Book: Book of the Long Sun series

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Book of the Long Sun series

Author: Gene Wolfe
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Publisher: Orb Books

Gene Wolfe’s Book of the Long Sun tetralogy, suffused with looming transcendence and theophany, ranks as one of the greatest literary achievements of 20th-century science fiction. Wolfe takes familiar speculative fiction tropes and embeds them in a tale so complex and wonderful that readers may find themselves wondering whether what they’re reading is science fiction, fantasy, or something different altogether.

The story of Patera Silk, a devout priest whose destiny is wrapped up with the gods he serves, takes place within the Whorl, a vast, cylindrical starship that has traveled for generations and is crumbling into disrepair.

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Book:Nightside the Long Sun

Nightside the Long Sun: Part 1 of Book of the Long Sun

Gene Wolfe

It is the far future, and the giant spaceship, the Whorl, has traveled for forgotten generations among the stars toward its destination. Lit inside by the artificial Long Sun, the Whorl is so huge that you can see whole cities in the sky. And now the gods of the Whorl begin to intervene in human affairs. A god has spoken to Patera Silk, a clergyman at work in the schoolyard of his church, and sent Silk on a quest to save his church and his people.

Book:Caldé of the Long Sun

Caldé of the Long Sun: Part 3 of Book of the Long Sun

Gene Wolfe

Gene Wolfe’s Nightside the Long Sun launched the magisterial four-volume The Book of the Long Sun. Now the great tale continues in Calde of the Long Sun.

The young, god-inspired Silk, caught in a bloody web of politics and revolution, must fight against the machinations of the shadowy group that rules the city of Viron. The forces of other cities of the great spaceship, The Whorl, become involved. And the mysterious gods start to manifest themselves on all sides, a dysfunctional family of superpowerful beings each of whom can take possession of anyone at any time.

Book:Litany of the Long Sun

Litany of the Long Sun: Parts 1 & 2 of Book of the Long Sun

Gene Wolfe

Litany of the Long Sun contains the full texts of Nightside the Long Sun and Lake of the Long Sun, that together make up the first half of The Book of the Long Sun. This great work is set on a huge generation starship in the same future as the classic Book of the New Sun (also available in two volumes from Orb).

It is the far future, and the giant spaceship, the Whorl, has traveled for forgotten generations among the stars toward its destination. Lit inside by the artificial Long Sun, the Whorl is so huge that you can see whole cities in the sky. And now the gods of the Whorl begin to intervene in human affairs. A god has spoken to Patera Silk, a clergyman at work in the schoolyard of his church, and sent Silk on a quest to save his church and his people.

Book:Epiphany of the Long Sun

Epiphany of the Long Sun: Parts 3 & 4 of Book of the Long Sun

Gene Wolfe

The two novels combined in this omnibus (Caldé of the Long Sun and Exodus from the Long Sun) comprise the second half of Gene Wolfe’s long novel, The Book of the Long Sun.

The young, god-inspired Silk, caught in a bloody web of politics and revolution, must fight against the machinations of the shadowy group that rules the city of Viron. The forces of other cities of the great spaceship, The Whorl, become involved. And the mysterious gods start to manifest themselves on all sides, a dysfunctional family of superpowerful beings each of whom can take possession of anyone at any time.

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