What if the only shelter after the planet Earth is exhausted was found after a journey that takes more than one lifetime to traverse?
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“Tell us a story,” the young said, and so the old one downloaded this tale of his youth. But for you to understand it as they did, I must cast it in our own terms. Think of them gathered around a fire, although they were not gathered about a fire. Think of the old one as an old man, although he was not, and the young as so many children, although they were not. He stretches out his legs, puffs the charred old briar he has not got thoughtfully, and begins. (“Graylord Man’s Last Words,” from Starwater Strains, by Gene Wolfe)
Gene Rodman Wolfe (May 7, 1931 – April 14, 2019) was Sci-Fi’s Difficult Genius, an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He was noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith. He was a prolific short story writer and novelist, and won many literary awards. Wolfe has been called “the Melville of science fiction”, and was honored as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
I blundered onto news of his existence mere months ago and my life has not been the same since. I think it was a panel discussion on YouTube that put me onto this trail. It appears that the Pringle’s logo has a haunting resemblance to his visage.
He was a senior editor on the staff of the journal Plant Engineering for many years before retiring to write full-time, but his most famous professional engineering achievement is a contribution to the machine used to make Pringles potato chips.
Critic and science fiction writer Harlan Ellison, reviewing The Shadow of the Torturer, wrote: “Gene Wolfe is engaged in the holy chore of writing every other author under the table. He is no less than one of the finest, most original writers in the world today. His work is singular, hypnotizing, startlingly above comparison. The Shadow of the Torturer breaks new ground in American literature and, as the first novel of a tetralogy, casts a fierce light on what will certainly be a lodestone landmark, his most stunning work to date. It is often said, but never more surely than this time: This book is not to be missed at peril of one’s intellectual enrichment.”
Wolfe frequently plays games with the reader, he plays them fairly. Wolfe has said that he doesn’t give the important information twice, because he feels his intelligence insulted when other writers do so. The information you need is always there — but it might not be where you expect it to be.
If the information you need isn’t there, you’re probably attacking the wrong question.
Look up the words you don’t understand. Some of them aren’t in most dictionaries. Eventually this wiki will have a guide to a lot of those words.
Is one such resource enough?
I started my journey with The Best of Gene Wolfe and was fastened to this trail, swearing I will pursue this odyssey to my death.
Anthologies give a lot of tastes, what sticks with me includes the stories “The Death of Doctor Island,” “The Island of Doctor Death,” “The Fifth Head of Cerberus,” “Petting Zoo”, “The Tree Is My Hat”, “Seven American Nights”, and “A Cabin on the Coast.”
Next, Interlibrary loan: In this future libraries allow patrons to borrow cloned authors, the action leads to a frozen island where a cave is filled with corpses. The missing man is employed as a supplier of cadavers for medical schools, hence his attraction to the grim cave.
Home fires: A reunion of an old man and his young bride who has returned from serving in a war on a distant planet, on the cruise ship she decides to quit the army, also they fight off pirates who have taken over the cruise ship.
Peace: An old man reflects on his life, he tells some whoppers. This is a ghost story but you wont know it until maybe the third time reading it, then it becomes terrifying.
An evil guest: She is a Broadway star who has two love interests, one hires her to spy on the other, she finds herself on a tropical island where the locals worship her, but she ends up in poverty back in the big city.
Storeys from the old hotel: anthology here. Yummy!
The land across: In distant Eastern Europe a tourist/travel writer has his passport confiscated on the train, he is arrested for not having a passport, this leads to prison and then to finding treasure and ghosts while evading gangsters and evil police forces. He joins the police and is honored for his service, then he returns home to write about it.
The Urth of the new sun: Why would I start this massive series concerning the unreliable protagonist Severian with the epilog volume? Because it came to me first. Severian returns to Urth to facilitate the planet’s rebirth after the destruction of the world. He sometimes rides on interstellar boat-like vessels, some of which are really big, and spends some time in the slam.
Borrowed man: Back to the library where patrons can check out clones of authors for consultation, our protagonist writes detective stories. There are several action paths.
