Peter Watts, Iain Banks, Richard Morgan and Charles Stross.

I'm bit of an oddball. I'm not a psychopath, though I sometimes get accused of being one, for reasons connected to my unsettling stare and odd ideas. I'm a vocal proponent of public impalement: is more just, humane and effective than the bullet or life in prison without parole.

What I share with psychopaths are certain 'emotional deficiencies'.

Psychopaths are obviously human (for what that's worth), but they lack a number of emotions and features, like automatic conscience, empathy(they know how to hurt us, but they never feel our pain), love, etc.. (those are the chief ones). For those interested in them, psychopaths blog too.

My conscience is okay, but I don't consciously experience certain emotions, namely 'love' and 'kinship'(towards others, I'm a loner). Love affects me, but I rarely if ever feel it. On the other hand, if I know I'm going to meet people I like, I feel joyful.

Empathy too, doesn't really affect me. I mean, I can imagine how someone feels, on the other hand, death of anyone who isn't important to me just doesn't register. I mean, 9/11? Hundreds of thousands of strangers die prematurely every year, due to malice or stupidity? Why should that make me very sad?

Tens of thousands of people someone loves die every day. My own great-grandparents and half of my grandparents are dead, and even though I'm certain I'd love knowing them, I don't feel sad.
Death is a fact of (natural) life, and will be with us as long as we remain just human.

My english is not good and not my native language. My family has moved around a lot when I was younger, and I was mostly raised by myself, as my parents were too busy with their careers. About half of the time I keep thinking in English, as it's the language I use most of the time. Shame I can't be bothered to learn it's grammar properly.

Enough about me. I'll post from time to time, mainly when it'll look like you lot are completely off the mark in something.
I almost joined back in '06, when this board was seemingly completely oblivious to the then existing housing bubble.

I'll also join in when the big H word will come up. H stands for humanity, and I'm willing to bet humanity is a concept that's very contentious.

Some people actually think that everyone who doesn't share their kind of emotional life isn't like.. human, and is 'inhuman', thus firmly in the company of mass killers, even though such a person may be a harmless recluse who has never willingly hurt anyone. Can you believe that?


ScottSA
(CEO of the Hegemony)
06/10/11 09:20 AM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Stirlitz
Enough about me. I'll post from time to time, mainly when it'll look like you lot are completely off the mark in something.
Adiablo. Watch the door on your way out - someone stole the impact padding so it slams loudly. Probably Jsun.


Jobiska
( Shrike-in-training)
06/10/11 11:34 AM
Re: Welcome

"Stirlitz, you're like a werewolf. How can I believe what you say when you have so many different faces?" SEVENTEEN MOMENTS OF SPRING

As he left the bar, Stirlitz received a strong blow in the back of his head. Turning around, he saw it was the pavement.

I always liked Stirlitz jokes.

jobiska


**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
06/10/11 11:37 AM
Re: Welcome

My favorite one is this:

Hitler arrives at a secret meeting and sees that by the door there's a huge armored cabinet.
Hitler, incensed :"What the hell's that?"
Müller replies: "Stirlitz brought this .. it's the latest in soviet miniaturized bugging equipment... "
Führer, fuming: "So why haven't you removed it?"
Müller: "We tried, but no one is strong enough to move it away.."


Jobiska
( Shrike-in-training)
06/10/11 11:47 AM
Re: Welcome

I'm suddenly ashamed that it's my favorite as well.

Sadly, though, good taste in Stirlitz jokes doesn't cure your many-faced werewolfism.

jobiska


VEZI
(veteran)
06/10/11 12:19 PM
Re: Welcome

Indeed Tantine. I fear our new friend is a Troll...

**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
06/11/11 10:40 AM
Re: Welcome

The rumor that I've been banned from StormFront for quoting the wrong kind of Nietzsche quotes to the fine white identity people there is almost but not quite baseless.

Matt
(addict)
06/11/11 11:23 AM
Re: Welcome

This will not end well.

ezestreets
(enthusiast)
06/11/11 11:36 AM
Re: Welcome

Yes it will. They always self destruct.

Jobiska
( Shrike-in-training)
06/11/11 11:49 AM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: ezestreets
Yes it will. They always self destruct.


I know it's rude to tell the same joke twice (even a Stirlitz joke) so I'll refrain, but I concur.

jobiska


**DONOTDELETE**
(member)
06/12/11 04:49 AM
Re: Welcome

I appreciate your deft attempts at reverse psychology. ;\)

I'll try to stick to a scoped rifle approach instead of my usual grenade-launcher tactic, as this is a more civilized place. Says so right in the board rules.

It's very true that good marksmanship, like good commenting, takes patience, calm, and skill and getting it exactly right.

Thanks!


PatricK
(enthusiast)
06/14/11 02:18 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello everyone!

Since I really enjoyed all the Simmons books I read so far I thought I gave this Forum a try \:\)

Just FYI, my first language is german and I had to discover that there are many post I don't fully understand... but I'll do my best ;\) Just give me a hint if you are all being sarcastic and I never notice that and wonder what strange points of view you have ;\)

What else to say?! My last Simmons book was Phases of Gravity (Monde, for me :)) and since I am quite a third culture kid I so loved it!

Well, it's good to be here!
- Patrick


Enright
(Super User)
06/14/11 09:34 AM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: PatricK
Hello everyone!

Since I really enjoyed all the Simmons books I read so far I thought I gave this Forum a try \:\)

Just FYI, my first language is german and I had to discover that there are many post I don't fully understand... but I'll do my best ;\) Just give me a hint if you are all being sarcastic and I never notice that and wonder what strange points of view you have ;\)

What else to say?! My last Simmons book was Phases of Gravity (Monde, for me :)) and since I am quite a third culture kid I so loved it!

Well, it's good to be here!
- Patrick


Welcome, Patrick. It's great that you are posting from Germany, and know these two languages, German and English. Reading and posting here will likely improve your English, too. I think that you will find that this is an interesting and informative forum in many ways. Enjoy!


PatricK
(enthusiast)
06/14/11 03:20 PM
Re: Welcome

Thank you, James \:\)

boris d
(member)
07/04/11 03:11 AM
Re: Welcome

Interesting link...

http://www.answering-islam.org/Authors/JR/Future/ch18_a_summary_of_comparisons.htm

You know, maybe Dan and I could write a novel about it.

Among other things...


Dave_the_Proc
(enthusiast)
08/25/11 02:11 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi folks.

Since breaking a long standing lurking silence, I thought I should perhaps drop by the "Welcome" thread and properly introduce myself (in good old-fashioned first-day-in-the-new-job style).

My name is Dave, and I hail from the schizophrenic north-east corner of Ireland, specifically the bit where we used to build boats that sometimes didn't sink.

I've been lurking in these parts for at least 4 years (I suspect longer), and by nature am more of a listener than a talker, so despite diving head-long into "Hot Buttons", I will probably continue to lurk more often than comment.

But I do want to thank Dan for creating and working hard to maintain a brilliant island of sanity and informed discussion out here, in the wilds of the internet -- and writing excellent books! Also thanks to everyone here who has challenged my preconceptions and often changed my mind, not to mention pointed me towards some wonderful books, over the last few years.


ezestreets
(enthusiast)
08/25/11 12:49 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome Dave. Lurking is good. As you know, there are some very intelligent posters on this forum to learn from.

Briarius
(enthusiast)
09/02/11 07:06 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi PatricK, guess what: you are not the only german person in this forum \:\) good to have you here!

"Hi PatricK! Rate mal: Du bist nicht der einzige Deutsche in diesem Forum \:\) Schön dich hier zu haben! ;)"

And even Dan speak's a little bit german! Quite good actually \:\)


Nandor
(enthusiast)
10/30/11 11:52 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello, I've only been a Dan Simmons fan for about two years now and I've been lurking on this sight for the same amount of time.
I think it's very interesting that a lot of people here are writers. I, on the other hand am not a writer, just a reader. So please be kind and I'll apologize in advance for my participles dangling all over the place. A couple of fun facts about me are, that I'm what people used to call a book worm and I'm a haunter of used book stores.


VEZI
(veteran)
11/16/11 11:18 AM
Re: Welcome

Ooh stop that you little flirt! You certainly know how to speak to men, Mademoiselle Candy...

Polytlas
(member)
11/23/11 10:31 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi everybody!

My name is Uli and I'm from Munich, Germany. Usually I'm more into medieval-style fantasy (like, of course, Tolkien's stuff or Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire") as opposed to SciFi, but fortunately a good friend of mine, who shares my taste, convinced me to take on Hyperion/Endymion so I could overcome my prejudice \:\)
Having read so far only the Hyperion/Endymion- and the Ilium/Olympos-Saga, it's probably a bit fast-forward to register here and start right off asking stupid questions, but as you know: the medium is the message - and it's the interwebs after all ;-)

Since right now I'm pondering the thought of doing a paper on Dan Simmons' take on Homer (et al.?), I came here looking for some insider/fan information. More about it in the corresponding thread!


Jobiska
( Shrike-in-training)
11/25/11 01:24 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome to both of you. It's the Thanksgiving holiday here and I'm afraid we weren't as quick to welcome you as we should have been. Still, better late than never? Again, welcome. Put up your feet and stay awhile.

jobiska


Glayvin34
(member)
12/01/11 04:09 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello, everyone! I am a new member to the forums and I'm really glad to see so many folks that are into Dan Simmons!

I'm an aspiring SciFi writer currently earning my MFA in Creative Writing and Dan has always been a strong influence for me. Many years ago when I was 17 and I was studying the Canterbury Tales in AP English I emailed Dan and told him how awesome it was that he was referencing Chaucer in a book about the 28th Century. I was delighted when he emailed me back and encouraged me to continue studying SciFi and the classics!


JohnStephen
(Super User)
12/01/11 04:18 PM
Re: Welcome

Glayvin34,

Welcome aboard. Dan has posted many articles about writing well, check them out.


gravity
(member)
12/07/11 01:02 PM
Re: Welcome

Enough. After months and months of lurking about here, I’m posting a hello at the prompting of the old time radio program SUSPENSE.

An outfit called Relic Radio rebroadcasts a number of old time radio programs via podcast; one of them is SUSPENSE. They post two thirty-minute episodes per week. Why mention it?

In the course of this fall, I have heard:
* Arctic Rescue (a tale bringing a happy ending to the Franklin expedition);
* The Mystery of Edwin Drood (adapted from and completing Charles Dickens’s unfinished novel);
* The Dead Alive (an adaptation of a Wilkie Collins story, involving quicklime);
* The Signalman (another Dickens adaptation, possibly stemming from the Staplehurst rail accident)…

…and Part One of The Moonstone (also by Wilkie Collins) appeared last weekend.


Enough. I’m in the middle of reading Mr. Simmons’s DROOD now, and enjoying every page. I’ll probably be pretty quiet here, but I just had to point out the coincidence of all these programs, to some people who would understand them. Thanks for a moment of your time.


Jobiska
( Shrike-in-training)
12/07/11 01:21 PM
Re: Welcome

Wow. I wish I could listen to these in my car. Thanks so much for the tip on Relic Radio. I'm almost jealous of you, getting to read DROOD for the first time. I still haven't got over a certain insect.

I'm glad you decided to say hello and hope you won't be too quiet. We're a rowdy bunch sometimes, but we're really not that bad, are we?

Welcome to the forum. I'm happy to "see" you here!

jobiska


gravity
(member)
12/08/11 01:49 PM
Re: Welcome

Thanks for the welcome, jobiska.

Don’t assume just yet, that you can’t check these out in your car. Even if you don’t use an iPod... Do you have a CD player in your car? It would be possible to download these episodes through iTunes – they are all still available - and burn a CD for personal use.

But why stop with just the Dickens & Collins adaptations? Try the shifting balance of power in Pigeon in the Cage, original airdate 25 May 1953... or the slightly eerie Missing Person, original airdate 12 May 1952... or the writer’s Murderous Revision, original airdate 3 December 1951...

Ah. I’ll interrupt myself before this becomes a laundry list. Thanks again, and Gravity out.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
12/08/11 05:34 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: gravity
Enough. After months and months of lurking about here, I’m posting a hello at the prompting of the old time radio program SUSPENSE.

An outfit called Relic Radio rebroadcasts a number of old time radio programs via podcast; one of them is SUSPENSE. They post two thirty-minute episodes per week. Why mention it?

In the course of this fall, I have heard:
* Arctic Rescue (a tale bringing a happy ending to the Franklin expedition);
* The Mystery of Edwin Drood (adapted from and completing Charles Dickens’s unfinished novel);
* The Dead Alive (an adaptation of a Wilkie Collins story, involving quicklime);
* The Signalman (another Dickens adaptation, possibly stemming from the Staplehurst rail accident)…

…and Part One of The Moonstone (also by Wilkie Collins) appeared last weekend.


Enough. I’m in the middle of reading Mr. Simmons’s DROOD now, and enjoying every page. I’ll probably be pretty quiet here, but I just had to point out the coincidence of all these programs, to some people who would understand them. Thanks for a moment of your time.



Dan Simmons writes:

Welcome to the Treehouse Club, Gravity. I love your radio list. Note that we expect you to live up to your name and to bring some overdue seriousness to our prattle here -- especially on the growlingly political HOT BUTTON ISSUES Forum. (But we do avoid harsh language and insults pretty well here, although heated debate is legion.) We can use a little more Gravity. (Just not so much the place becomes a Black Hole.)

Welcome.

Dan


gravity
(member)
12/09/11 12:29 PM
Re: Welcome

Thank you, Dan. As to my moniker bringing a little gravitas to that full contact sport called Hot Buttons, please remember that I get trounced by the other three forces when operating in close. I deal in spacetime, friend.

Space Is the Place


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
12/09/11 03:24 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: gravity
Thank you, Dan. As to my moniker bringing a little gravitas to that full contact sport called Hot Buttons, please remember that I get trounced by the other three forces when operating in close. I deal in spacetime, friend.

Space Is the Place




DS comments:

As long as you stick to quantum mechanics, the Heisenberg Principle will keep you in your place. (Actually . . . it won't.)

Either way, collapse your probability field here for a while and share with us whether you're particles or some undetected wave or something more interesting.

DS


watson
(member)
12/14/11 02:03 PM
Re: Welcome

Just wanted to pop in and give thanks directly to Dan. I just finished the Hyperion tetralogy and found it very moving. I voraciously soaked in the books and continue to think about the story. I find the axiom "choose again" to re-enter my consciousness throughout the day and find it to be very very useful. Thanks Dan for creating great works of art! I look forward to delving into your other works.

