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 tor.com 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.

“When we talk about fantasy and science fiction writers who were true virtuosos, Wolfe is one of the foremost among them, and I was honored to be at the 2013 Nebula Conference where he was made a SFWA Grand Master,” said Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America President Cat Rambo. “His Book of the New Sun is a revelation to me every time I go back to reread it and his clear, thoughtful, ever-incisive voice will be sorely missed. This year has claimed several giants in the field, and Gene is most assuredly one whose loss will hit hard across the F&SF community.”

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