Irish Sci-fi

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    Héilics Órbhuí

    Doing some basic research on the apparently small genre of Irish science fiction, two books that I found reference to that appear to be important to the development of the genre are “Algoland” by Seán mac Maoláin and “Duinneall” by Seosamh O Torna. However, it appears this books are exceedingly hard to find (at least on the internet). I imagine they must be at least slightly easier to acquire in Ireland (I live in the US). Does anyone have either of these books or any knowledge of where they can be obtained?


    agus ta ceann do déagóirí … “Vortex” le Anna Heussaff – bhain mé an-taitneamh as…


    Does anyone have either of these books or any knowledge of where they can be obtained?

    I’m afraid I’ve never even heard of either!

    I’ve read Vortex that Eadaoin mentioned and Iarla Mac Aodha Bhuí has written a few. But these were books for teenagers. I’ll have to investigate.


    According to
    Title: Algoland
    Author: Seán Mac Maoláin
    Published: 1947 by Oifig an tSoláthair , Dublin Ireland
    Language: Irish
    Pages: 127
    Genre: Fiction
    Open Library Number: OL20027627M
    OCLC Number: 225449989
    is available from the following libraries
    1. University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, United States
    2. University of Toronto Robarts Library, Toronto, Canada
    3. National Library of Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland
    4. University College Cork, Boole Library Cork, Ireland
    5. University College Dublin, James Joyce Library Dublin, Ireland


    According to
    Title: Aill an ghabhair agus scéalta eile
    Author: Seosamh Ó Torna
    Publisher: Baile Átha Cliath : Oifig an tSoláthair, 1940.
    is available in 12 university libraries including UCD, UCC, UCG
    See link above for more details
    Maybe it includes Duinneall?

    Participant turned up a copy in Killarney Public Library & in Carlow.

    Héilics Órbhuí

    GRMA, Looks like I need to go to Ireland and get a library card 🙂

    At the moment I am reading “An Fear a Phléasc” which isn’t exactly sci-fi, but seems to have some surrealist sci-fi elements to the stories. It is a somewhat challenging read, but for the most part I think I am getting the gist of everything. I also have “Ag Altóir an Diabhail”, which I have glanced at and appears to be readable to me for the most part, and “Aistear”, which is probably the most challenging book I’ve tried to read so far. I will have to check out “Vortex” to see how it compares in reading level to these others.


    Can anyone please post a synopsis of these two books?

    Héilics Órbhuí

    This is about as much information as I’ve been able to find about either. Given what the themes that are supposedly covered in “Duinneall”, it sounds like it is particular relevant today, with the further decline of the language in Irish society.


    You might want to try

    An Tionscadal, Tomás Mac Síomóin

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