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Ziemia się starzeje, a słońce gaśnie. Mroczny, chylący się ku upadkowi świat walczy o przetrwanie. Główny bohater, Severian, czeladnik w znienawidzonym powszechnie bractwie katów, łamie złożoną swej konfraterni przysięgę i za karę zostaje wygnany do odległego miasta.

Severian, odziany w kruczoczarny płaszcz, z ogromnym katowskim mieczem na ramieniu, wyrusza w niebezpieczną długą podróż.

Pierwsza powieść z cyklu Księga Nowego Słońca, uważanego za jeden z najlepszych cyklów fantasy dwudziestego wieku.

 
Cytadela Autarchy

— Aż do nadejścia Nowego Słońca musimy wybierać między różnymi rodzajami zła. Wszystkie już wypróbowaliśmy i wszystkie nas zawiodły: powszechna dostępność dóbr, władza ludu… Wszystko. My celowo utrzymujemy ludzkość w stagnacji, zwanej przez niektórych barbarzyństwem. Autarcha broni prosty lud przed arystokratami, oni zaś chronią go przed Autarchą. Religia daje wszystkim pociechę. Zamknęliśmy drogi, aby sparaliżować funkcjonowanie społeczeństwa…

Zamknął oczy, a ja położyłem rękę na jego piersi, starając się wyczuć choćby najsłabsze uderzenie serca.

— Aż do nadejścia Nowego Słońca…

 
Die Klaue des Schlichters

Severian, das ausgestoßene Mitglied der Gilde der Folterer, ist auf dem Weg nach Norden, denn er wird zur Strafe nach Thrax geschickt. Dort soll er als Henker dienen, doch die Reise hält einige Überraschungen für den jungen Mann bereit: Er verliebt sich in Agia, die Schwester eines Revolutionärs, den Severian hinrichten musste. Doch Agia flieht, und Severian sucht nach ihr. Dabei trifft er einen komplett grünen Menschen, der als Sklave auf einem Jahrmarkt ausgestellt wird. Angeblich kann er jede Frage beantworten – weil er aus der Zukunft kommt …

 
Dimensioni proibite

Potrebbe capitare a ognuno di noi: fare un passo falso, inciampare in quello che sembrava un sasso (ma non lo era), scivolare oltre una soglia invisibile o molto ben nascosta e trovarci in un mondo sconosciuto, completamente diverso dal nostro. Ci sono porte che si spalancano fra le dimensioni, e alcune — come si accorgerà il protagonista di questo romanzo — sono dimensioni proibite. Ma se dall’altra parte incontrassimo un personaggio straordinario, una donna dotata di poteri stupefacenti, un essere di cui non possiamo più fare a meno? Ci mettererrimo alla ricerca di lei a ogni costo, rischieremmo la vita per trovarla e scoprire il suo segreto. Ma cosa ci aspetterebbe alla fine dell’awentura? È pericoloso scherzare con i mondi altrui: non si sa mai quello che può succedere…

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Exodus from the Long Sun

This fourth volume of “The Book of the Long Sun” sees Patera Silk, the charismatic young auger continuing to play a key role as matters move to a surprising climax.

 
Full MoonCity

An anthology of stories

Move over, vampires. Make room for the hottest creatures in fantasy: werewolves. Most people think werewolves are creatures of ancient legend, associated with prowling darkened forests and terrifying peasants in medieval cottages. But what about today's werewolf in modern society? Has twenty-first century life changed the rules and lifestyles of the contemporary lycanthrope? Are wolf packs communicating online via social networks? Could the person who at first glance looks like an average commuter (on the early train, to avoid the rising of the full moon) be one of them? Have werewolves infiltrated every level of government? Full Moon City answers these questions, and many more. Featuring contributions from bestselling fantasy luminaries, this collection of spellbinding stories puts the fun back into dark fiction.

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La cinquième tête de Cerbère

Bien loin de la Terre, deux planètes soeurs, Sainte-Anne et Sainte-Croix, ont été colonisées par des Français qui ont détruit la population indigène de la seconde.

Bien des décennies plus tard — après que les colons français ont été eux-mêmes vaincus et dispersés —, un ethnologue, le Dr Marsh, consacre sa vie à retrouver des traces de cette culture effacée, oubliée, passée au rang des mythes et qu'une culpabilité ancienne tend à refouler dans l'imaginaire.

En trois contes d'une écriture à chaque fois renouvelée, Gene Wolfe retrace les aspects contradictoires mais complémentaires de cette quête de l'identité d'un peuple, d'une pureté originelle dont un génocide a voilé jusqu'au souvenir.

Voici un livre étrange, subtil et attachant, sans pareil dans le domaine de la science-fiction et qui imprègne longtemps le souvenir du lecteur comme d'un parfum, comme d'une vibration, comme du souvenir d'un songe.

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La cittadella dell'Autarca

Nei romanzi precedenti del ciclo avevamo visto Severian viaggiare verso Thrax, la città del suo esilio, armato solo della mitica spada Terminus Est, ultimo dono del suo Maestro Torturatore. Nel corso del viaggio aveva incontrato numerosi personaggi strani e affascinanti, come la dolce e misteriosa Dorcas, i due gemelli Agia e Agilus, la bellissima Jolenta, il dottor Talos, ma soprattutto era entrato in possesso dell’Artiglio del Conciliatore, una gemma dai poteri miracolosi appartenuta a una figura leggendaria del passato. Arrivato a Thrax, Severian si era infine accorto che la Città delle Stanze senza Finestre non era la sua meta definitiva: strani portenti infatti gli indicano che un destino futuro molto elevato lo attende. E in questo quarto e definitivo volume della serie, finalmente Severian saprà cosa gli è stato predestinato dalla sorte. Il suo viaggio lungo e periglioso lo riporterà proprio a Nessus, la città da cui era stato bandito, con una missione che determinerà il fato dell’intera Urth e la nascita del Nuovo Sole e di una nuova era.

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La Ciudadela del Autarca

Severian interviene en la guerra contra el ejército ascio. Acompañado por un soldado herido viaja y oye historias extraordinarias, como la del cazador de focas, y encuentra una peregrina con quien discute las virtudes de la Garra. Huyendo de los terrores de los habitantes de las aguas profundas y de las voladoras astillas de la noche, continúa avanzando inexorablemente hacia el misterio final: el pronosticado advenimiento del Sol Nuevo. Al fin Severian regresa a la Ciudadela. Pronto habrá dos Severian: el aprendiz y el autarca.

