Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Gene Wolfe's Uhlan

An uhlan is a cavalry warrior who is armed with a lance, a sword, and pistols. The name originally comes from a Turkish word meaning "warrior." This class of mounted fighter served in Eastern European wars from the eighteenth century all the way to the twentieth century and in World War II. 

Gene Wolfe adapted the idea of an uhlan for his "Book of the New Sun," where these warriors ride fancifully dragonized horses and carry technologically enhanced lances which send out destructive force beams. Or something like that. 

"The Uhlan" is mixed media on illustration board, 6" x 7", July 1983.

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