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I don't do this very often, but once maybe twice in a generation an author comes along who is so different and so brilliant that I just have to say something. Keep in mind, I have a pretty damn high opinion of my own writing ability so when I say that an author easily young enough to be my daughter blows me out of the water, I ain't giving that shit up easily. Now here's the best part, you don't have to run to the library or buy an expensive book (I wish there was one to buy and I'd be all over it like ugly on an ape), but no, this won't cost you a thing but a few well-spent hours that you would likely otherwise waste on this here message board. Don't you just love how I can rattle on for a whole paragraph without telling you who the fuck I'm talking about? ;-) Okay, enough with the hype and bonus points to anyone that guessed that I'm talking about Alyssa Wong. Go to crashwong.net and click her bibliography, all but one story are linked for your reading pleasure. Start at the beginning, it's amazing to me just how good she was right out of the gate, continue on and if you're like me your mind will be blown at just how amazing this young lady is.
Well, how about this, we actually got it out on schedule... This is the fourth in what will likely be a nine or ten volume set containing all of R.A. Lafferty's short fiction. I'm not sure at this point how many volumes it will run as I've put together eight that I'm pretty happy with and still have a bunch of material to work with. My methodology is to try and mix it up as much as possible with the familiar and obscure, the new and the old. Lafferty is fun stuff and each book should be like a cocktail party of thirty random people, so you're never quite certain how the conversation is going to run. Same with R.A. Lafferty, he can be poignant to the point of bringing tears to your eyes or bust a gut funny to the point that you'll laugh out loud. You just don't know what to expect and I've tried my best to make each book a sampler, so that if you've never read Lafferty before, or know him only through a couple of anthology appearances, each book should provide a pretty good overview. We don't have a paperback deal yet (and I really don't expect one, Lafferty is kind of hard to explain to the uninitiated), but these books are a mere $45.00. Consider, put away two dollars a week and every year you can buy both Lafferty collections. We're only putting out two volumes a year on purpose. I want these books to be affordable and while $45 might seem like a lot, when you break it down to two bucks a week, anyone that really wants to can get these books. Enjoy! In a career that began in 1959 and continued until his death in 2002, R.A. Lafferty garnered the admiration of authors and editors including Robert A.W. Lowndes, Harlan Ellison, A.A. Attanasio, Gene Wolfe, Michael Swanwick and many, many others. His body of short fiction is comprised of well over 200 stories and, despite his vast popularity, there was never a concerted effort made to produce a comprehensive collection of his short fiction, until now. Welcome to the fourth volume of the Lafferty Library, a series that will run to a dozen volumes and collect all of R.A. Lafferty’s short fiction. This present volume features Lafferty classics such as Bank and Shoal of Time, The Cliff Climbers, Been a Long, Long Time, Ishmael into the Barrens and many more. The depth and breadth of R.A. Lafferty’s wondrous imagination is on display once again. Enjoy seeing the world as you’ve never seen it before! This volume includes an introduction by Richard A. Lupoff, an afterword by John Pelan, and photographs of R.A. Lafferty. This item is now shipping. If you have ordered signed copies of the previous books in this series, you will receive your matching number and signed copy of this volume. Your number will be confirmed with your order confirmation. www.centipedepress.com