Solar Cycle Urth by Gene Wolfe
The Solar Cycle is a series of science fiction/fantasy novels by American author Gene Wolfe. The series is broken up into multi-volume novels: The Book of the New Sun, The Book of the Long Sun and The Book of the Short Sun. The Book of the New Sun is set in far in the future, where a torturer named Severian is exiled for showing compassion. The Book of the Long Sun follows a priest of small parish who gets involved in politics and a revolution. The Book of the Short Sun is about those who are colonizing two new planets.

Gene Wolfe began his Solar Cycle series in 1980 with the first volume of The Book of the New Sun, entitled The Shadow of the Torturer. The book consists of four volumes, plus a coda entitled The Urth of the New Sun. The second book The Book of the Long Sun began with the 1993 volume Nightside the Long Sun and lasted four volumes. Finally, The Book of the Short Sun began with On Blue’s Waters in 1999 and lasted three volumes until Return to the Whorl – the last volume of the series. Below is a list of Gene Wolfe’s Solar Cycle books in order of when they were originally published (which is also their chronological order):

Publication Order of Urth: Book of the New Sun Books


The Shadow of the Torturer(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Claw of the Conciliator(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sword of the Lictor(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Citadel of the Autarch(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Urth of the New Sun(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Urth: Book of the Long Sun Books


Nightside the Long Sun(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lake of the Long Sun(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Calde of the Long Sun(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Exodus from the Long Sun(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Urth: Book of the Short Sun Books


On Blue's Waters(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In Green's Jungles(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Return to the Whorl(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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Solar Cycle/Urth Synopsis: Nightside of the Long Sun is volume 1 of The Book of the Long Sun by Gene Wolfe. Trying to please the gods aboard The Whorl, a giant spaceship dispatched from Urth to colonize a distant planet comes upon a new god and nearly sets off a revolt.

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