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Publication Order of Urth: Book of the New Sun Books

The Shadow of the Torturer (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Claw of the Conciliator (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sword of the Lictor (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Citadel of the Autarch (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Urth of the New Sun (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Soldier Of The Mist Books

Soldier of the Mist (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soldier of Arete (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Latro in the Mist (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soldier of Sidon (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Urth: Book of the Long Sun Books

Nightside the Long Sun (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Litany of the Long Sun (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Caldé of the Long Sun (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lake of the Long Sun (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Epiphany of the Long Sun (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Exodus from the Long Sun (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Urth: Book of the Short Sun Books

On Blue's Waters (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Green's Jungles (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of the Short Sun (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Return to the Whorl (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Wizard Knight Books

Publication Order of A Borrowed Man Books

A Borrowed Man (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Interlibrary Loan (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Operation Ares (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peace (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil in a Forest (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Free Live Free (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
There Are Doors (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Castleview (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pandora by Holly Hollander (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pirate Freedom (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Evil Guest (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sorcerer's House (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Home Fires (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Land Across (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Of Relays and Roses (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the House of Gingerbread (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Planets Strike (in Strange Travelers) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Golden City Far (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Memorare (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Fifth Head of Cerberus (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The New Atlantis and Other Novellas of Science Fiction (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Wake of Man (With: R.A. Lafferty) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories and Other Stories (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gene Wolfe's Book of Days (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bibliomen (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Plan(e)t Engineering (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Storeys from the Old Hotel (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
For Rosemary (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Endangered Species (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Castle of Days (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Young Wolfe (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strange Travelers (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Starwater Strains (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Innocents Aboard: New Fantasy Stories (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Very Best of Gene Wolfe (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dead Man and Other Horror Stories (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wolfe at the Door (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Castle of the Otter (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters Home (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gate of Horn, Book of Silk: A Guide to Gene Wolfe's The Book of the Long Sun and The Book of the Short Sun (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of R.A. Lafferty Collections

with R.A. Lafferty
The Man Who Made Models (By: R.A. Lafferty) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nine Hundred Grandmothers (By: R.A. Lafferty) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strange Doings (By: R.A. Lafferty) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Does Anyone Else Have Something Further to Add? (By: R.A. Lafferty) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Wake of Man (With: R.A. Lafferty) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Apocalypses (By: R.A. Lafferty) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ringing Changes (By: R.A. Lafferty) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Golden Gate and Other Stories (By: R.A. Lafferty) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snake In His Bosom And Other Stories (By: R.A. Lafferty) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man Who Made Models and Other Stories (By: R.A. Lafferty) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slippery And Other Stories (By: R.A. Lafferty) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
East of Laughter (By: R.A. Lafferty) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dotty (By: R.A. Lafferty) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lafferty in Orbit (By: R.A. Lafferty) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Walked Through Cracks (By: R.A. Lafferty) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of R. A. Lafferty (By: R.A. Lafferty) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Isaac Asimov's Anthology Books

