I love speculative fiction, and I love complicated books that make you think. Home Fires
is both of these things. Imagine a cross between Paul Auster and William Gibson (the early years): that's Gene Wolfe's style here. So - if you don't like those authors or dislike reading half a book before you get a good grip on the story, this book is not for you. Home Fires
is my first Gene Wolfe novel, but it won't be my last.
The story begins just as Skip is waiting for Chelle to return to Earth from her short tour of duty (that has taken twenty years in Earth-time). While he's been toiling away as a corporate lawyer, she's been fighting aliens on distant planets. He's understandably concerned about reuniting with his still-young wife as a man in his forties. Surprisingly, that is the least-strange
situation in this book. Each odd occurrence is...
Beyond the Book
Critically acclaimed author Gene Wolfe writes in the genres broadly described as sci-fi, fantasy and speculative fiction. He is prolific, writing novels, poetry, novellas and short stories. His awards include two Nebulas, three Locus awards, a British Science Fiction Association award, a Lifetime Achievement award from the World Fantasy Association, and induction into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2007.
Born in New York state in 1931, he served in the Korean War between 1952-54, later graduating from the University of Houston with a degree in Medical Engineering. After that he spent about 15 years as an engineer at Procter & Gamble (among other...