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R. A. Lafferty: Three Great Novels

R. A. Lafferty
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Acclaimed, as one of the most original voices in modern literature, Raphael Aloysius Lafferty drew more from traditional oral storytelling techniques than from the usual pulp roots of SF. His inventive style and fondness for tall tales marked him out from his contemporaries, and writers of the calibre of Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman and Gene Wolfe acknowledge him as a major influence and force in the field. His fiction has garnered numerous award wins and nominations and he has been given the prestigious SFWA Grand Master Award and the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. This volume contains three of his early novels: the Hugo- and Nebula-shortlisted Past Master, space opera re-telling of The Odyssey, Space Chantey, and Fourth Mansions, also shortlisted for the Nebula.

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The Flame Is Green

R. A. Lafferty
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Half a Sky

R. A. Lafferty
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A constellation of persons or events will have precedent. It will not appear out of nothing; it's a converging of previous trails and persons. Before one set of adventures, there was always another set; and before those, still another set, back to the beginning of the world.We pass from one set to another now, from the Green-Flame adventure to the Half-Sky adventure. We are still in the middle of the nineteenth century, that most unreal of centuries, looking for reality under stodgy and ridiculous surface.

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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

R. A. Lafferty
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Lafferty in Orbit

R. A. Lafferty
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The Devil Is Dead

R. A. Lafferty
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R. A. Lafferty

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

R. A. Lafferty
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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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Fourth Mansions

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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...

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Arrive at Easterwine

R. A. Lafferty
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'This, I believe, is the first autobiography of a machine,' writes Epikt, a Ktistec machine. In the resulting mindbending, at times hilarious, work of the imagination, the careful and attentive reader realizes that Epikt is not only presiding at its own birth at the Institute for Impure Science, but it is also addressing itself to the interpretation of mankind's most profoundly puzzling problems.

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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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Annals of Klepsis

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Serpent’s Egg

R. A. Lafferty
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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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Does Anyone Else Have Something Further to Add?

R. A. Lafferty
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R. A. Lafferty

Sixteen stories about secret places and mean men, containing: About a Secret CrocodileMad ManNor Limestone IslandsThe Man UnderneathBoomer FlatsThis Grand Carcass YetIn the GardenGroaning Hinges of the WorldGolden TrabantHow They Gave It BackMaybe Jones and the CitySeven Story DreamAdam Had Three BrothersPig in a PokeyThe Weirdest WorldThe Ultimate Creature

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Apocalypses

R. A. Lafferty
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R. A. Lafferty

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

R. A. Lafferty
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Lafferty's Nine Hundred Grandmothers collects the following stories:Nine Hundred GrandmothersLand of the Great HorsesGinny Wrapped in the SunThe Six Fingers of TimeFrog on the MountainAll the PeoplePrimary Education of the CamiroiSlow Tuesday NightSnufflesThus We Frustrate CharlemagneName of the SnakeNarrow ValleyPolity and Custom of the CamiroiIn Our BlockHog-Belly HoneySeven Day TerrorThe Hole on the CornerWhat's the Name of that TownThrough Other EyesOne at a TimeGuesting Time