Epiphany of the Long Sun The Second Half of 'The Book of the Long Sun'

Book of the Long Sun

Gene Wolfe

Orb Books



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720 Pages



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The two complete novels combined in this omnibus, Caldé of the Long Sun and Exodus from the Long Sun, comprise the second half—that is, Volumes 3 and 4, respectively—of Wolfe's masterful tetralogy, The Book of the Long Sun.

As The Washington Post Book World has noted, this sweeping and brilliantly constructed four-book series is the work of "the best novelist in America that you've never heard of, let alone read, [if] you don't bother with SF . . . [Wolfe's] Book of the Long Sun is as ambitious as Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, as intricate and beautifully written as Nabokov's Pale Fire."


Praise for Epiphany of the Long Sun

"[The Book of the Long Sun exhibits] consistently high ambition and achievement."—The New York Times

"One of the major SF series of the decade . . . A bona fide masterpiece."—Publishers Weekly

"Few writers dare to attempt a Great Work; Wolfe attempts it [here] and succeeds."—The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

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Epiphany of the Long Sun
CALDÉ OF THE LONG SUNFor Todd Compton, classicist and rock musician.GODS, PERSONS, AND ANIMALS MENTIONED IN THE TEXTN.B. In Viron, biochemical males are named after animals or animal products: Macaque, Mattak, OOSIK, and POTTO bear names of this type. Biochemical females are named for plants (most frequently flowers) or plant products: MUCOR, Nettle, ROSE, Teasel. Chemical persons, whether male or female, are named after metals and minerals: Moly, Sard, Shale. The names of major characters are given in CAPITALS in this listing. 
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  • Gene Wolfe

  • Gene Wolfe has been called "the finest writer the science fiction world has yet produced" by The Washington Post. A former engineer, he has written numerous books and won a variety of awards for his SF writing.
  • Gene Wolfe