Professor Gary Wolfe keeps himself busy. Besides publishing the collection, Bearings, last spring, and being nominated for a Nonfiction Award for his recent podcasting, Wolfe has recently published two new books.
Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature, published by Wesleyan, discusses the differences and similarities between science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and how the boundaries between these genres merge and eventually “evaporate” as they create new forms. Peter Straub, author of A Dark Matter, says this: “Profoundly knowledgeable about science fiction and fantasy fiction, the award-winning critic Gary K. Wolfe possesses both the wisdom and generosity of spirit necessary to consider these genres within the context of the wider literary culture; by doing so he miraculously illuminates them from within.”
Up the Bright River, published by Subterranean Press and edited by Wolfe, is the first posthumous collection of Philip José Farmer’s short stories. Farmer’s last three “Riverworld” stories appear for the first time. Publishers Weekly states the collection “will appeal to both new readers and established fans, especially as many of the inclusions have not been widely reprinted.”