Gleb
(member)
12/18/11 07:40 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi, guys!
I am a new one here.
Is it possible to write a letter to Dan?
The forum e-mail doesn't seem to work.
I would appreciate your help thank you very much!


Gleb
(member)
12/19/11 11:32 AM
Re: Welcome

Dear Dan,

I am your devoted fan from Russia.

In my firm and sincere opinion you are the greatest contemporary writer of hard SF, philosophical SF and horror, but always reaching farther and deeper than the genres imply. Moreover, I believe that your works foster good taste in reading and are a benchmark for highest quality literature.

To me Dan Simmons stands for ideal reading, entertaining in form and deep in substance. In your art I admire and value the harmony of gripping tale, high language style and daring philosophy. Another facet important to me is the enriching context whereby the reader is introduced to other masterpieces of literature and other cultural phenomena (like Wright’s architecture).

In my opinion you have a great fan base in Russia. Our country has had a long tradition of hard SF starting with Alexei Tolstoy, Alexander Belyaev and Ivan Efremov. And from 1960s selected samples of Anglo-American SF started leaking to the Russian reading community. It is my hope that one day you will come to Russia to meet your fans and probably perform some Dickens-style readings.

I am also wondering if you are going to return to the Summer of Night universe because in my view the cycle calls for conclusion.

I have bought Flashback on Amazon which I will be receiving these days. As is always the case with your writing it’s a promise of excitement and time well spent, a feast for the eye and food for thought.

It would be awesome to hear from you, Dan!

Sincerely yours,

Gleb from Moscow


steele,rick
(Super User)
12/19/11 11:58 AM
Re: Welcome

"I am also wondering if you are going to return to the Summer of Night universe because in my view the cycle calls for conclusion."

That's a nice letter, Mr. Gleb. To paraphrase our gracious host, "Closure is not always what it's cracked up to be."

I understand you are living in interesting times there in Russia. Here also.

Dasvidanyia!




Jobiska
( Shrike-in-training)
12/19/11 12:39 PM
Re: Welcome

Добро пожаловать, Глеб. Очень приятно.

jobiska (whose Russian is even worse than her French)


steele,rick
(Super User)
12/19/11 12:42 PM
Re: Welcome

Translation, Auntie?

Jobiska
( Shrike-in-training)
12/19/11 12:45 PM
Re: Welcome

I hope it's "Welcome, Gleb. Pleased to make your acquaintance."

Тётя (Auntie)


steele,rick
(Super User)
12/19/11 12:47 PM
Re: Welcome

Spasibo!

Jobiska
( Shrike-in-training)
12/19/11 12:58 PM
Re: Welcome

Don't thank me yet. As I said, my Russian is quite terrible, especially written Russian. But it's fun to type the characters. I started learning Russian when I was at about intermediate level in Serbo-Croat -- so I got Russian and Serbo-Croat all mixed up with hilarious results. I had those Russian in stitches, I tell you. Serbo-Croat apparently sounds like hillbilly talk to Russians -- it's the language of South Slavs, after all (smile). Some Russians, very polite ones, told me Serbian was rather like Old Church Slavonic.

Auntie


Enright
(Super User)
12/19/11 01:54 PM
Re: Welcome

What has always amazed me about foreign languages is why anyone would want to write in hieroglyphics.

Jobiska
( Shrike-in-training)
12/19/11 01:59 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Enright
What has always amazed me about foreign languages is why anyone would want to write in hieroglyphics.


Because it's fun!

Тётя


Enright
(Super User)
12/19/11 02:01 PM
Re: Welcome

Ah, so. But what do people born in the language get out of it? Why wouldn't they just write normally? Answer me that.

Jobiska
( Shrike-in-training)
12/19/11 02:32 PM
Re: Welcome

It's all Greek to me (wink). You'll have to ask Кѷриллъ и Меѳодїи (Cyril and Methodius).

Тётя


Enright
(Super User)
12/19/11 02:58 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: jobiska
It's all Greek to me (wink). You'll have to ask Кѷриллъ и Меѳодїи (Cyril and Methodius).

Тётя


There you go with that Frenchified stuff. It's all gone int'national and fancylike, ain't it.


Gleb
(member)
12/21/11 12:00 PM
Re: Welcome

To the Community greetings and thanks for warm welcome!

You wouldn’t believe but I started writing this letter to Dan some 6 years ago. It so happened that I had to catch up on Dan’s earlier works. So the thing got continuously postponed. So don’t be surprised if it takes me a couple of days to answer to your posts. \:\)

You are right, Steele,rick. These loose ends is one of the things I also like about Dan’s books. I got a whole list of questions after I finished Hyperion (like: What happened to Lancer Rettig? What was the outcome of the war between Machine God and Human Ultimate Intelligence? What happened to the TechnoCore? and etc. – If somebody knows, please share!). There are many possible avenues and you never stop thinking (and feeling it’s all part of an infinitely larger universe).

It’s just that in case of Winter Haunting you know that evil was not defeated and the hero only escaped.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
01/29/12 11:14 AM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons comments to "Gleb" re: his last sentence --

"It’s just that in case of Winter Haunting you know that evil was not defeated and the hero only escaped."

You've just summarized the human condition.

Again, welcome.

DS


gravity
(member)
02/03/12 01:05 PM
Re: Welcome

Oops, posted to wrong thread...

Simon WB
(enthusiast)
04/14/12 05:06 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi all,

I'm new here - a published author on the cusp of seeing my first book about to be launched (July), so, as Dan happens to have written my favourite novel(s) (Hyperion & The Fall of Hyperion), which was an inspiration to me, I thought it was about time I spent a little bit more time here by actually registering in the forums. The 'Writing Well' is certainly a unique source of advice. Great stuff!

So... hello!


steele,rick
(Super User)
04/15/12 01:27 PM
Re: Welcome

"...a published author on the cusp of seeing my first book about to be launched (July),..."

Welcome, Simon! Care to give us here a little preview? Or just a tease? How 'bout one of the blurbs written about your book?


Bakou
(member)
04/16/12 01:27 AM
Re: Welcome

Dear Mr. Simmons,

How did I escape from The Shrike? I'm not sure...
Here in France a very demanding third-level education system for future engineers has been in place for more than 200 years. These "Classes Préparatoires" require each student to work at least 60 hours a week. Students of these classes are called "moles" 'cause they're presumed to never see the daylight. After two years, these moles try to get a ticket for the best graduate engineering schools by succeeding exams during a four-week national competitive examination.
Needless to say every student strongly reviews tons of theorems, concepts, and formulas during this race period. After eight or nine hours a day of written tests, they all go to prepare the next session, the day after.
I was one of these students 12 years ago. The only difference with the previous description being that one week before the competitive examination period, I had been told by a friend about your novel "Hyperion".
Maybe that was a trap of his own, to make me fail the competition. Anyway, the first part of his plan was a real success. As I had no money to buy the books in a beautiful edition, I bought used volumes of a pocket edition. I even had to give up a mathematics book to afford "Hyperion".
The second part of the master plan was also a success: I spent hours and hours reading "Hyperion" instead of preparing my assessments.
However the result was probably not the intended one: maybe I was not as prepared as others, but I was much more stress-free; I was finally accepted in one of the top institutions I aimed. The Shrike failed, maybe because I was lucky (luck? against The Shrike? peuh!), or most probably because He knew I would eventually study… A.I. systems... which I did during my last year in Engineering School.

12 years after, I read most of your novels and short-novels. I’ve just finished "Drood" (yeah, I know, it’s a pity I read the French translations of your books since I have to wait months till we got them here; but I'm afraid I would miss too many tinges by reading them in English as I'm not that fluent in the Wilkie language).
My wife also discovered "Hyperion" and "Endymion" years ago and she now waits for your new novels as impatiently as I do.
After reading "Terror" we even ordered to a French artist a reproduction of the "Perilous position of HMS Terror Captain Back in the Arctic Regions in the summer of 1837" painting by Admiral William Smyth (see here for the result!).

We're planning a trip to the US, scheduled for May. We'll go by car from San Francisco to Denver to visit all National Parks. We noticed your famous Windwalker is not-that-far from our road.
We also know your Shrike ("Le Gritche" in the French translation) sculpture stands in the garden of Windwalker (near "the isolated cabin" \:\) ).
Is it visible from the road? If yes, do you mind if we stop on the road and try to take pictures?

Sincerely yours,

Julien & Cindy


Simon WB
(enthusiast)
04/16/12 12:17 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: steele,rick
"...a published author on the cusp of seeing my first book about to be launched (July),..."

Welcome, Simon! Care to give us here a little preview? Or just a tease? How 'bout one of the blurbs written about your book?

Thanks for the interest, Rick. The book is 'The Soul Consortium'. Though it's very tempting say more about it, I want to be cautious. I wouldn't want to offend Dan by unintentionally using this as a publicity platform. I guess you can find out more by looking it up at Amazon. \:\)

What I will say though, is that, by way of inspiration, I owe a lot to 'Hyperion'. One of the characters is an appreciative nod to Martin Silenus, and the structure of the book is similar in that it examines four different lives in depth almost as separate stories. It's one of the reasons I joined this forum really. Now that my book is hitting the market, I felt a pull to immerse myself more into Dan's work. I need to read more of his books and spend some time with like-minded readers.


AlieNyx
(member)
04/20/12 03:00 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello there!
I'm here just to thanks to Mr.Simmons.

Dearest Mr. Simmons,
I want to share with you my feelings. Today I finish your book "Worlds Enough and Time" and I'm completely overwhelmed. After reading "On K2 with Kanakaredes" I cry like little girl in public transport! Meaning real crying not just few tears. Damn you, Dan! ;-)I'm astounded what great amazing and beautiful words hide your mind. Never be able to thank you enough. With little shame must say I can't buy every book what I want but for yours I always save some money.
Hope you will be read my poor english letter. Also hope you know how many joy you give to readers. With your great imagination you multiple our lives, Mr.Simmons.

Many big thanks, Mr.Simmons.

Sincerely yours
Lucie Alie aka AlieNyx


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
04/23/12 12:14 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Bakou
Dear Mr. Simmons,

How did I escape from The Shrike? I'm not sure...
Here in France a very demanding third-level education system for future engineers has been in place for more than 200 years. These "Classes Préparatoires" require each student to work at least 60 hours a week. Students of these classes are called "moles" 'cause they're presumed to never see the daylight. After two years, these moles try to get a ticket for the best graduate engineering schools by succeeding exams during a four-week national competitive examination.
Needless to say every student strongly reviews tons of theorems, concepts, and formulas during this race period. After eight or nine hours a day of written tests, they all go to prepare the next session, the day after.
I was one of these students 12 years ago. The only difference with the previous description being that one week before the competitive examination period, I had been told by a friend about your novel "Hyperion".
Maybe that was a trap of his own, to make me fail the competition. Anyway, the first part of his plan was a real success. As I had no money to buy the books in a beautiful edition, I bought used volumes of a pocket edition. I even had to give up a mathematics book to afford "Hyperion".
The second part of the master plan was also a success: I spent hours and hours reading "Hyperion" instead of preparing my assessments.
However the result was probably not the intended one: maybe I was not as prepared as others, but I was much more stress-free; I was finally accepted in one of the top institutions I aimed. The Shrike failed, maybe because I was lucky (luck? against The Shrike? peuh!), or most probably because He knew I would eventually study… A.I. systems... which I did during my last year in Engineering School.

12 years after, I read most of your novels and short-novels. I’ve just finished "Drood" (yeah, I know, it’s a pity I read the French translations of your books since I have to wait months till we got them here; but I'm afraid I would miss too many tinges by reading them in English as I'm not that fluent in the Wilkie language).
My wife also discovered "Hyperion" and "Endymion" years ago and she now waits for your new novels as impatiently as I do.
After reading "Terror" we even ordered to a French artist a reproduction of the "Perilous position of HMS Terror Captain Back in the Arctic Regions in the summer of 1837" painting by Admiral William Smyth (see here for the result!).

We're planning a trip to the US, scheduled for May. We'll go by car from San Francisco to Denver to visit all National Parks. We noticed your famous Windwalker is not-that-far from our road.
We also know your Shrike ("Le Gritche" in the French translation) sculpture stands in the garden of Windwalker (near "the isolated cabin" \:\) ).
Is it visible from the road? If yes, do you mind if we stop on the road and try to take pictures?

Sincerely yours,

Julien & Cindy


Dear Julien & Cindy:

Thanks for the generous and informative note. To answer your question -- no, neither the cabin nor its guardian-Shrike are visible from any road. But contact me on this forum when you're in the States and perhaps we can work out a private tour.

All best,
Dan Simmons


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
04/23/12 12:16 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: AlieNyx
Hello there!
I'm here just to thanks to Mr.Simmons.

Dearest Mr. Simmons,
I want to share with you my feelings. Today I finish your book "Worlds Enough and Time" and I'm completely overwhelmed. After reading "On K2 with Kanakaredes" I cry like little girl in public transport! Meaning real crying not just few tears. Damn you, Dan! ;-)I'm astounded what great amazing and beautiful words hide your mind. Never be able to thank you enough. With little shame must say I can't buy every book what I want but for yours I always save some money.
Hope you will be read my poor english letter. Also hope you know how many joy you give to readers. With your great imagination you multiple our lives, Mr.Simmons.

Many big thanks, Mr.Simmons.

Sincerely yours
Lucie Alie aka AlieNyx


Dear Lucie Alie:

Thank you for taking the time to write such a generous note.

Dan Simmons


ScottSA
(CEO of the Hegemony)
04/25/12 11:37 AM
Re: Welcome

Good God, this thread goes back to 2005. That's like before I was born or something.

Bakou
(member)
05/02/12 08:20 AM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Dan Simmons


Dear Julien & Cindy:

Thanks for the generous and informative note. To answer your question -- no, neither the cabin nor its guardian-Shrike are visible from any road. But contact me on this forum when you're in the States and perhaps we can work out a private tour.

All best,
Dan Simmons



Dear Mr. Simmons,

We’d be more than pleased to enjoy a private tour at Windwalker and strike up an acquaintance with the Shrike.
We’ll be in the corner on Friday the 18th of May, in the morning (we have to be at Denver airport at about 3pm). If by any chance a private tour still sounds realistic to you, let us know our fortune.
Meanwhile, let us thank you for taking time to read all notes coming to you on this forum. We hope our own messages won’t delay your next publication! \:\)

Sincerely Yours,

Cindy P.
Julien B.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
05/02/12 09:21 AM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Bakou
 Originally Posted By: Dan Simmons


Dear Julien & Cindy:

Thanks for the generous and informative note. To answer your question -- no, neither the cabin nor its guardian-Shrike are visible from any road. But contact me on this forum when you're in the States and perhaps we can work out a private tour.

