Gene Wolfe's Book of Days

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Gene Wolfe's Book of Days
First edition
AuthorGene Wolfe
Cover artistLawrence Ratzkin
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction and fantasy
PublisherDoubleday Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages182 pp

Gene Wolfe's Book of Days is a short story collection by American science fiction author Gene Wolfe published in 1981 by Doubleday.

The stories within the collection are each paired with a holiday within the calendar year that is thematically linked to the content of the story. Thus, a story about the resurgence of slavery ("How the Whip Came Back") is dedicated to Lincoln's Birthday.

The material here was combined with The Castle of the Otter to make the volume Castle of Days.

The stories (and their respective holidays)[edit]


Dave Langford reviewed Gene Wolfe's Book of Days for White Dwarf #72, and stated that "Unclassifiable . . . some straight-forward, some worrying, some enigmatic and elusive, but all beautifully written."[1]



  1. ^ Langford, Dave (December 1985). "Critical Mass". White Dwarf. No. 72. Games Workshop. p. 8.
  2. ^ "Title: Gene Wolfe's Book of Days".