Gene Wolfe for N00bs – An Interview with Marc Aramini

I thoroughly enjoyed this interview with Marc Aramini and can’t wait to get my hands on a hard copy of his book (and volume 2 for that matter). Whether you’ve read Gene Wolfe or not this interview is certainly worth a few moments of your time.

Spacefaring, Extradimensional Happy Kittens

I haven’t read much of Gene Wolfe’s work, even though everybody tells me it’s fantastic. There are 25 novels and almost 10 short story collections, so deciding where one should start feels like a chore in itself (maybe we can christen it as the Moorcock Dilemma).

That’s a problem for this year’s Hugo reading, obviously, because one of the candidates in the category of Best Related Work is a book called Between Light and Shadow: An Exploration of the Fiction of Gene Wolfe, 1951 to 1986 by Marc Aramini. It’s a tome that goes through Wolfe’s works one by one, providing analysis, discussion and interpretations — and it’s quite useless for anybody who hasn’t read the original works first.

I run into the author Marc Aramini online and he suggested I read a couple of short stories before checking his analyses: Suzanne Delage (1980) (available online), The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories (1970)…

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Wolfe a 2016 Locus Award Finalist

The 2016 Locus awards finalists were announced yesterday with A Borrowed Man up for best Science Fiction Novel. Wolfe’s book about a clone of a long-dead author will be pitted against four others including Anne Leckie’s novel Ancillary Mercy, which is also up for a Hugo award this year as well. I mention her because she’s a new personal favorite of mine having just read Ancillary Justice at the beginning of the year. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Leckie’s Ancillary Trilogy then definitely add it to your to-read list. I found that her style and intelligence reminded me a lot of Wolfe’s and I hope she continues to have a lot of well-deserved success. She’s also from my hometown of Saint Louis and it’s always exciting to see local talent succeed.

You can find the entire list of talented nominees on the Locus Magazine website.

 

In Other News…

DonutFactorySo I rarely post anything here that isn’t Gene Wolfe related but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to post a shameless little plug for a fledgling press that I’ve recently had a piece of flash fiction published in. If you’re into supporting the smaller magazines out there that promote new writers then it’s a worthy purchase. Almost a hundred pages of nothing but flash fiction and poetry.

It’s called Donut Factory Press and it’s available on Amazon. They are also looking for submissions for their summer issue and you can check out their website if you’re interested in submitting your own work. Thanks for checking it out!

Short Story or Novel

I’m currently reading Gene Wolfe’s “Castle of Days” and came across this quote about the difference between an idea for a short story and one for a novel.

“If what interests you most is what’s going to happen, that’s a short story. If it’s the people or the scene, that’s a novel.”

This is one of those neatly packaged clarifications that really help me sort out my own ideas. Thank you, Gene!