By Gene Wolfe
(Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765328182, 304pp.)
Publication Date: January 18, 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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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.
<b>Gene Wolfe</b> is one of the most admired and respected living writers of SF and fantasy. He is the author of <i>The Fifth Head of Cerberus</i>, the bestselling The Book of the New Sun tetralogy, as well as among many others including <i>Soldier of the Mist</i>, <i>The Sorcerer’s House</i>, <i>Home Fires</i>, <i>The Knight</i>, <i>The Wizard</i>, <i>Peace</i>, and <i>The Book of the Long Sun</i>. He is also a prolific writer of distinguished short fiction,  which is collected in many volumes over the last four decades, most recently in The Best of Gene Wolfe. He received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award, and multiple Nebula and Locus awards, among other honors. In 2007, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In 2012, he was awarded the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Award. He lives in Barrington, Illinois.