Exodus from the Long Sun (Book of the Long Sun Series #4)

Exodus from the Long Sun (Book of the Long Sun Series #4)

by Gene Wolfe

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It is the far future, and the giant spaceship, The Whorl, has traveled for forgotten generations toward its destination. Lit inside by the artificial Long Sun, The Whorl is so huge that whole cities can be seen in the sky. And the gods of The Whorl have begun to intervene in human affairs. An entirely unexpected future awaits as Patera Silk and the other inhabitants are confronted with the world of an alien race. Wolfe's great work is complete, with the mysterious fullness of life itself.

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ISBN-13: 9780765331410
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 08/15/1997
Series: Book of the Long Sun Series , #4
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Gene Wolfe (1931-2019) was the Nebula Award-winning author of The Book of the New Sun tetralogy in the Solar Cycle, as well as the World Fantasy Award winners The Shadow of the Torturer and Soldier of Sidon. He was also a prolific writer of distinguished short fiction, which has been collected in such award-winning volumes as Storeys from the Old Hotel and The Best of Gene Wolfe.

A recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award, and six Locus Awards, among many other honors, Wolfe was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2007, and named Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2012.

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Kim Stanley Robinson

Exodus from the Long Sun is a wonderful finish t oa sequence that stands beside The Book of the New Sun as one of the greatest long science fiction novels ever written. Gene Wolfe is the King of the Slingshot Ending and this time the finale is a veritable Roman candle of heartstopping action and mind-boggling scale shifts. I read this book on a flight to Antarctica and kept forgetting to look out the window of the plane. Now all we can say is, Please start another one, Mr. Wolfe.

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Exodus from the Long Sun 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Jim53 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SPOILER WARNINGWolfe has a great slingshot ending in store for us, but he takes a bit too long getting to it. He continues to develop the characters, and many of them are fascinating. Silk has to adjust to rapidly changing circumstances, and he does so admirably, and without losing who he is at the center. He deals with revelations about the nature of the gods and the Whorl, the generation starship of which he is "cargo," as well as an invasion by a nearby city. He is released from his vow of chastity and marries his Magdalene. He rallies his manteion's populace to leave the Whorl for a new planet, but like Moses does not make the final journey. My primary complaint is that the first half of this final volume does little to advance the developing story; it serves to further illuminate several characters, but I believe it could have been accomplished more briefly.The Book of the Long Sun lacks the metafictive emphasis that characterizes Wolfe's earlier Book of the New Sun. Long Sun gives us a more straightforward story, but retains the traits that make him one of our best writers: language that is a delight to read, including distinct voices for numerous characters; serious tangling with moral issues; a creative and surprising story, developed with hints along the way that enable the attentive reader to see more, at times, than the characters do; and finally, a wonderful cast of characters, led by Silk himself, one of the great characters of recent science fiction. Wolfe also gives us peeks into the future of the characters who will become colonists on the two planets in The Book of the Short Sun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great scifi, and just great literature!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wolfe brings all the threads together here and at the same time manages to weave in the leaders to the next series. Here is a man at the absolute top of the form. This entire series begins with the 'Shadow of the Torturer' and who knows where it will end. Do yourself a favor and go back and start with Severian and then be ready to ride into the stars on the longships of Patera Silk and maybe, just maybe, find a way back through the adventures of Horn to the world of Severian... our own, dying earth.