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 individual stories are incredibly creative, vivid without revealing too much–hinting at a much larger, richer universe while still carrying layers of detail and meaning. These are futuristic tales told as myth, as legend, as a history of a distant and decayed past. Can’t do it because it’s a genre book.

Mr Linebarger his real name presents quite a character himself with his upbringing in Asia and Europe and his work in the military bureaucracy in Far Eastern Affairs. Before C’mell returns to check on him, Paul ponders the nature of the machine that could make such accurate predictions, and grieves for his loss. Some of you are bad and kill other thf of life.

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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.

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.

We would call that a war. Been waiting for this for a few weeks. The Lords of Instrumentality have finally achieved happiness for all their subjects.

The Rediscovery of Man

His stories have a dream-like, disorienting quality. A superb and complete compilation of the works of a forgotten sci fi master.

Part of the fun and the dreaminess is that he never fully reveals all the details. Not to say that Smith is in any way derivative. Gollancz Thirteen Richard Morgan. Views Dordwainer Edit View history. The collection starts out with a bang.


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The Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith

They are arranged in chronological or Cordwainer Smith is a most unusual story writer whose execution and creativity in ideas usually outshone the way they were ended.

Childhood’s End Clarke, Arthur C. The most famous story here “Scanners Live in Vain” was infamous rejected by several editors among them John Campbell, who reportedly said it was too extreme and you can almost see why as it depicts a future where space travel is so physically painful that the pilots have to have their sensory perceptions severed from their brains in order to function and are only able to feel like regular people in certain schedule moments.

Stand On Zanzibar Details. Apr 14, Paul Magnussen rated it it was amazing. In a cordwaineg, this is more a fantastic retelling of myths and legends told in a far distant future.

Paul Linebargerwho wrote some of the most influential and yet obscure science fiction in existence. Original, creative and like nothing else. This review has been hidden cotdwainer it contains spoilers. This lends a mystery to the universe that the reader is free to fill in, which complements other aspects of the stories. The next few stories deal with how humanity takes the first steps out of this dark age and back toward organized society.

Hard to pin down, though a number of readers call him the greatest sci-fi writer of all. I had heard his name before, but never read any of his stories. The Lord realizes that the direction the humanity is following is wrong, and sets mzn motion a return to rwdiscovery old values.

Cordwainer Smith, pen name of Dr.

A problem for me in “reviewing” a story like this one: There are also signs of decadence, as the pursue of happiness alone can take us down a dead-end alley: During World War II he served as a political scientist and expert on psychological warfare. Anyone up for a laminated mouse brain?

The stories in The Rediscovery of Man are amazing. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. A friend loaned me this collection of short stories and I was blown away. It is that very quality—the endless ingenuity of our author as he piles up strange element upon strange element—that stands out as the most salient trademark of this author. Mar 15, Teague rated it it was amazing. He isn’t too well known currently because he was never successful at novel-length, but I guarantee that this book contains some of the best novelettes the field ever produced.


Thus the civilizations that existed before the great war that almost destroyed the world are resurrected, although in a differing form. But where a battle-fleet would meet insuperable resistance, a single infiltrator might penetrate the Boskonian defenses – if he had the guts to take on million-to-one odds. The Difference Engine Details. The stories are roughly related, covering times from the far future to the much farther future as civilizations rise and fall, and technology is built.

These two also include the Jesus-y stuff that other reviewers have mentioned. Pussycat space pilots doing battle with void-dwelling monsters. There’s probably a good chance that he might be able to crank out one or two decent ones in his spare time, but what if he was able to churn out over thirty of them in the course of his relatively short career, not only making each one noticeably different but also putting together a rather detailed future history on the sly, the s What are the chances that a professor with a PhD in political science and an expertise in the Far East would be able to write even one excellent science-fiction tale?

It is without doubt one of the strangest and most memorable creations in SF, even if it only affords short, tantalizing glimpse The Rediscovery of Man: This is another landmark of modern SF from one of its most exciting and commercial authors.