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Ranking Author Dan Simmons’s Best Books (A Bibliography Countdown)

“What are Dan Simmons’s Best Books?” We looked at all of Simmons’s authored bibliography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the books written by Dan Simmons and looked at their Goodreads, Amazon, and LibraryThing scores, ranking them against one another to see which books came out on top. The books are ranked in our list below based on which titles have the highest overall score between all 3 review sites in comparison with all of the other books by the same author. The process isn’t super scientific and in reality, most books aren’t “better” than other books as much as they are just different. That being said, we do enjoy seeing where our favorites landed, and if you aren’t familiar with the author at all, the rankings can help you see what books might be best to start with.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



The Top Book’s Of Dan Simmons



48 ) Omega Canyon

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 47
  • Amazon: 42
  • LibraryThing: 44


48 ) Banished Dreams

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 47
  • Amazon: 42
  • LibraryThing: 44


48 ) Going After The Rubber Chicken

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 47
  • Amazon: 42
  • LibraryThing: 44


47 ) The Year’s Best Fantasy Second Annual Collection

 The Year's Best Fantasy Second Annual Collection

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 38
  • Amazon: 42
  • LibraryThing: 44


46 ) Flashback

 Flashback

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 44
  • Amazon: 39
  • LibraryThing: 38


45 ) Darwin’s Blade

 Darwin's Blade

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 43
  • Amazon: 40
  • LibraryThing: 36


44 ) The Hollow Man

 The Hollow Man

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 41
  • Amazon: 38
  • LibraryThing: 33


43 ) Song of Kali

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 47
  • Amazon: 32
  • LibraryThing: 32


42 ) Children of the Night

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 30
  • Amazon: 34
  • LibraryThing: 44


41 ) Drood

 Drood

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 39
  • Amazon: 37
  • LibraryThing: 31


40 ) The Second Omni Book of Science Fiction

 The Second Omni Book of Science Fiction

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 15
  • Amazon: 42
  • LibraryThing: 43


39 ) Vampires: The Greatest Stories

 Vampires: The Greatest Stories

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 45
  • Amazon: 16
  • LibraryThing: 37


38 ) Phases of Gravity

 Phases of Gravity

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 36
  • Amazon: 25
  • LibraryThing: 35


36 ) The Abominable

 The Abominable

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 35
  • Amazon: 36
  • LibraryThing: 23


36 ) The Fifth Heart

 The Fifth Heart

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 40
  • Amazon: 28
  • LibraryThing: 26


35 ) A Winter Haunting

 A Winter Haunting

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 33
  • Amazon: 28
  • LibraryThing: 30


33 ) Entropy’s Bed at Midnight

 Entropy's Bed at Midnight

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 2
  • Amazon: 42
  • LibraryThing: 44


33 ) Fires of Eden

 Fires of Eden

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 42
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 39


32 ) Hardcase

 Hardcase

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 31
  • Amazon: 28
  • LibraryThing: 28


31 ) Worlds Enough and Time

 Worlds Enough and Time

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 29
  • Amazon: 34
  • LibraryThing: 21


30 ) The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz

 The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 21
  • Amazon: 22
  • LibraryThing: 41


29 ) Black Hills

 Black Hills

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 36
  • Amazon: 22
  • LibraryThing: 25


28 ) Prayers to Broken Stones

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 24
  • Amazon: 32
  • LibraryThing: 22


27 ) Masques 3

 Masques 3

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 32
  • Amazon: 42
  • LibraryThing: 2


26 ) Far Horizons

 Far Horizons

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 27
  • Amazon: 22
  • LibraryThing: 26


25 ) The Earth Strikes Back

 The Earth Strikes Back

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 18
  • Amazon: 41
  • LibraryThing: 13


23 ) LoveDeath

 LoveDeath

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 28
  • Amazon: 16
  • LibraryThing: 24


23 ) Muse of Fire

 Muse of Fire

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 34
  • Amazon: 5
  • LibraryThing: 29


22 ) This Year’s Class Picture

 This Year's Class Picture

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 12
  • Amazon: 42
  • LibraryThing: 10


21 ) Southern Blood

 Southern Blood

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 46
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 16


