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For questions about the author R. A. Lafferty. For questions about his works use the applicable work tag instead.

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Story ID: Lafferty? Conversation about a condensing/telescoping past

The thesis of the story: like our memory of history, actual history (past time) is telescoping, i.e., becoming shorter. The story is a conversation between characters musing on, e.g., the multiple ...
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Cover art on Lafferty's collection Nine Hundred Grandmothers

A three-breasted woman is depicted on the cover, by artists Leo and Diane Dillon, of the 1970 first edition of the R. A. Lafferty collection Nine Hundred Grandmothers. Was this cover inspired by a ...
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Skunk stew pulp fiction era

Looking for a short story from pulp era that ended with "that way lies skunk stew". I believe it was scientists in a lab developing time travel device. They test it and they're alchemists working on ...
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Looking for title author of Infinite Monkey book

Some time ago (around 1998), a co-worker told me about a book that revolved around the Infinite Monkey Thereom. The protagonist was somehow made the manager of the project, in which he had to start ...
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Story about a boy who made a device to make things disappear

Help to find a really short story about small boy from large family who made a really simple device (IIRC it consisted of tin can and two paper circles) which could make things disappear if you look ...
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Story about a person who could speed up temporarily

The only thing I remember about the story (or possibly novel) was that the main character (and possibly some of his colleagues) could temporarily speed up. I think it took a toll on them, and they ...
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Story where man goes to borrow money from odd community of hoarders

I'm trying to find a story that I read around 1970. It was about a man who went to borrow money from a community of people, deemed undesirable or unusual at least. These people saved everything; they ...
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Reading order for the novels of R. A. Lafferty

I've listed below 13 of R. A. Lafferty's SF novels, omitting non-SF works such as Okla Hannali and The Fall of Rome, and limiting the list to works which are currently available at reasonable prices, ...
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Story featuring a machine which lets you see the world through another's eyes

Looking for this story: A scientist invents a machine which lets you see the world through someone else's eyes by putting your consciousness into their brain somehow. He then invites a party of 7 ...
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Short story with space cannibals and a missionary

Trying to find a short story I read a long time ago: A Christian missionary travels to a planet populated by humans (or human-looking aliens) to spread the good word. The natives welcome him and ...
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Looking for a story about a time traveller talking to his younger self [duplicate]

I'm looking for a story about a man able to travel in time. Every time he visits the past, he instructs his younger self about how to be successful in life, gaining more experience following each ...
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