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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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