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By Gene Wolfe

The Washington Post has referred to as Gene Wolfe "the best author the technological know-how fiction global has but produced." This quantity joins jointly of his rarest and so much wanted works--Gene Wolfe's Book of Days and The fort of the Otter--and upload thirty-nine brief essays gathered the following for the 1st time, to style a wealthy and engrossing structure of wonder.

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