'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)
Friday, December 20, 2013
Lucian Yeardance and Patera Silk
I've started doing general science fiction reviews over at my blog They Have Pulled Down Deep Heaven On Their Heads. In the most recent on Michael Bishop's Stolen Faces (1977) I mention some connections to Wolfe, especially how the protagonist of Bishop's novel, Lucian Yeardance, serves as something of a dark mirror to Patera Silk in Wolfe's The Book of the Long Sun, the former's 'ministry' to outcasts failing horrifically where the latter's leads to some degree of liberation (both spiritual and political) for his parishioners and his society in general. It might be of interest to readers here.