'How could the Outsider have chosen such a bungler? ...When had he ever offered a single sacrifice, however small, to the Outsider? Never! Not one in his entire life. Yet the Outsider had extended infinite credit to him... Certainly he would never be able to repay the Outsider for the knowledge and the honor, no matter how hard or how long he tried.'(Gene Wolfe, Nightside The Long Sun)
Just in case you stop by this blog this week and haven't heard of it elsewhere, this was sent to the 'urth list' (a Gene Wolfe discussion site) a wee while ago:
Rebecca Bushong-Taylor has sent you a link to a blog:
Hi - Joe and I thought it would be cool to collect birthday greetings for Gene for his 80th this Saturday, so I opened a special blog page for this. If you would be good enough to make sure folks on the urth list get this, I know it will make the day a special one for Gene. Thanks very much.
Your body of work has honestly been life-changing for me as a person, thinker, and artist. You share that very special place in my life with just a few other authors (Chesterton, Lewis, and Lafferty) - a place of influence and blessing beyond the literary or aesthetic and into the moral and spiritual. Thank you. 80 years well-lived, sir! Congratulations and Happy Birthday.