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Endangered Species

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  379 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Gene Wolfe one of the most acclaimed science fiction writers of the 1980's offers his second collection, a hefty volume of over 30 stories in a variety of genres. This is a must for all Gene Wolfe fans, and for anyone who loves a good tale beautifully told.
Paperback, 516 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by St. Martins Press-3pl (first published January 1989)
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Vanessa Wu
I think it can be very dangerous to give high praise to authors like Gene Wolfe. Fortunately, there aren't many authors like Gene Wolfe.

I believe the title Endangered Species is meant to refer to the short story form. I remember reading that somewhere but I can't remember where. I've had this collection of stories a long time. I've hung onto it in spite of throwing away hundreds upon hundreds of other books. So I think perhaps that Gene Wolfe himself is more of an endangered species than either
Michael O.
An excellent collection, the best of Wolfe's other than The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories. A few are a bit predictable (rare for Wolfe), and a few show his Borges influence to the point of copycattery, but then there are others which are masterpieces of beauty, understatement, humor, horror and truth. I recommend "A Cabin on the Coast," "Eyebem," and "The Tale of the Rose and the Nightingale (And What Became of It)." Especially the latter, one of the most beautiful s ...more
Kyle Muntz
Read this very slowly over the course of almost a year. Wolfe is either my favorite writer or close, and (true to form) all of this collection is complex, inventive, and brilliantly composed. But I've never liked his short fiction much, and I still mostly feel the same here. There's a very heavy emphasis on pastiche in Wolfe's short fiction and it's very well done, but generally I feel like the stories are more clever experiments than effective narratives, and all but the best pieces left me col ...more
Of all the Gene Wolfe I've read (New Sun series + Urth of the New Sun, first 2 Latro/Soldier books, first two Long Sun books), these stories are the most "science fiction" I've seen him attempt. He's still Gene Wolfe, and with that comes weirdness, confusion, frustration, and brilliance in equal parts, but its more apparent that a lot of these stories would have been headed for genre publications like Asimov and the like.

A lot of these stories are fantastic. Some are less than stellar. With any
I've found Gene Wolfe's shorter fiction to be a mixed bag, and this collection bears that out. It's got some real gems, but also has more than a few duds. One of my problems with his more sci-fi works is that he likes to plunge the reader into an unidentified time and place, complete with technology that he doesn't bother to explain at all. This on its own would be perfectly acceptable to me, as a reader, but then the plots of many of these stories hinge on unexplained particulars of the technol ...more
Chris Hawks
Another year, another Gene Wolfe short story collection. This one is particularly large, with 30 stories. Some of them didn’t quite grab me, but there are still plenty of amazing stories in here. It’s been close to a year since I read them, so I don’t remember much, but just looking over the table of contents, I can recall the following as being standout stories: “The Map” (taking place after The Book of the New Sun), “The HORARS of War”, “All the Hues of Hell”, “Procreation” (very Borgesian), “ ...more
Gene Wolfe is one of my favorite sci-fi/fantasy authors. He really gets to the root of what makes the fantastic so vital in human society. Often fantasy offers us a different perspective on our reality, and in a certain way can explain more about the real world than any news station or non-fiction ever could. This collection is a testament to this wonderful ability. Imaginative and supremely relevant, Wolfe does not disappoint.
Randolph Carter
Just average earlier Wolfe short fiction. There are really only four outstanding stories: Our Neighbor by David Copperfield, Eyebem, The Detective of Dreams, and the best, The Other Dead Man, in this hefty tome so the rest just were mostly unmemorable for me
Keith Davis
I picked up this collection because it had a blurb on the cover by R. A. Lafferty; the only book I have ever come across with a promotional quote by that least commercial of SF authors. The collection was so good that now I will pick up books with Gene Wolfe blurbs.
Sep 09, 2007 stephan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: wolfe addicts
a lot of interesting stories, very few that jumped out and really grabbed me though - except for the last one. That one did keep me reading. Those who liek Wolfe will like it, but I suspect many others will find it merely average....
love this collection. favorite stories: "the headless man", "kevin malone", "the war beneath the tree", "the detective of dreams". the quality is very uneven though.
Offers his short stories from the 1970s and '80s. I esp liked "War Under The Tree."
Some of the stories were great. Others were just random.
Eric Wisdahl
One of Wolfe\\\'s Short Story Collections.
Excellent short story collection.
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Gene Wolfe 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.

The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is given by SFWA for ‘lifetime achievement in science fict
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