Gene Wolfe may be the single best writer in fantasy and SF today. His quotes and reviews certainly support that contention, and so does his impressive short fiction oeuvre. Innocents Aboard gathers fantasy and horror stories from the last decade that have never before been in a Wolfe collection. Highlights from the twenty-two stories include ""The Tree is my Hat,"" adventure and horror in the South Seas, ""The Night Chough,"" a Long Sun story, ""The Walking Sticks,"" a darkly humorous tale of a supernatural inheritance, and ""Houston, 1943,"" lurid adventures in a dream that has no end. This is fantastic fiction at its best.
""It is easy . . . to appreciate Wolfe's versatility in choice of subjects, the depth of the knowledge he brings to bear on developing them, and the magisterial excellence of his prose. Short fiction doesn't often get better than this in the English language.""-Booklist on Innocents Aboard
""Wolfe, who has been publishing excellent stories since the 1960s, is the Old Master . . . still very much in his prime. . . . The stories featured are marvelously crafted, balancing formal ingenuity with keen enlightenment, homily with horror, fear with fantastic rhapsody. They are Gene Wolfe at his most captivating and probing, entertainer and inquisitor at once.""-Locus on Innocents Aboard
""Veteran Wolfe doesn't just write stories. He tells wondrously imaginative tales that weave reality with dream and fit so comfortably, or with intentional discomfort, within the psyche that they surely must have dwelt there all along with the other great fables and folk tales, lore and legends that are part of our collective cultural unconscious. The 22 short works of horror and fantasy (and ""magic realism"" if one disdains genre labels) collected here are further proof that Wolfe ranks with the finest writers of this or any other day. [Starred Review]-Publisher's Weekly on Innocents Aboard