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Gene Wolfe News and Rumors Logged by Paul Duggan

Friday, April 29, 2005

The Languages of Pao, a classic of science fiction by Jack Vance, seems to be back in print. A fascinating story of the interaction of langauge and culture.

I'm glad this is reprinted, as I didn't want to get the Integral Edition of Vance, and the paperback I picked up at a sci-fi con was a misprint that replaced some of the pages from some entirely different novel.

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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Two new books about Gene Wolfe's writing are available or soon will be.

Solar Labyrinth, Exploring Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun, by Robert Borski.'s comments are intriguing
in the first book-length investigation of Wolfe's literary puzzlebox, Robert Borski takes you inside the twisting corridors of the tetralogy and along the way reveals his solutions to many of the novel's conundrums and riddles, such as who really is Severian's lost twin sister (almost certainly not who you think) and why he believes the novel's main character may not even be the torturer Severian. Furthermore, and in essay after essay, Borski demonstrates how a single master key will unlock many of the book's secret relationships--all in the attempt to guide you through the labyrinth that is Gene Wolfe's BOOK OF THE NEW SUN
A paperback version is also available.

Shadows of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe edited by Peter Wright is a forthcoming reprinting of many of the essays from Castle of the Otter along with some new non-fiction ("Gene Wolfe in Conversation", and "Wolfe's Guide to Permissive English"). It will be available from Amazon on June 15th of this year. Wright's first book about Wolfe was Attending Daedalus: Gene Wolfe, Artifice and the Reader. Both are published by Liverpool University Press. [post updated 4/29/05]

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Gene Wolfe News and Rumors Logged by Paul Duggan


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We believe that we invent symbols. The truth is that they invent us; we are their creatures, shaped by their hard, defining edges. When soldiers take their oath they are given a coin, an asimi stamped with the profile of the Autarch. Their acceptance of that coin is their acceptance of the special duties and burdens of military life--they are soldiers from that moment, though they may know nothing of the management of arms. I did not know that then, but it is a profound mistake to believe that we must know of such things to be influenced by them, and in fact to believe so is to believe in the most debased and superstitious kind of magic. The would-be sorcerer alone has faith in the efficacy of pure knowledge; rational people know that things act of themselves or not at all.
The Shadow of the Torturer, Gene Wolfe.

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