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About the Author

Gene Wolfe was born in New York City on May 7, 1931. He dropped out of Texas A&M University during his junior year and was drafted into the Army to fight in the Korean War. After the war, he received a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston. He worked as an industrial show more engineer for Procter and Gamble, where he developed the machine that cooks the dough used to make Pringles potato chips. He was an editor of the trade journal Plant Engineering from 1972 to 1984 before retiring to become a full-time writer. He wrote more than 30 books during his lifetime including The Fifth Head of Cerberus, Peace, The Book of the New Sun, and The Land Across. He received the Campbell Memorial Award, the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award, the Locus Award four times, and the Nebula Award and the World Fantasy Award two times each. In 1996, he was given the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2007 and was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2012. He died after a long battle with heart disease on April 14, 2019 at the age of 87. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Gene Wolfe

The Shadow of the Torturer (1980) — Author — 2,681 copies
The Urth of the New Sun (1987) 1,815 copies
The Fifth Head of Cerberus (1972) 1,728 copies
The Claw of the Conciliator (1981) 1,676 copies
The Knight (2004) 1,626 copies
The Sword of the Lictor (1981) — Author — 1,482 copies
The Citadel of The Autarch (1982) 1,353 copies
Soldier of the Mist (1986) 1,098 copies
The Wizard (2004) 1,079 copies
Peace (1975) 892 copies
On Blue's Waters (1999) 659 copies
Latro in the Mist (2003) 648 copies
The Book of the New Sun (1980) 634 copies
There Are Doors (1988) 634 copies
Nightside the Long Sun (1993) 605 copies
In Green's Jungles (2000) 573 copies
Free Live Free (1984) 554 copies
Soldier of Sidon (2006) 547 copies
Return to the Whorl (2001) 528 copies
Endangered Species (1989) 496 copies
Soldier of Arete (1989) 484 copies
Lake of the Long Sun (1994) 453 copies
Castleview (1990) 435 copies
Caldé of the Long Sun (1994) 433 copies
The Sorcerer's House (2010) 430 copies
Exodus from the Long Sun (1996) 395 copies
An Evil Guest (2008) 392 copies
The Devil in a Forest (1976) 373 copies
Pirate Freedom (2007) 335 copies
A Borrowed Man (2015) 335 copies
The Best of Gene Wolfe (2009) 326 copies
Castle of Days (1992) 298 copies
Home Fires (2011) 275 copies
Storeys from the Old Hotel (1988) 271 copies
Strange Travelers (1990) 253 copies
The Wizard Knight (2005) 244 copies
The Land Across (2013) 233 copies
Starwater Strains (2005) 221 copies
Pandora by Holly Hollander (1990) 164 copies
Gene Wolfe's Book of Days (1968) 154 copies
Interlibrary Loan (2020) 153 copies
Operation Ares (1970) 136 copies
Sailing to Byzantium/Seven American Nights (1989) — Author — 130 copies
The Castle of the Otter (1982) 109 copies
The Book of the Short Sun (2001) 87 copies
Fugue State/The Death of Doctor Island (1990) — Author — 62 copies
Strange Birds (2006) — Author — 40 copies
Memorare [novella] (2008) 38 copies
Bibliomen (1984) 29 copies
The Very Best of Gene Wolfe (2009) 24 copies
Plan[e]t Engineering (1984) 21 copies
MGM's Tom and Jerry in Tom's Happy Birthday (1955) — Adapted by — 20 copies
The Wolfe Archipelago (1983) 19 copies
Seven American Nights (1978) 14 copies
The Wolfe at the Door (2023) 14 copies
Christmas Inn (2005) 14 copies
Letters home (1991) 13 copies
Young Wolfe (1992) 12 copies
Dormanna (2012) 11 copies
Soldat d'aretê, tome 1 (1989) 10 copies
For Rosemary (1988) 8 copies
Soldat d'aretê, tome 2 (1992) 8 copies
The War Beneath the Tree (1979) 8 copies
The Map 6 copies
La Befana [short fiction] (1973) 6 copies
The Cat 6 copies
Comber (2005) 6 copies
Procreation 5 copies
Omni Magazine December 1979 (1979) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Eyeflash Miracles (1976) 5 copies
Bloodsport 5 copies
Feather Tigers (1973) 5 copies
The Ziggurat {novella} (1995) 5 copies
Hunter Lake 5 copies
Pulp Cover 5 copies
Eyebem (1970) 4 copies
Queen 4 copies
Viewpoint 4 copies
A Wolfe Family Album (1991) 4 copies
Silhouette 4 copies
Golden City Far 4 copies
Beautyland [short story] (1973) 3 copies
V.R.T. [novella] (1972) 3 copies
The Dead Man 3 copies
Copperhead 3 copies
A Fish Story 3 copies
The Haunted Boardinghouse (1990) 3 copies
Under Hill 3 copies
Queen of the Night (1994) 3 copies
Trip, Trap {short story} (1967) 3 copies
Alien stones {novelette} (1972) 3 copies
Hour of Trust [novelette] (1973) 3 copies
Cues {short story} (1974) 3 copies
Suzanne Delage 3 copies
Lukora 3 copies
Green Glass 3 copies
Kevin Malone 3 copies
Donovan Sent Us 3 copies
Changes (2011) 3 copies
Mute 3 copies
The Waif 2 copies
Build-a-Bear 2 copies
Il libro del nuovo sole (2023) 2 copies
King Rat 2 copies
Six From Atlantis (2006) 2 copies
Robot's Story 2 copies
Loco Parentis 2 copies
Peritonitis 2 copies
Melting {short story} (1974) 2 copies
St. Brandon {short story} (1970) 2 copies
Forlesen {short story} (1974) 2 copies
Bed And Breakfast (1995) 2 copies
House Fires 1 copy
Castle View 1 copy
From Knight 1 copy
(all) 1 copy
Bugs Bunny's Chimney Adventure (1963) — Illustrator — 1 copy
The Card 1 copy
Josh 1 copy
Innocent 1 copy
Gene" 1 copy

