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!
I admit it took me a long time to get interested in Reddit but once I did I went looking for the Gene Wolfe community thread. It’s not huge (for a Reddit thread) but it is a great place to connect with fellow fans. I wanted to post something about it here just for anyone who might not have come across it yet.
We’re just under a week away from having a new Gene Wolfe book on the shelves! It’s been a long (three year) wait. I’m excited.
A nice chunk of the story if I do say so myself. Looks to be even more than what I listened to Gene read when I attended MadCon nearly three years ago. I’m looking forward to seeing what I can remember and what he might have changed. It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for this one to finally arrive and I can’t wait to get my hands on it at the end of November!
UPDATE: Cory Doctorow posts about the excerpt here.