All best,
Dan Simmons



Dear Mr. Simmons,

We’d be more than pleased to enjoy a private tour at Windwalker and strike up an acquaintance with the Shrike.
We’ll be in the corner on Friday the 18th of May, in the morning (we have to be at Denver airport at about 3pm). If by any chance a private tour still sounds realistic to you, let us know our fortune.
Meanwhile, let us thank you for taking time to read all notes coming to you on this forum. We hope our own messages won’t delay your next publication! \:\)

Sincerely Yours,

Cindy P.
Julien B.


Dan Simmons comments to Cindy and Julien:

I'm sorry, but I won't be giving tours on May 18 (or any day in May). I'll be busy writing to meet the (missed) May 1 deadline for THE ABOMINABLE -- which means I'm currently in the Federal Witness Protection Progam and living elsewhere under an assumed name.

Enjoy your stay in the States!

DS


shahar
(member)
06/05/12 01:50 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi Dan,
My name is Shahar (girl) and I am from Israel.
I am 9 years old (3th grade) and I study at a gifted children program. I started reading your Hyperion… Currently I am reading The fall of Hyperion and I want to tell you that I like your book very much. I love the story of Sol Weintraub’s daughter. Unfortunately I am reading your books in their Hebrew translation but I hope one day to read them in English and I have no patience to read more and more of your books. Thank you for writing them.

Hug you,
Shahar \:\)


Akhh
(member)
06/06/12 11:23 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello

I'm from Poland 31yrs old.

I was trying to register 3weeks ago just after ending The Rise of Endymion. I was reading all 4 books beeing on short holidays/work (im working in front of computer on financial markets).

I'm reading a lot - more than 2 books per week - making it alot - doesnt it?

I'm big fan of Fantasy and a specially S-F and from first pages of Hyperion I felt that THIS is really something. And it was - I can say that it was book that will changed something in my live and made me thinking about it everyday (its short time after ending - i know)

Last 500pages of book I was reading near my sleeping 4yrs old daughter (my wife stay at home working) that was late of night - and after reading last pages I was just thinking about how complicated was that situation with Aenea and Raul.

Deep in love and Raul spending this last months with miracle of his love. Knowing that she have to leave him and die - but he will have their son (I know it after reading Your novel).

She know that she will be with him and with him and child for short time but after leaving she will be again with him for another time before die.

This is fiction, and complicated fiction but it really made me love my wife more ;\) After she come to us for a week I spend less time working or reading that I used to, and take care more of her and my daughter.

I can just imagine how You Dan are bored with ppl talking about book that You write ages ago, and I understand that You rather see ppl talking about new books. But i just had to tell it.

It was just Genius. Hyperion is now in my top 10 of books and I cannot belive that it will loose it place there in future.

P.S: now im hunting on Illum - but it was not renewed in Poland and its hard to get - but I will get it soon im sure. I'm not fluent enough in English (as You all can see) and reading books in orginal dont give me full pleasure.

Again Thank You Dan for this book - and I will soon read rest of Your books.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
06/07/12 04:31 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Akhh
Hello

I'm from Poland 31yrs old.

I was trying to register 3weeks ago just after ending The Rise of Endymion. I was reading all 4 books beeing on short holidays/work (im working in front of computer on financial markets).

I'm reading a lot - more than 2 books per week - making it alot - doesnt it?

I'm big fan of Fantasy and a specially S-F and from first pages of Hyperion I felt that THIS is really something. And it was - I can say that it was book that will changed something in my live and made me thinking about it everyday (its short time after ending - i know)

Last 500pages of book I was reading near my sleeping 4yrs old daughter (my wife stay at home working) that was late of night - and after reading last pages I was just thinking about how complicated was that situation with Aenea and Raul.

Deep in love and Raul spending this last months with miracle of his love. Knowing that she have to leave him and die - but he will have their son (I know it after reading Your novel).

She know that she will be with him and with him and child for short time but after leaving she will be again with him for another time before die.

This is fiction, and complicated fiction but it really made me love my wife more ;\) After she come to us for a week I spend less time working or reading that I used to, and take care more of her and my daughter.

I can just imagine how You Dan are bored with ppl talking about book that You write ages ago, and I understand that You rather see ppl talking about new books. But i just had to tell it.

It was just Genius. Hyperion is now in my top 10 of books and I cannot belive that it will loose it place there in future.

P.S: now im hunting on Illum - but it was not renewed in Poland and its hard to get - but I will get it soon im sure. I'm not fluent enough in English (as You all can see) and reading books in orginal dont give me full pleasure.

Again Thank You Dan for this book - and I will soon read rest of Your books.


Dan Simmons writes:

Thank you for the kind words about the books and welcome to the forum . . . er . . . Akhh.

DS


Akhh
(member)
06/08/12 06:38 AM
Re: Welcome

Than You - my name is Marcin.
Akhh is of course just online nick but im using it online for over 15yrs.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
06/10/12 03:46 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: shahar
Hi Dan,
My name is Shahar (girl) and I am from Israel.
I am 9 years old (3th grade) and I study at a gifted children program. I started reading your Hyperion… Currently I am reading The fall of Hyperion and I want to tell you that I like your book very much. I love the story of Sol Weintraub’s daughter. Unfortunately I am reading your books in their Hebrew translation but I hope one day to read them in English and I have no patience to read more and more of your books. Thank you for writing them.

Hug you,
Shahar \:\)


Dan Simmons writes:

Hi, Shahar! I'm delighted that you enjoyed HYPERION and are reading THE FALL OF HYPERION and I hope you continue to enjoy the books.

I used to be a teacher (before becoming a full-time writer) and once taught 3rd grade. I also spent years teaching gifted-and-talented kids. I think you and I would get along. (And I've long wanted to attend some writers' conference in Israel.)

Again, thanks for the kind words and for joining the web site forums.

Best,
Dan Simmons


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
06/10/12 03:48 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Akhh
Than You - my name is Marcin.
Akhh is of course just online nick but im using it online for over 15yrs.



Dan writes:

Again, welcome to the forum, Marcin. I look forward to more interesting posts from Akhh.

Dan


shahar
(member)
06/11/12 11:50 AM
Re: Welcome

Thank you so much Dan! It is amazung you answered me.
I hope you could come to the writers' conference here so we can meet and chat ...I will be extremely happy if you visit us (we live in Jerusalem). Thank you!
Shahar


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
06/15/12 05:39 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: shahar
Thank you so much Dan! It is amazung you answered me.
I hope you could come to the writers' conference here so we can meet and chat ...I will be extremely happy if you visit us (we live in Jerusalem). Thank you!
Shahar


Dan S. to Shahar --

"Next year in Jerusalem!" (I hope)

dan


shahar
(member)
06/18/12 09:03 AM
Re: Welcome

Amen \:D

7even
(member)
12/24/12 05:57 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi everybody!!!
i'm sorry for my english...i'm italian!;)

i want to say: THANKS DAN!!!!!Thanks a Lot for Endymion and "Endymion II". i read for four time all story! i fall in love with Aenea!:D I finisched this morning the last book!

And i Want travel in iperspace!
Dan...you are a genious!!!!
My compliments!

happy Christmas!!!!!


7even


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
12/24/12 06:06 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons to "7even" --

Welcome to the Forums on Christmas Eve. And thanks for all the kind words about the fiction. (Your English is GREAT!)

Merry Christmas to you!

Dan


RobertH
(member)
01/06/13 12:35 AM
Re: Welcome

Just dropping in to say hi!

Oh, and to thank Mr. Simmons for not butchering what little german language he used in Carrion Comfort, which I am currently reading.
In the first 100 pages I have only come across a single Umlaut that I wouldn't have put there but that can be attributed to sloppy pronunciation by the character so... thank you!

Certain authors of military SF are notorious for being... not quite so considerate. =)


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
01/08/13 04:16 AM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons comments to RobertH:

Thanks for dropping in, Robert (and for noticing the errant umlaut -- some of us half-assed German speakers/readers/writers sprinkle umlauts at random, like salt.) There's a rash of German in my next book, THE ABOMINABLE, to be published here next October, so please feel free to exercise the same due diligence. (CARRION COMFORT, by the by, was never copyedited by the publisher before it came out in 1989 and I haven't hired anyone to do it since. I tried, but had only 3 weeks for the self-copyediting job, was new in the writing business, was teaching at a 70-hours-a-week full-time job, and the MS was 1530 typewritten pp long. THE ABOMINABLE, on the other hand, should have an excellent copyeditor and if one Umlaut escapes her, she'll travel to Brazil to track it down and bring it back in chains.)

ds


RobertH
(member)
01/08/13 09:32 PM
Re: Welcome

Hehe.
Kinda like us non-natives sprinkling punctuation in english. Some slight differences in the grammar and I never fully got the hang of it. My excuse is that I learned english from computer games and later gaming forums. =)

I have come across a few more errors but it's "typical american" stuff like confusing the male and female form of an adjective. Doubt that a non-native speaker would even notice.
Anyway, it's a minor issue and I'm the pedantic type so *shrug*.

I am enjoying the book, though, and the plot is not a punch-out template so I still have no idea where the story is heading. =)


Nutmeg
(member)
02/01/13 07:39 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi everyone!
Greetings from Russia!

I have a question about Hawking drive and time-debt. It's insignificant but I just can't put it out of my head. (Bad habit. Sometimes I tend to fixate on trifles) I hope it's OK to ask here since I don't want to start a new thread just to ask a minor question.

It's about Lenar Hoyt's first trip to Hyperion. Quote: "What the bishopric was offering Lenar Hoyt was twenty months in cryogenic fugue, a few weeks of in-system travel at either end of the voyage, and a time-debt which would return him to Pacem eight years behind his former classmates in the quest for Vatican careers and missionary postings." Shouldn't twenty months on ship lead to way more than eight years of time-debt? It seems to contradict further info on Hawking drive and FTL travel. I have a feeling that I misunderstand something here. Can anybody clear this up for me?

P.S. Thanks so much for Hyperion Cantos! It's so awesome!


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
02/01/13 08:53 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Nutmeg
Hi everyone!
Greetings from Russia!

I have a question about Hawking drive and time-debt. It's insignificant but I just can't put it out of my head. (Bad habit. Sometimes I tend to fixate on trifles) I hope it's OK to ask here since I don't want to start a new thread just to ask a minor question.

It's about Lenar Hoyt's first trip to Hyperion. Quote: "What the bishopric was offering Lenar Hoyt was twenty months in cryogenic fugue, a few weeks of in-system travel at either end of the voyage, and a time-debt which would return him to Pacem eight years behind his former classmates in the quest for Vatican careers and missionary postings." Shouldn't twenty months on ship lead to way more than eight years of time-debt? It seems to contradict further info on Hawking drive and FTL travel. I have a feeling that I misunderstand something here. Can anybody clear this up for me?

P.S. Thanks so much for Hyperion Cantos! It's so awesome!


Dan Simmons responds:

Sure! I'll clear up the discrepancy.

Either you misunderstood some essential quirk of the Hawking drive time-debt doohickiness, or I did. Since it's been twenty years since I wrote or looked into anything Hyperionish or Endymionoid -- I recently gave up work on Hyperion audio-book novellas I owed (and paid back the modest advance) precisely because I preferred not to go diving back into that rich but complex 1980-ish riptide of waters -- I wouldn't lay odds on my opinion.

But that's one of several hundred thousand details in the novels -- perhaps millions of created-from-whole-cloth details -- so if that apparent inconsistency ruins the four novels for you, so it goes. (I once was accused, in my salad days, of having a six-chamber revolver fire seven shots. THAT, I agree, is reason enough to write any writer off forever. Luckily, the complainant couldn't count for doodley squat."

Welcome to the forum, "Nutmeg". As you'll soon discover, I don't discuss my own work on these forums -- accept to modestly accept accolades and usually quickly change the subject -- but we do enjoy a wide and often deep variety of conversation/civil-debate topics.

Добро пожаловать на тебя, друг. (Blame "Google Tranlate" if this is gibberish or offensive.)

Dan Simmons


Nutmeg
(member)
02/01/13 10:15 PM
Re: Welcome

Thank you very much for the reply, Mr. Simmons.

It doesn't ruin the novels for me in any way. I understand the concept of Hawking drive and time-debt so it's not a big deal for me. Some insignificant details from various novels, movies, and games sometimes just get stuck in my brain. A little strangeness of mine. ;\)

Once again thanks for the amazing universe!


Lars
(enthusiast)
02/04/13 03:57 PM
Re: Welcome

Dear Mr. Simmons

I am a 22-year-old amateur writer studying English in Udine, Italy. I was listening to THE TERROR (I've enjoyed it so much) recently, realizing that I've become a fan of yours, when I decided to visit your website, in the hopes of perhaps finding some rare writerly advice spread sparsely between interviews that perhaps you've linked on the site, or perhaps not. Then I found the Writing Well series.

I've registered on the forum mainly to thank you immensely for the time and effort you've put into those essays. You've completely changed my perspective as both an amateur writer and an avid reader. You've made me (after initial reticence from my part) finally understand why does the academic and literary world consider "great" authors like Shakespeare, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, etc. I never asked the question, but the answer always seemed to be "Because." (although I have a gut feeling that most of my English teachers/professors would give me some variation of the answer; I wish I had someone like you as a teacher/professors)

You've showed me in which direction to go in furthering myself as a writer, and I thank you again for that. A certain reticence towards the classics still resides in me (as I've always enjoyed contemporary art much more than what came before), but I attribute that to a lack of knowledge in literary criticism and a lack of sufficient reading experience. I do intend to study them as best as I can, as I go along as a reader. I already have THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE, HOW FICTION WORKS and 7 TYPES OF AMBIGUITY close at hand, and I can't wait to read them, or any other suggestions that you might have (I'd love to read a great book on rhetoric and one on how to read poetry).

I have multiple questions for the Writing Well forum, and I hope that I won't be burdening you with them. If so, please ignore me. \:\)

Thank you very much (once more), Mr. Simmons.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
02/04/13 05:16 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons comments to Lars:

Welcome to the forum and thank you for the kind remarks about the Writing Well essays and other topics. I look forward to reading your questions and comments in the On Writing Well forum and wherever else you wish to post your thoughts here.

