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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The cats ride outside of the spaceships in their own tiny crafts, waiting for the order from their human partner to attack. Underpeople are humanoid slaves genetically modified from animals. Half Past Human Details. One of the finest, and nowadays thoroughly forgotten, works of worldcrafting I have ever read.

But by far the most impressive aspect of these stories is how deeply strange they are. Some of Cordwainer Smith’s stories can be read there.

The Lords of Instrumentality played at being chivalrous and did loved money, but when life and death were at stake, they no longer cared much about money, or credit, or even about honor. The lasting consequences eventually lead to the rebirth of religion, rights for the underpeople, and the Rediscovery of Man. Although he only published one novel, Norstrilia, Smith is well regarded for his short fiction, the majority of which is set in his future history of the Instrumentality of Mankind.

Ballad of Lost C’Mell -Another classic “Instrumentality” story, this one centered on a Lord of the Instrumentality and a member of the Underpeople animals that have been evolved to have human-like intelligence and appearance who devise a plan to improve the rights of the Underpeople.

These are timeless stories that don’t seem dated at all. In the fifties and sixties, Cordwainer Smith was one of the most original writers in the science fiction genre. The Fall of Hyperion Details. Of course some stories are better than others, but many readers of Smith’s work seem to have differences of opinions on which are the better stories. Ensign Morn Hyland works for the United Mining Company, which is in charge of law enforcement throughout known space.


To Say Nothing of the Dog Details. And I think I recall seeing this in the hands of some of the sci-fi literati in my high school, so Cordwainer Smith had a kind of cachet in my mind.

Do yourself a favor and read this underrated and overlooked masterwork.

The Rediscovery of Man – Wikipedia

Galactic Patrol is the third self-contained novel in E. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The Rediscovery of Man contains Smith’s entire output of published short SF stories, tracking the fall and rise of mankind from roughly AD.

Articles needing additional references from January All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata. Cordwainer Smith actual name Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger created a great setting in his body of work, adding to it with each short story, as well as his lone novel, so that at the end of the day Stories that make me feel whirling and small. The first two stories in this collection deal with an Earth that is similar to how we know it now, though with technology and societal structures differing from our own.

Smith is a fabulist.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Unfortunately, this great setting is never complemented by any individual stories of particular excellence, leading to the best part of Smith being the background of his stories instead of the actual action o Cordwainer Smith actual name Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger created a great setting in his body of work, adding to it with each short story, as well as his lone novel, so that at the end of the day the universe of the Instrumentality of Mankind feels vibrant and complex yet understandable.

I look forward to reading more of Mr. At first I just found it not my cup of tea.

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He isn’t too well known currently corfwainer he was never successful at novel-length, but I guarantee that this book contains some of the best novelettes the field ever produced. He’s been selected to help build the first permanent base on Mars. A Canticle For Leibowitz Details. Deeply immersive, chilling and atmospheric.

His scifi is much more focused on large sociological structures and individuals in repressive societies than ‘hard’ scifi. War with the Newts Details. Gollancz Replay Ken Grimwood. Nova Dick, Philip K. In still other instances, we encounter humans who have been genetically altered to meet the exigencies of different planets…or robots of humanoid appearance…or mixtures of animal parts with mechanical and electronic technology. Cordwainer also has at least for me an unfortunate connotation; Harlan Ellison has for years used the pseudonym Cordwainer Bird to alert fans that something he wrote has been turned to crap by others usually by Hollywood.


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

Thanks to the combination of the human mind and the cats’ quick reactions, space travel is an acceptable risk. Last night I read “Scanners Live in Vain”the story that really put the author on the map – sort-of. The third story in this volume takes place 16, years in the future.

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. Apr 08, Ronald rated it it was amazing. Smith’s, reconstructed from the stories as codrwainer notes don’t survive, covers about twelve thousand years. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. The imagery here would not be out of place in a Hieronymous Bosch painting. About those persisting attitudes of “special-ness” that humans adorn themselves with.

We also see perhaps Smith’s own evolution of ideas about how you can maximise human happiness.

The Rediscovery of Man

Very rarely does a key character from one story play a major role in another one—although minor characters do reappear with regularity. His wife, Genevieve Linebarger, completed some of his unfinished stories from the notes he left.

His stories have a dream-like, disorienting quality. The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch. Rediscovert What is quite impressive here. Sep 06, Esteban Ruquet rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’d be embarrassed, slightly, if I weren’t completely and suddenly kind of obsessed.