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A Quick Tip by benshlomo

  • Sep 24, 2010
Brilliant at short work. Some of his novels don't quite cut it, but "The Book of the New Sun" forgives all sins.
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Quick Tip by . October 08, 2010
Reading a Gene Wolfe novel takes commitment. He has the most extensive vocabulary of anyone writing today. But believe me, the commitment is worth it! One of the top three sci-fi authors alive today.
Quick Tip by . September 28, 2010
A really, REALLY good writer, albeit a very challenging read. Be prepared to invest time and energy into Wolfe's novels.
Quick Tip by . September 16, 2010
The cognoscenti who know of Wolfe are not too common, but I challenge you to become one of us. Pick up the Torturer books and prepare to have your mind blown. There's a reason some people say Wolfe is the greatest English-language writer of the second half of the 20th century, regardless of genre. Yeah, he really is that good and his prose and structural skills are dazzling.
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Gene Wolfe (born May 7, 1931) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He is noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith, to which he converted after marrying a Catholic. He is a prolific short story writer and a novelist, and has won many awards in the field.

Wolfe was born in New York. While attending Texas A&M University, he published his first speculative fiction in The Commentator, a student literary journal. Wolfe dropped out during his junior year, and was drafted to fight in the Korean War. After returning to the United States he earned a degree from the University of Houston and became an industrial engineer. He edited the journal Plant Engineering for many years before retiring to write full-time, but his most famous professional engineering achievement is a contribution to the machine used to make Pringles potato chips.He now lives in Barrington, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, with his wife Rosemary.

Wolfe underwent double bypass surgery on April 24, 2010, and is expected to make a full recovery.

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