• First publication
    • The New Atlantis and Other Novellas of Science Fiction, ed. Robert Silverberg, 1975
  • Wolfe collection(s)

Wolfe's Comments from the Introduction to Endangered Species

There was no comment about this story in the introduction.

Dust Jacket Blurb from The New Atlantis and Other Novellas of Science Fiction

In "Silhouette" Gene Wolfe creates a self-contained world, an immense starship on a multi-generational mission to assure continuation of the race by colonizing the stars. It is a world, devised and constructed through man's technical genius, that comes to be threatened by the primitive superstitions and petty jealousies carried into space by the very technicians who serve in science's most ambitious project. The salvation of the mission and of the hundreds of lives bound to it comes to depend on a curious interplay of technology and occult human abilities in which the latter are decisive.


A shadowy second self assists Johann as cults and social breakdowns lead to mutiny on his starship.


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  • Theories about what happens under the surface, what the narrator isn't telling us, who the narrator is and when and why s/he is telling the story, what the whole thing "means," etc.
    If there are multiple or competing theories, each one should be given a name with a three-bang (!!!) header; if the page begins to get out-of-hand from the size of these, as could happen in a few cases, they should be shuffled off to their own page(s).
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Unresolved Questions

  • Was it A or was it B, or was it X or Z?

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