Nightside the Long Sun (Book of the Long Sun Series #1)

Nightside the Long Sun (Book of the Long Sun Series #1)

by Gene Wolfe

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Overview

Enormous in breadth and scope, Wolfe's ambitious new work opens out into a world of wonders, of gods and humans, aliens and machines, and mysterious adventures far out in space and deep inside the human spirit. It is set on a ship-world whose origins are shrouded in legend, ruled by strange gods who appear infrequently to their worshippers on large screens, and peopled by a human race changed by eons of time, yet familiar.

Nightside the Long Sun is the beginning of a masterpiece of science fiction. Life on the Whorl, and the struggles and triumphs of Patera Silk to satisfy the demands of the gods, will captivate readers yearning for something new and different in science fiction, for the magic of the future.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466828261
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 12/15/1993
Series: Book of the Long Sun Series , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 293,553
File size: 318 KB

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.


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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Nightside The Long Sun 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Jim53 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Patera Silk, 23, is the augur (priest) at the poorest church in the city of Viron. While playing with his students at recess, he received Enlightenment from a mysterious god called the Outsider. Silk sees in an instant all the prayers that have been offered for help for his poor church, and he also sees the help that is being provided... and it's himself.So begins The Book of the Long Sun, another multi-volume novel from Gene Wolfe, probably the most literary of SF authors. For those familiar with Wolfe's Book of the New Sun,I can tell you that Long Sun has some similarities and some differences. For starters, it is told in the third person, as opposed to the first-person narration of New Sun. It's protagonist, Silk, is more thoughtful than Severian, although there are similarities as well. Long Sun contains far fewer unfamiliar words than New Sun and reads more easily; however, the easy readibility can conceal the depths of the story.Silk learns that his church has been sold by the government for back taxes, and sets out to preserve it. Nightside The Long Sun, the first of four volumes, covers just the first 72 hours of Silk's quest. It introduces us to his world and many of its occupants, in a wide variety of occupations. We begin to suspect things about this world and its gods that its inhabitants might not know (this is Wolfe, after all). The subsequent volumes will confirm and correct our suspicions.Silk is a wonderful character, living in a fascinating world, and lovers of literary SF will enjoy his story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great scifi, and just great literature!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago