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Raphael Aloysius Lafferty

Geburtstag: 7. November 1914
Todesdatum: 18. März 2002

Raphael Aloysius Lafferty war ein amerikanischer Science-Fiction- und Fantasy-Schriftsteller.

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„For all other crimes we give asylum, for the most heinous crime in the universe we give no asylum.“

—  R. A. Lafferty

Quelle: Space Chantey (1968), Ch. 7
Kontext: "For one crime there is no asylum even in the Club," whispered Horace the Snake, who had sharp ears for whispering. "For all other crimes we give asylum, for the most heinous crime in the universe we give no asylum."
"What is the most heinous crime in the universe?" Roadstrum asked.
"Killing a songbird."

„This is the Exact Center of the Universe.“

—  R. A. Lafferty

Quelle: Space Chantey (1968), Ch. 4
Kontext: They were down on Kentron-Kosmon, an insignificant world. And yet, in the middle of Space-Port there (a cow pasture rather; it wasn't much of a spaceport) there was a nice plaque of electrum and on it was lettered: This is the Exact Center of the Universe.

„You say it can't be done, but they did it. Their expectations had been too high, and no second-rate Hell could hold them.“

—  R. A. Lafferty

Quelle: Space Chantey (1968), Ch. 7
Kontext: Man-a-bleeding, but they broke out of that place! You say it can't be done, but they did it. Their expectations had been too high, and no second-rate Hell could hold them.
In a way it was their greatest feat. No one else had ever broken out of there before.

„We ourselves become the bridges out over the interval that is the world and time.“

—  R. A. Lafferty

Quelle: The Flame is Green (1971), Ch. 9 : Oh, The Steep Roofs of Paris
Kontext: We ourselves become the bridges out over the interval that is the world and time. It is a daring thing to fling ourselves out over that void that is black and scarlet below and green and gold above. A bridge does not abandon its first shore when it grows out in spans towards the further one.

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

—  R. A. Lafferty

Quelle: Space Chantey (1968), Ch. 7
Kontext: "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."

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

—  R. A. Lafferty

Quelle: Space Chantey (1968), Ch. 8, Hondstarfer of Valhal, speaking of his work as a design engineer.
Kontext: "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.

„Our task is to grow out until we reach them.“

—  R. A. Lafferty

Quelle: The Flame is Green (1971), Ch. 9 : Oh, The Steep Roofs of Paris
Kontext: 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.

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

—  R. A. Lafferty

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)
Kontext: 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...

„Here there are warlocks and mandragoras and witches“

—  R. A. Lafferty

Quelle: Space Chantey (1968), Ch. 6, on approaching the world of Aeaea
Kontext: "Here there are warlocks and mandragoras and witches," the navigation data log issued.
"When your machines start to go droll on you you're in trouble," Roadstrum growled. "I can get wise answers from my men. I don't need a machine for that."

„Lend ear while things incredible we bring about
And Spacemen dead and deathless yet we sing about“

—  R. A. Lafferty

Quelle: Space Chantey (1968), Ch. 1
Kontext: Lend ear while things incredible we bring about
And Spacemen dead and deathless yet we sing about:— And some were weak and wan, and some were strong enough,
And some got home, but damn it took them long enough!

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„The place itself, and ne'er a good word spoke of it,
You shiver when you even make a joke of it.“

—  R. A. Lafferty

On Hellpepper Planet, Ch. 7
Space Chantey (1968)
Kontext: p>The place itself, and ne'er a good word spoke of it,
You shiver when you even make a joke of it.Though some go cocky, gaily in hand-basket there,
The most fare sadly in a clammy casket there…Undying pain and gaping loss, no doubt of it.
A wide way leading in and no way out of it! But none have told the blackest horror shrouded there —
Tall teeming terror‚ but it sure is crowded there.</p