Associated Works

The Sandman: Fables & Reflections (1993) — Introduction — 5,758 copies
The Sandman: Book of Dreams (1996) — Contributor — 2,037 copies
Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse (2008) — Contributor — 1,546 copies
Stories: All-New Tales (2010) — Contributor — 1,388 copies
Again, Dangerous Visions (1972) — Contributor — 987 copies
Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears (1995) — Contributor — 946 copies
The World Treasury of Science Fiction (1989) — Contributor — 891 copies
Love in Vein: Twenty Original Tales of Vampiric Erotica (1994) — Contributor — 778 copies
Wizards: Magical Tales From the Masters of Modern Fantasy (2007) — Contributor — 775 copies
The Dark Descent (1987) — Contributor — 721 copies
999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense (1999) — Contributor, some editions — 616 copies
Alchemy and Academe (1970) — Contributor — 578 copies
Dark Forces (1980) — Contributor — 569 copies
The Time Traveller's Almanac (2013) — Contributor — 565 copies
Cthulhu 2000 (1995) — Contributor — 465 copies
The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories (1992) — Contributor — 447 copies
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contributor — 415 copies
Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy (2004) — Contributor — 395 copies
The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF (1994) — Contributor — 392 copies
Rags & Bones (2013) — Contributor — 382 copies
Now We Are Sick: An Anthology of Nasty Verse (1991) — Contributor — 347 copies
Year's Best SF (1996) — Contributor — 341 copies
The Mammoth Book of Seriously Comic Fantasy (1999) — Contributor — 333 copies
Liavek 1 (1985) — Contributor — 311 copies
The Book of Cthulhu (2011) — Contributor — 301 copies
Knights of Madness: Further Comic Tales of Fantasy (1998) — Contributor — 298 copies
Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery (2010) — Contributor — 292 copies
Year's Best SF 2 (1997) — Contributor — 262 copies
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment (1988) — Contributor — 260 copies
Year's Best SF 3 (1998) — Contributor — 260 copies
Year's Best SF 9 (2004) — Contributor — 257 copies
Year's Best SF 8 (2003) — Contributor — 257 copies
Year's Best SF 5 (2000) — Contributor — 253 copies
Roads Not Taken: Tales of Alternate History (1998) — Contributor — 252 copies
Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores (2002) — Contributor — 250 copies
Redshift: Extreme Visions of Speculative Fiction (2001) — Contributor — 250 copies
100 Great Fantasy Short, Short Stories (1984) — Contributor — 247 copies
Grails: Quests of the Dawn (1992) — Contributor — 235 copies
Space Opera (1996) — Contributor — 235 copies
Year's Best SF 10 (2005) — Contributor — 230 copies
The Players of Luck (1986) — Contributor — 227 copies
Unicorns! (1982) — Contributor — 225 copies
Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold (2016) — Contributor — 219 copies
Magicats! (1939) — Contributor — 218 copies
Lexicon Urthus (1994) — Foreword, some editions — 216 copies
Modern Classics of Fantasy (1939) — Contributor — 207 copies
Year's Best Fantasy (2001) — Contributor — 206 copies
Modern Classic Short Novels of Science Fiction (1994) — Contributor — 202 copies
Modern Classics of Science Fiction (1991) — Contributor — 201 copies
Year's Best SF 15 (2010) — Contributor — 200 copies
Conjunctions: 39, The New Wave Fabulists (2002) — Contributor — 197 copies
The Secret History of Science Fiction (2009) — Contributor — 196 copies
The Fantasy Hall of Fame (1998) — Contributor — 194 copies
Year's Best SF 13 (2008) — Contributor — 191 copies
Nebula Award Stories 8 (1973) — Contributor — 188 copies
Other Earths (2009) — Contributor — 180 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 2 (2002) — Contributor — 170 copies
The Ruins of the Earth (1973) — Contributor — 162 copies
Interfaces (1980) — Contributor — 155 copies
