(urth) Shadows of the New Sun Tribute Anthology

David Stockhoff dstockhoff at verizon.net
Sat Mar 2 06:07:58 PST 2013

Awesome! Congrats on your own story.

On 3/2/2013 9:05 AM, Marc Aramini wrote:
> I was in the enviable position of seeing an advance copy of the 
> upcoming Wolfe Tribute Anthology, Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in 
> Honor of Gene Wolfe, edited by J.E. Mooney and Bill Fawcett.  It will 
> be coming out August 27th.
> The table of contents is as follows, with a one or two small comments 
> about probable source material, if applicable:
> Wolfe: Frostfree - somewhere between a comedic piece and something 
> more depressing
> Neil Gaiman: A Lunar Labyrinth - Gaiman's story is clearly inspired by 
> A Solar Labyrinth
> Joe Haldeman: The Island of the Death Doctor - a slightly 
> metafictional story narrated by Chris from Pirate Freedom
> Timothy Zahn: A Touch of Rosemary - I can't place an exact story as 
> inspiration, but certainly we all know a real life reason why Wolfe 
> adopted his male animal-female vegatable naming schemes in Long/Short Sun
> Steven Savile: Ashes - This poignant, emotional story seems to channel 
> Bradbury a lot, too, but we all know Wolfe loves Proust's In Search of 
> Lost Time
> David Drake: Bedding - a companion story to Gene's "Straw"
> Nancy Kress: ... And Other Stories - a 1st person narrative with some 
> classic books and "The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories"
> Jack Dann: The Island of Time - also inspired by "The Island of Doctor 
> Death and Other Stories", with Barsoom as the imaginative 2nd person 
> catalyst instead of Dr. Moreau
> Michael Swanwick: The She-Wolf's Hidden Grin - an inversion 
> of "The Fifth Head of Cerberus" - I wish he had done all 3 parts of 
> the novel, this one alone is worth the price of admission
> Michael Stackpole: Snowchild - perhaps this story stems from Tracking 
> Song
> Mike Resnick and Barry Malzberg: Tourist Trap - a wonderful companion 
> piece to "The Marvelous Brass Chessplaying Automaton"
> Aaron Allston: Epistoleros - the longest story in the collection, 
> perhaps form and theme are more applicable to Wolfe than any single 
> work as inspiration, though its epistolary structure is seen in The 
> Sorcerer's House and Trip, Trap (and I guess The Wizard Knight, huh?).
> Todd McCaffery: Rhubarb and Beets - this is a Fairie story, much as 
> The Wizard Knight was
> Judi Rohrig: Tunes from Limbo, But I Digress - a very fine 1st person 
> story set in the world of "Home Fires"
> William C Dietz: In the Shadow of the Gate - we all know where this 
> fits in the Wolfe oeuvre.  A 3rd person epilogue to Shadow of the 
> Torturer - lots of Hethor, for fans of that character (I know I am)
> Marc Aramini: Soldier of Mercy - I'm just lucky to be in here with 
> these guys!!!!!!!! Latro
> Jody Lynn Nye: The Dreams of the Sea -  a 1st person coda to Urth of 
> the New Sun, featuring a female from the Witch's Tower
> David Brin: The Logs - an SF tale with some engineered animals, in 
> some ways about totalitarian attitudes and perseverance
> Wolfe: The Sea of Memory - a good way to end the anthology
> Michael Swanwick did a particularly outstanding job, and my personal 
> favorites were Nancy Kress', Neil Gaiman's, Steven Savile's, and Judi 
> Rohrig's stories. Nye and Dietz did an excellent job tackling the 
> ambience and strangeness of New Sun.
> Absent were Silk and Able, but Severian is represented. I think 
> Forlesen or Seven American Nights would have made for some excellent 
> stories, too.
> PS: I am going to continue my short story survey of Wolfe soon - my 
> free time is mostly in the summer to devote the attention and 
> resources it requires to do Wolfe justice
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