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Science-fiction author Gene Wolfe dies in Peoria at age 87

PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) — A giant of the science fiction world has passed away in Peoria at age 87.

Author Gene Wolfe died Sunday in Peoria after a long battle with heart disease, the science fiction website reports.

Wolfe was born in 1931 in New York. He became an engineer after the Korean War, later beginning to write science fiction stories in magazines and short novellas which gained attention in the writing world.

In his later years, Wolfe called Peoria home. Among his fans was “American Gods” author Neil Gaiman, who had plans to visit Wolfe in Peoria this week.

Tim Shelley

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