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Gene Wolfe

Gene Wolfe was born in New York in 1930 and raised in Texas. After serving in the Korean War he graduated in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston and worked in engineering until becoming an editor of a trade periodical, Plant Engineering, in 1972. Since retiring from this post in 1984, he has written full-time. The author of over three dozen award-wining novels and story collections, he is regarded as one of modern fantasy’s most important writers. His best-known work, the four volume far-future Book of the New Sun, won the World Fantasy, BSFA, Nebula, British Fantasy and John W. Campbell memorial Awards. He has won the World Fantasy Award four times for his novels and collections and the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award for his extraordinary body of work. Gene Wolfe lives in Illinois with his wife, Rosemary.


Happy birthday Gene Wolfe. And thank you. Again.

How best to celebrate the birthday of a much loved writer?

Give people the present of one of his books.

How best to recommend one of his books?

Quote from it.

So, in celebration of the amazing Gene Wolfe, let me recommend my favourite work of his to you by quoting randomly from it. Letting you read some brief excerpts from the first two volumes of The Book of the New Sun, seems to me a lovely way to hint at the extraordinary … More

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Gollancz: the Nebula Award Winners

We’ve looked at the BSFA and Arthur C. Clarke Awards for best novel and now, with the Nebula Weekend fast approaching (May 15-18), we thought we’d look at the best novel prize awarded each year by The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

As with the previous two awards, our showing in the Nebulas is very good. Approximately 50% of the winners were published by Gollancz and/or … More

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Alastair Reynolds discusses THE BOOK OF THE NEW SUN

We recently caught up with Alastair Reynolds and asked him to tell us a little bit about the Gollancz 50th title he has written the introduction for The Book of the New Sun.

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Gollancz 50th: The Book of the New Sun

“It is possible I already had some presentiment of my future. The locked and rusted gate that stood before us, with wisps of river fog threading its spikes like the mountain paths, remains in my mind now as the symbol of my exile. That is why I have begun this account of it with the aftermath of our swim, in which I, the torturer’s apprentice Severian, had so nearly drowned.”

I first read these words more than 25 years ago. I … More

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