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On Sale: 05/02/2006
ISBN: 9780765312037352 Pages
Gene Wolfe follows his acclaimed all-fantasy short story collection, Innocents Aboard, with a volume devoted primarily to his science fiction. The twenty-five stories here amply demonstrate his range, excellence, and mastery of the form. A few tantalizing samples:
"Viewpoint" takes on the unreality of so-called "reality" TV and imagines such a show done truly for real, with real guns. "Empires of Foliage and Flower" is in the classic Book of the New Sun series. "Golden City Far." is about dreams, high school, and finding love, which Wolfe says "is about as good a recipe for a story as I've ever found." You're sure to agree.
Please use Table of Contents rather than first chapter.
Praise for Starwater Strains
“Ranges from haunting horror and biting near-cotemporary social commentary to high fantasy and far-future SF, all amply demonstrating his mastery of trademark ironic twists of plot and characterization.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review on Starwater Strains
“Short story master Gene Wolfe's latest collection, Starwater Strains, is a great companion piece to his collection from last year, Innocents Aboard . . . . Pure Wolfian excellence.” —Bookpage
“Gene Wolfe being Gene Wolfe, to say this book is worth its price is to offer faint praise indeed. His prose is limpid, his characters and scenes convincing no matter how outré, his imagination extraordinary in its range and strangeness, his mind remarkable for originality and perceptiveness. This one is essential to your collection. It is also the perfect gift for anyone who asks you, "Who's this Gene Wolfe guy?” —Analog