Recommended books by Gene Wolfe

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Gene Rodman Wolfe (born May 7, 1931) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He is noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith. He is a prolific short-story writer and novelist and has won many science fiction and fantasy literary awards.

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Product picture for Shadow & Claw: The First Half of The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
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The Book Of The New Sun is a unique two-piece science fiction book series by American writer Gene Wolfe. The first book of The Book of The New Sun, Shadow And Claw, begins millions of years in the future with the story of a young torturer Severian, a member of a remote guild, far from the bigger world. He commits a cardinal sin by falling in love with one of his victims, and is banned from his guild and cast out to the world, a world where he is very familiar with.

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Book cover from Sword & Citadel: The Second Half of The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
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The Book Of The New Sun is a unique two-piece science fiction book series by American writer Gene Wolfe. The first book of The Book of The New Sun, Shadow And Claw, begins millions of years in the future with the story of a young torturer Severian, a member of a remote guild, far from the bigger world. He commits a cardinal sin by falling in love with one of his victims, and is banned from his guild and cast out to the world, a world where he is very familiar with.

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Book cover from The Urth of the New Sun: The sequel to The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
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The Book Of The New Sun is a unique two-piece science fiction book series by American writer Gene Wolfe. The first book of The Book of The New Sun, Shadow And Claw, begins millions of years in the future with the story of a young torturer Severian, a member of a remote guild, far from the bigger world. He commits a cardinal sin by falling in love with one of his victims, and is banned from his guild and cast out to the world, a world where he is very familiar with.

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Book cover from The Fifth Head of Cerberus: Three Novellas by Gene Wolfe
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Back in print for the first time in more than a decade, Gene Wolfe's The Fifth Head of Cerberus is a universally acknowledged masterpiece of science fiction by one of the field's most brilliant writers.

Far out from Earth, two sister planets, Saint Anne and Saint Croix, circle each other in an eternal dance. It is said a race of shapeshifters once lived here, only to perish when men came. But one man believes they can still be found, somewhere in the back of the beyond.

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Book cover from Latro in the Mist by Gene Wolfe
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A distinguished compilation of two classic fantasy novels, Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Areté, in one volume

This omnibus of two acclaimed novels is the story of Latro, a Roman mercenary who while fighting in Greece received a head injury that deprived him of his short-term memory but gave him in return the ability to see and converse with the supernatural creatures and the gods and goddesses, who invisibly inhabit the ancient landscape. Latro forgets everything when he sleeps....
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Originally published in 1975, Peace is a spellbinding, brilliant tour de force of the imagination. The melancholy memoir of Alden Dennis Weer, an embittered old man living out his last days in a small midwestern town, the novel reveals a miraculous dimension as the narrative unfolds. For Weer's imagination has the power to obliterate time and reshape reality, transcending even death itself. Powerfully moving and uncompromisingly honest, Peace ranks alongside the finest literary works of our...
Book cover from The Best of Gene Wolfe: A Definitive Retrospective of His Finest Short Fiction by Gene Wolfe
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"One of the literary giants of science fiction."
--The Denver Post



"Wolfe is a sophisticated stylist, and has more in common with writers such as Jorge Luis Borges than almost any science fiction writer both in terms of craft and themes."
―The Boston Globe

Gene Wolfe, of whom the Washington Post said, "Of all SF writers currently active none is held in higher esteem," has selected the short fiction he considers his best into one volume.

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Book cover from Litany of the Long Sun:  Nightside the Long Sun and Lake of the Long Sun (Book of the Long Sun, Books 1 and 2) by Gene Wolfe
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Litany of the Long Sun contains the full texts of Nightside the Long Sun and Lake of the Long Sun, that together make up the first half of The Book of the Long Sun. This great work is set on a huge generation starship in the same future as the classic Book of the New Sun (also available in two volumes from Orb).
Book cover from The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories by Gene Wolfe
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A superb collection of science fiction and fantasy stories, The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories is a book that transcends all genre definitions. The stories within are mined with depth charges, explosions of meaning and illumination that will keep you thinking and feeling long after you have finished reading.
Book cover from The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook by Gene Wolfe
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Everybody has one in their collection. You know―one of those old, spiral- or plastic-tooth-bound cookbooks sold to support a high school marching band, a church, or the local chapter of the Junior League. These recipe collections reflect, with unimpeachable authenticity, the dishes that define communities: chicken and dumplings, macaroni and cheese, chess pie. When the Southern Foodways Alliance began curating a cookbook, it was to these spiral-bound, sauce-splattered pages that they turned...