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The Fifth Head of Cerberus : SF Masterworks - Gene Wolfe

The Fifth Head of Cerberus

SF Masterworks

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Published: 29th March 2010
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Far from Earth two sister planets, Sainte Anne and Sainte Croix, circle each other. It is said that a race of shape shifting aliens once lived here, only to become extinct when human colonists arrived.

But one man believes they still exist, somewhere out in the wilderness.

In The Fifth Head Of Cerberus, Gene Wolfe brilliantly interweaves three tales : a scientist's son's gradual discovery of the bizarre secret of his heritage; a young man's mythic dream quest for his darker half; the mystifying chronicle of an anthropologist's seemingly-arbitrary imprisonment. Gradually, a mesmerising pattern emerges.

About the Author

Gene Wolfe was born in New York and raised in Texas. He trained as a mechanical engineer, but began to publish short stories in the 1960s. He won a World Fantasy Award for The Shadow Of The Torturer and a Nebula for The Claw Of The Conciliator. He is a World Fantasy Life Achievement winner.



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long, incomprehensible,finishes no where


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      'A subtle, ingenious, poetic, and picturesque book...Wolfe is so good he leaves me speechless.' [Ursula Le Guin.]'A truly extraordinary work. One of the most cunningly wrought narratives in the whole of modern SF, a masterpiece of misdirection, subtle clues and apparently casual revelations.' [Science Fiction: 100 Best Novels.]

      ISBN: 9780575094222
      ISBN-10: 0575094222
      Series: S.F. Masterworks
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 222
      Published: 29th March 2010
      Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.7
      Weight (kg): 0.23
      Edition Number: 1