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Gene Wolfe News and Rumors Logged by Paul Duggan

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Sorcerer's House is forthcoming in March of 2010, according to Amazon. You can pre-order it at the link.

According to it is an epistolary novel
about a confidence man who is released from jail and goes to buy an old house in the country, offering to do the work of renovating it in exchange for a deal on the price. His offer is accepted in accordance with the will left by the former owner, a dead sorcerer, a will which mentions the man by name.

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Gene Wolfe will be a guest at DragonCon in Atlanta, GA, September 4-7.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

A detailed an interesting article by Carlo Rotella about the influence and work of Jack Vance is in the New York Times

No mention of Wolfe though.

What is mentioned is Songs of the Dying Earth
Also arriving in bookstores this month is “Songs of the Dying Earth,” a collection of stories by other writers set in the far-future milieu that Vance introduced in some of his first published stories, which he wrote on a clipboard on the deck of a freighter in the South Pacific while serving in the merchant marine during World War II. The roster of contributors to the collection includes genre stars and best-selling brand names, among them Simmons, Neil Gaiman, Terry Dowling, Tanith Lee, George R. R. Martin and Dean Koontz. It’s a literary tribute album, in effect, on which reliable earners acknowledge the influence of a respectably semiobscure national treasure by covering his songs.
Looking forward to it.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Mike Mearls, a D&D 4th Edition designer, comments on the literary inspiration for some of the new classes and mechanics
Avenger: Ripping aside the ethereal nature of Wolf's Book of the New Sun and treating it as a comic book of sorts, Severian the torturer was a major influence on this class's initial feel and direction. Obviously its divine roots steered in a different direction, but I can easily see playing an avenger based on fantasy's most famous torturer.

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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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