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Gene Wolfe News and Rumors Logged by Paul Duggan

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Let me take the time to again thank those of you who buy Wolfe books through the links I place to Amazon. It seems though, that Amazon and MacMillan have a dispute over the price of Kindle books see here which has led to Amazon no longer selling ANY books by any MacMillan publisher.

I'm not sure: I think I still make a few pennies when Amazon sells a book through the 'sellers' (who still are operating on Amazon) but I'm not sure if this is worthwhile anymore. We'll see if this gets resolved quickly.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Alex Carnevale, a writer for io9.com, posts his countdown of the top 100 SF/F books of all time.

Coming in at #1 is Book of the Long Sun.
Wolfe's imaginings are more real to me now than many actual events, managing to mercilessly strip ourselves of what we believe it is to be human until all that is left is our humanity.
Wow!

Book of the New Sun is at number 8.

And more Wolfe elsewhere. Also lots of Vance, and lots of Heinlein.

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Friday, January 01, 2010

ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS—EXCEPT EUROPA.

ATTEMPT NO LANDINGS THERE.

posted by pduggie 12:00 AM | leave a comment |

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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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