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.
I started working on a flickr.com gallery of various covers from books written by and about Gene Wolfe. So far I have around 51 images including a selection from other countries and in multiple languages. As of now it’s still in a sort of “beta” format but it does work and is fun to browse. Please feel free to email any new book covers, links to book covers or any suggestions or comments you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you have a flickr account I’d be happy to add you as a contact to the Hoof&Hide gallery. You can view the gallery by clicking on the book image on the side bar of this blog or by visiting http://www.flickr.com/photos/hoofandhide.