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Shadows of the New Sun: Wolfe on Writing / Writers on Wolfe

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Award-winning contemporary science fiction author Gene Wolfe’s densely written and highly imaginative novels have brought him critical acclaim and academic attention—as well as a dedicated fan base. Shadows of the New Sun brings together an impressive selection of hard-to-find resources for the Wolfe reader and scholar. Included are essays on the nature of writing, with di ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 22nd 2007 by Liverpool University Press (first published 2006)
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Christopher
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shadows of the New Sun, edited by Peter Wright, is a collection of interviews with and essays by Gene Wolfe that touch on the science-fiction legend's approach to writing. The interviews are drawn from the 1970s through the early millennium, originally published in science-fiction periodicals and carried out by a range of interviewees. Most deal with Wolfe's first masterpiece The Fifth Head of Cerberus and his acclaimed tetrology "The Book of the New Sun", but plenty of attention is given to his ...more
Jlawrence
Apr 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Outside of a somewhat stuffy introduction, this is a great collection of interviews with Gene Wolfe over several decades, plus a handful of essays by Wolfe himself. Lots of fascinating details and opinions from Wolfe in the interviews, and topics discussed have made me want to re-visit all of the 'Sun' series instead of just The Book of the New Sun as I was planning.

Out of Wolfe's essays, the best were the luminous thoughts in 'Books in The Book of the New Sun', 'What Do They Mean, SF?' - which
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Andrew Bishop
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
A book made up mostly one half of interviews and the other half of Wolfe on writing and literature. The interviews are okay for the most part. A lot of the same questions are asked - and answered with some indulgent weariness from Wolfe. The highlights being his answers regarding The Book of the New Sun. Peter Wright's interview is the highlight but a few others have their value. One interview conducted by an evangelical Christian shows a very good familiarity with Wolfe's work but frustratingly ...more
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I can't help but think of this book, & all of Wright's work on Gene Wolfe, with the short hand of "Peter & the Wolfe." Much more grounded than Borski's literary critique, Wright relies more on interviews for his scholarship. A must have for any would-be Wolfe scholar! --MK
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