Sunday, 17 March 2013

Gene Wolfe tidbits (March 2013)

As Gene Wolfe related items pop up on my news feeds and in my inbox, I keep meaning to write blog posts about them... but between full-time work, part-time study and various other commitments, I seldom have the time. So I've decided to start posting "Gene Wolfe tidbits" every month (or few months, as the case may be), linking to interesting Wolfe-related news, reviews, discussions, interviews and so on. With this first post of 'tidbits' I've just included some stand-out news items, reviews and interviews from the last few months. This will, of course, be in addition to other, longer posts, as I have time to write them (and, come July, I should have much more time to write blog posts and the like... more on that later...). So, enjoy!

News, etc.

Gene Wolfe - The Land Across Cover Art and Synopsis Reveal (7/3/2013)
As I posted the other day, the cover and official synopsis of Wolfe's next novel have now been released. The Land Across is due out this November.

LoneStarCon 3 Announces Initial List of Program Participants (5/3/2013)
According to the press release, Wolfe will be attending and participating in LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention to be held in Texas.

Michael Swanwick, "Acolytes of the Wolf(e)" on Flogging Babel (25/2/2013)
Swanwick discusses the upcoming Gene Wolfe tribute anthology, Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe, edited by J. E. Mooney and Bill Fawcett and due out this August.

2012 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Awarded to Gene Wolfe (13/12/2012)
Maybe old news now, but Wolfe was selected by the SWFA for the 2012 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award! Very exciting. And very fitting, too, since Wolfe has acknowledged Damon Knight as one of his mentors (Knight was his first and perhaps most influential editor).

Michael Andre-Driussi's Gate of Horn, Book of Silk (10/2012)
Again, old news, but Andre-Driussi's long-awaited guide to Wolfe's Book of the Long Sun and Book of the Short Sun series was published late last year. Thus far I've only had time to flick through it, but it looks pretty great. Hopefully I'll have time to delve into it soon.

Interviews, etc.

AudioTim 44: Chicon 7 Panel "Conquering Writer’s Block" (28/1/2013)
An audio recording of a panel held during the 2012 World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago discussing writer's block, featuring Russell Davis, Tom King, Eldon Thompson, Monica Valentinelli and Gene Wolfe.

Coode Street podcast, Episode 128: Live with Gene Wolfe! (22/12/2012)
Wolfe is interviewed in this episode of Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe's science fiction podcast.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

The Land Across cover, synopsis and release date

Gene Wolfe's next novel, The Land Across, now has a cover and synopsis, as revealed by The synopsis is similar to what Wolfe has said about the book in recent interviews:
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.
Mysterious locations? Dizzying and oppressive bureaucracy? Kafkaesque indeed! I'm certainly looking forward to this. The Land Across is due to be released on 26 November 2013.