On Blue's Waters by Gene Wolfe
Volume One of 'The Book of the Short Sun'

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On Blue's Waters is the start of a major new work by Gene Wolfe, the first of three volumes that comprise The Book of the Short Sun, which takes place in the years after Wolfe's four-volume Book of the Long Sun. Horn, the narrator of the earlier work, now tells his own story. Though life is hard on the newly settled planet of Blue, Horn and his family have made a decent life for themselves. But Horn is the only one who can locate the great leader Silk, and convince him to return to Blue and lead them all to prosperity. So Horn sets sail in a small boat, on a long and difficult quest across the planet Blue in search of the now legendary Patera Silk. The story continues in In Green's Jungles and Return to the Whorl.

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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 April 1, 2007 by Tor Books. 388 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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First of a new trilogy and sequel to Wolfe's heavyweight Book of the Long Sun tetralogy (culminating in Exodus from the Long Sun, 1996).

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Launching a three-book series, Wolfe's latest takes place several decades after the close of his acclaimed four-volume the Book of the Long Sun. There, it was revealed that the great artifact called t

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Fantasy Literature

This ambiguity and complexity recalls James Joyce’s claim that he had “put in so many enigmas and puzzles that [Ulysses] will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant.” While the academic community may not ever pick up The Book of the Short Sun, this closing trilogy from G...

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