It’s been a long while since I’ve updated this site. With the community growing and resources like reddit and twitter out there it seems frivolous to add to the noise. I prefer my information more concentrated, I suppose. Still, seeing that a new collection of Wolfe’s short stories is on the way I felt compelled to echo the announcement here. According to Wolfe’ final editor, Claire Eddy, many of these stories have been previously unavailable or difficult to attain. So, it’s likely stuff I’ve never read from him, which is worth posting about!
Eddy, describes the new collection as a look into Wolfe’s “inner playground.” Which has me excited to find out where this book will take my mind adventuring. A fairly large portion of my Gene Wolfe library are short story collections. Some of which contain the same stories. So, like a proper Wolfe fan I’m more than ready to sink my teeth into more. I honestly, didn’t realize there could be much more out there, but even from beyond Wolfe still surprises his fans.
The man who helped us unravel some of the mystery behind the Books of the New Sun with his “Lexicon Urthus” will soon be doing the same for the Books of the Long Sun and Short Sun with his newest publication “Gate of Horn, Book of Silk: A Guide To Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the Long Sun and the Book of the Short Sun.”
Michael Swanwick has had the opportunity to preview a copy, and even gives us a small taste of it on his blog, Flogging Babel. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy when it’s finally released!
Fans of science fiction, with two weeks of glorious vacation reading time before them, could do much worse than pick up The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe.
This four-novel series follows Severian, an exile from the guild of The Seekers of Truth and Penitence (ie, torturers and executioners) as he pursues his picaresque and ultimately momentous destiny on an earth so far in the future the sun is burning out.
PS Publishing has something special due out later this year for the serious Gene Wolfe collector. A collection of thrity-two of Wolfe’s best short stories all in one volume entitled, “The Very Best of Gene Wolfe.” It includes a rare piece called, “Christmas Inn” and a forward by Kim Stanley Robinson.