Gene Wolfe

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(May 5, 1931 – April 14, 2019)

Gene Wolfe signing autographs at Chicon IV, 1982. Photo by Frank Olynyk.

Gene Rodman Wolfe, a Chicagoland fan and pro writer, was an active letterhack and contributor to fanzines, especially during the 1970s and '80s, as well as a regular congoer. He was a member of SFFNCS. Gene was GoH at Aussiecon Two, the 1985 World Science Fiction Convention, and at AutoClave 1, the first fanzine convention, in 1976, where he gave a memorable, comic speech.

As an author, he is probably most famous for The Book of the New Sun tetralogy, launched in 1980. His work is especially known for his use of archaic, obscure and made-up terms, such as fuligin.

He was born in New York and educated in Texas, but spent most of his life in Illinois. After getting out of the Army, he became an industrial engineer. His most famous engineering achievement is a contribution to the machine used to make Pringles potato chips. He edited the journal Plant Engineering before retiring to write full-time.

Wolfe was a religious Catholic. He was married to Rosemary Wolfe; they had four children.

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