Isaac Asimov's Worlds of Science Fiction (With: Isaac Asimov,Tanith Lee,Phyllis Eisenstein,Barry B. Longyear,John M. Ford,Arnie Bateman,Alan Dean Foster,Martin Gardner,Randall Garrett,Rob Chilson,Ted Reynolds,George Scithers,Richard S. McEnroe,Jeff Duntemann,R.N. Bracewell,K.W. MacAnn,G. Richard Bozarth) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Near Futures and Far (By: Isaac Asimov,Frederik Pohl,Carter Scholz,Barry B. Longyear,John M. Ford,Jack Williamson,Darrell Schweitzer,John Brunner,Juleen Brantingham,Martin Gardner,Richard Wilson,Milton A. Rothman,Elizabeth Anne Hull,Sharon Webb,Somtow Sucharitkul,Lee Weinstein,Ted Reynolds,George Scithers,F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre,William Tuning,Francis E. Izzo,Paul David Novitski,Lee Russell,Seth S. Horowitz,Tol E. Rant,S. Dale,Julie Flores,Tony Sarowitz) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Space of Her Own (By: Connie Willis,Ursula K. Le Guin,Pat Cadigan,Joan D. Vinge,Tanith Lee,Pamela Sargent,Lee Killough,Mary Gentle,Mildred Downey Broxon,Shawna McCarthy,Sharon Webb,Leigh Kennedy,Stephanie A. Smith,Cherie Wilkerson,Julie Stevens,Sydney J. Van Scyoc,Cyn Mason,P.A. Kagan,P.J. MacQuarrie,Janet O. Jeppson,Beverly Grant,Hope Athearn) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Fantasy! (By: Shawna McCarthy) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Fantasy! (By: Connie Willis,George R.R. Martin,Ron Goulart,John Kessel,George Alec Effinger,Robert Thurston,Tanith Lee,Lucius Shepard,Scott Baker,Lillian Carl,Juleen Brantingham,Lee Killough,Ian McDowell,Daphne Castell,Sharon N. Farber,Richard Kearns,Shawna McCarthy,Leigh Kennedy,Gregg Keizer,Kristi Olesen) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Aliens (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Robots (By: Isaac Asimov,Rob Chilson) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's SF-Lite (By: Isaac Asimov,John M. Ford) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's War (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Cyberdreams (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Skin Deep (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Ghosts (By: Isaac Asimov,Terry Bisson) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Christmas (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Camelot (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois,Eleanor Arnason) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Detectives (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Werewolves (By: Isaac Asimov,Suzy McKee Charnas,Gardner Dozois) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Solar System (By: Gardner Dozois) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Utopias (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Father Day (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Halloween (By: Isaac Asimov) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Orbit 3(1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Orbit 6(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nova 1(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alchemy and Academe(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Orbit 11(1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Frontiers 1: Tomorrow's Alternatives(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Continuum 1(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Worlds of Science Fiction(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Wonders of the World(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Changes | Stories of Metamorphosis(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Second Annual Collection(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Terry's Universe: Science fiction's finest writers join in honoring the memory of Terry Carr(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Drabble Project(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tropical Chills: Fourteen Tales of Scorching Horror to Make Your Blood Run Cold(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Separate Star: A Tribute to Rudyard Kipling(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Second Annual Collection(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1989(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Fantasy 2 / Demons and Dreams(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Now We Are Sick(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best New Horror 2(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Architecture of Fear(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Walls of Fear(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dante's Disciples(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Giant Book of Best New Horror(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ascent of Wonder(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love in Vein(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cthulhu 2000(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best SF(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Asimov's Science Fiction, August 1996(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Opera(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wild Women(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: The 50th Anniversary Anthology(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Furthest Horizon(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Such a Pretty Face: Tales of Power and Abundance(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best SF 5(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Graven Images(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, #11(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Masques(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Supermen(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fifteenth Annual Collection(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best SF 8(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine: Joe Haldeman and Others(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Vol. 15(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cross Plains Universe(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Third Annual Collection(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2006 Edition(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best New Horror 18(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Jim Baen's Universe(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
This Is My Funniest 2(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
TwentiethAnnual Collection(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best SF 13(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2009(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret History of Science Fiction(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2011(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Cthulhu(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghosts by Gaslight(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wildside Book of Fantasy(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Season of Wonder(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Some of the Best from Tor.com, 2012 edition(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Super Stories of Heroes and Villains(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadows of the New Sun(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Time Traveler's Almanac(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, July 2014(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, October 2015(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Worst Contact(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Gene Wolfe is one of the noteworthy American authors, who has written some of the highly successful books in the fantasy and science fiction genres. He is particularly famous for his allusive and dense prose and the strong influence of the Catholic faith, which are often seen in his writings. Author Wolfe is also a prolific writer of short stories. Being one of the well known novelists has helped him to win a number of science fiction and fantasy literary awards. Author Wolfe’s most famous literary work is ‘The Book of the New Sun’ which consists of 4 volumes and forms a part of his long running science fiction series, called as the Solar Cycle. The Locus magazine ranked the book as the 3rd best fantasy novel in the year 1998, based on a subscribers’ poll. Author Wolfe was born on May 7, 1931 as Gene Rodman Wolfe. His birth took place in New York City, New York, United States. The parents of author Wolfe were Emerson Leroy Wolfe and Mary Olivia. As an infant, he suffered from Polio, but got cured with timely medication and the passage of time. After the completion of school studies, author Wolfe joined the A & M University in Texas. Soon, he wrote a published a speculative fiction novel in a student literary journal called as The Commentator. Following that, author Wolfe took a drop from junior year and went on to serve in the Korean War. After the end of the war, he returned back to the United States and earned a degree from the Houston University.

