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The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories and Other Stories by Gene Wolfe
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May 22, 07

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Recommended for: people who want to expand into weird and underappreciated short fiction
Read in May, 2007

There's a popular blurb that says that Philip K. Dick was our Borges or Calvino, but that people don't know that because he mostly wrote Science Fiction. I think it's safe to put Gene Wolfe in that category - what he's doing, especially in his short stories, easily joins the ranks of Calvino, Borges, Barthleme, Nabokov, and even Joyce, and in many cases surpasses them. Since Wolfe is primarily thought of as a science fiction author, he isn't a household name in the way that the aforementioned are, and that's a shame. These stories are every bit as nuanced, intricate, and meta-everything.
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