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Fourth Mansions

By R. A. Lafferty

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An SF Gateway eBook: bringing the classics to the future.

Seven very special people blending to create a higher form of humanity...

A laughing man living alone on a mountain top, guarding the world...

The returnees, men who live again and again, century after century...

A dog-ape plappergeist who can be seen only from the corner of the eye...

And a young man named Foley, very much like you or me, who begins to find out about these people and these things, and how they are shaping the destiny of the world...

Biographical Notes

R. A. Lafferty (1914-2002)
Raphael Aloysius Lafferty was an American science fiction and fantasy writer born in Neola, Iowa. His first publication of genre interest was 'Day of the Glacier' with Science Fiction Stories in January 1960, although he continued to work in the electrical business until retiring to write full-time in 1970. Over the course of his writing career, Lafferty wrote thirty-two novels and more than two hundred short stories and he was known for his original use of language, metaphor and narrative structure.

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  • ISBN: 9781473213531
  • Publication date: 29 Jan 2016
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  • Imprint: Gateway
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The Best of R. A. Lafferty

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Acclaimed as one of the most original voices in modern literature, Raphael Aloysius Lafferty has been awarded and nominated for a multitude of accolades over the span of his career, including the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement.This collection contains 22 unique tall tales, including:Hugo Award-winning'Eurema's Dam' - introduced by Robert SilverbergHugo Award-nominated'Continued on the Next Rock' - introduced by Nancy Kress'Sky' - introduced by Gwenda BondNebula Award-nominated'In Our Block' - introduced by Neil GaimanAnd more stories introduced by other modern masters of SF who acknowledge R.A. Lafferty as a major influence and force in the field.

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R. A. Lafferty: Three Great Novels

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The Flame Is Green

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Half a Sky

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The Fall of Rome

R. A. Lafferty
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The fall of the Roman Empire was the denouement of a long and dramatic confrontation between powerful ideological forces and legendary men. R. A. Lafferty captures the true meaning of both, and examines the people, places, ideas and feelings that led to this epic struggle.Rome's demise was not a simple case of fierce barbarians sacking and subduing a decadent, crumbling city. The author has skillfully balanced the turmoil and illusions of a mighty, dying Empire against the vitality of the aggressive Huns, Vandals, and above all, the Goths. The result is one of the most perceptive and stimulating historical accounts ever written.This is history told and read for sheer pleasure: exciting, splendid and complex. The Fall of Rome is a story of the men and women who made things happen, who were as awesome, poignant, and in some cases, as savage as the era itself.

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Aurelia

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Aurelia was a fifteen-year-old girl from a very advanced world. She'd passed Starship building easily enough, but she'd slept through most of celestial navigation. That was how she ended up on a little back-water dump like Earth, where her advanced powers seemed like miracles. Some thought she was the Messiah. Some thought she was the Devil. No one was prepared for the truth.

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Lafferty in Orbit

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The stories contained in this volume demonstrate the unique and unpredictable imagination, style and vision that earned R.A. Lafferty the 1990 World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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The Devil Is Dead

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In The Devil is Dead, Lafferty tells of an astonishing band of adventurers seeking the Devil himself. It is a tale of demons and changelings, monsters and mermaids - and of how it is not always serious to die, the first time it happens...

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The Reefs of Earth

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In The Reefs of Earth, Lafferty's first-completed novel, a passel of Alien children bumptiously attempt to rid Earth of humans.

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Past Master

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The golden planet of Astrobe, made in the image of Utopia, now faced a crisis which could destroy it forever; and yet, no one could understand it: In a world where wealth & comfort were free to everyone, why did so many desert the golden cities for the slums of Cathead and the Barrio? Why did they turn away from the Astrobe dream and seek lives of bone-crushing work, squalor and disease?The rulers of Astrobe didn't know, so they sought in humankind's past for a leader who could give them the answers. They brought to life the one man out of history who would most want to destroy Astrobe!

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Arrive at Easterwine

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Not To Mention Camels

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Three memorable creatures world jump in a meta-cosmic universe that orbits with nightmarish landscapes that thrive on anti-matter, anti-space, and anti-time. What mind and body searing challenges await the Pilger, Pilgrim, and Polder, who are really one man?

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Space Chantey

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Set in the far future, Space Chantey chronicles the adventures of Space Captain Roadstrum and his crew, on a journey through galaxies resonant with myth and peril as Roadstrum valiantly battles to return across the cosmos to Big Tulsa, the Capital of the World, and to his wife and young son Tele-Max.

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Annals of Klepsis

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OH COME TO KLEPSIS TO CLAIM YOUR SHARE ... AND BREATHE THE RANK AND LAWLESS AIR!Plots and intrigues and romances abound.Smoke pictures, ghosts and treasure chests to be found.Magnifying monocles and hallucinogenic grapes - the unvoiced dreams of the dregs of space.Long John Tony Tyrone, the peg-legged historian, journeys here...And marries a princess with rainbow hair.But the Ghost of Christopher Brannagan will not restUntil mathematician Aloysius has put to the testHis theory concerning the Doomsday EquationWhich might save the plane from total devastation.Or might not.

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Serpent’s Egg

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It was the End of Summer of the year 2035. The Global Village that was the World was ruled by a Kangaroo Court of Compassionate Aldermen who ordered assassinations when it was deemed to be for the common good. As a sign of their openness, they were always experimenting to find new ways of looking at the World. Most of these experiments would would fail; some of them would succeed to an extent; and others would succeed only too well, and so would have to be crushed in the shell for the good of the World.The Lynn-Randal Experiment raised three children together almost from infancy. Of these three, Lord Randal was human (though somewhat enhanced and tampered with). Axel belonged to the gargoyle-faced 'Golden People' ('God believes they are the most beautiful creatures he ever made,' a theologian said, 'and there will be hell to pay when he founds out that we don't agree.'). And the third child was Inneal who often elicited the comment 'she's really something different, isn't she!' Yes, she was. All of these were super-mega-persons, which meant that they might be able to change the world itself. But why did they begin to change the Ocean first?When these three were just short of ten years old, they were merged with children of three other experiments, and formed with them a Magic Dozen. Immediately they began to have an astonishing effect on the World. And the fave of the children themselves hung in the balance.Was the experiment too successful? Was their effect on the World too dangerous? Would their group be, as other groups had been, adjudged to be a 'Serpent's Egg' that had to be crushed in the shell for the good of the world?The Three Days of Summerset, the End of Summer, would give the answer.

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East of Laughter

R. A. Lafferty
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Sindbad, The Thirteenth Voyage

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As Harun lay dying here on Kentauron Mikron, all untimely, still in his golden youth, he whispered a word to me that he would use if he were born again. It is the meaningless but neurologically magic word 'Baghdad'. It has since become the name of one of those mirage cities, one of those cloud cities, that travellers sometimes report seeing. I have learned today that its meaning in Old Kentauron is "The Last City Built By Magic".

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Does Anyone Else Have Something Further to Add?

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Apocalypses

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Two novellas by an author who has earned a reputation for original and imaginative writing, with a spark-bladed humour that is unlike anything ever written.Contents:Where have You been Sandaliotis?The Three Armageddons of Enniscorthy Sweeney

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Nine Hundred Grandmothers

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