Gene Wolfe, a prominent figure in the field of science fiction who wrote, The Book of the New Sun died on Monday, April 14, 2019, at the age of 87.
Gene’s publisher Tor, announced the news on Monday, describing him as a beloved icon.
We are extremely sad to report the passing of author and science fiction and fantasy Grand Master Gene Wolfe. https://t.co/QI0FtnGcYS
— Tor.com (@tordotcom) April 15, 2019
He leaves behind an impressive body of work, but nonetheless, he will be dearly missed,
referring to The Book of the New Sun’s ranked at 3rd place in a Locus magazine poll of fantasy novels – where it was placed behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Born in New York on May 7, 1931, Gene Wolfe has a history of fighting in the Korean war before starting work as an engineer.
He contributed to developing the machine that prepares the Pringles crisps and also edited the professional journal Plant Engineering.
Gene once mentioned that his greatest influences in writing were GK Chesterton and Marks’ [Standard] Handbook for [Mechanical] Engineers.
SF novelist Cory Doctorow remembered Gene Wolf with the words,
I met him on a few occasions and shared a meal or two and found him to be the proverbial jolly old elf, full of wit and charm and mischief, the kind of person who looked and acted exactly as you’d expect he would, based on his marvellous body of work.
I’m so sad to hear that he’s gone. Although he lived a long and wonderful and varied life … and left behind a staggering and brilliant literary corpus, the world was a better place with him in it.
Wolfe died from cardiovascular disease on April 14, 2019, at the age of 87 at his Peoria home.