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I'm a Lafferty partisan, too! This is a collection of Lafferty's more coherent - or, at least less brain-knottingly, dimensionally gymnastic - short stories, published in the science fiction magazine Orbit. But even Lafferty's novels, really, were loosely strung-together short stories. This is an excellent introduction to Lafferty, and sequentially couldn't be better. The first, "Old Foot Forgot", was the first Lafferty I ever read and remains one of my favorites to this day. Lafferty skips with ...more
Apr 24, 2007 siejay rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: slumberers, river collectors, impure scientists, and others
Yes, I am a Lafferty partisan. You would be too if you read him. I was fed Past Master first and didn't really like it, but then discovered his short fiction, learned how to digest it, and I was off. The old man has been gone for 5 years now and it is high time for a resurgence. Try it, you won't be sorry.
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.