On Blue's Waters: Volume One of 'The Book of the Short Sun'

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Fiction - 384 pages
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On Blue's Waters is the start of a major new work by Gene Wolfe, the first of three volumes that comprise The Book of the Short Sun, which takes place in the years after Wolfe's four-volume Book of the Long Sun.

Horn, the narrator of the earlier work, now tells his own story. Though life is hard on the newly settled planet of Blue, Horn and his family have made a decent life for themselves. But Horn is the only one who can locate the great leader Silk, and convince him to return to Blue and lead them all to prosperity. So Horn sets sail in a small boat, on a long and difficult quest across the planet Blue in search of the now legendary Patera Silk. The story continues in In Green's Jungles and Return to the Whorl.

"By any standard, Wolfe's beautifully composed, meditative, thrilling, and tricky-beyond-belief 'science fantasy' is a work of the highest art."--The Washington Post Book World

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User Review  - AltheaAnn - LibraryThing

I've all of the volumes of Wolfe's "Book of the New Sun," but none of the "Book of the Long Sun," which I believe is really intended to be read before this book (and its sequels). I did intend on ... Read full review

ON BLUE'S WATERS: Vol. I of The Book of the Short Sun

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

First of a new trilogy and sequel to Wolfe's heavyweight Book of the Long Sun tetralogy (culminating in Exodus from the Long Sun, 1996). Narrator Horn, who previously related the story of a ... Read full review

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Contents

I
17
II
49
III
69
IV
95
V
123
VI
147
VII
171
VIII
191
X
225
XI
255
XII
283
XIII
313
XIV
343
XV
363
XVI
371
Copyright

IX
195

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Gene Wolfe is perhaps the most repected literary writer of SF in the world today. He lives in Barrington, Illinois.

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