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He gave us "masters of the universe" and showed an interest in America's manned space program that we wish NASA shared, but lately Wolfe's novels have left fans wanting. We must give him credit for venturing out of his comfort zone, in works such as "I Am Charlotte Simmons," which attempted to explore the world of Generation Y college students at fictional southern Dupont University. It's a long way from Manhattan, where Wolfe lives, but that didn't endear him to a new generation of readers. Literary Review awarded his book its Bad Sex in Fiction award. After bad sales on that book, Wolfe accepted a lower advance for his next, "Back to Blood," which is due out this year.
So it might be time to make room on the publishing house calendar for younger writers. After all, who wants to be stuck at a typewriter when there are still white suits out there to be purchased?