The Urth of the New Sun

The sequel to 'The Book of the New Sun'

New Sun (Volume 3)

Gene Wolfe

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The long awaited sequel to Gene Wolfe’s four-volume classic, The Book of the New Sun.  We return to the world of Severian, now the Autarch of Urth, as he leaves the planet on one of the huge spaceships of the alien Hierodules to travel across time and space to face his greatest test, to become the legendary New Sun or die. The strange, rich, original spaceship scenes give way to travels in time, wherein Severian revisits times and places which fill in parts of the background of the four-volume work, that will thrill and intrigue particularly all readers of the earlier books. But The Urth of the New Sun is an independent structure all of a piece, an integral masterpiece to shelve beside the classics, one itself.

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Urth of the New Sun
CHAPTER IThe MainmastHAVING CAST ONE MANUSCRIPT INTO THE SEAS OF TIME, I now begin again. Surely it is absurd; but I am not--I will not be--so absurd myself as to suppose that this will ever find a reader, even in me. Let me describe then, to no one and nothing, just who I am and what it is that I have done to Urth.My true name is Severian. By my friends, of whom there were never very many, I was called Severian the Lame. By my soldiers, of whom I once commanded a great many, though never enough, Severian the Great. By my foes, who bred like flies, and like flies were spawned

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"The Urth of the New Sun is a fine coda to what is arguable the finest piece of literature American science fiction has yet produced, the four-volume Book of the New Sun."--Chicago Sun-Times

"Gene Wolfe's new book soars, falls free, runs like the river that runs through it from universe to universe, between life and death and life again. The groundnote of it all is human pain, so that this fantasy has the weight of vision."--Ursula K. Le Guin

"Gene Wolfe's four-volume magnum opus, The Book of the New Sun, is one of the modern masterpieces of imaginative literature--an evocation of a world so far in the future that magic and technology, poetry and science, are indistinguishable,a world heavy with time but yet bereft of hope, a world brought to life by Mr. Wolfe's unique blend of slightly archaic diction and ever-surprising vocabulary. Readers familiar with these volumes will find much to enjoy in The Urth of the new Sun."--The New York Times

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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.

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The Urth of the New Sun
The sequel to 'The Book of the New Sun'
Gene Wolfe

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Hugo Award - Nominee, Nebula Awards - Nominee

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Tom Doherty Associates
Orb Books
November 1997
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ISBN: 9781429966344
ISBN10: 1429966343
384 pages
$9.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Orb Books
November 1997
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ISBN: 9780312863944
ISBN10: 0312863942
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$17.99
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