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Dan Simmons

Datum narození: 4. duben 1948

Dan Simmons je americký spisovatel science fiction a hororu známý zejména svým románem Hyperion a jeho pokračováními Pád Hyperionu, Endymion a Vzestup Endymionu. Od konce 90. let napsal také několik mainstreamových a detektivních románů.

Roku 1971 dostudoval angličtinu na univerzitě v St. Louis, poté 18 let vyučoval na základních školách, poslední čtyři roky se věnoval zvláště nadaným dětem. Spisovatelem na plný úvazek je od roku 1987, první práce mu byla otištěna 15. února 1982 – v den, kdy se mu narodila dcera Jane. S ní a svou ženou Kathryn žije v Longmontu ve státě Colorado.


„Žádná kniha ani báseň není nikdy dokončena, jen dočasně opuštěna.“

„Být živý znamená protrpět si bolestmi.“


„To see and feel one's beloved naked for the first time is one of life's pure, irreducible epiphanies. If there is a true religion in the universe, it must include that truth of contact or be forever hollow. To make love to the one true person who deserves that love is one of the few absolute rewards of being a human being, balancing all of the pain, loss, awkwardness, loneliness, idiocy, compromise, and clumsiness that go with the human condition. To make love to the right person makes up for a lot of mistakes.“ The Rise of Endymion

„In the beginning was the Word. Then came the fucking word processor. Then came the thought processor. Then came the death of literature. And so it goes.“ Hyperion

„It occurs to me that our survival may depend upon our talking to one another.“ Hyperion

„Words bend our thinking to infinite paths of self-delusion, and the fact that we spend most of our mental lives in brain mansions built of words means that we lack the objectivity necessary to see the terrible distortion of reality which language brings.“ Hyperion

„To be ais to become God.
I tried to explain this to my friends on Heaven's Gate. 'Piss, shit,' I said. 'Asshole motherfucker, goddamn shit goddamn. Cunt. Pee-pee cunt. Goddamn!'
They shook their heads and smiled, and walked away. Great poets are rarely understood in their own day.“
Hyperion

„Evolution brings human beings. Human beings, through a long and painful process, bring humanity.“ Hyperion


„In the end--when all else is dust--loyalty to those we love is all we can carry with us to the grave. Faith--true faith--was trusting in that love.“ The Fall of Hyperion

„The shortest route to courage is absolute ignorance.“ Endymion

„In such seconds of decision entire futures are made.“ Hyperion

„After fifty-five years of dedicating his life and work to the story of ethical systems, Sol Weintraub had come to a single, unshakable conclusion: any allegiance to a deity or concept or universal principal which put obedience above decent behavior toward an innocent human being was evil.“ Hyperion


„I know what cancer was. How is it like humankind?"

Sek Hardeen's perfectly modulated, softly accented tones showed a hint of agitation. "We have spread out through the galaxy like cancer cells through a living body, Duré. We multiply without thought to the countless life forms that must die or be pushed aside so that we may breed and flourish. We eradicate competing forms of intelligent life.“
The Fall of Hyperion

„In twentieth-century Old Earth, a fast food chain took dead cow meat, fried it in grease, added carcinogens, wrapped it in petroleum-based foam, and sold nine hundred billion units. Human beings. Go figure.“ Hyperion

„There is a fullness and calmness there which can come only from knowing pain.“ Hyperion

„I loved you backward and forward in time. I loved you beyond boundaries of time and space.“ Endymion

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