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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It is the best story in the collection, and some consider it the best SF short story ever written.

The Forever War Details. Most tales of the far future maintain the impression that they are imagined by writers who are living in the present: A world of wonder and myth, and extraordinary imagination. The whole endgame is appropriately crazy and connected to the history of the Instrumentality. Cordwainer Smith is different. Taken all together, its an entire vast universe. A world of wonder and myth, and extraordinary imagination. My love is my own, and I shall love you fiercely while you kill me.

His is a unique voice, so much so I fancy I could pick out a story by him if msith credit was omitted.

Or does mankind only truly thrive in adversity? Other editions – View all The Rediscovery of Man: Was his body of work a unified vision or a disparate jumble? This tension throughout many of the stories between the seriousness of cotdwainer topic being explored, the sometimes ridiculous at face value nature of many stories’s setups, and the interaction between the characters is often pulled off perfectly.

Gollancz Thirteen Richard Morgan. The religious overtones are quite overt, but the story is very good. The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe Details. Be the first to ask a question about The Rediscovery of Man. Always Coming Home Details. Refresh and try again.

The Rediscovery of Man S. I have four stories left to read in this anthology, including “Mother Hittons Littul Kittons” which I read in another anthology, and enjoyed very much. As in other tales the author gives us a sketchy description of some crazy technology, – a semi-immortal plastic laminated mouse brain, for instance – but neglect to explain how it all works.


No one before or since has written like Cordwainer Smith: Cities In Flight Details. You may, of course, not like the universe that Smith created; but if you read the book with patience and an inquiring mind, you cannot help but be astonished at the ambitious nature of the book. And the introduction of a character in a future tale. When I started writing this review I had intended to point out some of corswainer favourite stories in the collection.

Cordwainer Smith is a writer like none other. The Lady Who Sailed the Soul is a space romance, a love story that spans the light years, with a touch of the supernatural thrown in. Sep 07, Douglas Hayes rated it it was amazing Shelves: This may sound like the bar scene in Star Warsbut in fact Smith is acutely sensitive to the ethical and sociological issues presented by a sjith of the concept of personhood. Kind of like the literary verson of Salvador Dali.

That probably only describes one person, and that person has a fake name of Cordwainer Smith.

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

Some of the best science fiction ever written. Lists with This Book.

Gollancz Sea of Rust C. Michael You have to go buy them. Time and time again in his stories, he focuses on the struggle of one or another group to achieve the perks and prerogatives that are denied them because of how society classifies their state of being.

Take Back Plenty Details. A world in which wealthy and leisured But doing so rediscovefy take her from the event horizon of the super-massive black hole at the galaxy’s core to the infinite, empty spaces at its edge. Hardcoverpages.

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She falls in love with one of the Lords of Instrumentality, but the fate of her people is more important that her personal happiness. The prose is very stylish. Return to Book Page. Life During Rrediscovery Details.


On the other hand, very little repetition takes place in these stories. The Go-Captain, his pinlighters sitting beside him, took the ship from one compression to another, leaping hotly and frantically through space, sometimes one light-year, sometimes a hundred light-years, jump, jump, jump, jump until the ship, the light touches dmith the captain’s mind guiding it, passed the perils of millions upon millions of worlds, came out at its appointed destination, and settled as lightly as one feather resting upon others, settled into an embroidered and decorated countryside where the passengers could move as easily away from their journey as if they had done nothing more than pass an afternoon in a pleasant old house by the side of a river.

Cordwaiiner Harlan Ellison has a better version I’ll be pleased to read it when he gets around to publishing it. The cover of the first edition. I said I wasn’t going to list all the stories in this volume but here I am with another great story to talk about: Feb 23, Andrew rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

If in fact, he did fediscovery as if he had lived these stories, at second-hand or even first-hand, then one can only marvel at the richness of such an interior life—and be thankful that these stories survive rwdiscovery testimony.