 
La espada del Lictor

Severian, desterrado por el “pecado” de misericordia, ha llegado a Thrax, la Ciudad de los Cuartos sin Ventanas, y se prepara para desempeñar el papel, a menudo desagradable, de funcionario del gobierno. Los acontecimientos perturbadores se precipitan. Dorcas deja a Severian y vuelve al Lago de los Pájaros. Severian es perseguido por una bestia mortífera. Ha empezado a cuestionarse su oficio de torturador y al fin deja libre a una mujer y escapa de la ciudad. Ya en las montañas sobrevive a otro encuentro con Agia, que pretende vengar la muerte de su hermano, y sigue huyendo en compañía de un niño, huérfano a causa de un alzabo. Más tarde, en una ciudad desierta, la Garra revive a un hombre que había sido enemigo del Conciliador. El niño muere, pero Severian mata al hombre, reparando de este modo una antigua deuda de venganza. Severian se une entonces a las gentes de las islas flotantes, y los ayuda a atacar el castillo donde volverá a encontrarse con Calveros y el doctor Talos.

 
La Garra del Conciliador

Este segundo libro nos continua mostrando el mundo del Sol Nuevo, poco a poco, a medida que Severian va tomando contacto con él. Aprendemos alguna cosa nueva, sobre todo en lo que respecta a clases sociales y al Autarca, pero todavia no queda muy claro nada. Está claro que para descubrir lo que hay realmente, la autentica realidad que vive Severian, hay que leer toda la saga descubriendo sus secretos poco a poco. El hecho de que Severian nos esté contando sus recuerdos ya es una pista, y empieza a vislumbrarse en qué se convertirá Severian pues entre los recuerdos de su pasado, deja entrever algo de su presente.

 
La quinta cabeza de Cerbero

Muy lejos de su planeta madre, la Tierra, dos mundos gemelos, Sainte Anne y Sainte Croix, fueron colonizados en su tiempo por inmigrantes franceses, que aniquilaron a la población nativa del segundo de ellos. Muchos siglos después, tras una guerra que dispersó a los colonos originales y relegó a la leyenda el recuerdo del genocidio original, un etnólogo de la Tierra, John V. Marsch, dedica su vida a buscar las huellas de aquella cultura alienígena, los abos, el Pueblo Libre, los hijos de la Sombra, convertida hoy en una indefinida mitología aplastada bajo un subterráneo sentimiento de culpabilidad que niega incluso la realidad de su existencia…

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La sombra del Torturador

En un futuro tan distante que se parece al remoto pasado, el joven Severian estudia en la Ciudadela —de metal gris, refractario— los misterios del gremio de los torturadores, que han jurado torturar cuando el Autarca ordene torturar, o matar cuando él ordene matar.

Pero con la llegada de Thecla, una hermosa e inteligente mujer cuyas indiscreciones le han hecho perder su puesto de concubina en la Casa Absoluta, Severian desobedece las reglas, y la vida cambia para él. Espera ser ejecutado, pero en cambio es enviado a trabajar como simple verdugo en las vastas tierras de Thrax, la Ciudad de los Cuartos sin Ventanas. En el momento de la partida el maestro Palaemon le entrega la antigua espada de verdugo, Tenninus Est. Así armado, parte hacia las distantes puertas de la Ciudad, y encuentra en el camino a los gemelos Agia y Agiltis, que lo empujan a combatir en el Campo Sanguinario; a la troupe teatral del doctor Talos; a Calveros, un gigante monstruoso; a la encantadora Jolenta, y a Dorcas, una joven enigmática que aparece en la costa del Lago de los Pájaros, donde yacen los muertos. A manos de Severian pasa también una joya misteriosa, la Garra del Conciliador, cuyos poderes podrían llevarlo nada menos que al trono de la Casa Absoluta. Pero primero tendrá que viajar hacia el norte, hasta las puertas de la Ciudad Imperecedera.

 
La spada del Littore

Severian, il giovane torturatore che avevamo conosciuto in L’ombra del torturatoreL’artiglio del conciliatore, continua il suo cammino verso Thrax, la città dove è stato mandato in esilio per essersi innamorato di una delle sue vittime, la bella castellana Thecla, e aver disobbedito così alle ferree regole della sua corporazione. Arrivato a destinazione dopo un viaggio lungo e periglioso, Severian scopre però di non essere più in grado di infliggere le torture per cui è stato addestrato. Dopo aver liberato un prigioniero egli scappa sulle montagne e adotta un giovane. Questi però presto morirà ucciso da una rivivificazione di Typhon, un antico nemico del Conciliatore, la leggendaria figura che ha lasciato per così dire “un’eredità” a Severian: l’Artiglio, un gioiello dai poteri terrificanti e miracolosi.

Nel corso delle sue peregrinazioni Severian incontrerà poi un popolo oppresso che vive su isole fluttuanti in un lago di montagna e lo condurrà alla rivolta contro gli oppressori. Durante la battaglia la grandiosa potenza dell’Artiglio verrà scatenata e priverà Severian della sua coscienza: di nuovo solo il Torturatore continuerà a vagare sulle montagne all’inseguimento del suo destino, che verrà rivelato nel quarto e definitivo volume di questa saga grandiosa e raffinata, lirica ed evocativa, destinata a diventare una pietra miliare della letteratura fantastica.


Vincitore del British Fantasy Award in 1983.

Vincitore del Locus Award per il miglior romanzo fantasy in 1983.

Nominato per il premio BSFA in 1982.

Nominato per il premio Nebula per il miglior romanzo in 1982.

Nominated per il premio Hugo per il miglior romanzo in 1983.

Nominato per il premio World Fantasy in 1983.

Серия: Libro del Nuovo Sole
 
La Urth del Sol Nuevo

`Severian se ha convertido al fin en el Autarca de la Mancomunidad y está a punto de emprender un viaje a las estrellas en una nave de los hieródulos. El resultado de este viaje —que es también un viaje por el tiempo en el que Severian visita distintos lugares y épocas y se encuentra con personajes del presente y del futuro— determinará el destino de Urth. Si Severian obtiene un juicio favorable los extraterrestres transformarán el Sol viejo en un agujero blanco que dará nueva vida a Urth.

 
Lake of the Long Sun

The Book of the Long Sun (1993–1996) is a series of four science fantasy novels. The Lake of the Long Sun is second book in that series

When the gods of the Whorl speak to him about the future, clergyman Patera Silk begins a quest to save his church and his people, the citizens of a giant spaceship on a generations-old voyage to a forgotten destiny.

 
L'artiglio del Conciliatore

Il ciclo del “Libro del Nuovo Sole” di Gene Wolfe è ambientato in un futuro estremamente remoto, su una Terra trasformata in modi misteriosi e meravigliosi, e in un tempo in cui la cultura attuale non è nemmeno un lontano ricordo.