I envy you your future deepening involvement with Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Bellow, et. al.. I would recommend Harold Bloom on "how to read poetry" and agree with you that a great book on the rules, forms, and tricks of rhetoric would be very welcome these days. One way to come close to such a rhetoric primer is to read Frank Kermode's THE LANGUAGE OF SHAKESPEARE which reviews the dozens of forms of rhetoric -- learned in his "elementary school" -- that the Bard used, with his own inimitable variations, across his 37 plays and in his sonnets and longer poems.

Continued good luck and happy revelations to you in your studies in Udine. (If you're not a native-English speaker, you've just made most of the rest of us look and sound more than usually inadequate in the language.)

Dan S.


steele,rick
(Super User)
02/04/13 05:24 PM
Re: Welcome

"(If you're not a native-English speaker, you've just made most of the rest of us look and sound more than usually inadequate in the language.)"

Ditto. Anyone who can use the word "writerly" correctly in a sentence gets Brownie Points from me. Plus I'm a sucker for alliteration.



Lars
(enthusiast)
02/05/13 07:57 AM
Re: Welcome

@Mr.Simmons: Thank you very much for the recommendations! I shall acquire these books as soon as I can. I found Harold Bloom's "The Art of Reading Poetry" and Frank Kermode's "Shakespeare's Language." Are these the books you had in mind? You've made me more excited about writing than I ever thought I could be. Thank you for being so kind as to be available for contact with your fans. I'm sure you've made a whole bunch of people very happy when you've decided to do this \:\)

And thank you for your wishes and both of you for your kind words. I am a non-native speaker. I love English, and I always sought to improve it whenever I could. In fact, I write exclusively in English and almost always enjoy any kind of storytelling media in your wonderful language. Though by contrast (and disinterest and neglect) I am not nearly as proficient in both of my mother tongues (I'm half Croatian, half Italian), at least when it comes to writing, grammar and vocabulary.


Shrike1
(veteran)
02/05/13 10:15 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Dan Simmons


...Since it's been twenty years since I wrote or looked into anything Hyperionish or Endymionoid -- I recently gave up work on Hyperion audio-book novellas I owed (and paid back the modest advance) precisely because I preferred not to go diving back into that rich but complex 1980-ish riptide of waters...

Dan Simmons


This seems to have gotten lost in you're longer response, so I thought I would excerpt it and ask… "Say it ain't so?"

Okay, I'm over it. Almost. It would have been a nice return that universe, I'm sure, but if it's not something you are wanting to write, we know you won't write it. So, given that, can you give us any clues as to what will be coming after THE ABOMINABLE? Or before?!?

Greg


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
02/12/13 04:54 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Shrike1
 Originally Posted By: Dan Simmons


...Since it's been twenty years since I wrote or looked into anything Hyperionish or Endymionoid -- I recently gave up work on Hyperion audio-book novellas I owed (and paid back the modest advance) precisely because I preferred not to go diving back into that rich but complex 1980-ish riptide of waters...

Dan Simmons


This seems to have gotten lost in you're longer response, so I thought I would excerpt it and ask… "Say it ain't so?"

Okay, I'm over it. Almost. It would have been a nice return that universe, I'm sure, but if it's not something you are wanting to write, we know you won't write it. So, given that, can you give us any clues as to what will be coming after THE ABOMINABLE? Or before?!?

Greg


Dan S. to Greg:

The novel THE FIFTH HEART, discussed in a Message from Dan here a few years ago, is now well under way.

ds


Shrike1
(veteran)
02/12/13 05:20 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Dan Simmons
 Originally Posted By: Shrike1
 Originally Posted By: Dan Simmons


...Since it's been twenty years since I wrote or looked into anything Hyperionish or Endymionoid -- I recently gave up work on Hyperion audio-book novellas I owed (and paid back the modest advance) precisely because I preferred not to go diving back into that rich but complex 1980-ish riptide of waters...

Dan Simmons


This seems to have gotten lost in you're longer response, so I thought I would excerpt it and ask… "Say it ain't so?"

Okay, I'm over it. Almost. It would have been a nice return that universe, I'm sure, but if it's not something you are wanting to write, we know you won't write it. So, given that, can you give us any clues as to what will be coming after THE ABOMINABLE? Or before?!?

Greg


Dan S. to Greg:

The novel THE FIFTH HEART, discussed in a Message from Dan here a few years ago, is now well under way.

ds


Yes, I remember that message well. Henry James and Sherlock Holmes.

http://www.dansimmons.com/news/message/2010_07.htm

Looks like there will be some more research and reading on my part before this is released. Thank you.

Greg


gravity
(member)
02/12/13 05:25 PM
Re: Welcome

 Quote:
"Who," asks Sherlock Holmes, holding the incriminating cards, "is Mr. Samuel Clemens?"


Thank you, thank you, thank you. Massive, just massive anticipation for this one.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
02/14/13 04:50 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan S. comments on 2/24:

My welcome to "alexbret" here, who declared his home city as "Newyork" and his job as "Bankmanger", was a little premature. He turned out to retroactively spam-link all of his former unreadable postings to visa-sales to illegal immigrnants.

Have a good life "alexbret", wherever you're spamming now.

ds


Acrodyn
(member)
02/17/13 10:45 PM
Re: Welcome

Warm greetings to Mr. Simmons and everybody else on this forum,

Firstly, I apologize for the mistakes I will make while writing on this forum. I can read quite well, but since my education was focused on learning german I have not mastered writing in english. Hopefully, I will be understood from context despite mistakes. If anyone wants to correct me, feel free to do that and by doing so improve my english. \:\)

My name is Goran and I come from a small village, near a small town in a small country of Croatia.
I am 21 years old, I study IT and in free time I love to write (I do that in my native languge). I am reading your work for a few years now and you are one of my favorite writers. I learned about 'On Writing Well' just recently and I am really happy that I can learn from someone like you. I can't thank you enough for that.

I will have more questions later, but there is one I want to ask right away, since it is bugging me for years now. Even though writing is my passion, I started studying IT which is a lot different from other studies deeply connected to writing, like language or literature. Will this be a big handicap in my „career“? Are there great writers that studied something absolutely irrelevant to writing, yet put that aside and focused on the one thing they love?

I thank everyone who read this and hope someone will enlighten me with an answer.

Sincerely yours,
Goran


WhiteWaltz
(member)
02/18/13 01:16 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello Mr. Simmons and fellow forum posters.

My name is Geordi Ferguson, I'm from Ontario, Canada.
I am a volunteer Firefighter but also an aspiring writer and filmmaker. I'm currently in Toronto, gaining experience in film and television, and trying to apply to forest fire to fund my life long dream.
I look forward to speaking with all of you.

To Goran, we appear to be similar in the splitting of interests. I think you're on a wise path. It's important to pay the bills and put bread on the table while chasing something like writing.


markb5559
(member)
02/21/13 03:34 AM
Re: Welcome

Just a quick note to Mr. Simmons. Wow! And thank you.

Rarely, if ever, would I take the time to seek and compliment a writer or artist or other inspirational figure.

I discovered The Terror by chance at the local library, and found it totally engrossing. The action, sociological, and psychological ideas all portrayed through stunning craft of prose, was a real treasure.

I am about half way through Druid, and find it to be equally stimulating.

As these are some of your earlier novels, I take pleasure in knowing I have many months and perhaps years of enjoying your work.

A critic I am not, however if I were to write a lead for an article on the work I've read thus far, it would read, "A shining light in a universe of banality. Dan Simmon, brings all of the elements of drama, suspense, and mystery of some of our great modern writers with a unique flair and insight into the human condition that is often overlooked by his contemporaries."

Thank you again.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
02/21/13 03:42 AM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons writes:

Welcome to the forums, markb5559. We hope that you engage in the dialogues here and enjoy the discussions.

ds


steele,rick
(Super User)
02/21/13 04:45 PM
Re: Welcome

"I discovered The Terror by chance at the local library, and found it totally engrossing. The action, sociological, and psychological ideas all portrayed through stunning craft of prose, was a real treasure."

Coming soon (maybe) to a local cable channel near you.


JackAubrey
(member)
03/26/13 04:52 PM
Re: Welcome

Good Evening (now it's evening here in Italy) to mr. Simmons and everybody else. First of all apologize for my poor English, I'm from Italy and , as everybody well know, the Italians are not so able with English :-(
Let me introduce myself:
I'm a naval architect which spend all his time seat in front of PC drafting tugs. I was growth with SciFi and Horror (or Terror?) literature. So, I'm just reading (It's the second time , I bought the book 15 years ago) "Childrens of the night" in Italy titled "I figli della paura", but I also red The Helm Heaven Stories and Carrion comfort (Italian title: Danza Macabra). Your first stay I red was il Canto di Kali, taht is Song of Kali.
Maybe I'm boring, but it's difficult me to be concise writing in English. And..I would ask you If you Owned a Mazda Miata, which is so happily described in Childrens of the Night (it's my car)


Ana de Belen
(enthusiast)
03/27/13 06:06 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello,

I have found this threat after writing my first post. Just a note to tell how inspirational are Mr. Simmons novels for me.

I have always wanted and feared to be a writer. Now I think I have my fear just below an untollerable level, and the first novel I am writing from the deep is going well. I just wanted to know other writers or "want-to-be-writers", and, this is just destiny, I found a forum from my favorite writer. Really, luck is on my side.

Thanks everybody for being here.

Ana de Belen


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
03/27/13 06:19 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome, Ana de Belen.

We hope that your conversation with other writers and aspiring writers here will be helpful to you. Most real writers work constantly to keep their fear "just below the intolerable level". It's not always easy. There's fear of failure, fear of being a phony, fear of succeeding only by setting low goals, fear of doing something very right in writing only to screw it up later on, fear of public and private humiliation . . . and that's only the beginning of the long list.

That's why great writers are or were, in a real sense, fearless. In the words of one great writer -- "A good writer faces immortality -- or the lack of it -- every day."

Welcome.

DS


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
03/30/13 04:57 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: JackAubrey
Good Evening (now it's evening here in Italy) to mr. Simmons and everybody else. First of all apologize for my poor English, I'm from Italy and , as everybody well know, the Italians are not so able with English :-(
Let me introduce myself:
I'm a naval architect which spend all his time seat in front of PC drafting tugs. I was growth with SciFi and Horror (or Terror?) literature. So, I'm just reading (It's the second time , I bought the book 15 years ago) "Childrens of the night" in Italy titled "I figli della paura", but I also red The Helm Heaven Stories and Carrion comfort (Italian title: Danza Macabra). Your first stay I red was il Canto di Kali, taht is Song of Kali.
Maybe I'm boring, but it's difficult me to be concise writing in English. And..I would ask you If you Owned a Mazda Miata, which is so happily described in Childrens of the Night (it's my car)


Dan Simmons to "JackAubrey":

Welcome, sir. And welcome to your "display name" -- I love the Aubrey-Maturin novels, re-read them almost annually, and agree with the judgment that, taken together, they constitute "the greatest historical novel ever written."

Yes, I owned a Mazda Miata for many years. Loved it. Also owned an Acura NSX when I had my character Darwin Minor drive it in DARWIN'S BLADE. For twisty-road-days, I now drive a Porsche Boxster which, as fun and powerful as it is, isn't more fun than a Miata. (Few things are.)

Thanks for going to all the trouble of writing such an interesting posting in English and, once again, welcome to the forums.

Dan


JM Mathis
(enthusiast)
03/30/13 09:02 PM
Re: Welcome

"For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day."

E.H., Nobel acceptance speech. December, 10 1954


JackAubrey
(member)
04/02/13 02:24 PM
Re: Welcome

I think i's correct to introduce myself with my true name, I'm Renzo Frosini, than,
thank you mr Simmons, and also thank you for your horrorific novels,
which are, how I can say it, not only Horror novels, but also strictly connected with the mood where thay take place.
My passion for the fantastic was born many years ago, whan I was a teen ager, reading
a SCiFi Fanzine very famous in Italy, "URANIA", but also ...Jules Verne novels. The first time I met the horror was when I found on a shelf at my home an old copy of "tales of mistery and imagination of E.A.P.". And I'd never stop to read after that...
Thank you also for love mr O'Brian novels. For me, born in a seaside town in Tuscany named Viareggio (on our beach, in 1821, the corpse of Percy Bysshe Shelley, was found and burned - I also wrote a short terror novel on the matter, but nobody, of course, published it) it is natural to fall in love with Jack Aubrey and his crews.
And, I agree about Miata! Nobody else in this forum knows and appreciates it?


Mt Olympus
(member)
04/18/13 04:10 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello, my name is Eric. I would like to thank Dan Simmons for writing the Hyperion Cantos. It took me about 3 weeks to devour them, which personally is very fast. They are very inspiring and being a person who is highly critical of the information I ingest, very much welcomed.

The characters will stay with me for as long as its capable. The symbolism and subtext will be pondered for many years and hopefully many rereads.

This was my first sci-fi series and as obviously mentioned above has blown me away. Thank you again! I look forward to a movie perhaps, something to complain about is never missed, joking.


bst2111
(member)
04/23/13 12:44 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi. I'm a fan of Dan Simmons' Hyperion saga. My fanaticism is on par with that of Bradley Cooper who wants to portray Paul Endymion in a film adaptation of the latter books in the saga. I want Bradley for the part and I hope Hollywood can get it together with Mr. Simmons and make this saga happen.

I'm a writer, as well. I re-read the Hyperion saga all the time. Presently on my fifth round. It never gets old and I love it.Thanks for letting me join.


NiñoViento
(enthusiast)
05/06/13 10:18 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi Ana (and fellow Spaniard!) and welcome to the forum!.

NV


Jason_Boyd
(enthusiast)
05/23/13 04:05 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello. This is my last message, as I have not been invited.

My apparently redacted post was, I gather, not received well. I suppose this is because once again I've jumped in without engaging in discussion of the day and my intentions were cryptic.

To clarify, I wanted both to say I'm sorry for past (and I guess present) transgressions here.

I also want to clarify, I'm not a spoiled liberal academic brat. I was raised primarily by myself, and suffered more in my 41 years than I could begin to explain. My stars were science and literature and music and philosophy and mostly my teachers were dead. But I also see beauty in pop culture, unapologetically. My parents weren't really there, ever. It's a sad story, so I'll skip it.

Despite having a problem processing text -- basically I read very very slowly but deeply -- Mr. Simmons has been one of the brightest of my stars in the realm of literature. Only Keats and Shakespeare compare, for me. I have read more than most, which is to say not nearly enough, but it was with all due respect that I came to these forums, and with great naiveté that I thought I could take a seat at the table.

