WEFOUNDThe Best of Gene Wolfe: A Definitive Retrospective of His Finest Short Fiction


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 has won many awards in the field, and is hailed by prominent critics and writers as one of the best and most important living science fiction authors.

"The Fifth Head of Cerberus", Orbit 10 (1972), ed. Damon Knight, Reprinted in a set of three novellas, The Fifth Head of Cerberus (1972), Reprinted in Gene Wolfe, The Best of Gene Wolfe (2009)

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 has won many awards in the field, and is hailed by prominent critics and writers as one of the best and most important living science fiction authors.

"The Fifth Head of Cerberus", Orbit 10 (1972), ed. Damon Knight, Reprinted in a set of three novellas, The Fifth Head of Cerberus (1972), Reprinted in Gene Wolfe, The Best of Gene Wolfe (2009)

Robert Hewitt Wolfe (born 1964) is an American television producer and screenwriter . He is best known for his work as a writer on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and for developing and producing the series Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda .

Wolfe was a writer from an early age. He attempted but did not complete several novels between the ages of ten and twenty. [1] He turned to film and television writing in college. [1]

Wolfe graduated from UCLA , receiving a bachelor's degree in Film and Television and a MFA in Screenwriting . [1] His first screenplay, Paper Dragons , placed second in the prestigious Goldwyn awards . [1]

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 has won many awards in the field, and is hailed by prominent critics and writers as one of the best and most important living science fiction authors.

"The Fifth Head of Cerberus", Orbit 10 (1972), ed. Damon Knight, Reprinted in a set of three novellas, The Fifth Head of Cerberus (1972), Reprinted in Gene Wolfe, The Best of Gene Wolfe (2009)

Robert Hewitt Wolfe (born 1964) is an American television producer and screenwriter . He is best known for his work as a writer on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and for developing and producing the series Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda .

Wolfe was a writer from an early age. He attempted but did not complete several novels between the ages of ten and twenty. [1] He turned to film and television writing in college. [1]

Wolfe graduated from UCLA , receiving a bachelor's degree in Film and Television and a MFA in Screenwriting . [1] His first screenplay, Paper Dragons , placed second in the prestigious Goldwyn awards . [1]

Gene Wolfe is winner of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, and many other awards. In 2007, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. He lives in Barrington, Illinois.

From a literary perspective, this will certainly be the best collection of the year in science fiction and fantasy. 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 finest into one volume.

There are many award winners and many that have been selected for various Year's Best anthologies among the thirty-one stories, which include: "Petting Zoo," "The Tree Is My Hat," "The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories," "The Hero as Werewolf," "Seven American Nights," "The Fifth Head of Cerberus," "The Detective of Dreams," and "A Cabin on the Coast." Gene Wolfe has produced possibly the finest and most significant body of short fiction in the SF and fantasy field in the last fifty years, and is certainly among the greatest living writers to emerge from the genres. This is the first retrospective collection of his entire career.

We do not enter a story by Gene Wolfe without knocking, because the door to the inner rooms is never open. What many potential readers have wrongly assumed over the years, however, is that a door that is not open is door that is locked, that everything Wolfe writes needs a key—probably inscribed with runes—to get inside of.

They make me feel as though I've read or wrestled with a story way outside my grasp, that I've somehow been translated to the innards, and that once inside find myself clinging to the inside walls of a building by Escher built of Braille . But the great stories, usually of novella length, though they may be difficult, are not locked.

If this choice is weighted towards the earlier years of his career, that may be due partly to the fact that Wolfe selected the contents of this collection himself, and that he may have wished to bring some work from the miraculous '70s back into focus. It may also reflect the truth of an assumption his readers tended to make in the 1980s: that he had moved his intensest gaze from short forms to the novel. And as to the 75 or more stories dating from 1990 on, Wolfe may have felt they were too close to judge correctly, and that they would have been recently read.

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 has won many awards in the field, and is hailed by prominent critics and writers as one of the best and most important living science fiction authors.

"The Fifth Head of Cerberus", Orbit 10 (1972), ed. Damon Knight, Reprinted in a set of three novellas, The Fifth Head of Cerberus (1972), Reprinted in Gene Wolfe, The Best of Gene Wolfe (2009)

Robert Hewitt Wolfe (born 1964) is an American television producer and screenwriter . He is best known for his work as a writer on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and for developing and producing the series Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda .

Wolfe was a writer from an early age. He attempted but did not complete several novels between the ages of ten and twenty. [1] He turned to film and television writing in college. [1]

Wolfe graduated from UCLA , receiving a bachelor's degree in Film and Television and a MFA in Screenwriting . [1] His first screenplay, Paper Dragons , placed second in the prestigious Goldwyn awards . [1]

Gene Wolfe is winner of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, and many other awards. In 2007, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. He lives in Barrington, Illinois.

From a literary perspective, this will certainly be the best collection of the year in science fiction and fantasy. 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 finest into one volume.

There are many award winners and many that have been selected for various Year's Best anthologies among the thirty-one stories, which include: "Petting Zoo," "The Tree Is My Hat," "The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories," "The Hero as Werewolf," "Seven American Nights," "The Fifth Head of Cerberus," "The Detective of Dreams," and "A Cabin on the Coast." Gene Wolfe has produced possibly the finest and most significant body of short fiction in the SF and fantasy field in the last fifty years, and is certainly among the greatest living writers to emerge from the genres. This is the first retrospective collection of his entire career.


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