Nel primo romanzo della serie avevamo fatto la conoscenza di Severian, il giovane torturatore mandato in esilio per essersi innamorato di una delle sue vittime e aver disobbedito alle ferree regole della corporazione cui apparteneva. Entrato per caso in possesso dell’Artiglio del Conciliatore, una gemma dai poteri miracolosi appartenuta a una leggendaria figura di proporzioni mitiche, Severian continua il suo viaggio verso Thrax, la città del suo esilio, in compagnia della sua spada Terminus Est. Molte sono le meraviglie che l’attendono sul suo cammino: creature scimmiesche dotate di intelligenza umana e di corpi pelosi e lucenti; un bizzarro rituale cannibalesco che gli riporterà le memorie e i pensieri della sua amata e scomparsa Thecla; la stanza delle superfici specchianti in cui svanirà Jonas, il suo compagno strano e non del tutto mortale.

Evocativo, profondo, ipnotico nella sua lirica potenza, L’artiglio del conciliatore si rivela un vero capolavoro di grandiosa e raffinata maestria letteraria.


Vincitore del premio Nebula per il miglior romanzo in 1981.

Vincitore del premio Locus per il miglior romanzo fantasy in 1982.

Nominato per i premi Hugo e World Fantasy in 1982. 

Серия: Libro del Nuovo Sole
 
L'ombra del Torturatore

Con questo L’ombra del torturatore ha inizio uno dei cicli di science-fantasy più osannati negli ultimi venti anni. In uno stile elegante e raffinato, lirico e sublime, Gene Wolfe ci narra le cronache di Severian il Torturatore, in un futuro talmente distante da rassomigliare al passato più remoto. Alla corporazione dei torturatori non si accede per diritto di nascita: solo i figli delle vittime possono esservi ammessi. Nella grande cittadella di incorruttibile metallo grigio il giovane Severian e i suoi compagni apprendisti studiano per raggiungere il rango di Maestro Torturatore, imparando gli antichi misteri della corporazione, legati al giuramento di torturare e uccidere i nemici dell’Autarca. Ma con l’arrivo di Thecla, una donna bella e intelligente che per le sue indiscrezioni ha perso il posto nel circolo interno delle concubine della Casa Assoluta, la vita cambierà per Severian. La sua disobbedienza alle regole che gli sono state insegnate è causa del suo esilio dalla Città: accompagnato solo dalla mitica spada del torturatore, Terminus Est, donatagli dal suo maestro, Severian si accinge ad un lungo viaggio verso la lontana Thrax, la Città delle Stanze senza Finestre. Un viaggio che lo porterà attraverso l’immensa Città e gli farà incontrare personaggi strani e misteriosi come i gemelli Agia e Agilus, che lo spingeranno a un arcano duello sul Campo Sanguinario, o ancora Dorcas, la misteriosa ragazza che gli apparirà sulle rive del Lago degli Uccelli, dove giacciono i morti. Un viaggio lungo e pieno di insidie che lo condurrà all’Artiglio del Conciliatore, la gemma dai poteri miracolosi, e, chissà, forse allo stesso trono della Casa Assoluta.

Серия: Libro del Nuovo Sole
 
Miecz Liktora

Severian, wygnany z konfraterni katów za złamanie zasad, dotarł do Thraxu. Obejmuje stanowisko liktora i sumiennie wypełnia obowiązki strzegąc więźniów i ścinając skazańców. Mimo poszukiwań nie zdołał zwrócić Pazura Łagodziciela — klejnot o uzdrawiającej mocy zaczyna mu ciążyć, odbierając spokój i sen. Severian wyczuwa coraz bardziej mrok gromadzący się nad światem, zaczyna wątpić w swoje powołanie, aż wreszcie wbrew rozkazowi archonta daruje życie kobiecie skazanej na uduszenie. Musi uciekać z Thraxu i udaje się na północ, w góry zamieszkane przez istoty, które odrzuciły człowieczeństwo. Rozpoczyna niebezpieczną podróż, która wyjaśni wiele kłębiących się wokół niego tajemnic.

 
Nightside the Long Sun

It has been nearly a decade since the completion of Gene Wolfe's four-volume epic The Book of the New Sun, "one of the modern masterpieces of imaginative literature - an evocation of a world so far in the future that magic and technology, poetry and science, are indistinguishable, a world heavy with time but not yet bereft of hope, a world brought to life by Mr. Wolfe's unique blend of slightly archaic diction and ever-surprising vocabulary" (The New York Times Book Review). In the intervening years his award-winning novels and stories have solidified his reputation both in fantasy and science fiction with a cascade of stunning achievements. No sf writer has been more highly and continually praised. Now Wolfe returns to science fiction with a mighty multi-volume mega-novel of mystery, war, and revolution, The Book of the Long Sun, set on a world, the Whorl, existing inside a giant starship sent from Urth to colonize a distant planet. Wolfe's previous work in this future universe has been hailed as a "major landmark of contemporary American literature" by Booklist, and "a masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis" by Publishers Weekly. 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 for this decade. 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. The Book of the Long Sun is launched with success

 
Other Earths

one world among many…eleven stories about them all

What if Lincoln never became president, and the Civil War never took place? What if Columbus never discovered America, and the Inca developed a massive, technologicallyadvanced empire? What if magic was real and a half-faerie queen ruled England? What if an author discovered a book written by an alternate version of himself?

These are just some of the possible pathways that readers can take to explore the Other Earths that may be waiting just one page away.

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Pazur Łagodziciela

Zanim Severian, wygnaniec z konfraterni katów, dotrze do miejsca swego zesłania, Thraxu, musi pokonać licznych wrogów i wiele czyhających na niego niebezpieczeństw. Prześladowany przez okrutne wspomnienia i straszne wizje nie wie, czy zawdzięcza je swej absolutnej pamięci czy ogarniającemu świat mrokowi. Zawraca z obranej drogi, aby zwrócić skradziony klejnot, Pazur Łagodziciela, który przypadkiem znalazł się w jego posiadaniu. Zaatakowany przez dziwne istoty odkrywa, że klejnot nie tylko emanuje błękitnym blaskiem, ale ma też niesamowitą, magiczną moc. ?Lubię Wolfe’a. Szczególnie rozsmakowałem się właśnie w Księdze Nowego Słońca.


Otrzymała nagrodę Nebula w 1981.

Otrzymała nagrodę Locus w 1981.

Nominowana do nagrody Hugo w 1982.

 
Piąta głowa Cerbera

Powieść można porównać do tkaniny o skomplikowanym, fascynującym wzorze, misternie utkanej z wątków trzech, pozornie odrębnych, mikropowieści. Każda z nich stanowi pasjonującą lekturę, razem tworzą natomiast zupełnie nową jakość; dopiero przewróciwszy ostatnią kartkę czytelnik zaczyna sobie uświadamiać jak wielkie znaczenie miały pozornie mało istotne wzmianki rozrzucone w tekście i natychmiast zaczyna czytać książkę od nowa, by móc w pełni docenić mistrzostwo Gene Wolfe'a, jednego z najbardziej oryginalnych i fascynujących twórców współczesnej science fiction.

