Home Fires by Gene Wolfe

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Gene Wolfe takes us to a future North America at once familiar and utterly strange. A young man and woman, Skip and Chelle, fall in love in college and marry, but she is enlisted in the military, there is a war on, and she must serve her tour of duty before they can settle down. But the military is fighting a war with aliens in distant solar systems, and her months in the service will be years in relative time on Earth. Chelle returns to recuperate from severe injuries, after months of service, still a young woman but not necessarily the same person—while Skip is in his forties and a wealthy businessman, but eager for her return.

Still in love (somewhat to his surprise and delight), they go on a Caribbean cruise to resume their marriage. Their vacation rapidly becomes a complex series of challenges, not the least of which are spies, aliens, and battles with pirates who capture the ship for ransom. There is no writer in SF like Gene Wolfe and no SF novel like Home Fires.

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About Gene Wolfe

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Gene Wolfe has been called "the finest writer the science fiction world has yet produced" by The Washington Post. A former engineer, he has written numerous books and won a variety of awards for his SF writing. He lives with his wife Rosemary in Barrington, Illinois.
 
Published January 18, 2011 by Tor Books. 305 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Students Skip Grison and Chelle (“shell”) Blue met in college and married, but soldier Chelle soon departed to fight the Os on distant planets.

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(At one point, an important character has been kidnapped, and Skip and various ship personnel stand around with a minor character discussing how the cruise line will provide restitution.) And yet the center of the book is so good that it will likely be enough for most readers, and most Wolfe fans.

Feb 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Home Fires

Fantasy Literature

Fast forward to the start of Home Fires, the latest novel by all-round genius Gene Wolfe: Skip is indeed a rich, successful partner in his law firm, and Chelle returns to Earth, still young and beautiful but physically and mentally affected by war’s traumatic experiences.

Feb 17 2011 | Read Full Review of Home Fires

Bookmarks Magazine

Chelle returns to recuperate from severe injuries, after months of service, still a young woman but not necessarily the same person—while Skip is in his forties and a wealthy businessman, but eager for her return.

Still in love (somewhat to his surprise and delight), they go on a Caribbean...

Feb 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Home Fires

Strange Horizons

It is obvious that time has changed Skip and war has changed Chelle, so Skip decides they should go on a long cruise and get to know each other again.

Apr 20 2011 | Read Full Review of Home Fires

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