„I will set a Wednesday-term to the monster.“

—  R. A. Lafferty

On confronting the Siren-Zo of Sireneca, in Ch. 4
Space Chantey (1968)
Kontext: "'Monday and Tuesday and Monday and Tuesday and Monday and Tuesday,' so the poor slaves had to sing in their labor for the puca. And finally a great savior broke the charm. 'And Wednesday too' he said, and then it was all over with."
"Roadstrum is the great savior who breaks the charm," Roadstrum announced. "I will set a Wednesday-term to the monster. But there are other elements in this…"

„Believe me, all these plantations are sowed with good seed. But the Enemy from the Beginning also sows the red blight“

—  R. A. Lafferty

Quelle: The Flame is Green (1971), Ch. 5 : Muerte De Boscaje
Kontext: “The world is a garden,” the old man said. “It is a farm, a plantation, a sheep-ranch. In the garden are the cities also; they too are a great part of the planting. Believe me, all these plantations are sowed with good seed. But the Enemy from the Beginning also sows the red blight: these are the charlocks, the tares, called zizania in the Vulgate. Do not be fooled as to what it is and who sowed it. Do not be fooled in the factory or the arsenal, in the ship-yard or the shop; do not be fooled on the bleak farms or in the crowded city, in the club or in the workers’ hall or in the drawing room. The wrong thing that is sowed is the red weed, the red blight. And the Enemy has done this.
"Or let us say that we have a green thing growing forever. Everything that is done is done by it. And on it we also have the red parasite crunching forever: and everything that is undone is undone by that. The parasite will present itself as a modern thing. It will call itself the Great Change. Less often, and warily, it will call itself the Great Renewal. But it can never be another thing than the Red Failure returned. It is a disease, it is a scarlet fever, a typhoid, a diphtheria; it is the Africa disease, it is the red leprosy, it is the crab-cancer. It is the death of the individual and of the corporate soul. And incidentally, but very often, it is also the death of the individual and of the corporate body. We are asked to swear fealty to the parasite disease which the enemy sowed from the beginning. I will not do it, and I hope that you will not."

„It can't be recollected because recollection is one of the things it took with it when it went…“

—  R. A. Lafferty

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)
Kontext: 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 idea of the thing was attacked by good and bad men, in good faith and bad.“

—  R. A. Lafferty, buch Fourth Mansions

Quelle: Fourth Mansions (1969), Ch. 4
Kontext: "There was a later time when sincere men tried to build an organization as wide as the world to secure the peace of the world. It had been tried before and it had failed before. Perhaps if it failed this time it would not be tried again for a very long while. The idea of the thing was attacked by good and bad men, in good faith and bad. The final realization of it was so close that it could be touched with the fingertips. A gambler wouldn't have given odds on it either way. It teetered, and it almost seemed as though it would succeed. Then members of that group interfered."
"And it failed, O'Claire?"
"No. It succeeded, Foley, as in the other case. It succeeded in so twisted a fashion that the Devil himself was puzzled as to whether he had gained or lost ground by it. And he isn't easily puzzled."

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

—  R. A. Lafferty

It's Down the Slippery Cellar Stairs (1995)
Kontext: 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.

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

—  R. A. Lafferty

Captain Roadstrum, Ch. 2
Space Chantey (1968)
Kontext: 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!

„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

"Golden Gate" in Golden Gate and Other Stories (1982)
Kontext: 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.

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

—  R. A. Lafferty

Roadstrum confronting a potential mutiny, in Ch. 5
Space Chantey (1968)
Kontext: 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.'"

„All the circumstances stand ready. The fructifying minerals are literally jumping out of the ground. And nothing grows.“

—  R. A. Lafferty

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)
Kontext: In its flexibility and in its wide-open opportunities, this is the total Utopia. Anything that you can conceive of, you can do in this non-world. Nothing can stop you except a total bankruptcy of creativity. The seedbed is waiting. All the circumstances stand ready. The fructifying minerals are literally jumping out of the ground. And nothing grows. And nothing grows. And nothing grows. Well, why doesn't it?

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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