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Wolfe, Gene

Works: 503 works in 1,332 publications in 5 languages and 32,064 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Science fiction  Fantasy fiction  History  Detective and mystery fiction  Historical fiction  Horror fiction  Epistolary fiction  Alternative histories (Fiction)  Paranormal fiction 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Adapter, Interviewee
Classifications: PS3573.O52, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Gene Wolfe
The shadow of the torturer by Gene Wolfe( Book )

46 editions published between 1980 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The claw of the conciliator: The torturer Severian continues his journey of exile to the city Thrax, carrying with him the ancient executioner's sword and the Claw of the Conciliator, a gem of extraterrestrial power and beauty which no one man is meant to possess
The knight by Gene Wolfe( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and held by 1,168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young man in his teens is transported from our world to a magical realm that contains seven levels of reality. Very quickly transformed by magic into a grown man of heroic proportions, he takes the name Able and sets out on a quest to find the sword that has been promised to him, a sword he will get from a dragon, the one very special blade that will help him fulfill his life ambition to become a knight and a true hero
The wizard by Gene Wolfe( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel in two volumes, The Wizard Knight is in the rare company of those works which move past the surface of fantasy and drink from the wellspring of myth. Magic swords, dragons, giants, quests, love, honor, nobility-all the familiar features of fantasy come to fresh life in this masterful work. The first half of the journey, The Knight -- which you are advised to read first, to let the whole story engulf you from the beginning -- took a teenage boy from America into Mythgarthr, the middle realm of seven fantastic worlds. Above are the gods of Skai; below are the capricious Aelf, and more dangerous things still. Journeying throughout Mythgarthr, Able gains a new brother, an Aelf queen lover, a supernatural hound, and the desire to prove his honor and become the noble knight he always knew he would be. Coming into Jotunland, home of the Frost Giants, Able -- now Sir Able of the High Heart --claims the great sword Eterne from the dragon who has it. In reward, he is ushered into the castle of the Valfather, king of all the Gods of Skai. Thus begins the second part of his quest. The Wizard begins with Able's return to Mythgathr on his steed Cloud, a great mare the color of her name. Able is filled with new knowledge of the ways of the seven-fold world and possessed of great magical secrets. His knighthood now beyond question, Able works to fulfill his vows to his king, his lover, his friends, his gods, and even his enemies. Able must set his world right, restoring the proper order among the denizens of all the seven worlds. The Wizard is a charming, riveting, emotionally charged tale of wonders, written with all the beauty one would expect from a writer whom Damon Knight called "a national treasure." If you've never sampled the works of the man Michael Swanwick described as "the greatest writer in the English language alive today," the two volumes of The Wizard Knight are the perfect place to start
The Urth of the new sun by Gene Wolfe( Book )

28 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in English and Polish and held by 963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sequel to: The book of the new sun. Severian, the Autarch of Urth, leaves the planet on one of the huge spaceships of the alien Hierodules to travel across time and space to face his greatest test, to become the legendary New Sun or die
Soldier of the mist by Gene Wolfe( Book )

25 editions published between 1986 and 1992 in English and Spanish and held by 959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Latro, a mercenary soldier, lost his memory after a head wound and must continually rediscover his identity. However, he is now able to converse with supernatural creatures which is both a triumph and a danger
The citadel of the autarch by Gene Wolfe( Book )

23 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and French and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Citadel of the Autarch brings The Book of the New Sun to its harrowing conclusion, as Severian clashes in a final reckoning with the dread Autarch, fulfilling an ancient prophecy that will forever alter the realm known as Urth
The claw of the conciliator by Gene Wolfe( Book )

27 editions published between 1981 and 2008 in English and held by 841 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Severian, a young torturer banished for the sin of mercy is now imbued with the powers of an ancient relic as he continues his mythic journey to the city of his exile in a world a million years in the future
The sword of the Lictor by Gene Wolfe( Book )

