“The Library of Babel,” Jorge Luis Borges, 1941 – The universe is conceived as an infinite series of hexagonal rooms containing a limitless number of books.
Comments: Read in The Road to SF:4 and The Mirror of Infinity: A Critics’ Anthology of Science Fiction, with an introduction by Ivor Rogers. Wikipedia: “The story repeats the theme of Borges’s 1939 essay ‘The Total Library’ (“La biblioteca total”), which in turn acknowledges the earlier development of this theme by Kurd Lasswitz in his 1901 story “The Universal Library” (“Die Universalbibliothek”).”
Author: Wikipedia: “Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo (24 August 1899 – 14 June 1986), known as Jorge Luis Borges…, was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator born in Buenos Aires. His work embraces the “character of unreality in all literature”. His most famous books, Ficciones (1944) and The Aleph (1949), are compilations of short stories interconnected by common themes such as dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, animals, fictional writers, religion and God.”