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For questions about "Solar Cycle" a series written by Gene Wolfe. The works in it are divided into a trilogy, each of which is comprised of several novels. Use in conjunction with the trilogy tags where appropriate: [the-book-of-the-new-sun], [the-book-of-the-long-sun] and [the-book-of-the-short-sun].

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In The Shadow of the Torturer, the torturers live in a tower made from metal. Is it ever stated that this tower is a long disused spaceship?

In The Shadow of The Torturer by Gene Wolf, the tower the torturers live in is made from metal. I found the silent lips and pale, closed eyes more terrible than the agonized masks painted on the ...
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Does Severian ever lie to the reader?

Severian, the main character and narrator of The Book of the New Sun, is a notoriously unreliable narrator, according to many Gene Wolfe fans. There's no doubt that Severian often leaves out ...
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What's the meaning of the name of House Azure?

In The Shadow of the Torturer, the main character Severian goes to a brothel with his friend and fellow torturer Roche. This brothel is called "House Azure". Some strange things happen here; Severian ...
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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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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 ...
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