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The Best of Gene Wolfe:  A Definitive Retrospective of His Finest Short Fiction
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The Best of Gene Wolfe: A Definitive Retrospective of His Finest Short Fiction

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Author: Gene Wolfe
Publisher: Tor, 2009
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From a literary perspective, this will certainly be the best collection of the year in science fiction and fantasy. Gene Wolfe, of whom The Washington Post said, "Of all SF writers currently active none is held in higher esteem," has selected the short fiction he considers his finest into one volume.

There are many award winners and many that have been selected for various Year's Best anthologies among the thirty-one stories, which include: "Petting Zoo," "The Tree Is My Hat," "The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories," "The Hero as Werewolf," "Seven American Nights," "The Fifth Head of Cerberus," "The Detective of Dreams," and "A Cabin on the Coast." Gene Wolfe has produced possibly the finest and most significant body of short fiction in the SF and fantasy field in the last fifty years, and is certainly among the greatest living writers to emerge from the genres. This is the first retrospective collection of his entire career.

It is for the ages.

Table of Contents:
The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories • [Archipelago] • (1970) • short story by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• The Toy Theater • (1971) • short story by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (The Toy Theater) • essay by Gene Wolfe
The Fifth Head of Cerberus • [The Fifth Head of Cerberus] • (1972) • novella by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (The Fifth Head of Cerberus) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• Beech Hill • (1972) • short story by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (Beech Hill) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• The Recording • (1972) • short story by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (The Recording) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• Hour of Trust • (1973) • novelette by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (Hour of Trust) • essay by Gene Wolfe
The Death of Dr. Island • [Archipelago] • (1973) • novella by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (The Death of Dr. Island) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• La Befana • (1973) • short story by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (La Befana) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• Forlesen • (1974) • novelette by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (Forlesen) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• Westwind • (1973) • short story by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (Westwind) • essay by Gene Wolfe
The Hero As Werwolf • (1975) • short story by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (The Hero as Werwolf) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• The Marvelous Brass Chessplaying Automaton • (1977) • novelette by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (The Marvelous Brass Chessplaying Automaton) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• Straw • (1975) • short story by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (Straw) • essay by Gene Wolfe
The Eyeflash Miracles • (1976) • novella by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (The Eyeflash Miracles) • essay by Gene Wolfe
Seven American Nights • (1978) • novella by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (Seven American Nights) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• The Detective of Dreams • (1980) • short story by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (The Detective of Dreams) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• Kevin Malone • (1980) • short story by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (Kevin Malone) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• The God and His Man • (1980) • short story by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (The God and His Man) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• On the Train • [Redwood Coast Roamer] • (1983) • short fiction by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (On the Train) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• From the Desk of Gilmer C. Merton • (1983) • short story by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (From the Desk of Gilmer C. Merton) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• Death of the Island Doctor • [Archipelago] • (1983) • short story by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (Death of the Island Doctor) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• Redbeard • (1984) • short story by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (Redbeard) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• The Boy Who Hooked the Sun • (1985) • short story by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (The Boy Who Hooked the Sun) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• Parkroads—A Review • (1987) • short fiction by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (Parkroads—A Review) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• Game in the Pope's Head • (1988) • short story by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (Game in the Pope's Head) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• And When They Appear • (1993) • novelette by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (And When They Appear) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• Bed and Breakfast • (1996) • short fiction by Gene Wolfe (variant of Bed & Breakfast)
• Afterword (Bed and Breakfast) • essay by Gene Wolfe
Petting Zoo • (1997) • short story by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (Petting Zoo) • essay by Gene Wolfe
• The Tree Is My Hat • (1999) • novelette by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (The Tree Is My Hat) • essay by Gene Wolfe
Has Anybody Seen Junie Moon? • (1999) • short story by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (Has Anybody Seen Junie Moon?) • essay by Gene Wolfe
A Cabin on the Coast • (1984) • short story by Gene Wolfe
• Afterword (A Cabin on the Coast) • essay by Gene Wolfe


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