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  • Author:
    Gene Wolfe
  • ISBN:
    076532136X
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    978-0765321367
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    Tor Books; First edition (April 13, 2010)
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    480 pages
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A tom doherty associates book. This is a work of fiction. All of the characters, organizations, and events portrayed in these stories are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. The best of gene wolfe: a definitive retrospective of his finest short fiction.

In fact, he loves the form so much that he cannot refrain from inserting short stories into his full length works.

The Best of Gene Wolfe reflects his great versatility as a stylist, introducing me not to another side of Gene Wolfe, but to a great variety of other sides. Wolfe stands out as a major figure in contemporary science fiction and fantasy. Mr. Wolfe is a wildly prolific short story writer. In fact, he loves the form so much that he cannot refrain from inserting short stories into his full length works. So while "The Best of Gene Wolfe: A Definitive Retrospective of His Finest Short Fiction" is a marvelous collection spanning much of his career, with award winning stories selected by the author, it's a volume or two short of being definitive.

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Gene Wolfe has produced possibly the finest and most significant body of short fiction in the SF and fantasy field in the last forty years, and is certainly among the great living writers to emerge from the genres. This is the first retrospective collection of his entire career. Gene Wolfe is the smartest, subtlest, most dangerous writer alive today. Gene Wolfe (1931-2019) was the Nebula Award-winning author of The Book of the New Sun tetralogy in the Solar Cycle, as well as the World Fantasy Award winners The Shadow of the Torturer and Soldier of Sidon.

Gene Rodman Wolfe (May 7, 1931 – April 14, 2019) was an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He was noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith

Gene Rodman Wolfe (May 7, 1931 – April 14, 2019) was an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He was noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith. He was a prolific short-story writer and novelist and won many science fiction and fantasy literary awards. Wolfe is best known for his Book of the New Sun series (four volumes, 1980–1983), the first part of his "Solar Cycle".

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But Gene Wolfe is the best American science fiction writer. The most clear sensation I had, after admiration of his prose, was awareness of the unpleasantness and even dreariness of his worlds. he might approach the top 50 American writers alive today if such a list were possible to compile. If you hear someone complain that his work isn't good, they aren't getting it. That's fine. No one can read the classics all day without a little fun but Wolfe is the Joyce of science fiction. rnorthrop2001, July 2, 2011. thesmellofbooks, April 27, 2013.

Gene Wolfe, of whom The Washington Post said . 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.

Gene Wolfe, of whom The Washington Post said,.

"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 GlobeGene 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.

There are many award nominees and winners among the thirty-one stories here, and many that have been selected for various Year's Best anthologies over the last forty years, including "Petting Zoo," "The Tree Is My Hat," "The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories," "The Hero as Werwolf," "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 forty years, and is certainly among the great living writers to emerge from the genres. This is the first retrospective collection of his entire career. It is for the ages.

"Gene Wolfe is the smartest, subtlest, most dangerous writer alive today."--Neil Gaiman


Sironynyr
In this book you will find some of Wolfe's best work in short fiction and some of the best short fiction of the last 60 years. Novellas such as "The Fifth Head of Cerberus" and "Seven American Nights" showcase Wolfe's style and diversity as well as his incredible imagination. Shorter pieces such as "The Tree is My Hat" and "The Death of Doctor Island" range from psychological horror done in a journal format to the mysterious, literate SF that has become Wolfe's trademark. Whether you are new to Wolfe or a long time reader, this collection will please you. And for those who enjoy discussing Wolfe's work, visit my Wolfe forum, Useful Phrases. The url is: [...]
Rishason
I'd read the Book of the New Sun previously and immediately placed in my top 5 for sci-fi books. This short story collection did not disappoint, it's as good or better than the Solar Cycle books. Also, it's huge! Lots of material in here.
TheJonnyTest
While the printing press is a marvel of mass production, the Kindle puts it to shame. As a result, the countless hours of enjoyment Gene Wolfe has provided to me over the years are completely out of proportion to the paltry sums I have paid for his books. Mr. Wolfe is certainly the finest writer of the latter half of the 20th century to grace the science fiction genre. Actually, he's probably the best writer of the last half of the 20th century, period. Nothing lasts forever, I suppose, and Mr. Wolfe's illustrious career is perhaps approaching twilight. Still, it saddens me to see a Gene Wolfe collection, even as wonderful as this, titled a retrospective.

