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From: "Joshua A. Solomon" <j.solomon@ucl.ac.uk>
Subject: (urth) recent Wolfe stuff
Date: Thu, 08 May 1997 11:12:05 +0100

[Posted from URTH, a mailing list about Gene Wolfe's New Sun and other works]

Recently visited my local sf shop, found a couple of Wolfe things.
"Counting Cats in Zanzibar" and "Try and Kill It" are two short stories
published in Asimov's last year. Another, published in F & SF, I haven't
succeeded in tracking down yet. Both of these stories allude to "God's
finger's." Anybody want to take a stab at what these are supposed to
represent? Does anybody know of any other stories involving 
supernatural digits? Does anybody know of any more recently published
Wolfe things? I think that URTH is an appropriate place to post
Wolfe-related news items. For example, the May issue of Interzone
contains an (extremely superficial) interview with the man. 


FWIW my initial guess re. God's fingers is that they create the
artifice responsible for turning ordinary fiction into speculative

PPS My previous post (several weeks ago, to WHORL) about
A Solar Labyrinth seems to have vanished without a trace, but
it's noteworthy that, according to said interview, GW claims that
it is one of his favorites. (The others were, Westwind, The Eyeflash
Miracles & THERE ARE DOORS.) I had said that I thought this story
was the archetypical GW story. 
IMO Wolfe writes specifically for the audience who will have the
perception and imagination to discover and become fascinated, if not
entrapped, in the literary mazes (puzzles, really) he builds.
Joshua A. Solomon
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