Science fiction has any number of antecedents and ancestors. Jorge Luis Borges, master of "metafiction," has to be counted among them; if stories like "Funes the Memorius" and "The Library of Babel" aren't sci-fi, nothing is. And what better artist to illustrate the covers of books about paradox and infinity than M.C. Escher, the Dutch artist whose love of paradox and infinity ran through his entire body of work? Penguin saw fit to use Escher's images in several reprints of Borges's short stories, and they are appropriate enough to seem commissioned.
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