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
Tor.com has a nice write up about the growing number of Gene Wolfe titles now available as eBooks. You can give those hard copies a rest, and load one of these up on your Nook or Kindle instead. My hopes are to see the complete Long Sun series available soon.
Perhaps for many of us the title of Master was one we always felt Gene deserved, award or not, but it’s nice when these things become official. I’m a bit off on reporting this, due to some time away from the webs last week (a special thank you to walking pneumonia for keeping me secluded from the rest of the world), but I still wanted to post it here.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have named Gene Wolfe the 2012 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master. There are a bunch of wonderful quotes and by Wolfe and others on the the SFWA website. If you’ve missed it for some reason, be sure to read through it. It’s definitely a most fitting award for Gene’s accomplishments as a writer.
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!
StarShipSofa No 251 Gene WolfeAugust 15, 2012 by Tony C. Smith
Fact: Everything by Morgan Saletta 01:20
Main Fiction: King Rat by Gene Wolfe 33:50
First Chapters: Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton 01:09:00
Narrator: Matt Cowens
Gene Wolfe is featured on today’s StarShipSofa release!
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.
read more at petergalenmassey.com
Peter Galen Massey’s 100 word review of “The Book of the New Sun”.
Thanks again to the urth.net folks for tracking this clip down.
It was quick, but it was there, and it paid a moment of homage to one of SF&F’s greatest writers. Episode 16 in season 4 of Fringe named dropped Gene Wolfe as well as his book Litany of The Long Sun. I don’t actually watch the show, but I made sure to catch most of this episode just to see it for myself.
UPDATE: Thanks to the Urth.net crew for finding the clip! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/30/fringe-nothing-as-it-seems-exclusive…
Gene Wolfe has a critter at Shared Worlds 2012. See if you can find it.