(standing) and his younger brother Wayne
(in cockpit) at the Warner Springs sailplane center
in California. Some readers know that Wayne is the model
for Lawrence (Don't-Call-Me-Larry) Stewart in several
books, especially in 1992's SUMMER OF NIGHT and the
2001 DARWIN'S BLADE.
Wayne and his wife Trudy run Simmons Accident Investigations,
a claims adjusting and accident investigation company
near San Diego, and it was their expertise in accident
reconstruction techniques that provided much of the
research for DARWIN'S BLADE.
Dan Simmons sits at home and writes books. Wayne
Simmons, a licensed, gun-toting private investigator,
skydives out of airplanes, races cars on weekends,
and drives across country on his touring motorcycle.
In preparation for the sailplane scenes in DARWIN'S
BLADE, Dan took a lesson in a high-performance glider.
Wayne has his pilot's license for sailplanes. Dan
wears an old A-2 bomber jacket from time to time.
Wayne also owns an old A-2 jacket, but it has been
aged and creased by parachute and racecar 5-point
As Sesame Street likes to say -- "One of these
things is not like the other."