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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gene Wolfe  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Science_Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1931 in Brooklyn, New York


-- Gene Wolfe on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=gene+wolfe


Illinois Connection

Gene Wolfe lived in Barrington and now lives in Peoria.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gene fought in the Korean War and later graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Medical Engineering. He was editor for the periodical Plant Engineering, retiring to write full-time in 1984. He is a prolific short story writer and a novelist. Wolfe's works have won a variety of awards, and he is considered one of the premier writers in the genre over the past fifty years. In 2007, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.


Selected Titles At Your Library

An evil guest
ISBN: 9780765360977. OCLC Number: 793688835

Tor ;. .

A tale set a century into the future finds an actress confronting ancient and supernatural forces while struggling to choose between her two lovers, a sorcerer private detective who launches her career and a mysterious man of wealth who appears with her in a play.

An evil guest /
ISBN: 0765321343. OCLC Number: 213301012

Tor,. .

A tale set a century into the future finds an actress confronting ancient and supernatural forces while struggling to choose between her two lovers, a sorcerer private detective who launches her career and a mysterious man of wealth who appears with her in a play.

Home fires
ISBN: 9780765328199. OCLC Number: 757147529

Tor ;. .

A young man and woman, Skip and Chelle, fall in love in college and marry, but she is enlisted in the military, there is a war on, and she must serve her tour of duty before they can settle down. But the military is fighting a war with aliens in distant solar systems, and her months in the service will be years in relative time on Earth. Chelle returns to recuperate from severe injuries, after months of service, still a young woman but not necessarily the same person -- while Skip is in his forties and a wealthy businessman, but eager for her return. Still in love (somewhat to his surprise and delight), they go on a Caribbean cruise to resume their marriage. Their vacation rapidly becomes a complex series of challenges, not the least of which are spies, aliens, and battles with pirates who capture the ship for ransom.

Home fires /
ISBN: 0765328186. OCLC Number: 648922915

Tor,. .

Chelle and Skip have been separated by Chelle's tour of duty in a war against aliens from distant solar systems. They find their relationship complicated by time differentials that cause an injured and war-weary Chelle to age only a few months while Skip reaches his forties.

Innocents aboard :
ISBN: 076530791X. OCLC Number: 58053806

Tor ;. .

Innocents aboard :
ISBN: 9781429915502. OCLC Number: 864439197

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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. At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

On Blue's waters
ISBN: 0312866143. OCLC Number: 41835161

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Space hero Horn battles shapeshifting vampires who want to use humans as cattle. It happens on planet Blue where Horn is searching for the planet's missing leader. First volume in a trilogy.

On Blue's waters /
ISBN: 0312872577. OCLC Number: 45435635

Tor,. .

Space hero Horn battles shapeshifting vampires who want to use humans as cattle. It happens on planet Blue where Horn is searching for the planet's missing leader. First volume in a trilogy.

Operation Ares
ISBN: 0006151434. OCLC Number: 16432586

Fontana,. .

Operation Ares /
ISBN: 0234720506. OCLC Number: 13876753

D. Dobson,. .

Pirate freedom
ISBN: 9780765358509. OCLC Number: 946693445

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A young priest fresh out of seminary, Father Christopher finds himself inexplicably swept back in time to the Golden Age of Piracy, where he finds himself caught up in the life of a buccaneer and trolling the waters of the Caribbean in search of Spanish gold.

Pirate freedom /
ISBN: 0765318784. OCLC Number: 122527050

Tor,. .

A young priest fresh out of seminary, Father Christopher finds himself inexplicably swept back in time to the Golden Age of Piracy, where he finds himself caught up in the life of a buccaneer and trolling the waters of the Caribbean in search of Spanish gold.

Return to the whorl /
ISBN: 0312873646. OCLC Number: 45080142

Tor,. .

Horn is on a quest in search of the heroic leader Patera Silk.

Soldier of Sidon
ISBN: 9780765355881. OCLC Number: 437300925

Tor Fantasy,. .

Latro forgets everything when he sleeps. Writing down his experiences every day and reading his journal anew each morning give him a poignantly tenuous hold on the world and his own identity. Latro now finds himself in Egypt, a land of singing girls, of spiteful and conniving deities. Without his memory, he is unsure of everything, except for his desire to be free of the curse that causes him to forget.--Page [4] cover.

Soldier of Sidon /
ISBN: 0765316706. OCLC Number: 263292452

Tor,. .

Starwater strains /
ISBN: 0765312034. OCLC Number: 65468809

Tor ;. .

Presents a collection of twenty-five science fiction short stories by acclaimed writer Gene Wolfe.

The sorcerer's house
ISBN: 9780765324597. OCLC Number: 751519787

Tor ;. .

In a novel told entirely through a series of letters, a man inherits a sorcerer's house and is immediately confronted by supernatural and fantastical creatures and events that utterly transform his life.

The sorcerer's house /
ISBN: 076532458X. OCLC Number: 428026865

Tor,. .

In a novel told entirely through a series of letters, a man inherits a sorcerer's house and is immediately confronted by supernatural and fantastical creatures and events that utterly transform his life.

Additional Title Information

  • Operation Ares

    , Dobson Books, 1977

  • On Blue's Waters: Volume One of 'The Book of the Short Sun'

    , Tor Books, 2000

  • Return to the Whorl: The Final Volume of 'The Book of the Short Sun'

    , Tor Books, 2002

  • Innocents Aboard: New Fantasy Stories

    , Orb Books, 2005

  • Starwater Strains

    , Orb Books, 2006

  • Soldier of Sidon

    , Tor Books, 2006

  • Pirate Freedom

    , Tor Books, 2007

  • An Evil Guest

    , Tor Books, 2008

  • The Sorcerer's House

    , Tor Books, 2010

  • Home Fires

    , Tor Books, 2011


    Awards

  • Nebula Award,
  • The Death of Doctor Island

  • World Fantasy Award,
  • Soldier of Sidon

  • Gene Wolfe is the first recipient of the Henry Blake Fuller award (The Fuller)

    for an outstanding lifetime contribution to literature by the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (No)