The Six Fingers of Time

The Six Fingers of Time

R. A. Lafferty

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Historical Fiction

He began by breaking things that morning. He broke the glass of water on his night stand. He knocked it crazily against the opposite wall and shattered it. Yet it shattered slowly. This would have surprised him if he had been fully awake, for he had only reached out sleepily for it. Nor had he wakened regularly to his alarm; he had wakened to a weird, slow, low booming, yet the clock said six, time for the alarm. And the low boom, when it came again, seemed to come from the clock. He reached out and touched it gently, but it floated off the stand at his touch and bounced around slowly on the floor. And when he picked it up again it had stopped, nor would shaking start it. He checked the electric clock in the kitchen. This also said six o'clock, but the sweep hand did not move. In his living room the radio clock said six, but the second hand seemed stationary. That was only the beginning. Worse things were to come -- much, much worse.
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Past Master

Past Master

R. A. Lafferty

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Historical Fiction

Wolf Hall meets The Man in the High Castle in this mind-bending science fiction classic, now presented in an authoritative new edition from Library of AmericaPlucked from time, Sir Thomas More arrives on the human colony of Astrobe in the year 2535 A.D., where there is trouble in utopia: can he and his motley followers save this golden world from the Programmed Persons, and the soulless perfection they have engineered? The survival of faith itself is at stake in this thrilling, uncategorizable, wildly inventive first novel—but the adventure is more than one of ideas. As astonishingly as Philip K. Dick and other visionaries of the 1960s new wave, Lafferty turns the conventions of space-opera science fiction upside-down and inside-out. Here are fractured allegories, tales-within-tales, twinkle-in-the-eye surprises, fantastic byways, and alien subjectivities that take one's breath away. Neil Gaiman has described Lafferty "a genius, an oddball, a...
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Fourth Mansions

Fourth Mansions

R. A. Lafferty

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Historical Fiction

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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Half a Sky: The Coscuin Chronicles Book 2

Half a Sky: The Coscuin Chronicles Book 2

R. A. Lafferty

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Historical Fiction

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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Okla Hannali

Okla Hannali

R. A. Lafferty

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Historical Fiction

"This curious and wonderful tall tale contributes to the apocalyptic revision of American history that began with Little Big Man and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. It’s the tale of Hannali Innominee, a ’Mingo’ or natural lord of the 19th-century Choctaw Indian [and] a capacious, indomitable giant of the ilk of Paul Bunyan....Lafferty tells it straight: how the Choctaw nation, once removed, reconstituted itself and thrived in Indian territory...., how there came a schism between the rich, part-white, slave-owning, moneylending Choctaws and the ’feudal, compassionate, chauvinistic’ full-blooded freeholders like Hannali; and how, during the Civil War, the Indians were manipulated divide-and-conquer fashion in helping destroy each other."–Kirkus Reviews.
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Archipelago

Archipelago

R. A. Lafferty

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Historical Fiction

Archipelago is the first volume of the 'Devil is Dead' or 'Argo' trilogy, and also the most difficult to find. Published by Manuscript Press several years ago, it has been out-of-print and available only at absurd prices from rare book stores until now. Archipelago chronicles the early lives of the 'Dirty Five', recurring characters in Lafferty's ghost stories who are also aspects of Jason's Argonauts. Though shifting and mercurial, this novel begins their mythic struggle against Evil in whatever form they can find it.
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More Than Melchisedech

More Than Melchisedech

R. A. Lafferty

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Historical Fiction

This is the third volume of Lafferty's "Devil Is Dead" trilogy, focusing on Melchisedech Duffey and his struggle against the Enemy. Previously only available in three separate books, this is the first time the complete story has been available between two covers. This e-book also contains several of Lafferty's short stories which are referenced within the book, helping to more tightly integrate his Argo Mythos, arguably the core myth of his career-long 'ghost story'.
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