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*Six pieces on "The Book of the New Sun."
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*Two overviews of Wolfe's work, one focusing on his short stories, the other on his novels.
*A look at the Japanese translation of "The Book of the New Sun."
"A Closer Look at the Brown Book"
"Gene Wolfe at the Lake of Birds"
"Naming the Star of 'The Fifth Head of Cerberus'"
"Lions and Tigers and Bears ... of the New Sun"
"Gene Wolfe: the Man and His Work"
"The Death of Catherine the Weal and Other Stories"
"Gene Wolfe's Novels and The Book of the Long Sun"
"Japanese Lexicon for the New Sun"
"What Gene Wolfe Expects"
Review of "Nightside the Long Sun"
Review of "In Green's Jungles"
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Review of "Shadows of the New Sun"
The Wizard Knight Companion is a brief alphabetical dictionary for Gene Wolfe's two-volume series The Wizard Knight. Its entries identify the characters in the novel, dive into the mysteries in the text, and explore the Norse, Celtic, and Arthurian sources for names and words in the novels. It includes a map of the region, a cosmology, and a synopsis of the narrative.
This book is approximately 16,000 words and about 56 Kindle pages long.
"Asi Achih: The Future History of Jack Vance"
"The Blue World: Jack Vance's Hard Science Wonder"
"The Adventures of Jack Vance in Traveling and Writing"
"Tracing Terms in Jack Vance's 'Sjambak'"
"Patterns to the Five Demon Princes of Jack Vance"
"'The New Prime' as Herald of Future Jack Vance"
Review of "An Encyclopedia of Jack Vance"
Gate of Horn, Book of Silk, is organized in two parts, with the first half covering the Long Sun series (Nightside the Long Sun, Lake of the Long Sun, Caldé of the Long Sun, and Exodus from the Long Sun) and the second half covering the Short Sun series (On Blue's Waters, In Green's Jungles, and Return to the Whorl). "Languages of the Whorl," a section between the two parts, covers all the dialect, slang, and foreign terms used in the books—thieves' cant, flier language, Tick's talk, and more. Ten maps and diagrams are included.
This is Michael Andre-Driussi's third guidebook to the rich tapestries of Gene Wolfe's worlds. As fans of of Lexicon Urthus and The Wizard Knight Companion have noted, each book is not only a convenient tool to look up a term while re-reading the novels but also an enjoyable read in its own right, from A to Z.
*Close reading of the novel to unlock its mysteries.
*Translation triumphs and errors.
*A British novel that had a profound influence on "Roadside Picnic."
*The critical reception of "Roadside Picnic" in the West.
*The original plan for "Roadside Picnic" and the terrible compromise that came.
"A 'Roadside Picnic' Triptych"
"Notes on the New Translation of 'Roadside Picnic'"
"The Politics of 'Roadside Picnic'"
"Stalky v. Stalker, or, 'Stalky & Co.' against 'Roadside Picnic'"
"The Lost Strugatsky Triptych 'Unintended Meetings'"
"Searching for the Worst Edition of 'Roadside Picnic'"
Review of "The Dead Mountaineer's Inn"
The annotations are footnotes. There is also a chart at the end and a bibliography.
"Under the Moons of Jizma" first appeared in the magazine Interzone 110 in 1996, beginning the strange mash-up tale of Edgar Rice Burroughs and William S. Burroughs upon a Martian landscape. Only now can the rest of the tale be told!
"Under the Moons of Jizma" is legally available for free on the internet, and it is included in this collection along with the two sequels ("The Gods of Jizma" and "Secret Master of Jizma") published here for the first time. Curious readers are encouraged to find and read the free version, then come back for more.
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction says of Michael Andre-Driussi's fiction: "his Parodies of what might be called pulp Scientific Romance idioms are exact and arousing." That should prove true for this outing as well, except that this is less parody and more homage.
"The Jizmatic Trilogy" is in the same, er, tradition as Philip Jose Farmer's "The Jungle Rot Kid on the Nod" (1970), which asked, "What if William S. Burroughs wrote Tarzan?" This experiment probes "What if Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote Naked Lunch, set on Mars?"
A space-suited adventure in "Mad Dogs of Mercury," regarding mercs on the innermost planet when a simple job goes bad.
A literary who-done-it with "Hardboiled Proust," tracing trouble at a living history park.
A fairy tale in "Daughter of Plant and Woman," mixing history and her story.
An alt-history through the lens of "Hitler's Hollywood," examining the alt-cinema that led to Nazi triumph.
"The Science Fiction Encyclopedia" says of Michael Andre-Driussi's fiction: "his parodies of what might be called pulp Scientific Romance idioms are exact and arousing."
Michael Andre-Driussi has seen 32 of his stories published to date, but the nine gathered here were the hardest to find as each lacked an enduring online presence.
*"White Japan" tells of an American tourist having visions in the Land of the Rising Sun.
*"The Ragnarockenroll Overture" gives the strange history of a mutated Asia. Ann Vandermeer reprinted it in her magazine "The Silver Web."
*"Mad Dogs Raid Mars" shows a daring commando strike against a cyber-theocracy on the Red Planet.
*"The Slushpile Surfer" paddles out to catch the next wave.
*"Doomsday Tours" has a zeppelin full of tourists visiting historical sad spots across a Europe that is in the process of buckling after the withdrawal of American forces. (Originally published as a cover story in 1996, the background setting seems disturbingly current in 2016.)
*"Tex of the Dobermans" gives the weird history of a feral boy in a mutated California. (This is the story "The Science Fiction Encyclopedia" was referencing by name immediately prior to the quote above.)
*"Aliens with Candy" is a sad little tale.
*"Mentally Gifted Mutants" tells about a government program to identify and train psionic children.
*"It's a Long Road to the Sky Train" is about a woman who goes on a big trip across a strange landscape. Lois Tilton called it "An entertaining, if gruesome, read, with the imaginative characters that populate the absurdly dystopian setting, and of course Marika [the heroine]" in "Locus Online Reviews," February 2015.
These stories amount to 37,000 words of content, which is the size of a long novella, or just short of a novel (at 40,000 words).