Tor.com started a book club a while back that gives out a free ebook at the beginning of every month. This month’s free ebook happens to be “Shadow & Claw” and, after signing up via email, is available in both mobi and epub formats. The offer is good until March 13th. Please be advised that signing up for Tor.com’s book club does indeed sign you up for their newsletter. All things considered, Tor does push some pretty nice content out and I’ve never personally felt they were spammy. Biased maybe, but not spammy.
Here is the link to all the details:
I’ve recently started listening to a new Wolfe themed podcast called Alzabo Soup that I’ve found both enjoyable and insightful. The hosts of the show, (Phillip and Andrew) keep the show light-hearted and fun while diving deep into their interpretations of Wolfe’s work. Currently, they’re covering one of my own personal favorites, “The Sorcerer’s House,” so it’s been a personal treat to hear what they’ve come up with.
It’s always exciting to see other people not just enjoying Wolfe’s work but giving back to the community of Wolfe fans out there. If you’re a fellow Wolfe fan then definitely give them a listen. Pick up a copy of “The Sorcerer’s House” if you haven’t already read it and follow along, emailing your own ideas and interpretations to them. It’s good to see these kinds of projects out there and definitely worth supporting.
Another great post by Michael Swanwick over at Flogging Babel in honor of Gene Wolfe’s birthday. He shares the essay he wrote for the special Gene Wolfe issue of Science Fiction & Fantasy back in 2007.
I’m a couple days late mentioning it this year but Gene Wolfe celebrated his 85th birthday on Saturday, May 7th. So a very happy birthday to Mr. Wolfe!
Mordicai Knode wrote up something wonderful about him over on Tor.com in honor of his 85th year of life.
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.
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!