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The Man Who Made Models: The Collected Short Fiction

(The Collected Short Fiction #1)

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With most of his brilliant and original work now out of print, this is the first volume in a series of the short fiction of R.A. Lafferty, one of science fiction's most highly regarded authors. The series will include new introductions by many of the field's top authors, including Harlan Ellison, Michael Swanwick, and others.
Hardcover, 345 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Centipede Press (first published November 12th 2013)
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Karl
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
R. A. Lafferty's is a unique voice. Though he appears to be categorized mainly as a science fiction author, I have not read enough of his catalog to understand why he is labeled such, the stories in this collection range into many categories and areas.

Centipede Press states "Welcome to the first volume in a series that will run to a dozen volumes collecting all of R.A. Lafferty’s short fiction. Whether it be well-known stories such as Narrow Valley or more obscure work such as The Man Who Made M
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Stephen Case
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
It’s kind of fun to be part of a renaissance, even if you were late to the party. It’s kind of fun to be part of something gathering steam, spilling open, being rediscovered. Right now, that’s more or less what’s happening to the writings of R. A. Lafferty.

If you don’t know Lafferty, you haven’t been reading my blog long, as I’ve reviewed at least two of his books here already. You also probably haven’t seen the lovely fanzine, Feast of Laughter, which celebrates the man and his work and in whic
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John Muñoz
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
253 books I've read, and bothered to put on here, that I've rated 5-stars. If I wasn't so lazy I'd go back and change maybe 240+ to 4-stars, if I was being generous. I've always felt that I have been to liberal in giving high ratings, my average being 4 - this ignores the facts that I don't put up everything I start, and drop, and also that I probably spend as much time reading about books as I do actually reading, but post-Lafferty I feel that I have to rate judiciously because not much can com ...more
Williwaw
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm reviewing this a bit prematurely. I just read the first two stories (The Man Who Made Models and Six Fingers of Time). Both were strikingly unusual and creepy. In these two stories, Lafferty dispenses with some of the ordinary goals of fiction (characterization, for example) and focuses on the realm of ideas and fantastic invention. I'm tempted to compare him to E.T.A. Hoffman.

Dave
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed, collection
The first is a projected series of books to bring all of Lafferty's stories into print, albeit in rather expensive short print run editions.
The stories themselves are wonderful, blending the feeling of a mythology with remarkable prose. Tall tales and comedy mixed with a just-below-the-surface darkness. This collection includes a number of my personal favourites (Thus We Frustrate Charlemagne and Rivers of Damascus, both delightful twists on the alternate history story and commentaries on the wa
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Raphael Aloysius Lafferty, published under the name R.A. Lafferty, was an American science fiction and fantasy writer known for his original use of language, metaphor, and narrative structure, as well as for his etymological wit. He also wrote a set of four autobiographical novels, a history book, and a number of novels that could be loosely called historical fiction.

Other books in the series

The Collected Short Fiction (4 books)
  • The Man with the Aura: The Collected Short Fiction
  • The Man Underneath: The Collected Short Fiction, Volume Three
  • The Man with the Speckled Eyes: The Collected Short Fiction, Volume Four