20 ) Summer of Night

 Summer of Night

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 10
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 41


17 ) Hyperion

 Hyperion

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 4
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 44


17 ) Summer Sketches

 Summer Sketches

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 16
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 40


17 ) Carrion Comfort

 Carrion Comfort

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 18
  • Amazon: 28
  • LibraryThing: 11


16 ) Olympos

 Olympos

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 16
  • Amazon: 25
  • LibraryThing: 15


13 ) Dark Visions

 Dark Visions

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 20
  • Amazon: 16
  • LibraryThing: 19


13 ) Hard as Nails

 Hard as Nails

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 22
  • Amazon: 16
  • LibraryThing: 17


13 ) The Crook Factory

 The Crook Factory

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 26
  • Amazon: 16
  • LibraryThing: 13


12 ) Hard Freeze

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 23
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 17


11 ) Omni Visions Two

 Omni Visions Two

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 1
  • Amazon: 42
  • LibraryThing: 5


10 ) The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror Third Annual Collection

 The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Third Annual Collection

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 9
  • Amazon: 25
  • LibraryThing: 11


9 ) Between Time and Terror

 Between Time and Terror

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 5
  • Amazon: 5
  • LibraryThing: 33


8 ) Midnight Graffiti

 Midnight Graffiti

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 12
  • Amazon: 4
  • LibraryThing: 20


7 ) The Terror

 The Terror

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 11
  • Amazon: 16
  • LibraryThing: 7


6 ) Ilium

 Ilium

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 14
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 9


5 ) Rivals of Dracula

 Rivals of Dracula

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 24
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 1


4 ) Endymion

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 8
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 8


3 ) The Rise of Endymion

 The Rise of Endymion

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 7
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 5


2 ) The Fall of Hyperion

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 5
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 4


1 ) Hyperion Cantos

 Hyperion Cantos

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 3
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 3


Dan Simmons’s Best Books



Dan Simmons Review Website Bibliography Rankings

BookGoodreadsAmazonLibraryThingOveral Rank
Hyperion Cantos 3 9 3 1
The Fall of Hyperion 5 9 4 2
The Rise of Endymion 7 9 5 3
Endymion 8 7 8 4
Rivals of Dracula 24 1 1 5
Ilium 14 9 9 6
The Terror 11 16 7 7
Midnight Graffiti 12 4 20 8
Between Time and Terror 5 5 33 9
The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror Third Annual Collection 9 25 11 10
Omni Visions Two 1 42 5 11
Hard Freeze 23 9 17 12
Dark Visions 20 16 19 13
Hard as Nails 22 16 17 13
The Crook Factory 26 16 13 13
Olympos 16 25 15 16
Hyperion 4 9 44 17
Summer Sketches 16 1 40 17
Carrion Comfort 18 28 11 17
Summer of Night 10 9 41 20
Southern Blood 46 1 16 21
This Year’s Class Picture 12 42 10 22
LoveDeath 28 16 24 23
Muse of Fire 34 5 29 23
The Earth Strikes Back 18 41 13 25
Far Horizons 27 22 26 26
Masques 3 32 42 2 27
Prayers to Broken Stones 24 32 22 28
Black Hills 36 22 25 29
The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz 21 22 41 30
Worlds Enough and Time 29 34 21 31
Hardcase 31 28 28 32
Entropy’s Bed at Midnight 2 42 44 33
Fires of Eden 42 7 39 33
A Winter Haunting 33 28 30 35
The Abominable 35 36 23 36
The Fifth Heart 40 28 26 36
Phases of Gravity 36 25 35 38
Vampires: The Greatest Stories 45 16 37 39
The Second Omni Book of Science Fiction 15 42 43 40
Drood 39 37 31 41
Children of the Night 30 34 44 42
Song of Kali 47 32 32 43
The Hollow Man 41 38 33 44
Darwin’s Blade 43 40 36 45
Flashback 44 39 38 46
The Year’s Best Fantasy Second Annual Collection 38 42 44 47
Omega Canyon 47 42 44 48
Banished Dreams 47 42 44 48
Going After The Rubber Chicken 47 42 44 48

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