SCIENCE FICTION, THE LITERATURE OF THE FANTASTIC & MORE
Jorge Luis Borges. “The Garden of Forking Paths”, 1948.
Jorge Luis Borges. “The Garden of Forking Paths,” translated by Anthony Boucher, pp. 102-110, [in:] Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, United Nations Issue, Vol. 12, no. 57, August 1948.
Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986), Argentine poet, essayist, and librarian, wrote a series of fictions that fall somewhere between miniature and fable. I admire the extreme concision and braided intricacy of his story lines, and the way books, reading, and authors seem part of the fabric of the universe. To me, the stories are unmistakably science fiction. One of his late stories, “There Are More Things,” was written in hommage to H. P. Lovecraft.
The first English-language publication of fiction, translated by author and critic Tony Boucher.