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Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery

A truly breathtaking new anthology edited by Jonathan Strahan and Lou Anders, Swords & Dark Magic offers stunning new tales of sword and sorcery action, romance, and dark adventure written by some of the most respected, bestselling fantasy writers working today—from Joe Abercrombie to Gene Wolfe. An all-new Elric novella from the legendary Michael Moorcock and a new visit to Majipoor courtesy of the inimitable Robert Silverberg are just two of the treasures offered in Swords & Dark Magic—a fantasy lover’s dream.

Seventeen original tales of sword and sorcery penned by masters old and new

Elric…the Black Company…Majipoor. For years, these have been some of the names that have captured the hearts of generations of readers and embodied the sword and sorcery genre. And now some of the most beloved and bestselling fantasy writers working today deliver stunning all-new sword and sorcery stories in an anthology of small stakes but high action, grim humor mixed with gritty violence, fierce monsters and fabulous treasures, and, of course, swordplay. Don’t miss the adventure of the decade!


Swords & Dark Magic is the most important new fantasy anthology to be published this decade. Featuring new stories from the bestselling and brightest writers working in the genre, including: New York Times bestselling authors Scott Lynch and Garth Nix; genre greats Michael Moorcock (with an all-new Elric novella), Michael Shea (with a fully authorized new Cugel the Clever adventure), Robert Silverberg (with an all-new Majipoor tale), Glen Cook (with an all-new Black Company story), Gene Wolfe, and C. J. Cherryh; and hot new writers who’ve been re-inventing swords and sorcery like Steven Erikson, Joe Abercrombie, Tim Lebbon, and many more.


Cover illustration © by Benjamin Carré

STEVEN ERIKSON is the pseudonym of Canadian novelist Steve Rune Lundin, best known for his ongoing fantasy series Malazan Book of the Fallen, beginning in 1999 with Gardens of the Moon. Trained as an archaeologist and anthropologist, Erikson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is a World Fantasy Award-nominated author. SF Site has called the series “the most significant work of epic fantasy since Donaldson’s Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.” Known for his portrayal of multidimensional characters, he said in an interview conducted by suite101.com, “It’s often commented that my stuff is all shades of gray rather than black and white, but that’s not the same as saying every character is similarly gray—the effect is an overall one rather than a specific one. Most of the characters I come up with have pretty fixed notions of right and wrong, they have a moral center, in other words, whether consciously recognized or not. But in coming at something from more than one side, the reader is left free to choose which one they’ll favor.” Erikson now lives in Cornwall, England.

GLEN COOK grew up in northern California and served in the U.S. Navy with the Third Marine Recon Battalion, an experience that fundamentally affected his later work. Cook then attended the University of Missouri and the Clarion Writers’ Workshop. His first novel, The Heirs of Babylon, appeared in 1972 and was followed by a broad range of fantasy and science fiction novels, including the humorous fantasy Garrett PI series and others. His most important work, though, is the gritty Black Company fantasy series, which follows a mercenary unit over several decades and which brought a whole new perspective to fantasy. Cook is currently retired and lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where he writes full-time.

GENE WOLFE worked as an engineer, before becoming editor of trade journal Plant Engineering. He came to prominence as a writer in the late 1960s with a sequence of short stories in Damon Knight’s Orbit anthologies. His early major novels were The Fifth Head of Cerberus and Peace, but he established his reputation with a sequence of three long, multivolume novels—The Book of the New Sun, The Book of the Long Sun, and The Book of the Short Sun. His short fiction has been collected in The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories, Endangered Species, Strange Travelers, and, most recently, The Best of Gene Wolfe. He is the recipient of the Nebula, World Fantasy, Locus, John W. Campbell Memorial, British Fantasy, British SF, and World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Awards. Wolfe’s most recent book is the novel An Evil Guest. Upcoming is his new novel The Sorcerer’s House.

JAMES ENGE has been developing his stories of Morlock Ambrosius for years, but had to wait for the pendulum to swing back in favor of sword and sorcery before he made a splash. Appearing only recently in the pages of Black Gate, Flashing Swords, and everyday fiction.com, his tales of a wandering wizard and swordsman built up a loyal following in a very short time, before leaping into novel form with the books Blood of Ambrose, This Crooked Way, and The Wolf Age. Strange Horizon writes of him: “There’s a kind of literately sensuous pleasure in Enge’s writing…the pleasure of an intelligent, skillful writer amusing himself and us.” Little surprise then that Enge is an instructor of classical languages at a Midwestern university. Speaking to Fantasy Book Critic, he said, “The modern realistic novel, increasingly in the twentieth century, concerned itself with character above all else: what the character felt and perceived. I’m not knocking this: realistic fiction has some triumphant achievements in this line…But I think it’s an approach that is susceptible to diminishing returns. Genre fiction, like medieval and classical traditions of storytelling, tends to concentrate much more on what people do and the context in which they do it. I love this concentration on conduct, on action (but not necessarily in the car-chases-and-gunfights sense) and on the world…I find it in the older narrative traditions; I find it in genre fiction; and I think it’s the reason that twenty-first-century literary fiction is looking to refresh itself at the wells of genre.”

C. J. CHERRYH began writing stories at the age of ten, when she became frustrated with the cancellation of her favorite TV show, Flash Gordon. She has a Master of Arts degree in classics from Johns Hopkins University, where she was a Woodrow Wilson fellow, and taught Latin, Ancient Greek, the classics, and ancient history in Oklahoma. Cherryh wrote novels in her spare time when not teaching, and in 1975 sold her first novels Gate of Ivrel and Brothers of Earth to Donald A. Wollheim at DAW Books. The books won her immediate recognition and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1977. In 1979, her short story “Cassandra” won the Best Short Story Hugo, and she quit teaching to write full-time. She has since won the Hugo Award for Best Novel twice, first for Down-below Station in 1982 and then again for Cyteen in 1989. In addition to developing her own fictional universes, Cherryh has contributed to several shared world anthologies, including Thieves’ World, Heroes in Hell, and the Merovingen Nights series, which she edited. Her most recent novels are major new Alliance novel, Regenesis, and new Foreigner novel, Conspirator. She lives near Spokane, Washington, and enjoys skating and traveling. She regularly makes appearances at science fiction conventions.

