First Things: The Distant Suns of Gene Wolfe

Gene Wolfe is definitely an acquired taste, one that took me a couple of tries to acquire, but it’s worth it. In some ways, he’s like a darker version of C.S. Lewis or Stephen R. Lawhead; his books also have a lot of Christian metaphors and ideas, but they’re much more shadowy and uncertain. I recommend this essay if you’re at all interested in dark, speculative fiction, though it may whet your appetite to read his books. Yes, there is definitely a Christian subtext to his work, but much like the Chronicles of Narnia, it’s in no way essential to enjoying the books. This Jewish Taoist recommends them.

The Distant Suns of Gene Wolfe

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