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Gene Wolfe News and Rumors Logged by Paul Duggan

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Centipede Press, publisher of high-end, pricey illustrated limited editions of famous SF and Horror works (along with artbooks), is publishing a high-end, pricey ($225) limited (300 copies) edition of Shadow of the Torturer. Their single image web page about the book is viewable, and they appear to be taking orders.
Cloth - Printed on 100# Mohawk Superfine. Bound in suedel luxe cloth, with seven full color illustrations and a map with a cloth covered slipcase.
They state it will have seven illustrations by Alexander Preuss, whose website I've linked to previously. You can see some new New Sun related illustrations by the artist currently, including a map of sorts. It looks like the artists site is a fair preview of the illustrations to be included in the limited edition.

The Centipede Press Site image says that the full set of all four books will be available in "Spring of 2008", but that the Shadow of the Torturer would be available in "August". I can only assume, since the Millipede Press site that is actually taking the orders (millipede and centipede are the same company) says that only Shadow is available, that we may not be getting the full set of all the books for a while longer.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Amazon lists Wolfe's forthcoming Lovecraftian novel An Evil Guest as forthcoming in September. You can pre-order the book by clicking on the link, which takes you to Amazon.com.

Neil Gaiman commented on this earlier. Nick Gevers, who is reading an advanced copy says of its style:
It's third person, near-future, which squares with "Memorare", and shapeshifters appear to be involved.

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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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