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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.

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"Against a backdrop of science fictional elements such as time dilation through space travel, cyborgs, and brain downloads, Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductee Wolfe (The Sorcerer's House) builds a romance and a mystery. Successful lawyer Skip Grison wants to find a wonderful gift for his contracted paramour, Chelle Blue, now 20 years his junior after an interstellar military tour. After reuniting Chelle with her estranged mother, Vanessa, whose consciousness has been downloaded into a new body, Skip takes Chelle on a round-the-world cruise that turns into an almost screwball comedy of hijackings and chaos as shadowy people may be trying to get to Skip, Chelle, Vanessa, or someone else entirely. Red herrings and unknown, mistaken, or confused identities saturate the novel, making this well suited for readers, especially mystery readers, who don't often read science fiction. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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Returning home from her tour of duty in the military, a young woman finds that years have passed on Earth, and her husband is in his forties. Still in love, they go on a cruise to resume their marriage, but their vacation rapidly becomes a complex series of challenges.

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A new SF novel from the celebrated author of the Book of the New Sun

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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.

About the Author

Gene Wolfe is winner of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and many other awards. In 2007, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. He lives in Barrington, Illinois.

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Eric Bourland, January 10, 2012 (view all comments by Eric Bourland)
It's not useful to classify this book as a mystery, an espionage thriller, a sci-fi fantasy, or a law thriller, although you could do so because the story has elements of each. Wolfe's subtle, complex book is bigger than genre because it is driven by compelling characters and science-based wonderment. (How would interstellar war actually work? What would be the effect on human relationships of time-dilating faster-than-light travel? What is the plausible condition of post-fossil-fuel humanity?) The writing is Wolfe's usual liquid, lonely, gorgeous prose. As I mentioned the story is subtle and complex, and Wolfe is not gratuitous. He trusts his reader and can be rigorous. Yet he leaves no loose ends and he rewards you generously. Give it a second read to catch the many hints you missed and many answers you craved after the first. Give it a second read because it is purely pleasureable. The proud, desolate ending is one of the most poignant moments I ever read because in spite of all of the fantastic elements, this is a very convincing love story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765328182
Author:
Wolfe, Gene
Publisher:
Tor Books
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20110118
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Against a backdrop of science fictional elements such as time dilation through space travel, cyborgs, and brain downloads, Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductee Wolfe (The Sorcerer's House) builds a romance and a mystery. Successful lawyer Skip Grison wants to find a wonderful gift for his contracted paramour, Chelle Blue, now 20 years his junior after an interstellar military tour. After reuniting Chelle with her estranged mother, Vanessa, whose consciousness has been downloaded into a new body, Skip takes Chelle on a round-the-world cruise that turns into an almost screwball comedy of hijackings and chaos as shadowy people may be trying to get to Skip, Chelle, Vanessa, or someone else entirely. Red herrings and unknown, mistaken, or confused identities saturate the novel, making this well suited for readers, especially mystery readers, who don't often read science fiction. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , Returning home from her tour of duty in the military, a young woman finds that years have passed on Earth, and her husband is in his forties. Still in love, they go on a cruise to resume their marriage, but their vacation rapidly becomes a complex series of challenges.
"Synopsis" by ,

A new SF novel from the celebrated author of the Book of the New Sun

"Synopsis" by ,
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.

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