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The Best of Gene Wolfe: A Definitive Retrospective of His Finest Short Fiction
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date April 13, 2010
Pages 478
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780765321367
ISBN-10 076532136X
Dimensions 1.25 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.20 lbs.
Original list price $22.99
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"One of the literary giants of science fiction."
--The Denver Post

"Wolfe is a sophisticated stylist, and has more in common with writers such as Jorge Luis Borges than almost any science fiction writer both in terms of craft and themes."
―The Boston Globe

Gene Wolfe, of whom the Washington Post said, "Of all SF writers currently active none is held in higher esteem," has selected the short fiction he considers his best into one volume.

There are many award nominees and winners among the thirty-one stories here, and many that have been selected for various Year's Best anthologies over the last forty years, including "Petting Zoo," "The Tree Is My Hat," "The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories," "The Hero as Werwolf," "Seven American Nights," "The Fifth Head of Cerberus," "The Detective of Dreams," and "A Cabin on the Coast." Gene Wolfe has produced possibly the finest and most significant body of short fiction in the SF and fantasy field in the last forty years, and is certainly among the great living writers to emerge from the genres. This is the first retrospective collection of his entire career. It is for the ages.

"Gene Wolfe is the smartest, subtlest, most dangerous writer alive today."
--Neil Gaiman

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1 edition from Tor Books (March 17, 2009)
9780765321350 | details & prices | 478 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.50 in. | 1.56 lbs | List price $27.95
About: From a literary perspective, this will certainly be the best collection of the year in science fiction and fantasy.
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Reprint edition from Tor Books (April 13, 2010)
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About: "One of the literary giants of science fiction.
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