Norstriliaby Cordwainer Smith
Rod McBan is the last of one of the oldest and most honorable families on Norstrilia. But he
Welcome to Old North Australia, or Norstrilia, the only planet that has "stroon," a substance that indefinitely delays aging in humans. Stroon is cultivated from huge, deformed sheep farmed by the wealthiest estate owners to ever exist in all of humanity's existence. ***
Rod McBan is the last of one of the oldest and most honorable families on Norstrilia. But he himself has shortcomings that would normally have led to his death under the strict laws governing population control on a planet where immortality is cheap and imperfect citizens are ruthlessly "culled" to make way for more productive members of society. ***
But even McBan's vaunted stature in the society is not enough to save him from the basest of human emotions-jealousy- as the enmity of a former friend forces him to escape to Earth, where McBan's unprecedented fortune quickly makes him a magnet for all manner of crooks and revolutionaries.***
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When I was a teenager in the 1960s, and an avid reader, particularly of SF, I noticed a paperback with a peculiar title on the rack at our small-town drugstore: 'You Will Never Be The Same.' After buying & reading the book I realized I truly would never be the same. I also realized eventually that, like Hemingway and Pynchon, Smith is a very imitatible and impossible to really emulate talent. Cordwainer Smith is arguably the finest SF writer of the 20th Century, or at least ranks among the top ten along with Chip Delaney and a handful of others, perhaps including JG Ballard. The standard here is both literary and 'sense of wonder.' All of Cordwainer Smith's stories (and the canon is small, but wonderful) are must-read. Many times over.
Cordwainer Smith's Classic Science fiction Novel-is a real piece of work-about a place where giant sheep have spores growing on them that make you live for nearly eternity And a Boy Wants to own Earth-He Travels there From Norstrilia-but may not get what he bragained for-Cordwainer's Writing is Very Lyrical... Dylan Thomas Meets Philip K. Dick-Or something... !