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Wolfe Man

Today’s Between the Covers podcast is with Gene Wolfe, the legendary science-fiction writer. Here’s what The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction says about him:

Though neither the most popular nor the most influential author in the sf field, [Wolfe] is today quite possibly the most important.

How’s that for an endorsement?

In our interview, we discuss his new anthology of short stories, the book that he thinks will be his legacy, and the influence of G.K. Chesterton on his work. At the end, he says this:

I am a conservative. I certainly read William F. Buckley, Jr. with delight…I think he mellowed a little too much at the end…He wasn’t as sharp-edged as he really should have been. Perhaps the same thing will happen to me.

Listen in — and subscribe to the whole BTC series on iTunes!

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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