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(1943- ) US medical doctor and author whose first novel, The Z Papers (1976), is a Technothriller about an undiagnosable toxin; his first sf novel proper, The Adam Experiment (1978), set in a laboratory on an orbital Space Station, features an experiment in human procreation which runs up against the fact that Aliens have been monitoring Homo sapiens and will not permit us to breed off-planet. Pandemic (1980) is a medical Technothriller; Murdock (1983), a heavily plotted tale involving Cryogenics, again makes some effective use of Simmons's medical expertise. His later nonfiction – What Darwin Didn't Know: A Doctor Dissects the Theory of Evolution (2004) and Billions of Missing Links: A Rational Look at the Mysteries Evolution Can't Explain (2007) – advocates "intelligent design" as the motor driving Evolution from a Christian standpoint. [JC]
born Camp Gordon, Georgia: 28 July 1943
Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls and Graham Sleight.
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