Yes, I wanted to see if my writing had any perceived merit. No, I didn't do this very appropriately. Yes, I wanted to say I'm sorry. And yes, I'm being pursued by shadowy elements of our "government" right now so probably I should be dealing with that rather than channeling it into bad poetry here. My life is a constant state of fear right now, so if I may hijack my own post -- I am *not* a Muslim, nor have I ever had any intention of perpetrating evil acts. Unfortunately I've come by some knowledge that is not okay for a citizen to know, so I'm trying to deal with that, and maybe just needed to write a post as a goodbye as well.

Dan Simmons, you are touching so close to the highest realms. A Tibetan told me I may be a Demon God, which was not reassuring, yet it was clarifying. I'm struggling (in art) with that elusive negative space, and (in life), struggling with some pretty powerful forces as well.

Thank you for your writing. I hope you can accept my apology. Please dream better dreams for me. I'm lost in the dark.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
05/23/13 03:45 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons to Jason Boyd:

If you look at the description of these forums at the entry portal, you'll see that there is a rule that none of us -- none of us -- are allowed to "post examples of our own prose" (or poetry) here, for legal as well as other reasons.

When your poem-post was removed, so, accidentally, was my attached response explaining that rule.

You're welcome to post opinions and comments on the forums. But we don't post excerpts from our writing.

DS


Jason_Boyd
(enthusiast)
05/24/13 10:01 AM
Re: Welcome

My apologies again. Thank you for clarifying this.

FYI, I failed as usual to study the Bard via any traditional manner, though I got about 30 pages into Bloom. My iPhone recently, apparently of its own accord, played a song I'd never heard called Sonnet 29 (lyrics being Shakespeare) and so that's been rattling around up there. We also never quote finished with the Tempest but I stand by my interpretation, naive and stupid as it may be. Some say he wrote the St. James Bible -- I sometimes wonder if it isn't the other way around.

I've been wrong about a great many things. I wonder if there's ever any remedy for this condition, other than to say, mea culpa.


Little John
(old hand)
05/27/13 01:28 AM
Re: Welcome

The St. James Bible...

Ya gotta love it when a man performs broad humor!



steele,rick
(Super User)
05/27/13 10:50 AM
Re: Welcome

"Humor"? Is that what J.B. is doing? Sounds more like the lost ramblings of a twisted mind. His posts mention a lot of things, but he doesn't seem to know how to start and finish a cognitive thought.


presentjoy
(member)
06/01/13 12:11 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi,
My name is Karen Lean; I'm camping with my husband in Ontario on the St. Lawrence -- we've been telling each other some great stories and he brought up A Winter Haunting as a book I should read. I've read (and liked) other books by Dan Simmons -- Children of the Night comes to mind as a favourite.

Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself.

Karen


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
06/01/13 03:13 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons writes --

Welcome to the forums, Karen. (Please tell your husband for me that he has good taste.) Have you told any scary stories around the campfire?

ds


Space opera
(enthusiast)
06/02/13 10:48 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello, friends. To translate, I use Google translation. I'm 23 years old. I live in Lyon, France. It is the capital of the Gauls (and City of Lights), the most beautiful city in the world to me. (Besides, I invite you to visit my site in signature.) I support all local clubs including Olympique Lyonnais :D. I passionately love the space opera, as my name indicates. Hyperion is my favorite book. I miss this universe. I especially like the "lights and shadows" atmosphere, very baroque. The Shrike is really great, especially that of designer Jean-Sebastien Rossbach. I'm dying to read something in this universe.

Also, I write. A world that looks a little like Dan Simmons. With a very dark world, but it is better to feel the comfort that follows. Not easy to write. I will make Lyon the capital of the universe - or at least, the main city, as the Parisian centralization (and horrors that go with it) makes me mad with rage.

The Shrike of Rossbach :



Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
06/02/13 03:23 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons to "Space Opera":

Welcome to the Forums! We hope you enjoy conversations here. (Note that we don't allow embedded organization, club, personal, or commercial URLs on postings. But you can talk about Olympique Lyonnais and other clubs as much as you like.)

Again, welcome.

DS


Space opera
(enthusiast)
06/02/13 04:03 PM
Re: Welcome

Thank you, Dan.

And if, for illustration, it is beautiful? Read Hyperion having this Shrike in mind, it is really overkill.


thepineapple
(member)
06/04/13 06:25 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi there,

My name is Akilesh. I read and loved Hyperion years ago. I recently read Dan's 14th installment of Writing Well and found it an all-too-rare jewel of a discussion on the esoteric mysteries of creativity.

It made me think of some of my own writing on my blog which deals with many of the same themes, albeit from quite a different angle. I would love to get reactions from some of the participants here and from Dan himself, if he were so inclined. Finding people genuinely interested in these topics is tough work. I'm not sure, however, in which forum here, if any, it would be permissible to link to such a tract for discussion.

I realize excerpts from writing may not be posted. But may links to blog posts be posted? And if so, where might such a thing go?

Either way, thanks for maintaining these forums, Dan.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
06/04/13 06:45 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons writes:

Hi, Akilesh. And welcome to the Forums.

We don't allow any advertising or self-promotion links on the Forums, but if you'd like to share your extended thoughts on the creative process by linking to a blog (which doesn't include any adverstising, self-promotion, etc., etc.) the best place to do that would probably be in the On Writing Well Forum. (It's been a tad quiescent in recent weeks, but now and then there's a burst of really interesting forum-conversation or literary debate there.) Perhaps you can help us start a new conversation.

Again, welcome.

Dan S.


thepineapple
(member)
06/04/13 08:17 PM
Re: Welcome

Thanks Dan! I think my blog is free of self-promotion and advertising, so I took your suggestion and posted on OWW.

Peter McKenna
(old hand)
06/07/13 11:31 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello, I'm joining this forum following years of enjoyment of your (Dan's) science fiction work. The Hyperion Cantos, IIium, & Olympos, in the main. I am now rereading Ilium and Olympos for the fourth time. The paperbacks I purchased are worse for the wear, but familiar, as I continue to discover new things (depths, allusions, references, etc., etc.) woven into this story. (I believe) the Moravecs to be one of the greatest creations in this genre to embody the finer points of human nature, despite the fact that they are not human, though created by humans. To get to the point, I have read, and enjoyed, your various other works in horror & suspense, but to be honest I am a science fiction fan to my very core. Given that (in my opinion) your greatest work has been in the science fiction genre, and I do believe these works can, and do, stand up against the finest literary work in any genre, I hope you will write more.

I guess I am asking if you intend to write more science fiction. I understand that works like Ilium and Olympos would be major feats for any writer, and I would understand that an endeavor like that can be under-appreciated (I do believe some of the Hugo and Nebula award voters have hearts of pulp), but rest assured I and many others appreciate these books as among the best ever written (I shit you not!).


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
06/08/13 01:07 AM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons writes to Peter McKenna:

Welcome to the Forums, sir. As for the question about whether I'll be writing more SF in the future -- Who knows what weirdness lurks in the hearts of writers? (NuyahahahahaHAH!)

ds


fifty
(enthusiast)
06/08/13 05:54 PM
Re: Welcome

I just started reading Ilium for the third time and for fun took a look at The Iliad. Having skimmed through a forced reading of The Odyssey in high school in 1970, I expected it to be unreadable and deadly boring. So I was shocked to find it highly entertaining - almost as good as Ilium. I had no idea. I am reading the Lombardo translation which I suppose is more modern and snappy than some other translations, but I also have the Lattimore translation which I have been reading selectively for comparision.

Incidentally, I am reading these mostly on my 7 inch Nook HD, sometimes using the Kindle reader on the Nook since for example Lombardo is on Kindle books but not on Nook except as a textbook for computers. I have the books as well but usually prefer reading it on the Nook tablet.

I know many of you on this forum are in favor of physical books, but I find I like both, so I often buy both the physical book and the ebook. ( I also like audio books, but sorry to say I am too cheap to buy them. I listened to the audio versions of Drood, Dark Hills, and Flashback from the library. They are all excellent audios.)


shahar
(member)
07/01/13 01:26 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi Dan,
Do you remember me? I am Shahar from Israel. I am already 10 years old and in Septebber will start 5th grade. Meanwhile I read also the Endymion and the Rise of Endymion and started Ilium!
My favourite is The fall of Hyperion.
Daddy promised that if I improve my English this summer they will get me an e-reader and I will be able to read your books in English.
I wanted to share with you that a few days ago I won 1st plase at an international competition for children at Weizman institue of science. We were asked to prepare a presentation on a Nobel Prize winner and present the research for which the Prize was given. I chose to make a video on Thomas Hunt Moran and his research on fruit flies' chromosomes and DNA. I like genetics and maybe one day I will find a way to prevent hair from growing in people's years \:\)
I attach a link to the site of the competition and a link to my video on you tube.

http://davidson.weizmann.ac.il/en/nobel_comp

and my video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DsRnvoTU18
Our vacation from school in Israel aready started and i have a lot of time to read. Still hope to meet you if you decide to come to Israel for a conference \:\)


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
07/01/13 02:52 PM
Re: Welcome

Congratulations, shahar.

JBBerg
(member)
07/09/13 03:22 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi Dan, hi people,
my name is Gianni, I live in Turin, Italy, and I'm a 46 old year devoted reader of yours novels.
I just finished to read "The Abominable" (see my posts in the appropriate thread) and, as usual, I really enjoyed it.
Thanks for this forum.
Gianni (JBBerg)


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
07/09/13 05:15 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome, Gianni -- Dan Simmons

Hans Alligator
(member)
07/17/13 08:27 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello Dan Simmons,
at first I want to thank you for giving me hours and hours of fear and hope together with all your Charachters of Hyperion,Illium and, of course, Kelly Dahl.
I paint a little bit by myself, and so I thought about painting my own picture of the Shrike and send it to your Art-Gallery. In thinking and planning of the painting, I´d tried to catch the picture of the shrike, that I had in my head while reading your book. And then I know: the shrike looks not like a Swamp-Thing after falling into a pincushion, and also not like a Bastard of the Terminator and a set of chesse-knifes. To paint the shrike, you must be able to paint only one thing: endless fear! And that is missing on all the shrike Paintings I´d seen so far.
And so, because even I can´t paint fear, you´ll get no painting from me. And if you´ll ever make a Hyperion - movie (and I´m a little bit impatient to see it soon): the best shrike will be that one, that we, the audience, only feel, but never see on screen.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
07/17/13 08:34 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome to the forums, Hans Alligator.

Sebastien Pan
(member)
09/22/13 03:08 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi Dan,

At first, thank you for all your great books! I'm going to start the reading of "The Abominable" tonight.

A little bit about myself, I'm a film & TV composer living between France and New-Zealand and I'm really inspired by "Terror", that's why I'd like to ask if you could be interested in me scoring this book?
As an example, here's the link to a 52min orchestral soundtrack I did earlier this year, inspired by a french fantastic novel:
http://bit.ly/1fqxa3v

Again, thanks for the hours of reading!


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
09/22/13 03:18 PM
Re: Welcome

To Sebastien Pan --

First of all, welcome to the forums and for the kind words about my books. As far as scoring music for THE TERROR, that property is now optioned by the AMC cable/sat channel and I guess they'll be making all such decisions if they actually produce the series based on the novel. (I hae a pilot script to read and comment on today.)

Again, welcome.

DS


Sebastien Pan
(member)
09/22/13 03:27 PM
Re: Welcome

Thanks for the fast reply,

Oh ok, good to know, can't wait to watch it so!
Hope the pilot script will be nice!


thilizeg
(member)
10/27/13 04:01 AM
Re: Welcome

Dan, I just joined the forum to tell you that I picked up The Abominable this morning at 8 am, and finished it just now a little after midnight. I was growling at my husband for making me put it down to eat.

I bought it having little idea what it was about, just a climb up Everest. When I saw it was an 'historical' climb related to Mallory's I got so excited. Who isn't fascinated by the attempts made in the 20s?

You really made mountain climbing come to life for me in a way no other novelist has. I cannot believe people came close to succeeding with the equipment of the time. They were brave and insane and amazing to read about. I don't think I'll ever forget Jake and what he went through on that mountain. Thank you for writing this.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
10/27/13 04:09 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: thilizeg
Dan, I just joined the forum to tell you that I picked up The Abominable this morning at 8 am, and finished it just now a little after midnight. I was growling at my husband for making me put it down to eat.

I bought it having little idea what it was about, just a climb up Everest. When I saw it was an 'historical' climb related to Mallory's I got so excited. Who isn't fascinated by the attempts made in the 20s?

You really made mountain climbing come to life for me in a way no other novelist has. I cannot believe people came close to succeeding with the equipment of the time. They were brave and insane and amazing to read about. I don't think I'll ever forget Jake and what he went through on that mountain. Thank you for writing this.


Dan S. writes:

Welcome to the forums "thilizeg". And thanks for the comments. You're a fast reader.

DS


syndiccalls
(member)
11/11/13 11:31 AM
Re: thankyou

I completely understand how Hyperion (my introduction into Dan Simmons work) could have changed your life. Right as mine was 'falling apart' I read this book and merely discovered that I was mislead; it was simply falling in place. 21 and going strong. peace and potential.

arandomguy
(member)
11/15/13 03:02 AM
Re: Welcome

Hey Dan this is my first Forum post, because i just signed up. And i just wanted to say how excited i am to be able kinda talk to you. I wanna use this post as an opppritunity to rant about a art form that sorely underrated. That form is Manga. Manga in general is great, some good ones to start reading is Beserk (Dark, Dark, Dark Fantasy), Mirai Nikki (twisted love story with a sort of SF element in it), and Vinland saga (Viking orientated), these are just some of the great stories and art manga has to offer another is Bakuman (about process of creating and publishing manga), and finally OnePunchMan (cool "battle manga"). Just posting this because I enjoy these stories and I hope you do (people on the forum included). Thanks for all your great stories and this website.

arandomguy
(member)
11/15/13 03:03 AM
Re: Welcome

Oh by the way you can easily access these stories online. I know thats really bad (reading it for free) but I just can't help myself.

steele,rick
(Super User)
11/15/13 11:47 AM
Re: Welcome

Manga? Oh, at first I thought you wrote, "Magma". Which is a whole different kettle of fish. Never mind.


arandomguy
(member)
11/21/13 05:27 PM
Re: Welcome

Haha thats pretty funny man you should check manga out I think you would enjoy reading it.

steele,rick
(Super User)
11/21/13 06:33 PM
Re: Welcome

Tell me about it.