Mr. Wolfe is a wildly prolific short story writer. In fact, he loves the form so much that he cannot refrain from inserting short stories into his full length works. So while "The Best of Gene Wolfe: A Definitive Retrospective of His Finest Short Fiction" is a marvelous collection spanning much of his career, with award winning stories selected by the author, it's a volume or two short of being definitive.

Mr. Wolfe's work is densely alliterative, and much informed by his faith. For the church goers among us, "La Befana," "Westwind" and "The Eyeflash Miracles" are delights. Throughout his career Mr. Wolfe has displayed a fascination with forms and aberrations of memory and consciousness. Mr. Million, the unbound simulation of "The Fifth Head of Cerberus," Nicholas of "The Death of Dr. Island" and Baden of "The Tree is My Hat" are cases in point. Mr. Wolfe has a fondness for the cadences of myth and fable; "The Boy Who Hooked the Sun" is a fine example and a terrific story for young readers. (My kids enjoyed many a Gene Wolfe short story around the campfire as they grew up.) Mr. Wolfe is known for his use of first person active voice, and has made the literary device of the unreliable narrator famous. His protagonists are often impaired in some way, but nonetheless noble and likable. Sam of "Has Anybody Seen Junie Moon" is a type specimen Gene Wolfe protagonist. Mr. Wolfe evinces a genuine affection for humanity in general, and his characters in particular (even the villains). At his best, Mr. Wolfe evokes a wistful, bittersweet, almost elegiac tone in celebration of the beauty and foolishness of the human condition. "The Death of the Island Doctor" is a gem of story that chokes me up with happy tears every time I read it. Eventually all who are blessed discover that Dr. Insula had not been mistaken about the island after all.

Of course, there must be at least a second, and hopefully a third volume to complete the "retrospective." So I'll cast my votes now. As mentioned, some of Mr. Wolfe's best short fiction is embedded in his novels. I'd like to see "Melito's Story - The Cock, the Angel and the Eagle" and "Foila's Story - The Armiger's Daughter" included. Both are from "Citadel of the Autarch" and are simply marvelous fairy tales. "The Tale of the Student and His Son" from "Claw of the Conciliator" is the most wonderful transmogrification of the legend of Theseus imaginable. Finally, Mr. Wolfe has written some marvelous military short fiction. "The HORARS of War" gets my vote.
Felhalar
Interesting read. Some of the short stories seem incomplete and not well thought out. More like ideas then well crafted stories.
But there are several that are very well done. In the better stories his words paint pictures in your mind that are haunting and unforgettable.
I've read several of his novels, some of which are rather ponderous, though always interestingly verbose!
The better of these short stories express the interesting prose without becoming dragged down by it.
Ghordana
It's a Gene Wolfe collection and defies all the usual questions and categories. He doesn't follow or need writing rules. He's that good.

Strange, wonderful, horrible, light, fun, terrifying, weird.
Xangeo
Gene Wolfe is one of the greatest authors of our time. His writing is a delight to read. I highly recommend this collection of short stories. You will not be disappointed!
Pipet
What can there be not to like about a Gene Wolfe Retrospective? Mr. Wolfe has included his personal favorites, with brief comments following each story, some of which shed light on the story (but don't expect too much in the way of explanation), some autobiographical. This book could serve as a good introduction to a reader new to Wolfe, and will give one a fairly good idea of the range of his shorter fiction. Although one can read Wolfe and enjoy a story on a purely intuitive level, most of his stories bear rereading for deeper layers of meaning.

The only negative is that many of the stories in this collection are included in other collections I already own. This would not be a problem for a reader new to Wolfe, while those of us who are longtime fans are quite willing to glean whatever unread works we can find.
I wanted to point out a curious omission in a purportedly "definitive" collection of Wolfe's short fiction: The 1980 story "In Looking-Glass Castle" is not included, despite the fact that Wolfe himself had previously selected it as being his single best story, via its selection in the 1983 anthology "Top Science Fiction" (wherein authors were invited to self-select their favorite story).

Also, this volume does not contain any form of introduction, so there's nothing to help shed light on the story selection criteria.