Wolfe began his career working as an industrial engineer. Later, he became a senior editor of the journal called Plant Engineering and held the post for many years. After years tiring physical work as an industrial engineer, author Wolfe decided to retire and become a full time author. The most famous achievement of Wolfe in professional engineering is a contribution in making a machine that is used to make potato chips at Pringles. Previously, author Wolfe used to live in Barrington, Illinois, Chicago, along with his wife named Rosemary. Later in the year 2013, he shifted to Peoria, Illinois. His health has always been a concern for him as he to undergo a double bypass surgery as well as a cataract surgery. His wife died in the year 2013 due to Alzheimer’s disease and several other illnesses. Author Wolfe loved his wife very much and has once said about her disease that she did not use to remember his name or the fact that the two were married to each other, but she always used to remember that she loved him.

Wolfe believes that he was very much influenced by the successful works of the prominent novelists like Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer, Jack Vance, George Orwell, Herman Melville, Vladimir Nabokov, Lewis Caroll, J.R.R. Tolkien, Borges, G.K. Chesterton, Herbert Wells, and many others. Due to this, he also decided to become a writer and write science fiction books. The first book that he wrote was published as a paperback original titled ‘Operation Ares’. The book that helped author Wolfe receive critical attention for the first time is known as ‘The Fifth Head of Cerberus’. This book was translated into French and German languages later in the same year of its publication. However, his highly regarded and best known work is ‘The Book of the New Sun’. This novel is set in a bleak and distant future and is inspired by the novel, Dying Earth by author Jack Vance. One of the volumes of this novel helped author Wolfe win the Nebula Award in the category of the Best Novel. During the 1990’s, he began writing full time after retiring from his engineering position. The literary career of author Wolfe also comprises of some standalone books, which were released subsequently along with his science fiction books.

One of the well known novel series written by author Gene Wolfe is titled as ‘The Wizard Knight’. It contains two books in total which were released in the year. The first book of his series was published under the title ‘The Knight’ It was released by the Tor Fantasy publication. The opening plot of the book shows that a young man is transported to a magical realm consisting of 7 reality levels. He gets transformed into a grown man with the help of magic very quickly. After having received heroic proportions, he names himself Able and goes on the quest to search the sword that was promised to him. He knew that the sword was made from a special blade which will help him to fulfill the ambitions of his life, that is to become a true hero and a knight. Able comes to know that he has to come across a dragon for getting the special sword. In spite of all the special powers, Able still remains a teenager from inside. He is required to grow in every respect in order to survive the delights and dangers that lie in his path. During his journey, he will have to face wizards, giants, dragons, and elves. Therefore, he has to develop all his skills in order to win over these dangerous creatures.

The next installment of this series was released under the title ‘The Wizard’. It was once again published by the Tor Fantasy publishers in the year 2004. At the beginning of this book, it is depicted that Able rises to the rank of Sir and returns back Mythgathr by riding on the steed Cloud. This time, he appears to be filled with the new knowledge of the customs and ways of the 7 fold world as well as possessed with some magical secrets of greater importance. With his knighthood having grown beyond question, Sir Abe seems all fit to fulfill the vows that he had made to his king, his friends, his lover, his gods, as well as to the enemies. Now, Sir Able is required to restore the proper order of his world and set it right once again. He also has to restore the faith among the citizens of the 7 worlds. Overall, The Wizard appears to be a riveting, charming, and filled with a lot of emotions. It appears to be a story full of wonders, written in a beautiful manner by author Wolfe. The success of this book helped author Wolfe to establish himself as one of the noteworthy authors as well as earn the title of ‘a national treasure’.

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