Fifth Head of Cerberus Three Novellas

ISBN-10: 0312890206

ISBN-13: 9780312890209

Edition: Revised 

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Description: Back in print for the first time in more than a decade, Gene Wolfe's The Fifth Head of Cerberus is a universally acknowledged masterpiece of science fiction by one of the field's most brilliant writers. Far out from Earth, two sister planets, Saint Anne and Saint Croix, circle each other in an eternal dance. It is said a race of shapeshifters once lived here, only to perish when men came. But one man believes they can still be found, somewhere in the back of the beyond. In The Fifth Head of Cerberus, Wolfe skillfully interweaves three bizarre tales to create a mesmerizing pattern: the harrowing account of the son of a mad genius who discovers his hideous heritage; a young man's mythic dreamquest for his darker half; the bizarre chronicle of a scientists' nightmarish imprisonment. Like an intricate, braided knot, the pattern at last unfolds to reveal astonishing truths about this strange and savage alien landscape.

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates, LLC
Publication date: 3/15/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Science fiction and fantasy author Gene Wolfe was born on May 7, 1931. He dropped out of Texas A&M University during his junior year and was drafted to fight in the Korean War. After the war, he received a degree from the University of Houston and became an industrial engineer. He edited the engineering review Plant Engineering for years before retiring to become a full-time writer. His best-known work is the multi-volume novel The Book of the New Sun. He has won the Campbell Memorial Award, the Locus Award four times, and the Nebula Award and the World Fantasty Award two times each. In 1996, he was given the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. He currently lives in Barrington, Illinois.

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