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Shadows of the New Sun by Bill Fawcett
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Sep 12, 13

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Literary Science Fiction Anthology Honors Master of the Genre

This anthology (masterfully put together by editor J.E. Mooney) honors Gene Wolfe, one of the greatest living American authors. Even the brief intros at the beginning of each story demonstrate the profound impact that Gene has had on the writings and the lives of a broad panoply of scifi and fantasy authors and the respect, awe, and reverence such authors have for Mr. Wolfe and his work. This sense of reverence and respect carries on into the stories themselves, which contain the type of descriptive narrative, subtle storytelling, and stunning evocation of wonder and mood that comprises the best of literary science fiction. The stories have a leisurely richness and awe-invoking immersive quality more akin to Bradbury than to the pulpy space opera which many associate with the scifi genre. While some of the stories relate directly to specific tales of Mr. Wolfe, you need not have read Gene Wolfe extensively to appreciate the anthology. My favorites in the book include Gene's own "Frostfree," Joe Haldeman's "The Island of Doctor Death," Timothy Zahn's "A Touch of Rosemary," Steven Savile's "Ashes," Nancy Kress's "... And Other Stories," Jack Dann's "The Island of Time," and Aaron Allston's "Epistoleros." A fine anthology, highly recommended for both readers and writers of science fiction and fantasy.
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