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R. A. Lafferty

Data de nascimento: 7. Novembro 1914
Data de falecimento: 18. Março 2002

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Raphael Aloysius Lafferty, mais conhecido como R. A. Lafferty foi um escritor americano de ficção científica e fantasia. Também escreveu um conjunto de quatro novelas autobiográficas, livros de história e vários romances. Era reconhecido pelo seu estilo original de utilização da língua, pelo uso de metáforas e pelas estruturas narrativas.

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„When you have shot and killed a man you have in some measure clarified your attitude toward him. You have given a definite answer to a definite problem.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Context: When you have shot and killed a man you have in some measure clarified your attitude toward him. You have given a definite answer to a definite problem. For better or worse you have acted decisively. In a way, the next move is up to him. "Golden Gate" in Golden Gate and Other Stories (1982)

„Roadstrum had a way of putting it on a little thick himself.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Context: Roadstrum had a way of putting it on a little thick himself. "Be there a man among you who doubts my demesne or destiny, then I have fared in vain," he said. "I bare my throat to the treacherous steel —" "All right, all right," the three tough crewmen capitulated. We're with you all the way and in everything. Only spare us the 'act.'" Roadstrum confronting a potential mutiny, in Ch. 5

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„R. A. Lafferty is unique, in the old, unspoiled sense of the word.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Context: R. A. Lafferty is unique, in the old, unspoiled sense of the word. A genius as wild and joyful, delightful and unpredictable as his comes along but once in a lifetime — this lifetime. Cherish him. If there were no Lafferty, we would lack the imagination to invent him. Michael Swanwick, quoted in the first edition of Lafferty in Orbit (1991)

„You get such a sense of joy and boundless imagination in every sentence – even if the story doesn’t totally cohere, you feel like it’s about something.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Context: It all goes back to Neil Gaiman. In the foreword to “Fragile Things,” he wrote that his short story “Sunbird” was his way of trying to write his own R. A. Lafferty story. So I found “Nine Hundred Grandmothers,” and it’s like nothing I’ve ever read before. It’s very blue-collar science fiction – all the familiar tropes of people going to outer space and to other planets. It’s hilarious, incredibly funny and at the same time it’s insanely dark. You get the feeling like it’s a guy just writing to amuse himself: “I don’t care if any of this makes sense, but I want to see weird stuff happen.” One of his stories starts off, “He began by breaking things that morning.” There’s a short story called “Ginny Wrapped in the Sun,” and it’s just about this little girl who’s super strong, running around, picking things up. You get such a sense of joy and boundless imagination in every sentence – even if the story doesn’t totally cohere, you feel like it’s about something. It’s so incredibly Tulsa. You get that feeling when you see a Flaming Lips show. It’s not like we’re dark and hurt and twisted. It’s like, "I’ve got blood on my face – come on, y’all, this is awesome." Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live comedian, in a review of Nine Hundred Grandmothers in "‘It’s So Incredibly Tulsa’: Bill Hader’s Book Picks" in The New York Times (31 January 2008) http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/31/its-so-incredibly-tulsa-bill-haders-book-picks/

„Though it ended quite recently, the amnesia concerning its ending is general.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Context: Science Fiction has long been babbling about cosmic destructions and the ending of either physical or civilized worlds, but it has all been displaced babble. SF has been carrying on about near-future or far-future destructions and its mind-set will not allow it to realize that the destruction of our world has already happened in the quite recent past, that today is "The Day After The World Ended". … I am speaking literally about a real happening, the end of the world in which we lived till fairly recent years. The destruction or unstructuring of that world, which is still sometimes referred to as "Western Civilization" or "Modern Civilization", happened suddenly, some time in the half century between 1912 and 1962. That world, which was "The World" for a few centuries, is gone. Though it ended quite recently, the amnesia concerning its ending is general. Several historiographers have given the opinion that these amnesias are features common to all "ends of worlds". Nobody now remembers our late world very clearly, and nobody will ever remember it clearly in the natural order of things. It can't be recollected because recollection is one of the things it took with it when it went... The Day After the World Ended, notes for a speech at DeepSouthCon'79, New Orleans (21 July 1979), later published in It's Down the Slippery Cellar Stairs (1995)

„When very young, Hannali would sit on the black ground and chuckle till it was feared he would injure himself. Whatever came over him, prenatal witticism or ancestral joke, he seldom was able to hold his glee.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Context: When very young, Hannali would sit on the black ground and chuckle till it was feared he would injure himself. Whatever came over him, prenatal witticism or ancestral joke, he seldom was able to hold his glee. In all his life he never learned to hold it in. Okla Hannali (1972)

„I am mistress of all the sciences. I go so far beyond all else that my work is called magic.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Context: "I am mistress of all the sciences. I go so far beyond all else that my work is called magic. I manipulate noumena, regarding monads as points of entry tangential to hylomorphism. As to the paradox of Primary Essence being contained in Quiddity, the larger in the smaller, I have my own solution. The difficulty is always in not confusing Contingency with Accidence. Do you understand me?" "Sure. You're a witch." Ch. 6

