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Endangered Species

(1989)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Publisher's Weekly
Wolfe, whose tetralogy The Book of the New Sun was the most acclaimed science fiction series of the 1980s, offers his second collection, a hefty volume of over 30 stories in a variety of genres--SF, fantasy, horror, mainstream. Many of them are variations on themes and situations found in folklore and fairy tales; Wolfe's deconstructions/reconstructions are provocative, multilayered, resonant. Occasionally, too, they seem intentionally enigmatic. Two of the stories, ''The Cat'' and ''The Map,'' are set in the universe of his New Sun novels. ''A Cabin on the Coast'' tells of a promising politician who loses his lover to the fey folk living in the sea. He strikes a bargain for her return, promising to undergo 20 years of servitude. When his lover finally returns, he has lost his youth, and with it, we assume, his future. ''In the House of the Gingerbread'' is a variation on ''Hansel and Gretel'' rewritten as a contemporary detective story; and ''The Detective of Dreams'' is an Arabian Nights tale as told by G. K. Chesterton--its spiritual subtext is made explicit in the end. A predominance of excellent stories makes this a rewarding book.

Library Journal
Genetic engineering brings mythology to life in ''The Woman Who Loved the Centaur Pholtus'' and ''The Woman the Unicorn Loved,'' while a college experiment in social systems goes dangerously awry in ''When I Was Ming the Merciless.'' Wolfe's second collection of short stories exemplifies the sometimes elusive, always challenging vision of an author whose love of language exceeds the boundaries of genre. For most libraries.-- JC

Genre: Science Fiction

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Hardback Editions

March 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: Endangered Species
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
ISBN: 0-312-93154-9 / 978-0-312-93154-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

September 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Endangered Species: Short Stories
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
ISBN: 0-7653-1033-3 / 978-0-7653-1033-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Orb Books
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March 1990 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Endangered Species
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
ISBN: 0-8125-0718-5 / 978-0-8125-0718-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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July 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Endangered Species
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
ISBN: 0-7088-8325-7 / 978-0-7088-8325-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Futura Orbit
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Kindle Editions

September 2004 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Endangered Species: Short Stories
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
Publisher: Orb Books
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