The Sword & Sorcery Anthology (2012) — Contributor — 155 copies
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2012 Edition (2013) — Contributor — 151 copies
Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space (1984) — Contributor — 150 copies
Nebula Award Stories 9 (1974) — Contributor — 150 copies
Future Primitive: The New Ecotopias (1994) — Contributor — 147 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #6 (1977) — Contributor — 138 copies
Nova 1 (1970) — Contributor — 138 copies
Nebula Award Stories Six (1971) — Contributor — 136 copies
Dark Masques (2001) — Contributor — 136 copies
The Dragon Done It (2008) — Contributor — 134 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 3 (2003) — Contributor — 133 copies
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010) — Contributor — 133 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: First Annual Collection (1984) — Contributor — 131 copies
Arabesques: More Tales of the Arabian Nights (1988) — Contributor — 130 copies
Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge (2007) — Contributor — 130 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 15 (2004) — Contributor — 130 copies
Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror (2010) — Contributor — 129 copies
Universe 7 (1977) — Contributor — 127 copies
Continuum 1 (1974) — Contributor — 125 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #3 (1974) — Contributor — 122 copies
The Horns of Elfland (1997) — Contributor — 122 copies
Bestiary! (1985) — Contributor — 122 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2011 Edition (2011) — Contributor — 122 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 5 (2005) — Contributor — 122 copies
Universe 5 (1974) — Contributor — 117 copies
The Universe (1987) — Contributor — 115 copies
Universe 3 (1900) — Contributor — 113 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #2 (1973) — Contributor — 112 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 4 (2004) — Contributor — 112 copies
Christmas on Ganymede and Other Stories (1990) — Contributor — 111 copies
Combat SF (1951) — Author — 109 copies
Continuum 3 (1974) — Contributor — 108 copies
Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror (2016) — Contributor — 108 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #5 (1976) — Contributor — 107 copies
Orbit 19 (1977) — Contributor — 105 copies
Bone Swans: Stories (2015) — Introduction, some editions — 105 copies
Orbit 12 (1973) — Author — 105 copies
The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New SF (2008) — Contributor — 104 copies
Lovecraft's Legacy (1775) — Contributor — 104 copies
Nebula Winners Fourteen (1980) — Contributor — 104 copies
Edges (1980) — Contributor — 102 copies
Orbit 5 (1969) — Contributor — 101 copies
Continuum 2 (1974) — Contributor — 101 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Second Annual Collection (1985) — Contributor — 100 copies
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars (2012) — Contributor — 100 copies
The Best of Crank! (1998) — Author — 100 copies
The Adventures of Doctor Eszterhazy (1990) — Foreword, some editions — 100 copies
Science Fiction: The Best of 2004 (2005) — Contributor — 99 copies
Orbit 11 (1972) — Contributor — 97 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #11 (1982) — Contributor — 96 copies
Christmas Stars (1992) — Contributor — 96 copies
Universe 2 (1972) — Contributor — 94 copies
Women of the Night (2007) — Contributor — 94 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2011 Edition (2011) — Contributor — 93 copies
Year's Best SF 18 (2013) — Contributor — 92 copies
American Fantastic Tales: Boxed Set (2009) — Contributor — 92 copies
Visions of Wonder (1996) — Contributor — 91 copies
The American Fantasy Tradition (2002) — Contributor — 89 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2012 Edition (2012) — Contributor — 89 copies