Allyn
(member)
12/20/13 08:57 PM
Re: Welcome

I feel like such a terrible fan. I have been so wrapped up in my own 40 hour work week job and trying to get my own writing career going that I did not check for new books by my favorite authors, you being second only to Neil Gaiman, but I was at Barnes and Noble shopping and saw "The Abominable." I almost screamed! Then I saw what it was about...Everest! One of my favorite topics!

Since Christmas is so close I didn't get it, figuring one of my daughters would get it for me, but I bought the eBook. That's what I do with your books, Dan, I buy them in every format I can. Crazy, I know, but I like to have the options of listening to them, carrying them in my purse, reading them on my iPad, and the hardback looks so good on my bookshelf.

I have "The Terror", my favorite book of yours, in HB, PB, audio, and eBook. When winter sets in, which isn't much for Texas, I listen to "The Terror"...every year!

You are an amazing writer and I am very thankful you didn't give up but continued to pursue your dream. We have all been blessed by your talent!

Thank you!


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
12/24/13 04:47 AM
Re: Welcome

Welcome to the forums "Allyn" (from Allyntown) and thank you for the kind (and articulate) words.

We hope you enjoy the dialogues you take part in here and that you come to appreciate many of the fine, smart people who choose to spend their time discussing important (and sometimes silly) things with each other here in a civil and friendly manner.

Dan S.


Bsan
(addict)
12/24/13 12:41 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Allyn
I feel like such a terrible fan. I have been so wrapped up in my own 40 hour work week job and trying to get my own writing career going that I did not check for new books by my favorite authors, you being second only to Neil Gaiman, but I was at Barnes and Noble shopping and saw "The Abominable." I almost screamed! Then I saw what it was about...Everest! One of my favorite topics!

Since Christmas is so close I didn't get it, figuring one of my daughters would get it for me, but I bought the eBook. That's what I do with your books, Dan, I buy them in every format I can. Crazy, I know, but I like to have the options of listening to them, carrying them in my purse, reading them on my iPad, and the hardback looks so good on my bookshelf.

I have "The Terror", my favorite book of yours, in HB, PB, audio, and eBook. When winter sets in, which isn't much for Texas, I listen to "The Terror"...every year!

You are an amazing writer and I am very thankful you didn't give up but continued to pursue your dream. We have all been blessed by your talent!

Thank you!


I live in Dallas and my wife and I have 4 packages that have been stuck in the Mesquite post office for over 2 weeks. If you could do me a Christmas solid and drive over there and clear that up for me that would be fantastic.

Joking of course. Welcome!


Antipodes
(enthusiast)
07/19/14 06:42 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi Dan, hi everyone. I'm a lawyer out of Perth in Western Australia, my name's Michael, and I'm that most dreadful, common-as-dirt thing on the Internet: an aspiring writer.

I just want to say, ahead of having what I hope are a lot of friendly chats with you guys, that Dan's books are awesome, and his site and articles are even better if that's possible. I think you'll pick up more value out of his Writing Well forums than you'll get out of any half dozen "how to" books on writing, simply because I've had the fortune of stumbling onto his articles and the misfortune of reading a representative sample of the "how to"s.

Anyway, hi all, and look forward to talking!


Enright
(Super User)
07/19/14 03:02 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome aboard! I've only been to Sydney in my misspent youth, but always wanted to see Perth, the city that turned its lights on for John Glenn. Like you, I live on the Western side of my country also, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

You are so right about the Writing Well articles, which are simply a blast to read and absorb. They make learning fun, and that's sometimes hard to find.


steele,rick
(Super User)
07/19/14 06:19 PM
Re: Welcome

Ditto, Counsellor. Like Enright, I'm also a resident of the West Coast...of Florida. Welcome onboard and don't be shy!


RaleC
(member)
08/29/14 03:12 AM
Re: Welcome

Howdy folks, Nice to meet you all --

Despite numerous setbacks of the technological variety I've managed to register. Woot.

I'm a sound engineer, composer, and music producer living in Sydney and flying to Tokyo regularly for work. I'm currently helping a buddy out with his second book and based on Dan's talent, the knowledge demonstrated in the forums here, and the excellent Writing Well articles, I figured this was a good place to build the skills necessary to fake it through the process.

Thanks for reading.

C.


steele,rick
(Super User)
08/29/14 12:59 PM
Re: Welcome

"...fake it" ?

To paraphrase Coach Jimmy Dugan in A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, There's no faking in writing. Either you're a good writer, or you are striving to be one. You can't fake it.

Other than that, welcome to the forum!


RaleC
(member)
08/30/14 01:50 PM
Re: Welcome

Thanks for the welcome!

I meant that tongue in cheek. Like "faking" off a lead sheet.

I've got many mawkish, heartfelt, piles of words to prove I value the art. I'm just aware of where I stand in the alphabet of Men of Letters.

If Dan is like, say, Mahler - I'm aiming for The Ramones; or, at least the opening act.


steele,rick
(Super User)
08/30/14 02:32 PM
Re: Welcome

You're welcome, mate!

although I would not aim for the Ramones...the last one just died.


Panoptes
(enthusiast)
01/02/15 10:29 PM
Re: Welcome

Greetings,

I have long enjoyed the forum's conversations as a lurker and as the new year arrived thought that I would register to occasionally join discussions, as well as to commend the host for his Writing Well installments.

I came to discover Mr Simmons' stories when working as part of a small team of computer programmers in France (I myself was a designer in said team). I greatly respected my colleagues' tastes in all things artistic — they were scientists with doctorates but also amateur writers and gifted musicians — and one day decided to offer them a survey in order to gather lists of their 10 favourite books, so that I could expand my reading list. 2 of these colleagues listed Hyperion and Ilium, which lead me to read the Hyperion Cantos and more.

Happy 2015 to everyone.


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
01/03/15 11:16 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome to the Treehouse, Panoptes.

Dan S.


mirron
(enthusiast)
01/12/15 02:59 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello all. Some time lurker, freshly inducted.....

steele,rick
(Super User)
01/13/15 12:16 AM
Re: Welcome

Greetings fellow Floridian?

Conch Republican
(member)
08/31/15 08:22 PM
Re: Welcome

Thank you for the add!

I look forward to discussing all things Simmons!


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
09/02/15 03:51 AM
Re: Welcome

Dan S. to Conch Republican:

Again, welcome to the treehouse. But be warned that we discuss (and argue) everything under the sun EXCEPT for Simmons on this site and these forums. We stick to interesting topics.

ds


Conch Republican
(member)
09/21/15 08:13 PM
Re: Welcome

Thank you kind Sir!

It was the Hot Topics section which caught my attention as a lurker. I'm looking forward to the discussion!


mozzribo
(member)
01/05/16 03:31 PM
Re: Welcome

Greetings, Everyone!

I have successfully penetrated the bot defenses through the limited opportunity frame that I have been given.

I look forward to interesting discussions.

With awe,
~mozzribo


steele,rick
(Super User)
01/05/16 06:54 PM
Re: Welcome

Congratulations Sir or Madam!

Not being a Dutch Boy myself, I have no idea what mozzribo is or means. Or even how to pronounce it.

You've come to the right place for interesting discussions.


mozzribo
(member)
01/07/16 04:01 PM
Re: Welcome

Thanks \:\) I'm not quite a Dutch boy myself, I live in the Netherlands.

I'm a citizen of Earth.

mozzribo has a long history and its origins have become irrelevant to me. It sounds cool, so it became my digital name.

Since You asked, I can tell You that it comes from "man with the fish" in Slovenian, originally "mož z ribo".


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
01/11/16 09:49 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan Simmons comments:

Welcome to the Tree House, mozzribo! I think I can speak for everyone (or at least most people) here when I say that we hope your dialogues and interactions on the forums here enjoyable and perhaps even enlightening. (This core group has enlightened me over the years on several fronts.)

Perhaps, in one of your earlier comments here, you can teach the more geographically-challenged amongst us 'Murcans here the difference between "the Netherlands" and "Holland" -- or perhaps if you're from somewhere else originally (no need for specificity) -- and if all of Netherland and Holland are, indeed, below sea level and behind dams. (And I've been to Amsterdam and Rotterdam with my family, so I should know, dam-wise and negative-altitude-wise, but am afraid I'd be wrong if I speak up.)

DS


AlexMiller
(member)
01/11/16 09:53 PM
Re: Welcome

Greetings from California! I've read just about all of Dan's published works, and love them all. Hyperion was my introduction, and it remains my favorite. I look forward to many interesting conversations.

Alex


BroJ
(enthusiast)
01/24/16 05:43 PM
Re: Welcome

Okay, Dan. I guess I'm in. Thanks for having me on your forum! I look forward to some enlightening and engaging interaction. : )

Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
01/24/16 06:23 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan S. comments:

I see that I've been remiss in my welcoming duties. So a sincere and hearty welcome to Alex Miller (You love ALL of my published works, Alex? Wow. Even my WIFE doesn't love all of them. Thank you.)

And a somewhat more timely welcome to "BroJ" -- pronounced "Bro-Jay", I'm told. We hope you have some rewarding conversations here . . . ah . . . Bro.

ds


mozzribo
(member)
01/30/16 07:07 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Dan Simmons
Dan Simmons comments:

Welcome to the Tree House, mozzribo! I think I can speak for everyone (or at least most people) here when I say that we hope your dialogues and interactions on the forums here enjoyable and perhaps even enlightening. (This core group has enlightened me over the years on several fronts.)

Perhaps, in one of your earlier comments here, you can teach the more geographically-challenged amongst us 'Murcans here the difference between "the Netherlands" and "Holland" -- or perhaps if you're from somewhere else originally (no need for specificity) -- and if all of Netherland and Holland are, indeed, below sea level and behind dams. (And I've been to Amsterdam and Rotterdam with my family, so I should know, dam-wise and negative-altitude-wise, but am afraid I'd be wrong if I speak up.)

DS


I have already been enlightened by some old(er) posts. Here's to hoping that I can contribute.

To clarify upon my origins and the distinction between Netherlands/Holland − I'm from planet Earth.

Having that said, I know many people are not satisfied that easily. I was born in Serbia, to a Serbian Father and Hungarian Mother. I had also lived in Hungary and Slovenia. Now I live in the Netherlands, of which Holland is but a region, located in the west side of the country.

Quoting from the almighty Wikipedia:
 Quote:
Holland is a region and former province on the western coast of the Netherlands. The name Holland is also frequently used to informally refer to the whole of the country of the Netherlands. This usage is commonly accepted in other countries, but in the Netherlands and particularly in other regions of the country it could be found undesirable or even insulting.

I personally don't mind, and haven't met anyone being insulted by such a thing, but one mixing up the two names can suffer being the target of intellectual ridicule.

Regarding the sea level... If the most sophisticated dams in the world, the ones that keep the water out of the Netherlands, were to malfunction completely and no solution were to be found, most of the country would be under water.

Last autumn there was this artistic light installation on the Museumplein in Amsterdam, where "waves of water" were projected some six meters (if I'm not mistaken) above the ground, where the sea level is located.

I also used to live in Ommen, a smaller town in Overijssel. That is one of the rare regions slightly above sea level.


mozzribo
(member)
01/30/16 07:09 PM
Re: Welcome

Also, welcome Alex and BroJ!

Allyn
(member)
03/05/16 09:19 PM
Re: Welcome

So I reorganized my bookshelves in my office and found that I didn't have enough space for all my hundreds of books. So I went through my books to see which author I had the most of and it was of course (drum roll, please)...Dan Simmons! So there is a 2-shelf case sitting atop one of the other bookcases with all my Dan Simmons books! It is so pretty!

Thank you for all you do!


steele,rick
(Super User)
03/05/16 11:14 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome, Allyn. Soon, just maybe, you might be able to add a DVD movie to your Dan Simmons collection.

Allyn
(member)
03/06/16 12:48 PM
Re: Welcome

I've heard rumors about a movie being made from "The Terror" and from "Abominable." Still waiting.

Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
03/06/16 04:09 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Allyn
I've heard rumors about a movie being made from "The Terror" and from "Abominable." Still waiting.


Dan S. comments:

See announcements on the General Discussion Forum.

ds


Dave_the_Proc
(enthusiast)
07/09/16 10:09 AM
Re: Welcome

Over the years that I have been a part of these forums, both quietly and actively, I have learnt a lot, read and taken part in many interesting discussions, got to know (in some small way) a selection of interesting, funny and intelligent people that I would never otherwise have known.

Sadly, I have come to the decision to no longer visit or take part in these forums. Despite the best efforts of many, up to and including Dan, there has been a shift in tone and content, a shift that is meaner and less open to discussion outside certain parameters. I have enjoyed coming here for the alternative view points, for the challenge to my assumptions, for the experience of learning, but I don't feel that there is much joy left here, or genuine desire to debate.

I don't want this to be a flounce out the door, a long winded rant and a dramatic exit, I just don't want to feel like I snuck out in the middle of the party without saying goodbye.

Thanks to all who have made this Treehouse so enjoyable in the past. I wish you all the very best in the future.


RIck Steele
(enthusiast)
07/21/16 11:13 PM
Re: Welcome

It makes me sad to read this post from Dave. Especially since I spent the last two weeks trying to find the way back into Dan's Treehouse... I screwed up my password. So now I'm back with a new screen ID, etc.

I hope to bring back some of the joy formerly found here as well as the desire to debate. Sitting here watching the RNC in Cleveland, wow, what a show! Now we just need Auntie, ScottSA, et al to take the Trump....I mean the SIMMONS pledge: Converse, Listen...Solve TOGETHER...We will RISE from the ashes of banality to the peaks of WindWalker II! Can I get an AMEN??


Dagon's Decision
(member)
09/07/16 03:33 PM
Re: Welcome

Thank you for adding me. Thank you for giving form to my dreams. How many of us would be "on-our-own" without your works? You have provided/verified many necessary ingredients in the building of my Philosopher Stone.

Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
09/07/16 05:16 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Dave_the_Proc
Over the years that I have been a part of these forums, both quietly and actively, I have learnt a lot, read and taken part in many interesting discussions, got to know (in some small way) a selection of interesting, funny and intelligent people that I would never otherwise have known.

Sadly, I have come to the decision to no longer visit or take part in these forums. Despite the best efforts of many, up to and including Dan, there has been a shift in tone and content, a shift that is meaner and less open to discussion outside certain parameters. I have enjoyed coming here for the alternative view points, for the challenge to my assumptions, for the experience of learning, but I don't feel that there is much joy left here, or genuine desire to debate.