Raised in rural Vermont, K. J. PARKER is part of the new generation of fantasy writers who, over the past ten years, has been publishing work that has been redefining sword and sorcery. Parker’s first novel, Colors in the Steel, appeared in 1998 and was followed by two further volumes in the Fencer trilogy, the Scavenger trilogy, and the critically acclaimed Engineer trilogy. Parker’s most recent books are novels The Company and The Folding Knife, and novella “Purple and Black.” Having worked in law, journalism, and numismatics, Parker is married to a solicitor, lives in southern England, and, when not writing, likes to make things out of wood and metal.

GARTH NIX grew up in Canberra, Australia. When he turned nineteen, he left to drive around the United Kingdom in a beat-up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter. Despite a wheel literally falling off the car, he survived to return to Australia and study at the University of Canberra. He has since worked in a bookshop, as a book publicist, a publisher’s sales representative, an editor, a literary agent, and as a public relations and marketing consultant. His first story was published in 1984 and was followed by novels The Ragwitch, Sabriel, Shade’s Children, Lirael, Abhorsen, the six-book YA fantasy series the Seventh Tower, and, most recently, the seven-book the Keys to the Kingdom series. He lives in Sydney with his wife and their two children.

MICHAEL MOORCOCK was born in London, England. At the age of sixteen, he became editor of Tarzan Adventures, and later, Sexton Black Library. But it was his editorship of New Worlds magazine, from May 1964 to March 1971, during which he fostered the “New Wave,” perhaps the most important movement in the history of science fiction. Moorcock is best known, however, for his creation of the Multiverse and his influence on sword and sorcery (a subgenre he helped name, together with Fritz Leiber). His character, Elric of Melniboné, is one of the most influential fantasy antiheroes the genre has ever produced. Not only have the novels been in continuous print since the 1970s, but Elric has crossed over into comics, role-playing games, and rock and roll. Moorcock’s influence on sword and sorcery fiction is colossal and no anthology of same could hope to be complete without him. He and his wife, Linda, currently divide their time between Texas, France, and California.

TIM LEBBON was born in London and lived in Devon until the age of eight. His first short story was published in 1994 in the indie magazine Psychotrope, and his first novel, Mesmer, appeared three years later, in 1997. Since then he has published over thirty books, including 2009’s The Island and The Map of Moments (with Christopher Golden). His dark fantasy novel, Dusk, which came out in 2007, won the August Derleth Award from the British Fantasy Society, and his novelization of the film 30 Days of Night was a New York Times bestseller. His new novel, Echo City Falls, is due out in 2010. A full-time writer since 2006, he now lives in Goytre, Monmouthshire, with his wife and two children.

ROBERT SILVERBERG, born in New York City, is a science fiction Grand Master, and a multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author. He published his first novel, the children’s book Revolt on Alpha C, in 1955. Silverberg won his first Hugo Award for Best New Writer the following year, 1956, the same year he completed an AB in English Literature from Columbia University. A prolific author, he contributed to the genre such classics as Dying Inside, Nightwings, and Downward to the Earth. In 1980 he published Lord Valentine’s Castle, the first book in his landmark sci-fantasy Majipoor series. He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, author and editor Karen Haber.

GREG KEYES, who also writes under the names Gregory Keyes and J. Gregory Keyes, was born in Meridian, Mississippi, to a large, diverse, storytelling family. He received degrees in anthropology from Mississippi State and the University of Georgia before becoming a full-time writer. He is the author of The Waterborn, The Black-god, the Age of Unreason tetralogy, and the Star Wars: New Jedi Order novels Edge of Victory I: Conquest, Edge of Victory II: Rebirth, and The Final Prophecy. In 2003, he began his fantasy quartet called the Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, which began with The Briar King and continued with The Charnel Prince, The Blood Knight, and The Born Queen. He lives with his family in Savannah, Georgia, where he is also the head coach of the Savannah College of Art and Design’s fencing club.

MICHAEL SHEA was born to Irish parents in Los Angeles, California, where he frequented Venice Beach and the Baldwin Hills for their wildlife. After attending UCLA on the advance-placement program while still in the tenth grade, he made his way to UC Berkeley for the wildlife there during the Time of Troubles. He hitchhiked across America and Canada twice, and at a hotel in Juneau, Alaska, chanced on a battered book from the lobby shelves: The Eyes of the Overworld, by Jack Vance. It led to his first Vancean novel, A Quest for Simbilis, which was published in 1974. Shea followed that with several novellas, some horrific, some comic, in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, including the Nebula Finalist, “The Autopsy.” He published Nifft the Lean in 1982. A classic of the genre, it won the World Fantasy Award and was followed by The Mines of Behemoth and The A’rak. Other work includes novels The Color Out of Time; In Yana, the Touch of Undying; and collections Polyphemus and The Autopsy and Other Stories.

SCOTT LYNCH was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He worked a variety of jobs, including as a dishwasher, waiter, Web designer, freelance writer, and office manager, before publishing his first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, in 2006. Part of the Gentleman Bastard Sequence, concerned with the life of thief and con man Locke Lamora, and set in the world of the shattered Therin Throne Empire, the series is projected to run to seven books. In addition to being a 2007 John W. Campbell Award, William L. Crawford Award, and Locus Award finalist, Scott is a volunteer firefighter, certified in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. He lives with his wife, Jenny, in the city of New Richmond, Wisconsin.

TANITH LEE became a freelance writer in 1975, and has been one ever since. Her first published books were children’s fantasies The Dragon Hoard and Animal Castle. Her first adult fantasy novel, The Birthgrave, was the start of a long association with DAW, which published more than twenty of her works of fantasy, SF, and horror in the 1970s and 1980s. She received the British Fantasy Society’s August Derleth Award in 1980 for Death’s Master, World Fantasy Awards for Best Short Story in 1983 (for “The Gorgon”) and 1984 (for “Elle est Trois (La Mort)”). Enormously prolific, Lee has recently published a trilogy of pirate novels for young adults (Piratica and sequels), a science fiction novel for adults (Mortal Suns), an adult fantasy trilogy (Lionwolf), a young adult fantasy trilogy (Claidi and sequels), and the first of two retrospective short story collections (Tempting the Gods). Upcoming are new books in the Flat Earth series. In 2009 she was made a Grand Master of Horror. Tanith Lee lives with her husband, the writer and artist John Kaiine, on the southeast coast of England.

CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN was born in Skerries, Dublin, Ireland, but grew up in Leeds, Alabama. As a teenager, she worked as a volunteer in Birmingham, Alabama’s, Red Mountain Museum, and later studied geology and vertebrate paleontology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has coauthored several scientific publications, beginning in 1988, the latest published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology in 2002. Her first novel, Silk, was published in 1998, and she has written eight novels to date, the most recent being The Red Tree. A multiple International Horror Guild Award-winning author, she has also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Award. Kiernan has also written for DC Comics. She lives with her partner in Providence, Rhode Island.

