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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

-- Gene Wolfe on WorldCat --

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.

Published Works

  • Operation Ares, Dobson Books, 1977
  • On Blue's Waters: Volume One of 'The Book of the Short Sun' , Tor Books, 2000
  • Return to the Whorl: The Final Volume of 'The Book of the Short Sun' , Tor Books, 2002
  • Innocents Aboard: New Fantasy Stories, Orb Books, 2005
  • Starwater Strains, Orb Books, 2006
  • Soldier of Sidon , Tor Books, 2006
  • Pirate Freedom, Tor Books, 2007
  • An Evil Guest , Tor Books, 2008
  • The Sorcerer's House , Tor Books, 2010
  • Home Fires, Tor Books, 2011

Selected Titles At Your Library

Operation Ares /
ISBN: 0234720506. OCLC Number:

D. Dobson,. London :. 1977, ©1970.

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

Tor,. New York :. 2000.

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.

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

Tor,. New York :. 2001.

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

Innocents aboard :
ISBN: 076530791X. OCLC Number:

Tor ;. New York :. 2005.

Starwater strains /
ISBN: 0765312034. OCLC Number:

Tor ;. New York :. 2006.

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

Soldier of Sidon /
ISBN: 0765316706. OCLC Number:

Tor,. New York :. 2007.

Pirate freedom /
ISBN: 0765318784. OCLC Number:

Tor,. New York :. 2007.

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.

An evil guest /
ISBN: 0765321343. OCLC Number:

Tor,. New York :. 2008.

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.

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

Tor,. New York :. 2010.

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.

Home fires /
ISBN: 0765328186. OCLC Number:

Tor,. New York :. 2011.

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.


  • Nebula Award,
  • The Death of Doctor Island

  • World Fantasy Award,
  • Soldier of Sidon

  • Gene Wolfe is the first recipient of the Henry Blake Fuller award (The Fuller)

    for an outstanding lifetime contribution to literature by the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

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