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Bill Fawcett

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1 Sep 2014
Perhaps no living author of imaginative fiction has earned the awards, accolades, respect, and literary reputation of Gene Wolfe. His prose has been called subtle and brilliant, inspiring not just lovers of fantasy and science fiction, but readers of every stripe, transcending genre and defying preconceptions. In this volume, a select group of Wolfe's fellow authors pay tribute to the award-winning creator of The Book of the New Sun, The Fifth Head of Cerberus, Soldier of the Mist, The Wizard Knight and many others, with entirely new stories written specifically to honour the writer hailed by The Washington Post as "one of America's finest." Shadows of the New Sun features contributions by a host of authors, including Neil Gaiman, David Brin, David Drake, and Nancy Kress, plus two new short stories by Gene Wolfe himself.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (1 Sep 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765334593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765334596
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 13.8 x 20.6 cm
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Praise for Gene Wolfe"Gene Wolfe remains a hero to me.... He's the finest living male American writer of SF and fantasy--possibly the finest living American writer."--Neil Gaiman, author of "American Gods""Gene Wolfe is the greatest writer in the English language alive today. I mean it. . . . Among living writers, there is nobody who can even approach Gene Wolfe for brilliance of prose, clarity of thought, and depth in meaning."--Michael Swanwick, author of "Dragons of Babel""Gene Wolfe is the finest and most subtle short story writer active in the field today."--David Drake, author of the Lord of the Isles series"Gene Wolfe is a national treasure."--Damon Knight, author of "To Serve Man""Wolfe is our Melville."--Ursula K. Le Guin, author of "A Wizard of Earthsea"

About the Author

Bill Fawcett has been a professor, teacher, corporate executive, and college dean. His entire life has been spent in the creative fields and managing other creative individuals. He is one of the founders of Mayfair Games, a board and role-play gaming company. As an author, Fawcett has written or coauthored over a dozen books and dozens of articles and short stories. As a book packager, a person who prepares series of books from concept to production for major publishers, his company, Bill Fawcett & Associates, has packaged more than 250 titles for virtually every major publisher. He founded, and later sold, what is now the largest hobby shop in Northern Illinois. GENE WOLFE is the Winner of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, as well as the Nebula Award (2), the World Fantasy Award (3), the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the Prix Apollo. He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2007.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Literary Science Fiction Anthology Honors Master of the Genre 13 Sep 2013
By Donald J. Bingle - Published on
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This anthology (masterfully put together by editor J.E. Mooney) honors Gene Wolfe, one of the greatest living American authors. Even the brief intros at the beginning of each story demonstrate the profound impact that Gene has had on the writings and the lives of a broad panoply of scifi and fantasy authors and the respect, awe, and reverence such authors have for Mr. Wolfe and his work. This sense of reverence and respect carries on into the stories themselves, which contain the type of descriptive narrative, subtle storytelling, and stunning evocation of wonder and mood that comprises the best of literary science fiction. The stories have a leisurely richness and awe-invoking immersive quality more akin to Bradbury than to the pulpy space opera which many associate with the scifi genre. While some of the stories relate directly to specific tales of Mr. Wolfe, you need not have read Gene Wolfe extensively to appreciate the anthology. My favorites in the book include Gene's own "Frostfree," Joe Haldeman's "The Island of Doctor Death," Timothy Zahn's "A Touch of Rosemary," Steven Savile's "Ashes," Nancy Kress's "... And Other Stories," Jack Dann's "The Island of Time," and Aaron Allston's "Epistoleros." A fine anthology, highly recommended for both readers and writers of science fiction and fantasy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadows of the New Sun 19 Sep 2013
By Vicki L. Johnson-steger - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
If you are a fan of Mr. Wolfe (and you probably wouldn't be reading this if you weren't) don't miss Shadows of the New Sun. This book is a wonderful tribute to the master storyteller, Gene Wolfe, by his writer friends. From the lovely forward by J.E. Mooney to the last page I was held hostage by this book. I admit that I read the first and last stories before tucking into the others but loved them all.

You'll be guided through a LUNAR LABYRINTH in Neil Gaiman's story, find yourself on an interesting ISLAND OF THE DEATH DOCTOR, touched by a TOUCH OF ROSEMARY and wind up in Aaron Allston's Western, EPISTOLEROS. Jodi Lynn Nye weaves quite a tale in THE DREAMS OF THE SEA and ASHES will make you cry. Michael Stackpole's SNOWCHILD is beautifully done.

