(urth) from National Review Online

"Fernando Q. Gouvêa" fqgouvea at colby.edu
Mon Mar 30 09:44:09 PDT 2009

Wolfe Man [John J. Miller]

Today's Between the Covers podcast is with Gene Wolfe 
the legendary science-fiction writer. Here's what /The Encyclopedia of 
Science Fiction/ says about him:

    Though neither the most popular nor the most influential author in
    the sf field, [Wolfe] is today quite possibly the most important.

How's that for an endorsement?

In our interview, we discuss his new anthology of short stories, the 
book that he thinks will be his legacy, and the influence of G.K. 
Chesterton on his work. At the end, he says this:

    I am a conservative. I certainly read William F. Buckley, Jr. with
    delight…I think he mellowed a little too much at the end…He wasn't
    as sharp-edged as he really should have been. Perhaps the same thing
    will happen to me.

Listen in — and subscribe to the whole BTC series on iTunes!

Fernando Q. Gouvea
Carter Professor of Mathematics
Colby College                     Editor, MAA FOCUS
5836 Mayflower Hill               Editor, MAA Reviews
Waterville, ME 04901              http://mathdl.maa.org/mathDL/19/

There are no physicists in the hottest parts of hell, because the 
existence of a "hottest part" implies a temperature difference, and any 
marginally competent physicist would immediately use this to run a heat 
engine and make some other part of hell comfortably cool. This is 
obviously impossible.
   -- Richard Davisson

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