The Devil in a forest: In a medieval forest a coming of age story involves a kid and a dangerous outlaw, also the soldiers who pillage the village.
Shadow & claw: the first half of the book of the new sun: My dream is to read and re-read this New Sun series of books for the rest of my days. I have been keeping an inventory of the words I look up: mystes, badelaire, dhole, Armiger, Caracara, saros, cacogenic, nenuphar, Ophicleide, Cuirass, Diatryma, oubliette, dimarchi, Thylacodon, Arctother, Gnomon, Barylambda, Glyptodon, Glaive
And now Starwater strains, another anthology. Winter approaches. A summary bibliography
Because Ello keeps insisting that I join, and I tend to use different browsers, I have a growing collection of Ello presences, just to keep those individual browsers free of the recruiting messages that Ello pushes. I usually just ignore Ello solicitations, but lately they have started to annoy me, so I made it work for me.
The most recent one is all visual art:
This next one is for more original text projects, not the experimental pirate stuff, these stories are the old-fashioned sit-down-and-write story items. From back when I was trying to find my inner author. Phinuit is a name I found in some spiritualist literature, the name of a spirit. I first used that name in one of my first werewolf stories, and it has appeared in other projects since then.
And then there were three, I just now added this one, a whimmer. Loose items that did not fit otherwhere.
The fourth: this was an experiment in defining content issues with Ello regarding content that includes advertisements or any promotions. Each and every one of these are direct reproductions of a press release, the purity of the promotional intention could not be more perfect.
Here are the four enduring projects of the Mental Health Association of Portland:
Law & Mental Health Conference
The 2021 Law & Mental Health Conference was July 19 & 20 – on the Impact of Alcohol on State and Local Governments
Public Housing Conference: COVID 19 and Homelessness
The Public Housing Conference was virtual and online during the month of December 2020, tightly focused on Homelessness and COVID with five municipal case studies – Phoenix, Las Vegas, Portland, Los Angeles. The Conference in 2020 included four municipal case studies on COVID 19 and Homelessness within the Ninth Circuit Court. Municipalities studied were Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Portland. Each city is within the Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling Martin v. Boise. The audience for the 2020 Oregon Housing Conference are national, knowledgeable, and keenly interested in what’s going right with COVID 19 – and what went wrong. We estimate the conference will be attended by 500 persons – clinicians and healthcare directors, housing developers and administrators, policy-makers, community leaders, law enforcement, and funders.
Mental Health Alliance
Organizations and individuals who represent the interests of people with mental illness and have long participated in efforts to reduce police use of force used against people with mental illness joined together as a friend of the court in US DOJ v. City of Portland. Organizational members of the Alliance include Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance, Disability Rights Oregon, the Mental Health Association of Portland, and the Oregon Justice Resource Center. Supporters of the Mental Health Alliance meet regularly to hear from invited guests, discuss the organization’s advocacy and legal agenda, and prepare testimony for city, county, state, and Federal venues.
Alternative Mobile Services Association
Supporting Street-Level Alternatives to Police and Hospitalization
The Alternative Mobile Services Association is an emerging group of professionals and peers with the purpose of researching, assessing, and identifying best practice models of mobile response services that support or are alternatives to traditional 911 emergency response, police services, and unnecessary hospitalization. Additionally, the association seeks to promote networking and cooperation among providers, jurisdictions and allied stakeholders interested in alternatives to conventional policing.
The Alternative Mobile Services Association supports street-level alternatives to police.
What are Alternative Mobile Services?
Mobile services encompass a variety of responses to the immediate needs and crisis situations in the community. Mobile services can include street outreach vans that provide supplies and support to the homeless, mental health agencies that provide in-person mobile response to clients in suicidal crisis (either immediately or within 24 hours), police programs that pair a clinician with a police officer to respond to mental health related calls, and hospital-based outreach programs which provide services in their community. A mobile service is simply any service that works with high-needs populations and meets them where they’re at, in their own space, to get them the help they need in a moment of need or distress.