Some good Wolfe activity this month:
- Black Gate reviews “Pirate Freedom”
- Book of the New Sun artwork and covers (I’ll be adding these to the flickr gallery)
- i09.com talks Gene Wolfe in an article about SF&F authors who served in the military
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.
Looks like the cover to Gene Wolfe’s upcoming book, “An Evil Guest” has had it’s cover changed from this to this. I suppose the question at hand is if the “original” cover was ever meant to be the cover at all. Personally I like the style of the first cover a little better but the new cover is probably better for a good Lovecraftian story. Speaking of Lovecraft covers Mike Mignola did an excellent one for a new printing of a collection of short stories by H.P. Lovecraft. I’d like to Mignola do a cover for Gene Wolfe book some day.
According to it’s Amazon.com page, “An Evil Guest” is due out this year on the 16th of September. The cover looks fantastic and Wolfe gave a bit of info about the story to SCI FI Wire back in February of 2007.
An Evil Guest, a novel-in-progress set in the same milieu as “Memorare,” also deals with freedom, Wolfe said. “Cassie Casey becomes a queen and discovers that she can no longer buy anything,” he said. “Each dress, each pair of shoes she wants, is given to her. William Reis can make gold and become invisible; one of his employees is a werewolf who will gladly kill (and eat) anyone Reis wants killed (and eaten). Gideon Chase is, well, Gideon Chase. A wizard, almost human, and so slick he can slide up a flagpole. Laws and societal restraints mean little to him. He loses a leg, but in a way he is freest of all.”
It sounds fantastic and I’m looking forward to reading it.