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Gene Wolfe News and Rumors Logged by Paul Duggan

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Charlie Jane Anders writes of 7 Reasons Why Scifi Book Series Outstay Their Welcomes at Under the category of "the need to explain the meaning of everything, Wolfe crops up
Another example: Gene Wolfe's Urth Of The New Sun series, which is a five-book follow-up [sic] to the four-book Book Of The New Sun series. In the Urth books, Wolfe tries to tie everything from the first series together, while throwing in a lot of mystical ideas, including kabbalah.
Clearly theres a small boo-boo there in terms of Urth's size. It's one book.

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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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