Orbit 10 (1972) — Contributor — 89 copies
Nebula Award Stories 17 (1983) — Contributor — 87 copies
Orbit 2 (1967) — Contributor — 86 copies
Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2006 Edition (2006) — Contributor — 86 copies
Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future (2002) — Contributor — 86 copies
The Best of Analog (1978) — Author — 85 copies
Orbit 7 (1970) — Contributor — 84 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 11 (2000) — Contributor — 81 copies
Mermaids! (1986) — Contributor — 80 copies
The First Heroes: New Tales of the Bronze Age (2004) — Contributor — 80 copies
Continuum 4 (1975) — Contributor — 79 copies
Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe (2013) — Contributor — 78 copies
Best New Horror 2 (1991) — Contributor — 78 copies
Full Moon City (2010) — Contributor — 77 copies
CYBERSEX (1996) — Contributor — 77 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 18 (2007) — Contributor — 76 copies
Pawn To Infinity (1982) — Contributor — 75 copies
The Best of Jim Baen's Universe (2007) — Contributor — 75 copies
Fantasy: The Best of 2004 (2005) — Contributor — 75 copies
Dante's Disciples (1996) — Contributor — 74 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2014 (2014) — Contributor — 74 copies
Citizens (2011) — Contributor — 74 copies
Orbit 3 (1968) — Contributor — 74 copies
Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep (2015) — Contributor — 74 copies
Full Spectrum 5 (1995) — Contributor — 73 copies
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume II (1986) — Contributor — 72 copies
Terry's Universe (1987) — Contributor — 72 copies
The Ultimate Zombie (1993) — Contributor — 71 copies
Arabesques II (1989) — Contributor — 71 copies
The Best Science Fiction Novellas of the Year #1 (1979) — Contributor — 70 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 6 (2006) — Contributor — 70 copies
Future power: A science fiction anthology (1976) — Contributor — 69 copies
Wondrous Beginnings (2003) — Contributor — 69 copies
Best From Orbit Volumes 1-10 (1975) — Contributor — 69 copies
The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future (2000) — Contributor — 67 copies
A Fabulous Formless Darkness (1991) — Contributor — 66 copies
The Many Worlds of Science Fiction (1971) — Contributor — 65 copies
Such A Pretty Face (2000) — Contributor — 64 copies
Best SF: 1970 (1971) — Contributor — 63 copies
Orbit 8 (1970) — Author, some editions — 62 copies
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 11 (1985) — Contributor — 61 copies
The Faces of Science Fiction (1984) — Introduction, some editions — 60 copies
American Christmas Stories (2021) — Contributor — 60 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 7 (2007) — Contributor — 60 copies
Aliens among Us (2000) — Contributor — 58 copies
Moon Shots (1999) — Contributor — 57 copies
Orbit 6 (1970) — Contributor — 57 copies
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 7 (1981) — Contributor — 53 copies
The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons (2013) — Contributor — 52 copies
Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic (2004) — Contributor — 52 copies
The Wounded Planet (1973) — Contributor — 51 copies
The Fourth Omni Book of Science Fiction (1985) — Contributor — 51 copies
Mars Probes (2002) — Contributor — 51 copies
The Architecture of Fear (1987) — Contributor — 50 copies
Masques: All New Works of Horror and the Supernatural (1984) — Contributor — 50 copies
Isaac Asimov's Wonders of the World (1982) — Contributor — 50 copies
The Third Omni Book of Science Fiction (1985) — Contributor — 49 copies
A Pocketful Of Stars (1971) — Contributor — 49 copies
Ripper (1988) — Contributor — 49 copies
Speculations (1982) — Contributor — 49 copies
Dancing With the Dark (1999) — Contributor — 49 copies
Clarion SF (1977) — Contributor — 49 copies
Car Sinister (1979) — Contributor — 49 copies