BILL WILLINGHAM was born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He got his start as staff artist for TSR, Inc., providing illustrations for a number of its role-playing games, among them Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and Gamma World. In the 1980s, he gained attention for his comic book series Elementals (published by Comico), and contributed as an illustrator to such titles as DC’s Green Lantern. Willingham created the popular DC Vertigo comic book Fables in 2002, about characters from folklore residing in contemporary Manhattan. To date, Fables is the recipient of fourteen coveted Eisner Awards. His Jack of Fables, created with Matthew Sturges, was chosen by Time magazine as number five in their Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2007. His first Fables prose novel, Peter and Max, was released in 2009, the same year that his comic book Fables: War and Pieces was nominated for the first Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story. One of the most popular comics writers of our time, he currently lives in the woods in Minnesota.

JOE ABERCROMBIE attended Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University, where he studied psychology. He moved into television production before taking up a career as a freelance film editor. His first novel, The Blade Itself, was published in 2004, and was followed by two further books in the First Law trilogy, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings. His most recent book is a stand-alone novel set in the same world, Best Served Cold, and he is currently at work on another, The Heroes. Joe now lives in Bath with his wife, Lou, and his daughters, Grace and Eve. He still occasionally edits concerts and music festivals for TV, but spends most of his time writing edgy yet humorous fantasy novels.

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Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery

A truly breathtaking new anthology edited by Jonathan Strahan and Lou Anders, Swords & Dark Magic offers stunning new tales of sword and sorcery action, romance, and dark adventure written by some of the most respected, bestselling fantasy writers working today—from Joe Abercrombie to Gene Wolfe. An all-new Elric novella from the legendary Michael Moorcock and a new visit to Majipoor courtesy of the inimitable Robert Silverberg are just two of the treasures offered in Swords & Dark Magic—a fantasy lover’s dream.

Seventeen original tales of sword and sorcery penned by masters old and new

Elric…the Black Company…Majipoor. For years, these have been some of the names that have captured the hearts of generations of readers and embodied the sword and sorcery genre. And now some of the most beloved and bestselling fantasy writers working today deliver stunning all-new sword and sorcery stories in an anthology of small stakes but high action, grim humor mixed with gritty violence, fierce monsters and fabulous treasures, and, of course, swordplay. Don’t miss the adventure of the decade!


Swords & Dark Magic is the most important new fantasy anthology to be published this decade. Featuring new stories from the bestselling and brightest writers working in the genre, including: New York Times bestselling authors Scott Lynch and Garth Nix; genre greats Michael Moorcock (with an all-new Elric novella), Michael Shea (with a fully authorized new Cugel the Clever adventure), Robert Silverberg (with an all-new Majipoor tale), Glen Cook (with an all-new Black Company story), Gene Wolfe, and C. J. Cherryh; and hot new writers who’ve been re-inventing swords and sorcery like Steven Erikson, Joe Abercrombie, Tim Lebbon, and many more.


Cover illustration © by Benjamin Carré

STEVEN ERIKSON is the pseudonym of Canadian novelist Steve Rune Lundin, best known for his ongoing fantasy series Malazan Book of the Fallen, beginning in 1999 with Gardens of the Moon. Trained as an archaeologist and anthropologist, Erikson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is a World Fantasy Award-nominated author. SF Site has called the series “the most significant work of epic fantasy since Donaldson’s Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.” Known for his portrayal of multidimensional characters, he said in an interview conducted by suite101.com, “It’s often commented that my stuff is all shades of gray rather than black and white, but that’s not the same as saying every character is similarly gray—the effect is an overall one rather than a specific one. Most of the characters I come up with have pretty fixed notions of right and wrong, they have a moral center, in other words, whether consciously recognized or not. But in coming at something from more than one side, the reader is left free to choose which one they’ll favor.” Erikson now lives in Cornwall, England.

GLEN COOK grew up in northern California and served in the U.S. Navy with the Third Marine Recon Battalion, an experience that fundamentally affected his later work. Cook then attended the University of Missouri and the Clarion Writers’ Workshop. His first novel, The Heirs of Babylon, appeared in 1972 and was followed by a broad range of fantasy and science fiction novels, including the humorous fantasy Garrett PI series and others. His most important work, though, is the gritty Black Company fantasy series, which follows a mercenary unit over several decades and which brought a whole new perspective to fantasy. Cook is currently retired and lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where he writes full-time.

GENE WOLFE worked as an engineer, before becoming editor of trade journal Plant Engineering. He came to prominence as a writer in the late 1960s with a sequence of short stories in Damon Knight’s Orbit anthologies. His early major novels were The Fifth Head of Cerberus and Peace, but he established his reputation with a sequence of three long, multivolume novels—The Book of the New Sun, The Book of the Long Sun, and The Book of the Short Sun. His short fiction has been collected in The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories, Endangered Species, Strange Travelers, and, most recently, The Best of Gene Wolfe. He is the recipient of the Nebula, World Fantasy, Locus, John W. Campbell Memorial, British Fantasy, British SF, and World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Awards. Wolfe’s most recent book is the novel An Evil Guest. Upcoming is his new novel The Sorcerer’s House.

JAMES ENGE has been developing his stories of Morlock Ambrosius for years, but had to wait for the pendulum to swing back in favor of sword and sorcery before he made a splash. Appearing only recently in the pages of Black Gate, Flashing Swords, and everyday fiction.com, his tales of a wandering wizard and swordsman built up a loyal following in a very short time, before leaping into novel form with the books Blood of Ambrose, This Crooked Way, and The Wolf Age. Strange Horizon writes of him: “There’s a kind of literately sensuous pleasure in Enge’s writing…the pleasure of an intelligent, skillful writer amusing himself and us.” Little surprise then that Enge is an instructor of classical languages at a Midwestern university. Speaking to Fantasy Book Critic, he said, “The modern realistic novel, increasingly in the twentieth century, concerned itself with character above all else: what the character felt and perceived. I’m not knocking this: realistic fiction has some triumphant achievements in this line…But I think it’s an approach that is susceptible to diminishing returns. Genre fiction, like medieval and classical traditions of storytelling, tends to concentrate much more on what people do and the context in which they do it. I love this concentration on conduct, on action (but not necessarily in the car-chases-and-gunfights sense) and on the world…I find it in the older narrative traditions; I find it in genre fiction; and I think it’s the reason that twenty-first-century literary fiction is looking to refresh itself at the wells of genre.”

