R. A. Lafferty (1914-2002)Raphael Aloysius Lafferty was an American science fiction and fantasy writer born in Neola, Iowa. His first publication of genre interest was 'Day of the Glacier' with Science Fiction Stories in January 1960, although he continued to work in the electrical business until retiring to write full-time in 1970. Over the course of his writing career, Lafferty wrote thirty-two novels and more than two hundred short stories and he was known for his original use of language, metaphor and narrative structure.
There's nothing close to Lafferty - nobody with the gravitas about things that were light, and the antigravitas about important heavy thingsR.A. Lafferty might just be the most important science-fiction writer you've never heard of - GuardianLafferty defies catergorization; his work is unlike anyone else's - Harlan Ellison