„The good stories, of course, write themselves.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Context: The good stories, of course, write themselves. And somebody wants to know who are the really good writers, and how many of them there are. There aren't any. Most of the writers are likeable frauds. Some are unlikable frauds. It's Down the Slippery Cellar Stairs (1995)

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„Things are set up as contraries that are not even in the same category. Listen to me: the opposite of radical is superficial, the opposite of liberal is stingy; the opposite of conservative is destructive.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Context: Things are set up as contraries that are not even in the same category. Listen to me: the opposite of radical is superficial, the opposite of liberal is stingy; the opposite of conservative is destructive. Thus I will describe myself as a radical conservative liberal; but certain of the tainted red fish will swear that there can be no such fish as that. Beware of those who use words to mean their opposites. At the same time have pity on them, for usually this trick is their only stock in trade. Ch. 5 : Muerte De Boscaje

„We will not be penned in even a giant's pen. We fly!“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Context: There are skies we have not seen yet! There are whole realms still unvisited by us. We will not be penned in even a giant's pen. We fly! Captain Roadstrum, Ch. 2

„Put away those damned sophisticated tools and get my stone hammers. That's when I build the good stuff.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Context: "I'm doing pretty good. I'm a seminal genius, they say, and I have the most sophisticated tools ever devised to work with. And I do build some good things for them. I'm quite successful. I'll tell you something, though. In the daytime, with all those sophisticated tools, and particularly if someone's watching me, I just stall around. But at night — " "Ah, at night! What do you do then, Hondstarfer?" "Put away those damned sophisticated tools and get my stone hammers. That's when I build the good stuff. Don't give me away, though, Roadstrum. Ch. 8, Hondstarfer of Valhal, speaking of his work as a design engineer.

„My complaint won't hold for ninety days. I accuse you people of eating men.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Context: "Strangers may not lodge complaints till they have been in residence here for ninety days," the Cacique said, "and no stranger has ever remained with us that long." "My complaint won't hold for ninety days. I accuse you people of eating men." Ch. 5

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„Beware of those who manufacture final answers as they go along, of those who will catch you on their catch-phrases and let you perish in the traps. All the final answers were given in the beginning.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Context: Beware of those who manufacture final answers as they go along, of those who will catch you on their catch-phrases and let you perish in the traps. All the final answers were given in the beginning. They stand shining, above and beyond us, but they are always there to be seen. They may be too bright for us, they may be too clear for us. Well then, we must clarify our own eyes. Our task is to grow out until we reach them. Ch. 9 : Oh, The Steep Roofs of Paris

„But the prize here is the key to the kingdom, and the show is pretty funny. There is in fact no limit to Lafferty's humor — even the old banana-peel gag will be trotted out if it'll get a laugh.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Context: Characters in Lafferty stories don't act or speak as normal folks do. Impossible things happen routinely. Indeed, the whole philosophical works are staged like a two-bit vaudeville act, with characters reminiscent of sideshow hucksters and midway card-sharps, promising marvelous prizes with one hand and taking your money with the other, leaving you wondering what the hell this thing is being put into your hands while you're being shuffled out the back door. But the prize here is the key to the kingdom, and the show is pretty funny. There is in fact no limit to Lafferty's humor — even the old banana-peel gag will be trotted out if it'll get a laugh. Brian Cholfin in "And They Took the Sky Off at Night' http://web.archive.org/20030810041838/home.earthlink.net/~cranked/lafferty.html

„Characters in Lafferty stories don't act or speak as normal folks do. Impossible things happen routinely.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Context: Characters in Lafferty stories don't act or speak as normal folks do. Impossible things happen routinely. Indeed, the whole philosophical works are staged like a two-bit vaudeville act, with characters reminiscent of sideshow hucksters and midway card-sharps, promising marvelous prizes with one hand and taking your money with the other, leaving you wondering what the hell this thing is being put into your hands while you're being shuffled out the back door. But the prize here is the key to the kingdom, and the show is pretty funny. There is in fact no limit to Lafferty's humor — even the old banana-peel gag will be trotted out if it'll get a laugh. Brian Cholfin in "And They Took the Sky Off at Night' http://web.archive.org/20030810041838/home.earthlink.net/~cranked/lafferty.html

„We will quickly measure you one way or another. We have no living ex-members.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Context: "This is the Improbable Club," said the President-Emeritus in a heavy muffled voice, "and you things have made an improbable entry. Many unqualified persons have attempted to crash this Club, but you have done it literally. Whether you will be able to qualify for our high membership is another thing. It will not matter. We accept, for a brief moment at least, all who come here as members. We will quickly measure you one way or another. We have no living ex-members. Sit you down, all, and unwind your ears. Remember, each topper must be topped." Ch. 7

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