C. J. CHERRYH began writing stories at the age of ten, when she became frustrated with the cancellation of her favorite TV show, Flash Gordon. She has a Master of Arts degree in classics from Johns Hopkins University, where she was a Woodrow Wilson fellow, and taught Latin, Ancient Greek, the classics, and ancient history in Oklahoma. Cherryh wrote novels in her spare time when not teaching, and in 1975 sold her first novels Gate of Ivrel and Brothers of Earth to Donald A. Wollheim at DAW Books. The books won her immediate recognition and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1977. In 1979, her short story “Cassandra” won the Best Short Story Hugo, and she quit teaching to write full-time. She has since won the Hugo Award for Best Novel twice, first for Down-below Station in 1982 and then again for Cyteen in 1989. In addition to developing her own fictional universes, Cherryh has contributed to several shared world anthologies, including Thieves’ World, Heroes in Hell, and the Merovingen Nights series, which she edited. Her most recent novels are major new Alliance novel, Regenesis, and new Foreigner novel, Conspirator. She lives near Spokane, Washington, and enjoys skating and traveling. She regularly makes appearances at science fiction conventions.

Raised in rural Vermont, K. J. PARKER is part of the new generation of fantasy writers who, over the past ten years, has been publishing work that has been redefining sword and sorcery. Parker’s first novel, Colors in the Steel, appeared in 1998 and was followed by two further volumes in the Fencer trilogy, the Scavenger trilogy, and the critically acclaimed Engineer trilogy. Parker’s most recent books are novels The Company and The Folding Knife, and novella “Purple and Black.” Having worked in law, journalism, and numismatics, Parker is married to a solicitor, lives in southern England, and, when not writing, likes to make things out of wood and metal.

GARTH NIX grew up in Canberra, Australia. When he turned nineteen, he left to drive around the United Kingdom in a beat-up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter. Despite a wheel literally falling off the car, he survived to return to Australia and study at the University of Canberra. He has since worked in a bookshop, as a book publicist, a publisher’s sales representative, an editor, a literary agent, and as a public relations and marketing consultant. His first story was published in 1984 and was followed by novels The Ragwitch, Sabriel, Shade’s Children, Lirael, Abhorsen, the six-book YA fantasy series the Seventh Tower, and, most recently, the seven-book the Keys to the Kingdom series. He lives in Sydney with his wife and their two children.

MICHAEL MOORCOCK was born in London, England. At the age of sixteen, he became editor of Tarzan Adventures, and later, Sexton Black Library. But it was his editorship of New Worlds magazine, from May 1964 to March 1971, during which he fostered the “New Wave,” perhaps the most important movement in the history of science fiction. Moorcock is best known, however, for his creation of the Multiverse and his influence on sword and sorcery (a subgenre he helped name, together with Fritz Leiber). His character, Elric of Melniboné, is one of the most influential fantasy antiheroes the genre has ever produced. Not only have the novels been in continuous print since the 1970s, but Elric has crossed over into comics, role-playing games, and rock and roll. Moorcock’s influence on sword and sorcery fiction is colossal and no anthology of same could hope to be complete without him. He and his wife, Linda, currently divide their time between Texas, France, and California.

TIM LEBBON was born in London and lived in Devon until the age of eight. His first short story was published in 1994 in the indie magazine Psychotrope, and his first novel, Mesmer, appeared three years later, in 1997. Since then he has published over thirty books, including 2009’s The Island and The Map of Moments (with Christopher Golden). His dark fantasy novel, Dusk, which came out in 2007, won the August Derleth Award from the British Fantasy Society, and his novelization of the film 30 Days of Night was a New York Times bestseller. His new novel, Echo City Falls, is due out in 2010. A full-time writer since 2006, he now lives in Goytre, Monmouthshire, with his wife and two children.

ROBERT SILVERBERG, born in New York City, is a science fiction Grand Master, and a multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author. He published his first novel, the children’s book Revolt on Alpha C, in 1955. Silverberg won his first Hugo Award for Best New Writer the following year, 1956, the same year he completed an AB in English Literature from Columbia University. A prolific author, he contributed to the genre such classics as Dying Inside, Nightwings, and Downward to the Earth. In 1980 he published Lord Valentine’s Castle, the first book in his landmark sci-fantasy Majipoor series. He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, author and editor Karen Haber.

GREG KEYES, who also writes under the names Gregory Keyes and J. Gregory Keyes, was born in Meridian, Mississippi, to a large, diverse, storytelling family. He received degrees in anthropology from Mississippi State and the University of Georgia before becoming a full-time writer. He is the author of The Waterborn, The Black-god, the Age of Unreason tetralogy, and the Star Wars: New Jedi Order novels Edge of Victory I: Conquest, Edge of Victory II: Rebirth, and The Final Prophecy. In 2003, he began his fantasy quartet called the Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, which began with The Briar King and continued with The Charnel Prince, The Blood Knight, and The Born Queen. He lives with his family in Savannah, Georgia, where he is also the head coach of the Savannah College of Art and Design’s fencing club.

MICHAEL SHEA was born to Irish parents in Los Angeles, California, where he frequented Venice Beach and the Baldwin Hills for their wildlife. After attending UCLA on the advance-placement program while still in the tenth grade, he made his way to UC Berkeley for the wildlife there during the Time of Troubles. He hitchhiked across America and Canada twice, and at a hotel in Juneau, Alaska, chanced on a battered book from the lobby shelves: The Eyes of the Overworld, by Jack Vance. It led to his first Vancean novel, A Quest for Simbilis, which was published in 1974. Shea followed that with several novellas, some horrific, some comic, in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, including the Nebula Finalist, “The Autopsy.” He published Nifft the Lean in 1982. A classic of the genre, it won the World Fantasy Award and was followed by The Mines of Behemoth and The A’rak. Other work includes novels The Color Out of Time; In Yana, the Touch of Undying; and collections Polyphemus and The Autopsy and Other Stories.

SCOTT LYNCH was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He worked a variety of jobs, including as a dishwasher, waiter, Web designer, freelance writer, and office manager, before publishing his first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, in 2006. Part of the Gentleman Bastard Sequence, concerned with the life of thief and con man Locke Lamora, and set in the world of the shattered Therin Throne Empire, the series is projected to run to seven books. In addition to being a 2007 John W. Campbell Award, William L. Crawford Award, and Locus Award finalist, Scott is a volunteer firefighter, certified in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. He lives with his wife, Jenny, in the city of New Richmond, Wisconsin.