22 editions published between 1981 and 2000 in English and Russian and held by 783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Severian flees his exile in search of his destiny, guided by the glowing power of a hidden, awesome weapon
Home fires by Gene Wolfe( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
A borrowed man by Gene Wolfe( Book )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Borrowed Man: a new science fiction novel, from Gene Wolf, the celebrated author of the Book of the New Sun series. It is perhaps a hundred years in the future, our civilization is gone, and another is in place in North America, but it retains many familiar things and structures. Although the population is now small, there is advanced technology, there are robots, and there are clones. E. A. Smithe is a borrowed person. He is a clone who lives on a third-tier shelf in a public library, and his personality is an uploaded recording of a deceased mystery writer. Smithe is a piece of property, not a legal human. A wealthy patron, Colette Coldbrook, takes him from the library because he is the surviving personality of the author of Murder on Mars. A physical copy of that book was in the possession of her murdered father, and it contains an important secret, the key to immense family wealth. It is lost, and Colette is afraid of the police. She borrows Smithe to help her find the book and to find out what the secret is. And then the plot gets complicated"--
The land across by Gene Wolfe( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An American writer of travel guides in need of a new location chooses to travel to a small and obscure Eastern European country. The moment Grafton crosses the border he is in trouble, much more than he could have imagined. His passport is taken by guards, and then he is detained for not having it. He is released into the custody of a family, but is again detained. It becomes evident that there are supernatural agencies at work, but they are not in some ways as threatening as the brute forces of bureaucracy and corruption in that country. Is our hero in fact a spy for the CIA? Or is he an innocent citizen caught in a Kafkaesque trap? Gene Wolfe keeps us guessing until the very end, and after"--
An evil guest by Gene Wolfe( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Pirate freedom by Gene Wolfe( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in English and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Nightside the long sun by Gene Wolfe( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The struggles and triumphs of Patera Silk on a new world, The Whorl
Castleview by Gene Wolfe( Book )

16 editions published between 1990 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mysterious figures from Arthurian mythology intrude into the daily lives of a small town family in Illinois
Soldier of Arete by Gene Wolfe( Book )

22 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sequel to: Soldier of the mist. Latro does not have memories of the past, but can talk to supernatural beings. He becomes involved in high level intrigue in the rivalry between Athens and Sparta
Soldier of Sidon by Gene Wolfe( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Latro forgets everything when he sleeps. Writing down his experiences every day and reading his journal anew each morning gives him a poignantly tenuous hold on himself, but his story's hold on readers is powerful indeed. The two previous novels, combined in Latro in the Mist (Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Arete), are generally considered classics of contemporary fantasy. At last we have a new book." "Latro now finds himself in Egypt, a land of singing girls, of spiteful and conniving deities, of mysterious dangers. Without his memory, he is unsure of everything, except for his desire to be free of the curse that causes him to forget." "The visions Gene Wolfe conjures of the wonders of Egypt and of the adventures of Latro as he and his companions journey south up the great Nile into unknown and legendary territory are truly unique and compelling."--Jacket
There are doors by Gene Wolfe( Book )

16 editions published between 1988 and 2002 in English and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man who falls in love with a goddess from an alternate universe. She flees him, but he pursues her through doorways--interdimensional gateways--to the other place, determined to sacrifice his life, if necessary, for her love. For in her world, to be her mate . . . is to die
The sorcerer's house by Gene Wolfe( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
On Blue's waters by Gene Wolfe( Book )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
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The knight
The knightThe wizardThe Urth of the new sunThe sword of the LictorHome firesAn evil guestPirate freedomNightside the long sun
Alternative Names
Gene Wolfe Amerikaans schrijver

Gene Wolfe amerikansk författare

Gene Wolfe amerikansk skribent

Gene Wolfe amerykański pisarz fantastyki naukowej i fantasy

Gene Wolfe écrivain américain

Gene Wolfe Escritor de ciencia ficción y fantasía estadounidense

Gene Wolfe scrittore statunitense

Gene Wolfe US-amerikanischer Science-Fiction- und Fantasy-Autor

Volf, Džin

Wolfe G.

Wolfe G. 1931-

Wolfe, Gene 1931-

Wolfe Gene Rodman

Wolfe, Gene Rodman 1931-

Вулф Д. Р

Вулф Д. Р. 1931-

Вулф Джин

Джийн Улф

Джин Вулф

ג'ין וולף

וואלף, גי'ן

ווולף, גי'ן

וולף, ג׳ין

جین وولف نویسنده آمریکایی

울프, 진

ウルフ, ジーン



English (352)

Spanish (19)

French (3)

Polish (3)

Russian (1)