The Best of Cordwainer Smith

This brilliant collection, often cited as the first of its kind, explores fundamental questions about ourselves and our treatment of the universe (and other beings) around us and ultimately what it means to be human.

The Best of Cordwainer Smith

"No one ever wrote like Smith, with his special blend of intense myth-making and rich invention!"--Publishers Weekly Cordwainer Smith was one of the original visionaries to think of humanity in terms of thousands of years in the future, spread out across the universe. This brilliant collection, often cited as the first of its kind, explores fundamental questions about ourselves and our treatment of the universe (and other beings) around us and ultimately what it means to be human. In "Scanners Live in Vain" we meet Martel, a human altered to be part machine--a scanner--to be able withstand the trauma space travel has on the body. Despite the stigma placed on him and his kind, he is able to regrasp his humanity to save another. In "The Dead Lady of Clown Town" we get to know the underpeople--animals genetically altered to exist in human form, to better serve their human owners--and meet D'Joan, a dog-woman who will make readers question who is more human: the animals who simply want to be recognized as having the same right to life, or the people who created them to be inferior. In "The Ballad of Lost C'mell" the notion of love being the most important equalizer there is--as first raised in "The Dead Lady of Clown Town"--is put into action when an underperson, C'mell, falls in love with Lord Jestocost. Who is to say her love for him is not as valid as any true-born human? She might be of cat descent, but she is all woman! And in "A Planet Named Shayol" it is an underperson of bull descent, and beings so mutilated and deformed from their original human condition to be now considered demons of a hellish land, who retain and display the most humanity when Mankind commits the most inhumane action of all.

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The Best of Cordwainer Smith
Language: en
Pages: 376
Authors: Cordwainer Smith
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-04-26 - Publisher: Phoenix Pick

"No one ever wrote like Smith, with his special blend of intense myth-making and rich invention!"--Publishers Weekly Cordwainer Smith was one of the original visionaries to think of humanity in terms of thousands of years in the future, spread out across the universe. This brilliant collection, often cited as the
Best of Cordwainer Smith
Language: en
Pages: 376
Authors: Cordwainer Smith
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-04-26 - Publisher: Phoenix Pick

"No one ever wrote like Smith, with his special blend of intense myth-making and rich invention "--Publishers Weekly Cordwainer Smith was one of the original visionaries to think of humanity in terms of thousands of years in the future,
The Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith
Language: en
Pages: 166
Authors: Karen L. Hellekson
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-07-06 - Publisher: McFarland

This critical work concentrates on the science fiction writings of Paul Linebarger, who wrote under the pseudonym Cordwainer Smith, as well as other pseudonyms he created to reflect his different writing styles. His writings give voice to concerns about humanity and personal struggle; his ideas about love, loss, alienation, and
The Rediscovery of Man
Language: en
Pages: 671
Authors: Cordwainer Smith
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 1993 - Publisher: Nesfa Press

A collection of short stories by the noted science fiction writer
Space and Beyond
Language: en
Pages: 207
Authors: Gary Westfahl
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000 - Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

Although the exploration of space has long preoccupied authors and filmmakers, the development of an actual space program, discoveries about the true nature of space, and critical reconsiderations of America's frontier experiences have challenged and complicated conventional portrayals of humans in space. This volume reexamines the themes of space and