TANITH LEE became a freelance writer in 1975, and has been one ever since. Her first published books were children’s fantasies The Dragon Hoard and Animal Castle. Her first adult fantasy novel, The Birthgrave, was the start of a long association with DAW, which published more than twenty of her works of fantasy, SF, and horror in the 1970s and 1980s. She received the British Fantasy Society’s August Derleth Award in 1980 for Death’s Master, World Fantasy Awards for Best Short Story in 1983 (for “The Gorgon”) and 1984 (for “Elle est Trois (La Mort)”). Enormously prolific, Lee has recently published a trilogy of pirate novels for young adults (Piratica and sequels), a science fiction novel for adults (Mortal Suns), an adult fantasy trilogy (Lionwolf), a young adult fantasy trilogy (Claidi and sequels), and the first of two retrospective short story collections (Tempting the Gods). Upcoming are new books in the Flat Earth series. In 2009 she was made a Grand Master of Horror. Tanith Lee lives with her husband, the writer and artist John Kaiine, on the southeast coast of England.

CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN was born in Skerries, Dublin, Ireland, but grew up in Leeds, Alabama. As a teenager, she worked as a volunteer in Birmingham, Alabama’s, Red Mountain Museum, and later studied geology and vertebrate paleontology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has coauthored several scientific publications, beginning in 1988, the latest published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology in 2002. Her first novel, Silk, was published in 1998, and she has written eight novels to date, the most recent being The Red Tree. A multiple International Horror Guild Award-winning author, she has also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Award. Kiernan has also written for DC Comics. She lives with her partner in Providence, Rhode Island.

BILL WILLINGHAM was born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He got his start as staff artist for TSR, Inc., providing illustrations for a number of its role-playing games, among them Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and Gamma World. In the 1980s, he gained attention for his comic book series Elementals (published by Comico), and contributed as an illustrator to such titles as DC’s Green Lantern. Willingham created the popular DC Vertigo comic book Fables in 2002, about characters from folklore residing in contemporary Manhattan. To date, Fables is the recipient of fourteen coveted Eisner Awards. His Jack of Fables, created with Matthew Sturges, was chosen by Time magazine as number five in their Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2007. His first Fables prose novel, Peter and Max, was released in 2009, the same year that his comic book Fables: War and Pieces was nominated for the first Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story. One of the most popular comics writers of our time, he currently lives in the woods in Minnesota.

JOE ABERCROMBIE attended Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University, where he studied psychology. He moved into television production before taking up a career as a freelance film editor. His first novel, The Blade Itself, was published in 2004, and was followed by two further books in the First Law trilogy, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings. His most recent book is a stand-alone novel set in the same world, Best Served Cold, and he is currently at work on another, The Heroes. Joe now lives in Bath with his wife, Lou, and his daughters, Grace and Eve. He still occasionally edits concerts and music festivals for TV, but spends most of his time writing edgy yet humorous fantasy novels.

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The Best of Gene Wolfe

Thirty-one stories by the most distinguished creator of literary sf makes for a pretty indispensable volume. Of course, “The Fifth Head of Cerberus” and “The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories”—recognized as classics for many years now—are here. So are such objects of amused contemplation (on account of their titles) well before they are read (and as amusedly enjoyed) as “The Hero as Werewolf,” “The Marvelous Brass Chessplaying Automaton” (steampunk with more than one difference), “Seven American Nights” (an account of archaeology of the future), and “Has Anybody Seen Junie Moon?” written in homage to the witty Catholic sf (and historical) novelist R. A. Lafferty (1914–2002). Each of those and the rest of these stories characteristically begin at a point from which Wolfe diverges in a number of different directions—with just how many depending, surprisingly enough, on the particular reader.

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The Book of the New Sun

“The Book of the New Sun”, by Gene Wolfe.

Omnibus edition.

Being a dramatization (as he claimed) of certain parts of the lost Book of the New Sun

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The Claw of the Conciliator

Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun is an extraordinary epic, set a million years in the future, on an Earth transformed in mysterious and wonderful ways. Severian is a torturer, exiled from his guild after falling in love with one of his victims, and now journeying to the distant city of Thrax, armed with his ancient executioner’s sword, Terminus Est.


Won Nebula Award for Best novel in 1981.

Won Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel in 1982.

Nominated for Hugo and World Fantasy Awards in 1982.

Серия: Book of the New Sun
 
The Fifth Head of Cerberus

Far from Earth two sister planets, Sainte Anne and Sainte Croix, circle each other. It is said that a race of shapeshifting aliens once lived here, only to become extinct when human colonists arrived. But one man believes they still exist, somewhere out in the wilderness. In The Fifth Head of Cerberus, Gene Wolfe brilliantly interweaves three tales: a scientist’s son gradual discovery of the bizarre secret of his heritage; a young man’s mythic dreamquest for his darker half; the mystifying chronicle of an anthropologist’s seemingly-arbitrary imprisonment. Gradually, a mesmerising pattern emerges.

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The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror. Vol 15

 
The Shadow of the Torturer

Recently voted the greatest fantasy of all time after The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun is an extraordinary epic, set a million years in the future, on an Earth transformed in mysterious and wonderful ways. Severian is a torturer, exiled from his guild after falling in love with one of his victims, and now journeying to the distant city of Thrax, armed with his ancient executioner’s sword, Terminus Est.


Won BSFA Award and World Fantasy Award in 1981.

Nominated for Nebula and John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1981.

Серия: Book of the New Sun
 
The Sword of the Lictor

Banished for the sin of mercy, Severian, one of the ancient guild of Torturers, flees from exile. In a mountain wilderness he meets the Alzabo, in whom those eaten seem to live on, adopts as son only to lose him in battle, discharges an old debt to vengeance, encounters fanged aliens who hide behind masks of beauty, and helps the people of the floating islands in their unending battle for freedom.


Won British Fantasy Award in 1983.

Won Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel in 1983.

Nominated for BSFA Award in 1982.

Nominated for Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1982.

Nominated for Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1983.

Nominated for World Fantasy Award in 1983.

Серия: Book of the New Sun
 
The Urth of the New Sun

The final volume of Book of the New Sun series.

Severian, formerly a member of the Torturers’ Guild and now Autarch of Urth, travels beyond the boundaries of time and space aboard the Ship of Tzadkiel on a mission to bring the New Sun to his dying planet. Wolfe demonstrates his mastery of both style and content in this complex, multilayered story of one man’s eternal quest.


Nominated for Nebula, Hugo, and Locus awards in 1988.

Серия: Book of the New Sun
 
Urth Nowego Słońca

Naprawdę mam na imię Severian. Przyjaciele, których nigdy nie miałem zbyt wielu, nazwali mnie Severianem Kulawym. Żołnierze, których niegdyś miałem mnóstwo, choć nie aż tak wielu, jakbym chciał, nazywali mnie Severianem Wielkim. Nieprzyjaciele, którzy mnożyli się jak muchy na bitewnych polach zasłanych trupami, nazywali mnie Severianem Oprawcą. Byłem ostatnim Autarchą Wspólnoty, a tym samym jedynym prawowitym władcą planety znanej podówczas jako Urth.

 

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