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The Fourfold Library

The Fourfold Library is our mythical archive from which authors select a work of science fiction – it can be from any period, language or medium – which has inspired and informed their own practice. The authors reflect on their chosen text, its influence, and their own writing in response to its affect.

Past and current selections have included:

No. 120: Rjurik Davidson – Robert Silverberg, Downward to the Earth
No. 123: Una McCormack – Sylvia Engdahl, Enchantress from the Stars and The Far Side of Evil
No. 124: Zoran Živković – Arthur C. Clarke, Childhood’s End
No. 125: Peter Higgins – Gene Wolfe, The Book of the New Sun
No. 127: Claude Lalumière – J.G. Ballard, Vermilion Sands
No. 128: Matthew De Abaitua – Alan Moore and Ian Gibson, The Ballad of Halo Jones
No. 130: Anne Charnock – Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
No. 131: Nina Allan – Keith Roberts, Pavane

No. 134: Sam J. Miller - Avatar: The Last Airbender

No. 135: Adam Roberts - Herge, L'Etoile mysterieuse [The Shooting Star]

No. 136: Geoff Ryman - Thomas Burnett Swann, 'The Manor of Roses'

No. 137: Andreas Eschbach - Perry Rhodan (various authors)

No. 138: Emmi Itaranta - Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials

No. 139: Vandana Singh - Ursula Le Guin, The Dispossessed and Premchand, Mansarovar

No. 140: Larissa Lai - Octavia Butler, Xenogenesis / Lilith's Brood

No. 142: Christopher Priest - John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids

No. 146: Aliya Whiteley - Alfred Bester, The Demolished Man

No. 147: Abi Curtis - Ted Chiang, 'Story of Your Life' and Denis Villeneuve, dir. Arrival

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