I don't want this to be a flounce out the door, a long winded rant and a dramatic exit, I just don't want to feel like I snuck out in the middle of the party without saying goodbye.

Thanks to all who have made this Treehouse so enjoyable in the past. I wish you all the very best in the future.


Dan S. comments:

I just noticed your post here Dave -- perhaps your last post here -- and want to say that we're all sorry you're leaving but understand your decision. We've enjoyed your posts and viewpoints over the years.

As far as the tenor of the forums, it should be noted that we're in one of the wildest and most divisive election years in living memory. People of conscience on both sides of the political spectrum are concerned about their choice of candidates. For all that national anxiety and polarization, I can't say that the pertinent forum here as been mean-spirited or "less open to discussion outside certain parameters". More intense, perhaps, but not exclusive of new ideas. As for "less joyous" than our discussions of yore -- well, the whole nation feels less joyous right now as everything crumbles down to what could be a disastrous presidential election.

At any rate, should you wish to return and take part, I'm sure that everyone here would welcome you. For now, we wish you safe travels and happy discussions with people.

DS


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
09/07/16 05:19 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Dagon's Decision
Thank you for adding me. Thank you for giving form to my dreams. How many of us would be "on-our-own" without your works? You have provided/verified many necessary ingredients in the building of my Philosopher Stone.


Dan S. writes:

Welcome "Dragon's Decision" and may your Philosopher's Stone gain new dimensions (perhaps a rec room over the garage?) during your stay and involvement in these forums.

DS


Dagon's Decision
(member)
09/07/16 07:29 PM
Re: Welcome

Yes, the typo in my user name is quite distracting but, alas, I have found no way to correct it

Lasombra
(Terror)
09/07/16 09:13 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Dan Simmons
 Originally Posted By: Dave_the_Proc
Over the years that I have been a part of these forums, both quietly and actively, I have learnt a lot, read and taken part in many interesting discussions, got to know (in some small way) a selection of interesting, funny and intelligent people that I would never otherwise have known.

Sadly, I have come to the decision to no longer visit or take part in these forums. Despite the best efforts of many, up to and including Dan, there has been a shift in tone and content, a shift that is meaner and less open to discussion outside certain parameters. I have enjoyed coming here for the alternative view points, for the challenge to my assumptions, for the experience of learning, but I don't feel that there is much joy left here, or genuine desire to debate.

I don't want this to be a flounce out the door, a long winded rant and a dramatic exit, I just don't want to feel like I snuck out in the middle of the party without saying goodbye.

Thanks to all who have made this Treehouse so enjoyable in the past. I wish you all the very best in the future.


Dan S. comments:

I just noticed your post here Dave -- perhaps your last post here -- and want to say that we're all sorry you're leaving but understand your decision. We've enjoyed your posts and viewpoints over the years.

As far as the tenor of the forums, it should be noted that we're in one of the wildest and most divisive election years in living memory. People of conscience on both sides of the political spectrum are concerned about their choice of candidates. For all that national anxiety and polarization, I can't say that the pertinent forum here as been mean-spirited or "less open to discussion outside certain parameters". More intense, perhaps, but not exclusive of new ideas. As for "less joyous" than our discussions of yore -- well, the whole nation feels less joyous right now as everything crumbles down to what could be a disastrous presidential election.

At any rate, should you wish to return and take part, I'm sure that everyone here would welcome you. For now, we wish you safe travels and happy discussions with people.

DS


I've been engaging less and less in any sort of discussion of politics or current events for just the reason you cited above. Any change in tone on the forum has more to do with the nature of the subject matter than participant behavior...things seem more bleak and nasty because they just are. Each and every day brings us another "close call" between the militaries of regional and global powers, financial instability is holding back global growth and prosperity, and then we still have the increasing threat of international terrorism....there is not much to be joyous about, at least on the geopolitical front.

I grew up during the 1980s, I remember watching films like THE DAY AFTER and seeing the Doomsday Clock moving towards midnight on the evening news, yet I never had a nightmare about nuclear war until recently.

The movie and book threads here in general discussions are still a welcome escape!


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
09/08/16 05:51 AM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Lasombra
 Originally Posted By: Dan Simmons
 Originally Posted By: Dave_the_Proc
Over the years that I have been a part of these forums, both quietly and actively, I have learnt a lot, read and taken part in many interesting discussions, got to know (in some small way) a selection of interesting, funny and intelligent people that I would never otherwise have known.

Sadly, I have come to the decision to no longer visit or take part in these forums. Despite the best efforts of many, up to and including Dan, there has been a shift in tone and content, a shift that is meaner and less open to discussion outside certain parameters. I have enjoyed coming here for the alternative view points, for the challenge to my assumptions, for the experience of learning, but I don't feel that there is much joy left here, or genuine desire to debate.

I don't want this to be a flounce out the door, a long winded rant and a dramatic exit, I just don't want to feel like I snuck out in the middle of the party without saying goodbye.

Thanks to all who have made this Treehouse so enjoyable in the past. I wish you all the very best in the future.


Dan S. comments:

I just noticed your post here Dave -- perhaps your last post here -- and want to say that we're all sorry you're leaving but understand your decision. We've enjoyed your posts and viewpoints over the years.

As far as the tenor of the forums, it should be noted that we're in one of the wildest and most divisive election years in living memory. People of conscience on both sides of the political spectrum are concerned about their choice of candidates. For all that national anxiety and polarization, I can't say that the pertinent forum here as been mean-spirited or "less open to discussion outside certain parameters". More intense, perhaps, but not exclusive of new ideas. As for "less joyous" than our discussions of yore -- well, the whole nation feels less joyous right now as everything crumbles down to what could be a disastrous presidential election.

At any rate, should you wish to return and take part, I'm sure that everyone here would welcome you. For now, we wish you safe travels and happy discussions with people.

DS


I've been engaging less and less in any sort of discussion of politics or current events for just the reason you cited above. Any change in tone on the forum has more to do with the nature of the subject matter than participant behavior...things seem more bleak and nasty because they just are. Each and every day brings us another "close call" between the militaries of regional and global powers, financial instability is holding back global growth and prosperity, and then we still have the increasing threat of international terrorism....there is not much to be joyous about, at least on the geopolitical front.

I grew up during the 1980s, I remember watching films like THE DAY AFTER and seeing the Doomsday Clock moving towards midnight on the evening news, yet I never had a nightmare about nuclear war until recently.

The movie and book threads here in general discussions are still a welcome escape!


Dan S. comments to Lasombra:

Each generation since WWII seems to have its own onslaught of Doomsday images and predictions. For my generation (born in 1948) it ramped up dramatically in the late 1950's into the mid-1960's: in rapid progression we had the (some excellent, all the worse for our nerves) books and films: "On the Beach", "Red Alert", "Fail Safe", "Dr. Strangelove" -- and many more. The depictions of life{sic) after a nuclear war were so convincing that when my younger brother (8, 9 years old) and I went with family from our small town in Illinois to visit family in Chicago, young Wayne would say "It's better being here in the big city . . . we'll die all at once in the hydrogen bomb blast and not die slow from radiation."

Articles at the time called it "Doomsday Porn" and I remember,at ages 10-15, getting a real taste for it.

The Forum activity here has been very sparse of late. Part of that. I think, has to do with many of us having said about everything there is to say about political and topical subjects. We've staked out our territory and -- rather than debate anything here or on other "social media" -- we're just waiting for the poolpah to hit the fan.

The book thread and comments on the jazz thread and such are refreshing, but hardly a reason to keep the forums going. I've considered shutting them down and just updating the general web site that I've allowed -- due to being too busy in all directions -- to fall into shabby obsolescence. Since I'm a writer and since part of a reason a writer has a web site is to tout his or her work and new products, I should be breaking the news of directors and actors being signed for next year's "The Terror" on AMC and the news of a new deal with a major TV network for another favorite book of mine.

Instead, I enjoy reading the forums and people's opinions and debates. But Jobiska has disappeared for whatever reason. ScottSA posts only very rarely. Other voices I've come to enjoy and respect have fallen silent.

It might well be time to shut the forums down -- or at least two of them, leaving the "General Discussion" perhaps -- and to acknowledge that we've said all we can say in this truly annus horribilis and that we all need to get on with real life.

ds


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
09/08/16 05:57 AM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Dagon's Decision
Yes, the typo in my user name is quite distracting but, alas, I have found no way to correct it


Dan S. comments:

You've only been a forum member for a couple of days so, if you re-register with the proper name, you won't lose any long-time-member status (such as poor Rick Steele who forgot his password, had to start over with a new screen name, and saw himself demoted from the revered "CEO OF THE HEGEMONY" status to just being a newbie.)

But ask me to shut off the barriers again long enough for you to re-register and we'll get the RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR back for Dragon.

DS


springer2
(Pooh-Bah)
09/08/16 09:21 PM
Re: Welcome

I, for one, am excited to hear any and all news of all current and new Dan Simmons television updates. Since I haven't really taken part in any of the sociopolitical debates on the forum for many years, these are the main reason I still frequent this site.

RIck Steele
(enthusiast)
09/08/16 09:34 PM
Re: Welcome

I also have noticed the dearth of treehouse chums of late, Dan. It makes me sad to have been a part of something meaningful, something important.....oh hell. It's just a chat room. Albeit a damn good one. It would have been nice to have a get-together at WWII with the Shrike keeping order, but some things are not to be. I also miss Aunties stories of her childhood in Tennessee. Is she going to be in Omega Canyon? I think I remember she said she was from Oak Ridge.

If you decide to pull up the rope on one of the Treehouse rooms, it's ok. We'll get by. Perhaps even better, without the usual sound and fury we have had for the last year or so. The coming election will make it hard to remain civil. Which is rule number one. So we few, we band of brothers will pull in close to the fire and share a pint to keep the chill winds of autum from ripping the Windows off the house. Stay warm.

P.S. If you lower the gate, watch out for spam-bots. They're everywhere.


Davide
(member)
02/20/17 07:07 AM
Re: Welcome

Thanks for letting me join the forum! This time the procedure to sign in went smoothly. I'm glad to be here!

Shrike1
(veteran)
02/20/17 05:14 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome to the forum Davide.

Bob Calco
(enthusiast)
04/25/17 03:34 PM
Re: Welcome

As a noob to these forums I just want to say that the opportunity to interact with other readers of Dan's books on various and sundry issues, including the hot button ones, is a great privilege.

Thanks to Dan for having the forums at all, and for those who stick with them despite the challenges of online interaction in an era dominated by social media and increasing political uncertainty that seems to be generating crazier and more divisive conversations.

To any and all considering quitting the forums - let's instead work to make these a place where spirited disagreement doesn't result in angry words, much less parting of ways.


Enright
(Super User)
04/25/17 04:00 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Bob Calco
As a noob to these forums I just want to say that the opportunity to interact with other readers of Dan's books on various and sundry issues, including the hot button ones, is a great privilege.

Thanks to Dan for having the forums at all, and for those who stick with them despite the challenges of online interaction in an era dominated by social media and increasing political uncertainty that seems to be generating crazier and more divisive conversations.

To any and all considering quitting the forums - let's instead work to make these a place where spirited disagreement doesn't result in angry words, much less parting of ways.


Well said, Bob. Welcome!


speedy2686
(member)
05/25/17 03:11 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi all,

I'm hear because I'm an aspiring writer and a Dan Simmons fan (though I have a bone to pick with the man over Duane).

I've been reading the Writing Well series. The lessons and inspiration that I've drawn from it are manifold, which makes me all the more happy to be a part of this forum and all the more disappointed to see that the series has been seemingly discontinued.


ScottMcCalla
(member)
12/21/17 10:59 PM
Re: Welcome

Hey Folks, I joined the forums to ask Mr. Simmons a question about the Hyperion series, and I look forward to participating in the forums beyond that as well!

Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
12/22/17 06:29 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan S. comments to ScottMcCalla:

Welcome to the Treehouse and long may you take part in the discussions here. (Note: we're at somewhat of a low ebb of debate and comments here, but that tends to happen around the holidays as we slide down the rope from the treehouse and go about those little things called our daily lives.)

DS


steele,rick
(Super User)
01/27/18 03:11 PM
Re: Welcome

With all of the chatter on FB re The Terror, predict some new-bees will soon want to join in the fun here. Does the drawbridge need some lubrication to help block out the spambots?

theDiaNew
(member)
04/22/18 05:09 PM
Re: Welcome

Wow, I finally made it back. \:\)

So Dan you can close the doors again. Sadly I lost my old account (created at the beginning times of this forum) because - even after I found out with which mail I created it - the ordering of the password didn´t work at all.

Let you elves check this problem and probably old Dia will be back then.

Well, time to check what has happened since I got lost...

dia


AuntJobiska
(enthusiast)
04/25/18 02:31 PM
Re: Welcome

Welome! The same happened to me (Now I'm "AuntJosiska" instead of just "Jobiska"). I'm looking forward to your contributions!

JPJK
(member)
04/25/18 02:42 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: theDiaNew
Wow, I finally made it back. \:\)

So Dan you can close the doors again. Sadly I lost my old account (created at the beginning times of this forum) because - even after I found out with which mail I created it - the ordering of the password didn´t work at all.

Let you elves check this problem and probably old Dia will be back then.

Well, time to check what has happened since I got lost...

dia


Same here ! I was "Mighty Pee", and only posted very few times.

Still, glad to be back.

Anyone got issues regarding AMC's broadcasting of The Terror (not available on the Video on Demand fucntionnality, no adequate re-run of the show - only at 3-4-5am, etc.) ? I'm about to write to them about this (their programmation chief isn't great at it).


steele,rick
(Super User)
06/21/18 11:57 AM
Re: Welcome

I enjoyed The Terror immensely and watched it on Amazon Prime. It offered closed captions, which are so essential for us Americans who can't understand the mother tongue anymore. The small cost was worth not having commercial interruptions. Also, the ability to freeze and restart images helped greatly.

Good work to the entire cast and crew. The only thing I missed was swimming in Platypus Pond.


LDanielle
(member)
07/18/18 07:59 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello all!

I'm Laura. I'm brand new to the forums but not new to Dan's work, I've been a fan since I first read The Terror... Ten years ago? Well, that's sobering. I haven't seen the TV series yet, but have heard good things. I'm looking forward to chatting with you all. Thanks for lowering the drawbridge for me!


Enright
(Super User)
07/18/18 09:08 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome, Laura. That's a most beautiful name. I'm in the midst of reading The Terror for the first time, and really enjoying it. I also haven't seen the series, since my DVR saved episodes were all deleted when the recorder crashed!

