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Thursday, February 04, 2010

New Sun is already been made into a setting for the GURPS rpg, but IGN has a poll up (scroll down) now asking if (among other works) the Book of the New Sun should be made into a video game.

I've wanted 28mm miniatures of the forces at the battle in Citadel of the Autarch myself.

Oh, and MacMillan and Amazon seem to have worked things out for now.

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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, 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.

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



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Monday, November 23, 2009

Blogger Alison Flood has a very positive reaction to reading the Book of the New Sun. The Book of the New Sun: science fiction's Ulysses?

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

According to, you can collaborate with Neil Gaiman on a novel via Twitter
Today at noon EST (that's 9am Pacific time), Gaiman will begin an exquisite corpse story on the BBC Audiobooks America Twitter account with a single tweet. Other Twitter users can then contribute to the story with their own tweets (all tweets must include @BBCAA and #bbcawdio, cutting into those precious 140 characters). Once the tale reaches 1000 tweets, the BBC editors will edit it into a (hopefully) coherent story. An audio version of the story will be made available in the iTunes store for free.
It has begun!

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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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Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Internet Review of Science Fiction has put up an article by Michael Andre-Driussi: What Gene Wolfe Expects of His Readers. He discusses how Urth of the New Sun makes clear some of the mysteries that the original tetralogy left concealed.

Michael Andre-Driussi is the author of the Lexicon Urthus, an excellent guide to the New Sun books. The Lexicon is now in a new edition.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

At the National Review Online, John J Miller interviews Gene Wolfe about The Best of Gene Wolfe, a new collection of some of Wolfe's best short stories. “Petting Zoo,” “The Tree Is My Hat,” “The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories,” “The Hero as Werewolf,” “Seven American Nights,” “Westwind,” “The Detective of Dreams,” and “A Cabin on the Coast” are among the stories.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

XKCDs latest comic Fiction Rule of Thumb implies "Book of the New Sun for the Win!" at least.

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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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Monday, July 14, 2008

Michael Andre-Driussi informs me that the Lexicon Urthus, Second Edition, the wonderful reference to Gene Wolfe' Urth series is forthcoming soon
I am pleased to announce that on August 1, 2008, the Second Edition of Lexicon Urthus will go on sale.

Hardcover: $39.95
Paperback:$19.95 (the current Amazon price of $29.95 is wrong and we're fixing it)

Specifications: 440 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 20 b/w illustrations, 10 maps, 24 tables

This is a print on demand book, available through and through us directly, but Amazon will almost certainly offer a discount and we're not doing that yet. We expect most sales to be through Amazon and specialty bookstores, but since there are cases where Amazon might not reach a country or something, we offer to try and fill those orders.
Apparently the book will have an introduction by Wolfe.

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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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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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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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