From the Collection: Blake and Science Fiction and Fantasy
William Blake has been a significant influence on a number of science fiction and fantasy authors. Here are a few titles from my collection.

As an author who created an entire cosmology involving his at once heroic and fallen beings, the four zoas, it is hardly surprising that Blake has been namechecked repeatedly as a significant influence on science fiction and fantasy authors. One of the first writers to self-consciously build a self-contained universe - fulfilling Los's famous dictum in Jerusalem that "I must build a system or be enslaved by another man's", Blake has been invoked by later writers not simply because of his commitment to world building, but also because many of his beliefs in the role of imagination chime with those who followed him.


The titles below are a small selection of science-fiction and fantasy titles that I have been collecting over the years that demonstrate Blake's influence.

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