Orbit 9 (1971) — Contributor — 48 copies
Afterlives (1986) — Contributor — 47 copies
Best SF: 1973 (1974) — Contributor — 46 copies
Flights: Extreme Visions Fantasy, Vol II (2006) — Contributor — 45 copies
Tomorrow Bites (1995) — Contributor — 44 copies
Not the Only Planet: Science Fiction Travel Stories (1998) — Contributor — 44 copies
Return of the Dinosaurs (1997) — Contributor — 41 copies
Season of Wonder (2012) — Contributor — 40 copies
Onward, Drake! (2015) — Contributor — 39 copies
The Night Fantastic (1991) — Contributor — 38 copies
The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on tor.com (2013) — Contributor — 38 copies
Curse of the Full Moon: A Werewolf Anthology (2010) — Contributor — 37 copies
Tomorrow's Alternatives (Anthology 12-in-1) (1973) — Contributor — 35 copies
Top Fantasy (1974) — Contributor — 34 copies
Walls of Fear (1990) — Contributor — 34 copies
Little People! (1991) — Contributor — 34 copies
Generation: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction (1972) — Contributor — 32 copies
Spirits of Christmas (1989) — Contributor — 31 copies
Best Science Fiction of the Year: 1, Part One (1978) — Author — 31 copies
Infinity Three (1971) 30 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 30 copies
Robots, A Science Fiction Anthology (2005) — Contributor — 30 copies
Weird Tales Volume 50 Number 1, Spring 1988 (1988) — Author — 29 copies
Top Science Fiction: The Authors' Choice (1984) — Contributor — 28 copies
The Alchemy of Stars: Rhysling Award Winners Showcase (2005) — Contributor — 28 copies
Other Voices, Other Doors (2000) — Introduction, some editions — 26 copies
Tropical Chills (1988) — Contributor — 25 copies
Christmas Forever (1993) — Collaborator — 25 copies
Super Stories of Heroes & Villains (2013) — Contributor — 24 copies
Grails: Quests, Visitations and Other Occurrences (1992) — Contributor — 24 copies
Isaac Asimov's War (1993) — Contributor — 23 copies
Bad Moon Rising (1973) — Contributor — 23 copies
Boondocks Fantasy (2011) — Contributor — 23 copies
Wild Women (1854) — Contributor — 23 copies
Isaac Asimov's Worlds of Science Fiction (1980) — Contributor — 22 copies
Exploring the Horizons (2000) — Contributor — 20 copies
Another World: Adventures in Otherness (1977) — Contributor — 20 copies
The New improved sun: An anthology of utopian S-F (1975) — Contributor — 20 copies
Dystopian Visions (1975) — Contributor — 19 copies
The Last Continent: New Tales of Zothique (1999) — Contributor — 18 copies
KatSF (1993) — Author — 18 copies
Worst Contact (2015) — Contributor — 17 copies
Drabble Project (1988) — Contributor — 17 copies
The Best from Universe (1984) — Contributor — 17 copies
The Wildside Book of Fantasy: 20 Great Tales of Fantasy (2012) — Contributor — 16 copies
Space Dogfights (1992) — Contributor — 16 copies
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 1 (2004) — Contributor — 14 copies
Orbit 20 (1978) — Contributor — 13 copies
Showcase (1973) — Contributor — 11 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 22 • March 2012 (2012) — Contributor — 11 copies
Galactic Games (2016) — Contributor — 11 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 50 • July 2014 (2014) — Contributor — 10 copies
Ikarus 2002 (2002) — Contributor — 8 copies
In the Wake of Man (1975) — Contributor — 8 copies
Portents (2011) — Contributor — 8 copies
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 3 (2006) — Contributor — 7 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 90 • November 2017 (2017) — Contributor — 7 copies
Best of the Rest 4 — Contributor — 6 copies
ULLSTEIN 2000 SF STORIES 80 (1982) — Contributor — 4 copies
Spec-Lit: Speculative Fiction, Issue No. 1 (1997) — Contributor — 4 copies
The Roots of Fantasy: Myth, Folklore & Archetype (1989) — Contributor — 4 copies
The Palencar Project (2012) — Contributor — 3 copies
Nuove avventure nell'ignoto — Contributor — 2 copies

