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Gene Wolfe, 'magnificent' giant of science fiction, dies aged 87 | Books

Gene Wolfe, a towering figure in science fiction whose magnum opus The Book of the New Sun was hailed as a masterpiece by Ursula K Le Guin, has died at the age of 87.Wolfe’s publisher Tor, when announcing the news on Monday, described him as a “beloved icon”. “He leaves behind an impressive body of work, but nonetheless, he will be dearly missed,” said the publisher, pointing to The Book of the New Sun’s ranking in third place in a Locus magazine poll of fantasy novels – behind only The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.Narrated by Severian, an apprentice in a guild of torturers on a dying world called Urth – a far-future version of Earth – it runs to four volumes, and was an achievement that led the late Le Guin to call Wolfe “our Melville”. For Neil Gaiman, Wolfe was “the finest living male American writer of SF and fantasy – possibly the finest living American writer”; for Martin, he was “a magnificent writer … one of the best our genre has ever produced”, whose books “will be read as long as SF endures”.Born in New York in 1931, Wolfe fought in the Korean war before working as an engineer. He was instrumental in developing the machine that cooks Pringles crisps, while also editing the professional journal Plant Engineering; he once said that his greatest influences were “GK Chesterton and Marks’ [Standard] Handbook for [Mechanical] Engineers”. Read more When he was named a grand master of science fiction and fantasy by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) in 2012, Wolfe recalled living “paycheck to paycheck” with his wife Rosemary and children, and getting three “not terribly good” stories published in a college magazine.“Then it was time for school to start again,...

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