Irakli
(member)
07/20/18 11:15 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello from Georgia - the COUNTRY of Georgia, I mean.
Honor to be part of the community


Enright
(Super User)
07/20/18 11:26 AM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: Irakli
Hello from Georgia - the COUNTRY of Georgia, I mean.
Honor to be part of the community


How interesting! Welcome to the forum.


MWest
(member)
08/12/18 07:16 PM
Re: Welcome

Just joined and I haven't even finished Fall of Hyperion yet, but this seems like the place to be.

MaxFitzmax
(member)
08/12/18 08:49 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi everyone! Over the summer I read The Terror, Hyperion, and Fall of Hyperion. New to Dan Simmons and loving his work.
Happy to be a part of the Hegemony here!


Enright
(Super User)
08/13/18 01:47 PM
Re: Welcome

Glad to have you come aboard, Max. Welcome. He's surely one of the great modern writers.

Shrike1
(veteran)
08/13/18 02:06 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome to the forums MWest & MaxFitzmax! It's always good to have some new Simmons fans join.

Greg


Deianus
(member)
08/17/18 02:59 PM
Re: Welcome

Greetings people of earth. I come in peace... from Finland. Simmons fan since 2000, when I read all that was then available in the library, starting with Hyperion. Currently only Phases of Gravity is still unread. Never been a SoMe person, so I actually looked at this forum for the first time a few months ago. Last decade I visited the site often to read the messages from Dan.

This is a nice civilized community. Thank you.


AuntJobiska
(enthusiast)
08/23/18 02:42 AM
Re: Welcome

Welcome Dalanus! Happy to have you aboard!

Jason_WB
(enthusiast)
09/11/18 06:32 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello all --

On this day of memorial I am both sad remembering so much fear and also rejoicing that life continues and I am older and wiser. Not to be maudlin or make light of the sober occasion.

I am happy to join with fans and followers of my favorite writer! I'm a neophyte aspiring writer myself and been reading Dan's stuff for 25 years, not sure what else to say here. Hello!


Jason_WB
(enthusiast)
09/12/18 06:20 PM
Re: Welcome

I'm gonna need a bigger boat. But that is my favorite movie.

I have far too many things to say any of them. I also feel some frustration at having been unable to keep up with Dan's canon in recent years. Please all excuse my half aware participation -- I am taking in a lot and wishing to be mindful of my place, to the extent that that is possible. I'm a pretty slow reader.


AuntJobiska
(enthusiast)
09/12/18 08:32 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome, Jason! When the website overhaul is done, be sure to check out our gracious host's Writing Well series on the home page. It is a true treasure!

Things are a bit slow here lately, but don't be shy. Join in!


Shrike1
(veteran)
09/13/18 02:14 AM
Re: Welcome

Jason, this first link should take you to the last Writing Well installment Simmons uploaded. In the link below that one you'll find the previous installments.

Welcome to the forum!

http://www.dansimmons.com/writing_welll/writing.htm

http://www.dansimmons.com/writing_welll/archive/writing_index.htm

Greg


Jason_WB
(enthusiast)
09/13/18 04:08 PM
Re: Welcome

Thank you kind sirs for the warm welcome. And yes I look forward to absorbing Dan on writing and life the universe and everything. I'm TERRIFIED! But if he don't know how to write well, ain't we all in a whole heap of trouble!

It's gonna be a feast.

I'm an aspiring writer myself, which is to say, not commercially published though I've spun some wicked yarns in my day. I really am hoping to learn from everyone and sort myself out enough to maybe make a dollar some day as an actual, honest-to-goodness writer. I'm maybe not attached to that outcome so much as trying to forge ahead.


AuntJobiska
(enthusiast)
09/13/18 08:35 PM
Re: Welcome

You can check out the On Writing Well part of the forum, too. It has not been so active lately, but if you click on "all dates" you can find some helpful and lively discussions.

Jason_WB
(enthusiast)
09/14/18 05:36 PM
Re: Welcome

Reading...

morrisongold
(member)
09/25/18 09:37 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi there,

I'm a french newcomer. I'm a Dan Simmons fan since forever.
Here in France we don't have The Abominable and The Fifth Heart translated. So the last I read was Flashback in 2012 six years ago. Very eager to read new material.
And very happy to be here ;\)


Dan SimmonsAdministrator
(CEO of the Hegemony)
10/04/18 06:21 PM
Re: Welcome

Dan S. comments to morrisongold:

Welcome to the forums! I'm sorry that the last few novels haven't been translated in France yet. I do know that we've made a comprehensive deal with our French publisher which essentially includes publishing all the books I now have in print and new novels yet to be scheduled.

DS


JPJK
(member)
10/07/18 06:24 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: morrisongold
Hi there,

I'm a french newcomer. I'm a Dan Simmons fan since forever.
Here in France we don't have The Abominable and The Fifth Heart translated. So the last I read was Flashback in 2012 six years ago. Very eager to read new material.
And very happy to be here ;\)


Welcome to the forum ! French is also my first language and the original version of The Abominable and Fifth Heart aren't that hard to get into, even considering our little "weakness". Considering that you're able to make yourself clear in this post, I think that you'd be able to rush into the newer material from our host \:\)


Triptogenetica
(member)
11/27/18 10:17 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello all

I just registered.

I am a General Practitioner in the UK. (Probably "Family Physician" is the closest American equivalent).

The Hyperion quartet changed the way I think and feel about compassion and empathy. It should be essential reading for all/most doctors (in my opinion).

Hyperion - and the "Art of Manliness" podcast oddly enough - also both prompted me to read the writings of Ignatius Loyola. I'm glad I did.

I'm currently halfway through Ilium. I share one of the characters' (and I hope, Dan Simmons', and this forum's) "obsession with the puzzle of what it means to be human".

I have a crazy idea.

I follow a podcast, the "Art of Manliness", narrated by a sensible guy - Mr Brett McKay - who seems to share Mr Simmons' interest in Classical virtues (and Loyola):
(as an aside - I believe the podcast is more a guide to modern virtue, humanity, parenting etc - to define this as "manliness" narrowly would be missing the point):

https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/hector-achilles-two-paths-manliness/
https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/podcast-337-life-lessons-odyssey/
https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/why-every-man-should-study-the-ancient-classics/
https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/podcast-392-jesuit-spirituality-can-improve-life/

So for a while now, I've been thinking, "I really hope Dan Simmons does an AoM podcast in his lifetime". If it would bring his thinking and the great work that is Hyperion, to a wider audience, I think this would be absolutely great.

So -then I thought - I should actually get things together to suggest this. But how to proceed?

AoM / Mr McKay is not the easiest to contact online. I intend to write to him via snail mail. Does anyone have any other suggestions?


Thank you,


PJ McNally -

- triptogenetica


CPD
(enthusiast)
11/28/18 01:15 PM
Re: Welcome

Looks like you can contact AoM this way: (from https://www.artofmanliness.com/contact/)


If you have a comment or question, please contact us by dropping a letter in the mail box to:

Art of Manliness
PO Box 978
Jenks, OK 74037

Or you can reach us via Twitter at @artofmanliness

So, I'd try Twitter.


steele,rick
(Super User)
11/28/18 08:40 PM
Re: Welcome

That's an interesting handle, Mr. Tripp. What's it mean?

Triptogenetica
(member)
01/10/19 05:37 PM
Re: Welcome

Thankyou; I will see if AoM are interested.


There was a time when everybody seemed to have a cool-sounding, unique handle online; triptogenetica wasn't yet taken.

Probably dates my taste in music somewhat.

WARNING - electronic beats:

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Triptogenetica
https://www.discogs.com/Adam-Freeland-Adam-Freelands-Coastal-Breaks-II/release/151171


Erica
(member)
01/24/19 02:53 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi gang. I just registered! Very excited to see what's in store here on the ol' World Wide Web. See you in the forums!

Erica


Enright
(Super User)
01/24/19 12:27 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome, Erica.

AuntJobiska
(enthusiast)
01/24/19 11:43 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome, Erica! Nice to have another lady here!

ColinFraizer
(enthusiast)
01/25/19 12:34 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome, Erica!

Shrike1
(veteran)
01/25/19 08:35 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello Erica. Good to see another new member joined the treehouse.

Erica
(member)
01/26/19 03:58 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi Enright, Aunt Jobiska, Colin, and Shrike! Thanks for the welcome!

Definitely thought I registered with the username "Orphan of Time," but happy anyway that my actual name is being displayed for use.


JPJK
(member)
01/29/19 03:37 AM
Re: Welcome

Welcome aboard Erica \:\)

LittleMouse
(member)
02/09/19 08:23 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello! I just recently registered, but this is the first time I've actually visited the forums. I'm excited to see what's going on!

Enright
(Super User)
02/09/19 08:35 PM
Re: Welcome

Welcome! One thing, regarding your question to Dan on the HMS Terror: I could be mistaken but don't be surprised if he doesn't answer your question, as I believe he regards directed questions to him on the forums as inappropriate or not customary, at least.

LittleMouse
(member)
02/10/19 12:29 AM
Re: Welcome

Ok! Thank you for the information!
The question was initially meant for anyone who'd read The Terror, but I was very unclear about that! I've edited it so it conveys the intended audience.
Again, thanks for helping me recognize how ambiguous I was before.


ColinFraizer
(enthusiast)
02/11/19 02:12 PM
Re: Welcome

One might say that this is the foyer to the antechamber of the porch of the vestibule of the Dan Simmons Forum. Welcome, Little Mouse.

TheExpanseFan
(member)
03/01/19 09:06 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi everyone, I am excited to be here. Fan of Hyperion.
Looking forward to meaningful discussions
Is it allowed to post one's own writing around here?


steele,rick
(Super User)
03/01/19 12:14 PM
Re: Welcome

I think you are allowed to TALK about your writings....as to using the Forum to post actual written pieces, i'm guessing our gracious host would frown on that. Perhaps you might post a link to some other site that would take interested readers somewhere else...but you should tread lightly. You might find the trap door in the floor of this Treehouse.

TheExpanseFan
(member)
03/01/19 12:50 PM
Re: Welcome

Noted, thank you.
I will just discuss concepts and world building then


steele,rick
(Super User)
03/09/19 05:20 PM
Re: Welcome

So how is everybody doing these days??

Rabbit100
(member)
04/01/19 09:11 AM
Re: Welcome

I am back!!!!

Using a different username and email address.

I had to change all my passwords a few months back and once I changed on these forums I was unable to log in again.

Password recovery also didn't sent me emails.

I therefore eventually got around to opening a new account.

I am certain you all missed me dreadfully ;\)

I have however being ghosting the forums to keep up to date with news ect


eshxe
(member)
06/15/19 11:29 AM
Re: Welcome

Hello to everybody \:\) I'm a new here and has an question...
How can I talk to Mr. Dan Simmons? Does he visit this forum sometime?

Best regards from Russia \:\)


Bontrager
(member)
06/15/19 01:40 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: eshxe
Hello to everybody \:\) I'm a new here and has an question...
How can I talk to Mr. Dan Simmons? Does he visit this forum sometime?

Best regards from Russia \:\)


Welcome. He does visit the forum occasionally, and makes posts. But the general rule here is not to ask him direct questions, so address any questions you have to the members of the forum, just as you did above, if you want to know something.


Annanke
(member)
10/23/19 04:09 PM
Re: Welcome

Hello everybody! My name is Anna, I am from Russia and I am a fan of the book and serial "Terror". I have some questions about book and the history of polar investigation. May I ask them in this forum?

Veber
(member)
10/31/19 09:03 PM
Re: Welcome

Hy from Germany.
My Love is Hyperion.


jmill
(Full Shrike)
11/01/19 01:14 PM
Re: Welcome

Hi Annanke! Welcome! Ask away!

jmill
(Full Shrike)
11/01/19 01:15 PM
Re: Welcome

Howdy Veber! Welcome!

steele,rick
(Super User)
11/02/19 06:58 PM
Re: Welcome

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome, C'mon in.

Brownie points if you know what film I just quoted.


Veber
(member)
11/02/19 10:16 PM
Re: Welcome

In RL I working with the installation of plants, mostly for the auto industry. Robots, automation, renewals and services.
But my love from young age is Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion. And Arakis Herbert.
And as I have Catia and ACAD I started drawing in a 3D consul ship, it takes years. In the meantime, I bought a 3D printer, then another ...
After printing, I saw errors in the drawing itself and the proportions Simmons imaginations :), so I started over again.
After the introduction, the questions.
-can I publish a jpg model from Catia?
-also stl. or a GCODE file if someone wants to print on the other end of the planet himself?
-I can also leave in CATIApart. file

these are two questions, and it all depends on the time I have free time.


jmill
(Full Shrike)
11/05/19 04:22 PM
Re: Welcome


Hi Veber. You can post links to images, just switch to Full Reply Screen where the tools are. Start a new topic in the General Topics forum, and post the links there. I'd like to see what you've created.


AuntJobiska
(enthusiast)
11/07/19 08:33 PM
Re: Welcome

Jmill, you are always so smart (and helpful!). Welcome, Veber!

Veber
(member)
11/11/19 02:08 PM
Re: Welcome

 Originally Posted By: jmill

Hi Veber. You can post links to images, just switch to Full Reply Screen where the tools are. Start a new topic in the General Topics forum, and post the links there. I'd like to see what you've created.


OK, I will try :D, now I am at holidays an I will try.


Veber
(member)
02/11/20 07:02 PM
Re: Welcome

So, That Is Old one.
I'm working on a brand new model.
Dan's idea is completely wrong. As a machinist, I claim, they can't fly. But that's the beauty of SC. The ship can't fly, not Dan.
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This is Old, version. I'm working on a brand new model, because of Hyperion I bought a third 3D printer. When I finish the model that is in parts, I will put the model in for anyone to print and / or modify.
I work in Catia.


jmill
(Full Shrike)
02/12/20 06:25 PM
Re: Welcome


These are cool. Where's his piano. though?


Nik_Yura
(enthusiast)
05/12/20 06:47 AM
Re: Welcome

Hi everyone.
I hope that I will not break any rules by posting here on the Forum a cycle of investigation of the cultural field and conspiracy of "Hyperion Cantos". "Comments to Songs" - I believe that many people will like it.

In General, the fun you had here - just yesterday watched the collapse of the forum. But what is surprising is the expected behavior of the possessed. It is just unusual: in Russia, the rite - worshippers are increasingly arranging conflicts with stubborn "marxists". But: in every tiny home has own tiny gnomys.