by Gene Wolfe
Cover art by David Gentry
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PS Publishing, 2011; 278 pp.; limited to 300 signed numbered hardcovers
Gene Wolfe takes us to a future North America at once familiar and utterly strange. A young man and woman, Skip and Chelle, fall in love in college and marry, but she is enlisted in the military, there is a war on, and she must serve her tour of duty before they can settle down. But the military is fighting a war with aliens in distant solar systems, and her months in the service will be years in relative time on Earth. Chelle returns to recuperate from severe injuries, after months of service, still a young woman but not necessarily the same person—while Skip is in his forties and a wealthy businessman, but eager for her return.
Still in love (somewhat to his surprise and delight), they go on a Caribbean cruise to resume their marriage. Their vacation rapidly becomes a complex series of challenges, not the least of which are spies, aliens, and battles with pirates who capture the ship for ransom. There is no writer in SF like Gene Wolfe and no SF novel like Home Fires.
Gene Wolfe was born in 1931, and served as a G.I. in the Korean War. After many years working as an engineer--both a practising one and an engineering journalist--he turned in 1984 to full-time fiction writing, having already laid the basis for an acclaimed creative career with his early masterpieces, The Fifth Head of Cerberus (1972), Peace (1975), and The Book of the New Sun (1980-83).
Subsequent works, always extremely ambitious and highly praised, have included The Urth of the New Sun (1987), There Are Doors (1988), The Book of the Long Sun (1993-96), The Book of the Short Sun (1999-2001), The Wizard Knight (two volumes, 2004), three linked novels set in Ancient Greece and Egypt: Soldier of the Mist (1986), Soldier of Arete (1989), and Soldier of Sidon (2006), and last year's The Sorcerer's House (still available from PS). Wolfe's major story collections are The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories (1980), Endangered Species (1987), Storeys from The Old Hotel (1988), Castle of Days (1991), Strange Travellers (2000), Innocents Aboard (2004), Starwater Strains (2005), and The Very Best of Gene Wolfe (2009, also available from PS).Gene Wolfe has lived in Barrington, Illinois, for many years, with his wife Rosemary and a dog called Bobby.