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Milpitas Library

160 North Main Street
Milpitas, CA 95035

Monday1pm - 9pm
Tuesday1pm - 9pm
Wednesday1pm - 9pm
Thursday10am - 6pm
Friday10am - 6pm
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Gene Wolfe, Nebula Grand Master Award Winner

As part of this past May 18-19 weekend Nebula festivities in San Jose, Gene Wolfe was honored with the Damon Knight Grand Master Award. Since Gene Wolfe is my favorite science fiction writer of all time, I couldn't let this moment pass without some extra notice.

What draws me to Gene Wolfe's writing is his ability to pull me into worlds that are only partially revealed but suggest greater and greater wonders.  Science and magic are interchangable for a narrator that understands neither and most of Wolfe's narrator's are not dependable.  I find myself reading deeply into words that play hide and seek with reality.

If you are interested in plunging into the uniquely labyrinthine worlds of Gene Wolfe, the following titles are great places to start.


The Fifth Head of Cerberus

The Fifth Head of Cerberus by Gene Wolfe

This is my own introduction to Gene Wolfe.  These novellas are interconnected stories about living on the colonial planet of Sainte Croix.  The title novella in particular remains among the most haunting I have read.

Shadow & Claw

Shadow & Claw by Gene Wolfe

The first two volumes of the acclaimed Book of the New Sun epic follow Severian, a torturer who is expelled and dissgraced for the crime of mercy, as he journeys through a decaying world under a dying sun. Severian uncovers wonders and dark terrors and finally an encounter with alien beings that might change the world.

Sword & Citadel

Sword & Citadel by Gene Wolfe

This continues Severian's journey as he rises to become the one ruler of the free world.  The Book of the New Sun begins a whole cycle of novels known as the Solar Cycle.

The Best of Gene Wolfe

The Best of Gene Wolfe

A sterling collection of most of his best works of short fiction.  Be sure to check out the Nebula winning The Death of Doctor Island about a doctor who also happens to be an island.  This collection also includes The Fifth Head of Cerberus title story.

An Evil Guest

An Evil Guest by Gene Wolfe

Shark Gods, Volcano Gods, werewolves and "beings less gracious" complicate professor turned detective Gideon Chase's attempt locate a missing person.  This stand alone novel is complicated and twisty and also shows a lighter side of the current Nebula master.