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Biography[ edit ] Lafferty was born on November 7, , in Neola, Iowa to Hugh David Lafferty, a broker dealing in oil leases and royalties, and Julia Mary Burke, a teacher; he was the youngest of five siblings. His first name, Raphael, derived from the day on which he was expected to be born-- the Feast of St. When he was 4, his family moved to Perry, Oklahoma. He graduated from Cascia Hall [4] and later attended night school at the University of Tulsa for two years starting in , mostly studying math and German, but left before graduating. He then began to work for a Clark Electric Co.

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Over the next twenty-five years he reportedly retired from writing at the age of about seventy he produced very many stories — about have been published — and a number of novels.

The extremely active Small-Press interest in his work gave birth to a large number of titles in the late s, most of them short collections, but much Lafferty material apparently remains in manuscript, including several of the novels mentioned in The Complete Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy Lists by Malcolm Edwards and Maxim Jakubowski. From the first, Lafferty demonstrated only the slenderest interest in making his work conform to any critical or marketing definition of either sf or fantasy or horror.

He has fairly been described as a writer of tall tales, as a cartoonist, as an author whose tone was fundamentally oral; his conservative Catholicism has been seen as permeating every word he wrote or has been ignored ; he has been seen as a ransacker of old Mythologies , and as a flippant generator of new ones; he clearly delighted in a vision of the world as being irradiated by conspiracies both godly and devilish, but at times paid scant attention to the niceties of plotting; he has been understood by some as essentially light-hearted and by others as a solitary, stringent moralist; he was technically inventive, but lunged constantly into a slapdash sublime only skittishly evocative, and only occasionally, of anything like the traditional Sense of Wonder ; his skill in the deploying of various rhetorical narrative voices was manifest, but these voices were sometimes choked in baroque flamboyance.

Throughout his writing career, these various affects and effects were used by Lafferty to construct stories and novels that nestled within larger but often untold tales and universes, and were often to be understood as epigonal offshoots of those larger, earlier, linguistically more complex, mysteriously governed worlds. In the end, his corpus as a whole gave off a sense of teasing incompletion and of secrecy: almost as though it was only the entire story to which his numerous unpublished manuscripts added almost mythic stature that made sense, that commanded the rest.

Lafferty often used tags, puns, mythological plays, parallels and conundrums, much of this ornate display — as in "The Transcendent Tigers" February Worlds of Tomorrow , where it is in fact fully explicit — consisting of half-uttered Basilisks.

He and Gene Wolfe have more than a shared faith in common. Many other stories have been printed as chapbooks see listing below. The ongoing Collected Short Fiction sequence — so far comprising The Man Who Made Models coll and The Man With the Aura coll — is intended to assemble the entire corpus, but each modestly sized individual volume to date has been arranged according to the personal taste of the editor, John Pelan, generating an apprehension that the entire set may comprise a series of samplers.

Pre-publication praise for Past Master including accolades from New Wave writers Samuel R Delany , Harlan Ellison and Roger Zelazny demonstrated the impact his work was beginning to have, and, though it can be said that the US New Wave was more an iconoclastic tone of voice than a programme, its generally sardonic air proved bracing to such mature writers as Lafferty, whose entry at age forty-five into the field seemed to betoken its growing maturity.

In The Reefs of Earth his first-completed novel a passel of Alien children bumptiously attempt to rid Earth of humans, and fail.

There is an abiding sense in his work that the plays of a deadly serious Godgame are being unfolded, almost certainly in terms of a deeply held Catholicism. A final published volume, Dotty chap , though not directly part of the Argos Mythos and ostensibly not sf or fantasy at all, embraces the "mundane" world, sf, fantasy, Jason, the Argonauts and much else in ninety-six packed pages.

Lafferty was given a World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement in , and in just after his death a Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award.

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Over the next twenty-five years he reportedly retired from writing at the age of about seventy he produced very many stories — about have been published — and a number of novels. The extremely active Small-Press interest in his work gave birth to a large number of titles in the late s, most of them short collections, but much Lafferty material apparently remains in manuscript, including several of the novels mentioned in The Complete Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy Lists by Malcolm Edwards and Maxim Jakubowski. From the first, Lafferty demonstrated only the slenderest interest in making his work conform to any critical or marketing definition of either sf or fantasy or horror. He has fairly been described as a writer of tall tales, as a cartoonist, as an author whose tone was fundamentally oral; his conservative Catholicism has been seen as permeating every word he wrote or has been ignored ; he has been seen as a ransacker of old Mythologies , and as a flippant generator of new ones; he clearly delighted in a vision of the world as being irradiated by conspiracies both godly and devilish, but at times paid scant attention to the niceties of plotting; he has been understood by some as essentially light-hearted and by others as a solitary, stringent moralist; he was technically inventive, but lunged constantly into a slapdash sublime only skittishly evocative, and only occasionally, of anything like the traditional Sense of Wonder ; his skill in the deploying of various rhetorical narrative voices was manifest, but these voices were sometimes choked in baroque flamboyance. Throughout his writing career, these various affects and effects were used by Lafferty to construct stories and novels that nestled within larger but often untold tales and universes, and were often to be understood as epigonal offshoots of those larger, earlier, linguistically more complex, mysteriously governed worlds. In the end, his corpus as a whole gave off a sense of teasing incompletion and of secrecy: almost as though it was only the entire story to which his numerous unpublished manuscripts added almost mythic stature that made sense, that commanded the rest.

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