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Innocents Aboard

Innocents Aboard

New Fantasy Stories

Gene Wolfe

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Gene Wolfe may be the single best writer in fantasy and SF today. His quotes and reviews certainly support that contention, and so does his impressive short fiction oeuvre. Innocents Aboard gathers fantasy and horror stories from the last decade that have never before been in a Wolfe collection. Highlights from the twenty-two stories include "The Tree is my Hat," adventure and horror in the South Seas, "The Night Chough," a Long Sun story, "The Walking Sticks," a darkly humorous tale of a supernatural inheritance, and "Houston, 1943," lurid adventures in a dream that has no end. This is fantastic fiction at its best.



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Locus Awards - Nominee

The Tree Is My Hat


30 Jan. I saw a strange stranger on the beach this morning. I had been swimming in the little bay between here and the village; that may have had something to do with it, although I did not feel tired. Dived down...

Praise for Innocents Aboard

“It is easy . . . to appreciate Wolfe's versatility in choice of subjects, the depth of the knowledge he brings to bear on developing them, and the magisterial excellence of his prose. Short fiction doesn't often get better than this in the English language.” —Booklist on Innocents Aboard

“Wolfe, who has been publishing excellent stories since the 1960s, is the Old Master . . . still very much in his prime. . . . The stories featured are marvelously crafted, balancing formal ingenuity with keen enlightenment, homily with horror, fear with fantastic rhapsody. They are Gene Wolfe at his most captivating and probing, entertainer and inquisitor at once.” —Locus on Innocents Aboard

“Veteran Wolfe doesn't just write stories. He tells wondrously imaginative tales that weave reality with dream and fit so comfortably, or with intentional discomfort, within the psyche that they surely must have dwelt there all along with the other great fables and folk tales, lore and legends that are part of our collective cultural unconscious. The 22 short works of horror and fantasy (and 'magic realism' if one disdains genre labels) collected here are further proof that Wolfe ranks with the finest writers of this or any other day.” —[Starred Review] Publisher's Weekly on Innocents Aboard

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Gene Wolfe

Gene Wolfe (1931-2019) was the Nebula Award-winning author of The Book of the New Sun tetralogy in the Solar Cycle, as well as the World Fantasy Award winners The Shadow of the Torturer and Soldier of Sidon. He was also a prolific writer of distinguished short fiction, which has been collected in such award-winning volumes as Storeys from the Old Hotel and The Best of Gene Wolfe.



A recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award, and six Locus Awards, among many other honors, Wolfe was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2007, and named Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2012.

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