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Questions tagged [the-book-of-the-new-sun]

For questions about the 1980's book series "The Book of the New Sun" by Gene Wolfe.

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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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If Severian has a sister, who is it?

During The Sword of the Lictor, protagonist Severian meets a little boy named Severian (see also Who is Little Severian?). Little Severian has a twin sister named Severa. This set of names seem to be ...
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Is the “bear monster” in Annihilation film a deliberate reference to alzabo from The Book of the New Sun?

It might be coincidental, but to me the bear-like speaking creature encountered by characters in the Annihilation film adaptation seems so similar to alzabo that it's probably a deliberate reference. ...
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Whose body lies in the mausoleum in the Citadel?

In The Book of the New Sun, there is a mausoleum in the necropolis of Nessus by the Citadel. The young Severian often goes there to contemplate when he's in the Guild of Torturers. There is a device ...
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Who is Little Severian?

In The Book of the New Sun, the protagonist meets a little boy who bears the same name as him: Severian, usually called "little Severian" in the book to disambiguate. Little Severian seems to just be ...
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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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What creature did Severian wake in the mines near Saltus?

In Gene Wolfe's The Claw of the Conciliator, part two of The Book of the New Sun, the protagonist Severian is tricked into entering a network of subterranean mines (where he encounters the "man-apes", ...
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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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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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What is the “function” of the torturer's guild in the Book of the New Sun?

I an only two thirds of the way through the first book in this four-volume series, so if the answer to my question is dealt with later, I would be grateful if answerers could specify this, and offer ...
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The Shadow of the Torturer: How was Dorcas brought to life?

In Gene Wolfe's The Shadow of the Torturer, chapter 23, Dorcas appears – from the previous chapter one can figure out that she had been dead and had been buried in the lake. How did she awaken? In the ...