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!

Gene Wolfe – A New Yoker Page Turner

The New Yorker’s Page Turner section is hosting great little write up on Gene Wolfe by Peter Bebergal suitably entitled, Sci-Fi’s Difficult Genius. It’s the first time that I’ve seen someone really question why such a skillful author has dodged the current pop-culture craze for fantasy and science fiction. Something I’ve also always wondered. It was a great read and I always love seeing Wolfe brought into the spotlight by major news publications and talented writers.

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/sci-fis-difficult-genius

Next Gene Wolfe Book Out In October 2015

I’ve been quite out of the loop lately and just saw on Ultan’s Library that the next Gene Wolfe book, A Borrowed Man, has been listed on Amazon with a release date of October 20th, 2015. According to a recent interview with Robert K. Elder of the Chicago Tribune he’s also already started writing the book’s sequel.

A Borrowed Man on Amazon
A Conversation With Gene Wolfe on Chicago Tribune

The interview gives mention that he’s still open to returning to the Urth Cycle universe. As I finish up my 3rd read of the Books of The New Sun, that’s something I would definitely appreciate seeing. His world building is nothing short of incredible.

Recently On The Wolfe Front

MIT Technology Review has a great interview with Gene Wolfe. The opening touches on some more recent developments in his personal life and then goes on to ask him a lot of standard questions that writers are usually asked in interviews like this one. Though Wolfe does a great job at being his entertaining self and tosses us a few gems.
http://www.technologyreview.com/news/529431/a-qa-with-gene-wolfe/

Chris Gerwel guest writes and easy that examines Gene Wolfe as “The Reliably Unreliable Author” on A Dribble of Ink. It really delves into his history, style and influences quite well.
http://aidanmoher.com/blog/featured-article/2014/07/gene-wolfe-reliably-unreliable-author-chris-gerwel/

Last week I discovered (for the first time myself) that “The Shadow of The Torturer” exists in comic book format. Three issues of an unfinished series of seven were published back in 1991. The covers are pretty amazing and I’ll be adding them to the Flickr gallery.
http://connect.collectorz.com/comics/database/the-shadow-of-the-torturer