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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gene Wolfe  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Science_Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1931 in Brooklyn, New York

Illinois Connection

Gene Wolfe lived in Barrington and now lives in Peoria.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gene fought in the Korean War and later graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Medical Engineering. He was editor for the periodical Plant Engineering, retiring to write full-time in 1984. He is a prolific short story writer and a novelist. Wolfe's works have won a variety of awards, and he is considered one of the premier writers in the genre over the past fifty years. In 2007, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.


The Death of Doctor Island

Nebula Award,

Soldier of Sidon

World Fantasy Award,

Other Awards and Honors

First recipient of Fuller Award for Lifetime Achievement, Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

An evil guest /
ISBN: 0765321343. OCLC Number: 213301012

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A tale set a century into the future finds an actress confronting ancient and supernatural forces while struggling to choose between her two lovers, a sorcerer private detective who launches her career and a mysterious man of wealth who appears with her in a play.

Home fires /
ISBN: 0765328186. OCLC Number: 648922915

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Chelle and Skip have been separated by Chelle's tour of duty in a war against aliens from distant solar systems. They find their relationship complicated by time differentials that cause an injured and war-weary Chelle to age only a few months while Skip reaches his forties.

Innocents aboard :
ISBN: 076530791X. OCLC Number: 58053806

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On Blue's waters /
ISBN: 0312872577. OCLC Number: 45435635

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Space hero Horn battles shapeshifting vampires who want to use humans as cattle. It happens on planet Blue where Horn is searching for the planet's missing leader. First volume in a trilogy.

Operation Ares
ISBN: 0006151434. OCLC Number: 16432586

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Pirate freedom /
ISBN: 0765318784. OCLC Number: 122527050

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A young priest fresh out of seminary, Father Christopher finds himself inexplicably swept back in time to the Golden Age of Piracy, where he finds himself caught up in the life of a buccaneer and trolling the waters of the Caribbean in search of Spanish gold.

Return to the whorl /
ISBN: 0312873646. OCLC Number: 45080142

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Horn is on a quest in search of the heroic leader Patera Silk.

Soldier of Sidon /
ISBN: 0765316706. OCLC Number: 263292452

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Starwater strains /
ISBN: 0765312034. OCLC Number: 65468809

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Presents a collection of twenty-five science fiction short stories by acclaimed writer Gene Wolfe.

The sorcerer's house /
ISBN: 076532458X. OCLC Number: 428026865

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In a novel told entirely through a series of letters, a man inherits a sorcerer's house and is immediately confronted by supernatural and fantastical creatures and events that utterly transform his life.