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Gene Wolfe News and Rumors Logged by Paul Duggan

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Amazon is listing The Best of Gene Wolfe: A Definitive Retrospective of His Finest Short Fiction as a hardcover release from Tor books in March of 2009.

The Tor Spring catalog says
From a literary perspective, this will certainly be the best collection of the year in science fiction and fantasy. Gene Wolfe, of whom the Washington Post said, "Of all SF writers currently active none is held in higher esteem," has selected the short fiction he considers his finest into one volume. There are many award winners and many that have been selected for various Year's Best anthologies among the thirty-one stories, which include:"Petting Zoo," "The Tree Is My Hat," "The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories," "The Hero as Werewolf," "Seven American Nights," "The Fifth Head of Cerberus," "The Detective of Dreams," and "A Cabin on the Coast."

Gene Wolfe has produced possibly the finest and most significant body of short fiction in the SF and fantasy field in the last fifty years, and is certainly among the greatest living writers to emerge from the genres.

This is the first retrospective collection of his entire career.

It is for the ages.
You can preorder it at the link.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The anthology of stories inspired by Jack Vance's Dying Earth series was mentioned a while back. The editors are George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.

It seems the Hardcover edition from Subterranean Press is up for pre-order on, with a December 10, 2008 release date (click the link). That release date may be somewhat optimistic.

The product page at Subterranean Press provides more details on the book, including cover art by Tom Kidd and interior art (by Charles Vess, I think)

My thanks to anyone who pre-orders it from Amazon, as your purchases help support the site.

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Friday, August 08, 2008

Today I discovered the following:
I'm sure there's more to come.

Update: Like Hoof and Hide's comprehensive gallery of Wolfe covers. Very nice. I like the Japanese one for Island of Doctor Death.

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Monday, August 04, 2008

Clarkesworld Magazine published an Interview with Gene Wolfe by Jeremy L. C. Jones. Lots of comment on writing, revision, and the teaching of writing.

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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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