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Urth: Book of the New Sun

The Urth of the New Sun

Written By:Gene Wolfe - 1987

  • The Urth of the New Sun  - Gene Wolfe cover


"At the end he has become the Autarch of the Commonwealth and is about to embark on an interstellar voyage. The outcome of this voyage will determine the fate of Urth itself; if he wins a favorable judgment from alien races they will turn the Old Sun into a white hole and bring new life to Urth.

"Yes, Gene Wolfe is at work on a volume covering Severian's further travels. It is called The Urth of the New Sun. Look for it." —Chicago Sun-Times

"Gene Wolfe is one of the literary giants of science fiction." —Denver Post

"The artistry, talent and hard work which Gene Wolfe brings to his writing are unequalled in the SF field." —Fantasy Review

"What makes The Book of the New Sun so exciting is that Wolfe... forges what amounts to a new kind of science fiction. Wolfe's principal purpose is to explore the relationships between morals, feelings and actions... anyone who appreciates the workings of a disciplined imagination will find both pleasure and profit in sharing Severian's journey." —Science Digest

"Gene Wolfe's new book soars, falls free, runs like the river that runs through it from universe to universe, between life and death and life again. The groundnote of it all is human pain, so that this fantasy has the weight of vision. Wolfe is our Melville." —Ursula K. Le Guin

"A masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis." —Publishers Weekly

"Looms as a major landmark of contemporary American literature... Wolfe has wrought a genuine marvel." —Booklist

"The Book of the New Sun establishes his preeminence, pure and simple." —The New York Times

The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe's four-volume work, has attained classic status. It is the single most acclaimed event in contemporary SF. Upon its completion, the Chicago Sun-Times said, "Gene Wolfe is as good a writer as there is today... I feel a little bit like a musical contemporary attempting to tell people what's good about Mozart." "An extraordinary work of art... Wolfe's language is purely wonderful... he sustains a tone that I have seldom encountered in this genre: dolorous, sophisticated, menacing, suffused with a slow awe and joy. Wolfe orchestrates his music with narrative force and moral intent," said the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Mr. Wolfe keeps all his promises... this is high praise indeed. In a triumph of imagination, he creates a truly alien social order that the reader comes to experience from within... once in it, there is no stopping—and you will not quickly forget Severian or his world." (The New York Times)

And now Wolfe has produced a sequel to The Book of the New Sun, perhaps the most eagerly awaited event since The Silmarillion, The Urth of the New Sun, a single book comparable only to the finest works of all time in SF and in contemporary American literautre. The prior work won the World Fantasy Award for best novel, the Nebula Award, the John W. Campbell Award, both the British SF and British fantasy awards, and the French Prix Apollo. The many fans of that work have been intensely excited by the news that Wolfe planned to write The Urth of the New Sun. Damon Knight said, "Gene Wolfe is a national treasure." No other writer to emerge from the SF field in decades has garnered such enthusiasm and praise.

We return to the world of Severian, now the Autarch of Urth, as he leaves the planet on one of the huge spaceships of the alien Hierodules to travel across time and space to face his greatest test, to become the legendary New Sun or die. The strange, rich, original spaceship scenes give way to travels in time, wherein Severian revisits times and places which fill in parts of the background of the four-volume work, that will thrill and intrigue particularly all the readers of the earlier books. But The Urth of the New Sun is an independent structure all of a piece, an integral masterpiece to shelve beside the classics, one itself.




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