Gene Wolfe News and Rumors Logged by Paul Duggan
Friday, March 22, 2002
R. A. Lafferty: 1914 to 2002
R.A. Lafferty died March 19, 2002. Although I have not read any Lafferty (that I can recall anyway), I've had several contacts telling me that afficianados of Wolfe might enjoy his writing. Wolfe and Lafferty both published in the Orbit anthology series. Lafferty was accounted by many as a master of short fiction, and this page can tell you more about him.
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Another Wolfe Interview, and more on Ultan's Library
Wolfe spills the beans about some mysteries of the Short Sun series in this interview with Nick Gevers on Sfsite.com
Robert Borski responds to Peter Wright's comments on Fifth Head of Cerebus at Ultan's Library
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Friday, March 15, 2002
Main website redone
I've redone the main Wolfe page so it matches better with this weblog page. I hope it looks ok in most browsers. I'm sure its freaky in Netscape 4.7 and before.
Oh, and those of you wondering (like I was) why amazon.com is recommending Jet Li movies for Gene Wolfe readers, Amazon's associate system uses things recently ordered though the site as the basis for the recommendation list. So someone bought a Jet Li movie most recently though my associate system.
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Thursday, March 14, 2002
I wonder if mantis is reading this
Those of you aware of my personal weblog Hierodulia, know that I took the name from the name of the aliens who make an appearance in The Book of the New Sun, who are known as the Hierodules (they are also known as the cacogens, meaning "those who have bad breeding"). Well I missed another use of a related word, heirodula, which is the scientific Latin name for the genus of Praying Mantis. I dimly recall the Heirodules of New Sun having a insect-like quality, hiding their true faces under human masks. I'll have to check my copy when I get home to see if that bears out. If so, it's yet another interesting way in which Wolfe uses words with considerable depth and layers of meaning.
Ok, the description of the unmasked Heirodules in chapter XXV of Claw is really clearly insect-like. Neat.
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Monday, March 04, 2002
Clark Ashton Smith, Lin Carter, and Wolfe
Chaosium is reprinting several works by Clark Ashton Smith, Lin Carter and others [no Wolfe content, sorry] in a new collection called The Book of Eibon. Chaosium, publishers of the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game, is billing it as a kind of fascimile of a Mythos tome. Their site has a table of contents. Wolfe has contributed to a Clark Ashton Smith tribute anthology called The Last Continent: New Tales of Zothiqe and has cited Smith as an influence. I enjoyed Chaosium's compilation of Dunsany's fantasy fiction, The Complete Pegana before, so I'll give this one a shot.
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