Endangered Species

Gene Wolfe

Orb Books



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512 Pages


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Wolfe’s tetralogy The Book of the New Sun was the most acclaimed science fiction work of the 1980s. In 1990, he delivered his second collection of short fiction to universal acclaim. With over 30 stories in a variety of genres—SF, fantasy, horror, mainstream—many of them offering variations on themes and situations found in folklore and fairy tales, and including two stories, "The Cat" and "The Map," which are set in the universe of his New Sun novels. Wolfe's deconstructions/reconstructions are provocative, multilayered, and resonant.


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Endangered Species
A Cabin on the CoastIT might have been a child's drawing of a ship. He blinked, and blinked again. There were masts and sails, surely. One stack, perhaps another. If the ship were really there at all. He went back to his father's beach cottage, climbed the five wooden steps, wiped his feet on the coco mat.Lissy was still in bed, but awake, sitting up now. It must have been the squeaking of the steps, he thought. Aloud he said, "Sleep good?"He crossed the room and kissed her. She caressed him and said, "You shouldn't go swimming without a suit, dear wonderful swimmer. How was
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  • Gene Wolfe

  • Gene Wolfe is a winner of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, as well as two Nebula Awards, two World Fantasy Awards, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the Prix Apollo. He lives with his wife Rosemary in Barrington, IL.
  • Gene Wolfe