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Innocents Aboard is a collection of fantasy and horror stories by Gene Wolfe, described by The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction as "neither the most popular nor the most influential author in the sf field, [he] is today quite possibly the most important."
Noteworthy fantasy entries include "Under Hill," an Arthurian tale with a twist about a knight on a quest to save a princess from her prison atop an impossibly smooth mountain of glass; "The Sailor Who Sailed After the Sun," a fable about a seaman and a monkey who covet one another's existence; and "The Old Woman Whose Rolling Pin Is the Sun," an endearing bedtime story written for Wolfe's granddaughter.
As strong as the fantasy stories are, however, the tales of horror steal the show. "The Tree Is My Hat" pits a sickly government employee stationed on an idyllic Pacific island against ancient supernatural forces, and "The Monday Man" chronicles the story of a policeman who tries to prevent a petty criminal from stealing neighbors' clothes hanging out to dry. When the policeman finally corners the crook in the top story of a tenement building, he realizes he is the prey.
The 22 short stories included in Innocents Aboard are fantastic fiction at its very best. Fans of Wolfe's past Hugo and Nebula Award–nominated science fiction masterworks (the Book of the New Sun saga, the Book of the Short Sun trilogy, et al.) will be absolutely blown away by these haunting and evocative tales, which are reminiscent of short fiction works by iconic storytellers such as Stephen King and Ray Bradbury. Paul Goat Allen