Solar Cycle Reading Order


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What’s on the Solar Cycle Reading Order?

The Solar Cycle timeline takes all of the books written in the series by Gene Wolfe and places them in a chronological list. The series consists of several smaller series set within the same universe. It all started with the Book of the Sun series, and took off from there with several other series following. Though the series remain rather separate from each other, they are still part of the same continuity.

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#Time/Series:Buy:Name:Type:Author/Director:Year:Notes:
1Prequel StoriesBuyThe CatShort StoryGene Wolfe1983Collected in Endangered Species
2Prequel StoriesBuyThe MapShort StoryGene Wolfe1984Collected in Endangered Species
3Prequel StoriesBuyEmpires of Foliage and FlowerShort StoryGene Wolfe1987Collected in Starwater Strains
4The Book of the New SunBuyThe Shadow of the TorturerNovelGene Wolfe1980
5The Book of the New SunBuyThe Claw of the ConciliatorNovelGene Wolfe1981
6The Book of the New SunBuyThe Sword of the LictorNovelGene Wolfe1982
7The Book of the New SunBuyThe Citadel of the AutarchNovelGene Wolfe1983
8The Book of the New SunBuyThe Urth of the New SunNovelGene Wolfe1987
9The Book of the New SunThe Tale of the Student and His SonShort StoryGene Wolfe1981
10The Book of the New SunFolia's Story: The Armiger's DaughterShort StoryGene Wolfe1982
11Book of the Long SunBuyNightside the Long SunNovelGene Wolfe1993
12Book of the Long SunBuyLake of the Long SunNovelGene Wolfe1994
13Book of the Long SunBuyCalde of the Long SunNovelGene Wolfe1994
14Book of the Long SunBuyExodus From the Long SunNovelGene Wolfe1996
15Book of the Short SunBuyOn Blue's WatersNovelGene Wolfe1999
16Book of the Short SunBuyIn Green's JunglesNovelGene Wolfe2000
17Book of the Short SunBuyReturn to the WhorlNovelGene Wolfe2001

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