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. He was also a prolific writer of
distinguished short fiction, which has been collected in such
award-winning volumes as Storeys from the Old Hotel and
The Best of Gene Wolfe.
A recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award, and six Locus Awards, among many other honors, Wolfe was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2007, and named Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2012.
Horn's search for the legendary hero Patera Silk has taken him from the world called Blue to the humid jungles of Green, a neighboring planet populated by inhuman blood drinkers and their human slaves. As he tries to make sense of his wanderings, Horn's memories and dreams blend with the present in an elusive and intriguing chronicle of an ordinary man forced into extraordinary circumstances. The sequel to On Blue's Waters (LJ 10/15/99), the latest in an epic cycle that evolves from the four-volume "Book of the Long Sun," displays Wolfe's signature style--literate, complex, and multilayered. Best read in the context of previous books in the series, this exploration of the nature of identity and reality belongs in libraries that own the preceding series titles. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
In 1980, Wolfe published The Shadow of the Torturer, the first volume in his now classic Book of the New Sun, which was eventually followed by his much-praised Book of the Long Sun sequence. Whereas the former series was set on the decadent planet Urth, the latter took place within the Whorl, a hollowed-out asteroid whose inhabitants knew nothing of the universe outside their failing world. At the end of the second series, the charismatic Cald Silk led his people to the planets called Green and Blue and then disappeared. For years it had been rumored that the two novel sequences were somehow connectedDand here the rumor is substantiated. In this second volume in The Book of the Short Sun (after On Blue's Waters), Horn, the narrator of the Long Sun books, is on a quest for the lost Silk. Although he engages in numerous adventuresDleading an army, slogging through a monster-inhabited jungle, touring several exotic societiesDthe specifics of the plot are almost inconsequential. What counts is Wolfe's gorgeous prose, the brilliant dialogue and the dazzling way that reality shifts from one paragraph to the next. Horn soon discovers that he has the seemingly magical power to travel instantaneously between Green and Blue, though his body and those of his compatriots undergo strange changes with each shift. Eventually, they visit a world with a dying red sun that may be long-lost Urth. Oddly, Horn also discovers that he has begun to physically resemble Silk. Like any middle volume in a series, this novel leaves mysteries unsolved and plot threads hanging, but that really doesn't matter. It's the sheer strangeness of this masterful tale that counts, and the glorious sense of unknown wonders to come. (Aug.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.