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Gene Wolfe is known for his dense, allusive prose. He is probably best known for his science fantasy Solar Cycle, comprising The Book of the New Sun, Urth of the New Sun, The Book of the Long Sun, and The Book of the Short Sun.

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What are the Autochthons?

In The Book of the New Sun there are many variations of humans and other life forms. There are regular humans, ape-men and Zoanthrops, and probably some other variations. However while the ...
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Was Gene Wolfe the first to use the animal-plant-mineral naming convention

In The Book of the Long Sun, Gene Wolfe uses the convention that male characters are named for animals or things derived from animals, female characters are named for plants or things derived from ...
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Did Gene Wolfe make up any words for The Book of the New Sun?

I've read that Gene Wolfe strove to not make up any words in The Book of the New Sun. The book uses a lot of strange words that at first glance seem made up, but are actually archaic or non-English ...
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Suggested reading order for the Solar Cycle by Gene Wolfe

What's the suggested reading order for the Solar Cycle by Gene Wolfe? Usually I read series by publication order, but I'm confused about the various collections and omnibuses. I see that Tor.com is ...
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Gene Wolfe's Solar Cycle: Relationship of New Sun series to Long and Short?

What is the connection between Severian's story and Silk's? The Book of the Long Sun starts in a place seemingly unconnected to The Book of the New Sun. Is Severian the god Pas? Was the Long Sun ...
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What do the Footnotes in Gene Wolfe's 'The Urth of the New Sun' refer to?

I just finished reading Gene Wolfe's 'The Urth of the New Sun'. Several times throughout the book, I noticed at the bottom of the page what appears to be a footnote reference. It looked like this: ...
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Is the Whorl also the Universal Transport in the Solar Cycle by Gene Wolfe?

In the Solar Cycle, by Gene Wolfe, is it possible that the Worldship, the Whorl, used as locale of The Book of the Long Sun is also the universe hopping ship that Severian uses as a transport to ...