The Best of Gene Wolfe by Gene Wolfe
A Definitive Retrospective of His Finest Short Fiction

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From a literary perspective, this will certainly be the best collection of the year in science fiction and fantasy. 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. 

There are many award winners and many that have been selected for various Year’s Best anthologies among the thirty-one stories, which include: “Petting Zoo,” “The Tree Is My Hat,” “The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories,” “The Hero as Werewolf,” “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 fifty years, and is certainly among the greatest living writers to emerge from the genres.  This is the first retrospective collection of his entire career. 

It is for the ages.

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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 March 17, 2009 by Tor Books. 480 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A major retrospective from this writer's writer, comprising 31 tales, 1970-1999, ranging from a few pages to novella length, selected by the author (with one exception, included at his agents' behest) and arranged chronologically.

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In these 31 self-selected stories, Wolfe (An Evil Guest ) mixes pulp adventure, ghost stories and noir with self-reference, meta-fiction, unreliable narrators and

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Fantasy Literature

I’ve heard from Wolfe fans that the real pleasure of his stories is reading them a second time to gain understanding.

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Now he's released a definitive retrospective, The Best of Gene Wolfe, a collection of his best short stories written over the decades.

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