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Gene Wolfe

Gene Rodman Wolfe (born 1931) is a US writer, born in New York, raised in Texas, and now living in Illinois. After serving in the Korean War – his experiences there are recorded in Letters Home (coll 1991), which contains correspondence with his mother between 1952 and 1954 – he graduated in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston and worked in engineering until becoming an editor of a trade periodical, Plant Engineering, in 1972. Since retiring from this post in 1984, he has written full-time. Though never the most popular nor the most influential author in the sf field, Wolfe remains quite possibly its most important, both for the intense literary achievement of his best work, and for the very considerable volume of work of the highest quality. From the first, and with a prolific output that has not ebbed for more than four decades, he has created texts which – almost uniquely – marry Modernism and sf, rather than putting them into rhetorical opposition; his ultimate importance to world literature derives from the success of that marriage . . .

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