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Wolfe, Gene Rodman
Birthdate
1931-05-07
Date of death
2019-04-14
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
New York, New York, USA
Place of death
Peoria, Illinois, USA
Cause of death
cardiovascular disease
Places of residence
Barrington, Illinois, USA
Education
Texas A&M University
University of Houston
Occupations
mechanical engineer
editor
novelist
short-story writer
Organizations
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Catholic Church
Plant Engineering, Editor
Proctor & Gamble, Engineer
Awards and honors
World Fantasy Award (Lifetime Achievement, 1996)
SF Hall Of Fame (2007)
Edward E. Smith Memorial Award (1989)
SFWA Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award (2012)
Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Fuller Award (2012)
SFWA Grand Master (2013)
Short biography
Fought in Korean War. Formerly an industrial engineer, he was on the design team that developed the manufacturing process for the Pringle potato chip - his responsibility was the machine that cooks them. Also editor of the engineering trade journal Plant Engineering.

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Reviews

Oh I did not like this. Plotless, meandering, boring. I truly do not understand why people hype this book. UGH
 
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73pctGeek | 87 other reviews | Mar 5, 2024 |
UGH, this was not for me. I only read this as it was part of the omnibus and I wasn't aware of reading two separate books.
 
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73pctGeek | 42 other reviews | Mar 5, 2024 |
Oh, Gene. I was so excited when I read the dustjacket. Pulp 1930s Lovecraftian noir fiction by Gene Wolfe? I was salivating. But what's here does not deliver the goods -- not even slightly.

What this really looks like is two novellas mashed together with mostly the same characters, and only one of them is any good. The first two-thirds of the book reads like a [b:Raymond Chandler|2052|The Big Sleep|Raymond Chandler|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41AGA624Z5L._SL75_.jpg|1222673] detective-noir piece. It's almost all dialogue, and while the suspense is great and the characters interesting, it's like reading a sketch of a novel. So little information about anything is there that one keeps reading to learn something -- anything -- that will put the dialogue in some kind of context.

The last third of the book we suddenly get the Lovecraftian elements we've been waiting for, but only as stage props. Only two or three times does Wolfe manage a passage that's Lovecraftian in language or effect. That said, we also find out a lot more about what's going on, which makes this part of the book far more interesting.

But wait. The conflict from the first two-thirds of the book is rendered null and void by fiat in part two. So Wolfe has to concoct an entirely new conflict -- warmed-over HPL -- that ultimately fails to deliver the goods.

I wanted to like it, I really did. But if you truly love Gene Wolfe, go read "Shadow of the Torturer" again. You'll be far, far happier.

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Byakhee | 16 other reviews | Feb 21, 2024 |
A powerfully weird book, and a great example of Wolfe's style.

Most other sci-fi would explicitly show off the setting and landscape very early on, and make the internal conflicts clear.

Not so with Wolfe; he throws you in to the memoirs of someone starting as a small boy, and at first you're not sure where you are... it feels like a European French city or colony, but it becomes clear that we're on another planet (that has been colonized) and that all kinds of changes are a regular part of this world. Sentient computers, cloning, genetic manipulation, and a mystery or myth surrounding the people who may or may not have lived on the planet before earthlings came along.

That's just the first of three novellas inside this book, and there's a LOT I'm not covering there.

I won't synopsize the other two, because uncovering those stories and figuring them out is part of the appeal with this book. It's also not easy to synopsize! It ends definitively, but without a concise moral or lesson, requiring you to process what you've read and how it impacts you.

Regarding the setting and it's connection to colonization: reading this in 2022 in Canada, where we are grappling with reconciliation and transforming settler culture to engage ethically with indigenous culture, there is a lot to chew on here... the absorption of one culture by another, but the possible twists within that, are useful questions today.

Perhaps the need to uncover it's details, the shifting perspectives of narrators, and it's less-obvious setting are why this book isn't as famous as his New Urth series, but it's worth your time and effort!
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