Dune by Frank Herbert The Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith The Golden Age by John C. Wright Norstrilia by Cordwainer Smith The January Dancer by. The Rediscovery of Man: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith. James Mann, Editor, Cordwainer Smith, Editor, John J. Pierce, Introduction . The Rediscovery of Man: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith is the second book in the “NESFA’s Choice” series. It brings.

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Jan 24, Paul van der Bijl rated it it was amazing. Humans gain a little more freedom, as do the animal underclass.

There are little Sci-Fi writers that write in a melodious, fairytale-esque cantabile manner that Smith legal surname Linebarger does. I’d heard of Cordwainer Smith pen name for Dr.

The Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith

The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch. Written in an unadorned voice reminiscent of James Tiptree Jr. He did not even adjust his blood away from anger”. Ensign Morn Hyland works for the United Mining Company, which is in charge of law enforcement throughout known space. There is a strange and touching poetry about the best of them e.

Smith aka Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger was a pretty colorful character himself — only to mention his work for CIA, the fact that he was an expert in psychological warfare and professor of East Asia studies, and that he was writing under three other pseudonyms things very different from SF, and more. Pierce’s admittedly speculative timeline of the Instrumentality.

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His wife, Genevieve Linebarger, completed some of his unfinished stories from the notes he left. Kinnison had guts enough to take on the odds – even with the future of the civilized Universe riding on his shoulders. For example, in On the Storm Planet Casher O’Neill, a recurring character, encounters a young, teenage woman whom he is sent to kill.

Smith’s encyclopedic knowledge of the history, politics, and current affairs of his own time enhances his stories of the future. Most tales of the far future maintain the impression that they are imagined by writers who are living in the present: Smith started writing in the s but he remained extremely obscure until publishing ‘Scanners Live in Vain’ in Usually after reading a book I give it away.

The best stories for me were very different from each other.

I love the soviet take on the cordwaineg age. By looking at these turning points in history, Smith is also examining, as the introduction clearly points out, the relationship between science and religion, the definition of the nature of Man both in biological and spiritual terms. He became a Christian partway through his career, and some of his great stories are concerned directly with the faith and with what conversion means in the modern world.

I believe it is one of the attempts of Smith to reconcile religion with science.

The background myth of an expansive, ancient universe that pervades the stories adds great depth and Cordwainer’s lack of detail about all aspects of the Instrumentality allows readers to imagine s,ith vastness of the regions they control, the problems they faced, and all manner of things cordwaienr are only hinted at. These stories are breathtaking, marvellous, and thought provoking — a tour de force of speculative literature.

The Crystal World Ballard, J. I actually haven’t quite finished this yet but will this afternoon so I can return it on time. Linebarger is famous for literally creating the military doctrines of psychological warfare during WWII, and taught Far Eastern Studies This is a most unusual and original body cofdwainer work. This is a pleasing conceit.

If anyone would like an introduction to Smith, I’d say start with the short story, “Scanners Live in Vain” or read “Norstrilia,” which is a thr. How, O Scanners, are habermans made?

The Rediscovery of Man: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith

Set around A. Alpha Ralpha Boulevard begins a new era in the future history of mankind: Keep me logged in on this computer. As the convicts set to work on the frozen wastes fo Mars, the accidents multiply. What’s dog spelled backwards?!?! Nov 02, Biafra rated it it was amazing Shelves: He was lying on the air-draft with his brain pleasure centers plugged into the triggering current. Here it’s both clear and jumbled at the same time.

The guy who made Cordwwiner and Heinlein take notice.