My advice is to block off a chunk of time before you begin because you won't want to put this book down.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Shadows of the New Sun 26 Sep 2013
By Lydia - Published on
I love a good collection of short stories and when those stories introduce me to authors I haven't read, or re-introduce me to authors I have read and loved, I'm a happy, happy girl. Especially when said stories are science fiction and fantasy. That's what Shadows of the New Sun is full of so you can imagine I was over the moon when I received a copy of this book.

Now, I'm going to admit something. I've never read Gene Wolfe. Every one of the authors in this collection had something to say about Wolfe, either a memory of interaction with the man or an interaction with his books. The most powerful impact this book had on me was to seek out some of Wolfe's writing and request it from the library. I'll be starting with The Fifth Head of Cerberus. It gets great reviews and looks like something I'll really enjoy. I'm so excited to check it out. But now that I've fangirl gushed over an author I've only read a total of two short stories from, let's talk about the stories in this collection.
I went into this book thinking that Neil Gaiman's short story would automatically trump all others because... well, c'mon, it's Neil Gaiman. And while I loved it, the one that took me by total and complete surprise was Gene Wolfe's story about Frostfree, an intelligent refrigerator who basically takes over and steers some lonely guys life. I was fascinated and completely tickled by the story - but it also sobered me up toward the end as I started thinking about the interaction between the two. Then, I started thinking about what my reaction would be and how I would treat a similar creature... well, it got all jumbled after that, but I loved the directions that my thoughts took after reading just a few short pages. (This is also why I love sci-fi and fantasy so much.)

Another story that really surprised me was by Nancy Kress. Her story titled "...And Other Stories" was such a beautiful mix of fantasy, creepiness, and escapism that I didn't want it to end. And finally, "Ashes" by Stephen Savile wraps up the list of surprise stories that I loved and authors that have made it onto my list to check out. I thought it was a beautiful love story with just the right amount of tragedy and and heartache and found myself tearing up a few times - always a welcome show of emotion over a story that develops in just a few pages.

So if you are a fan of science fiction or fantasy in general, this is a great collection to pick up. If you are like me and haven't read any Gene Wolfe, don't worry - not all the stories require an acquaintance with him. Some do - but they are still good as stand-alone stories. If nothing else, it'll give exposure to the author and possibly inspire you, like me, to check him out more!
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy tribute to a most worthy author 28 Jan 2014
By Dan'l Danehy-Oakes - Published on
Subtitled: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe. If you don't know who Gene Wolfe is or why he deserves stories in honor of him, you have really missed the boat; he is arguably the finest writer in America today, and he writes SF/F that really requires deep grokking.

Wolfe himself contributes bookend stories to this anthology. One made me laugh, one very nearly made me cry.

Of the stories, the best, to my mind, is Michael Swanwick's "The She-Wolf's Hidden Grin," a tribute/homage to Wolfe's novella "The Fifth Head of Cerberus," and set in its world. Also very strong are contributions by Neil Gaiman, Joe Haldeman, Nancy Kress, and David Brin, among others. The only story I found weak was William C. Dietz's story set between the first two volumes of the Book of the New Sun, which don't work for me either plotwise or stylistically. And the Gene Wolfe "What the Hell is going on here anyway?" award goes to Marc Aramini's "Soldier of Mercy," a response to Wolfe's "Soldier" series about the amemorious Latro, who may o rmay not be in this story.

I think Wolfe is very well honored here.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shadows of the New Sun 28 Aug 2013
By Angie Lisle - Published on
I'm not very familiar with Gene Wolfe's body of work. I expected more out of this book - this compilation reminded me of another anthology, done in honor of Jack Vance, who I also hadn't read. I fell in love with that anthology and it sent me on the hunt for more of Vance's work. I was hoping Shadows of the New Sun would do the same; that's why I requested a free copy for review from NetGalley. Two of the stories in this anthology were written by Gene Wolfe and it's those two stories that compel me to seek more of his work.

The stories that I liked, I really liked: Steven Savile's Ashes; Nancy Kress's ...And Other Stories; and Jack Dann's The Island of Time. I had problems getting into a few of the stories but I strongly suspect it's because I'm not familiar with Wolfe's worlds.
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