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I just found this new collection of short stories by Gene Wolfe, who brought us the Long Sun/Short Sun series.
Wolfe is a creator of a strange, literary style of Science Fiction, and has been distinctive to me since he first published THE DEATH OF DOCTOR ISLAND AND OTHER STORIES. I enjoy a Wolfe story like I enjoy a very strongly flavored wine or cheese... slow, and appreciative. Gene Wolfe is not for fast beach readers.
Ursula Le Guin calls him the "Melville of our generation" which I think is stretching it a tad, but he deserves acclaim for the way he visualizes new worlds (at the very least).
Innocents Aboard gathers fantasy and horror stories from the last decade that have never before been in a Wolfe collection.
Highlights from the collection:
To agree with one over-enthusiastic Amazon.com reviewer, there truly isn't a clinker in the bunch. Relax, enjoy, and take your time with this one. It's always worth it.