Norstrilia

Norstrilia

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by Cordwainer Smith
     
 

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This is the only novel Cordwainer Smith ever wrote during his distinguished career. It tells the story of a boy form the planet Old North Australia (where rich, simple farmers grow the immortality drug Stroon), how he bought Old Earth, and how his visit to Earth changed both him and Earth itself.

"Vividly drawn and wonderfully suggestive...confirms that

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This is the only novel Cordwainer Smith ever wrote during his distinguished career. It tells the story of a boy form the planet Old North Australia (where rich, simple farmers grow the immortality drug Stroon), how he bought Old Earth, and how his visit to Earth changed both him and Earth itself.

"Vividly drawn and wonderfully suggestive...confirms that Cordwainer Smith was one of science fiction's most original writers." -- Science Fiction: The Best 100 Novels

"Better than any writer we've yet seen, Smith represents the sense of awe and wonder that is the heart of science fiction." -- Scott Edelman, Science Fiction Age

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Cordwainer Smith, pseudonym of the late Paul Linebarger, a professor and part-time spy, wrote only one SF novel, but it is in keeping with the picture of a future world he built in his other fiction. This novel, originally conceived and published in two parts in 1964 and '68, and later issued in paperback by Ballantine in 1975, begins like a more traditional SF tale. Protagonist Rod McBan's Norstrilian peers consider him inferior because he lacks their telepathic abilities. Nearly "culled" as part of the strictly regulated society's population control, McBan uses a computer to arbitrage the galactic financial markets, enabling him, literally, to buy Earth. While the first half would merely have made an interesting novel, the second, more lyrical part displays Smith's superior writing abilities as he describes both the Underpeople (genetically designed combinations of humans and other species-and the Instrumentality (an organization for keeping humanity from becoming stagnant). The result: a novel that transcends its time. Though not a scholarly edition (the variorum is incomplete and the introduction leaves much to be desired), this composite text, ably edited by James A. Mann, is a fine companion to the author's complete short fiction, The Rediscovery of Man.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cordwainer Smith, pseudonym of the late Paul Linebarger, a professor and part-time spy, wrote only one SF novel, but it is in keeping with the picture of a future world he built in his other fiction. This novel, originally conceived and published in two parts in 1964 and '68, and later issued in paperback by Ballantine in 1975, begins like a more traditional SF tale. Protagonist Rod McBan's Norstrilian peers consider him inferior because he lacks their telepathic abilities. Nearly ``culled'' as part of the strictly regulated society's population control, McBan uses a computer to arbitrage the galactic financial markets, enabling him, literally, to buy Earth. While the first half would merely have made an interesting novel, the second, more lyrical part displays Smith's superior writing abilities as he describes both the Underpeople (genetically designed combinations of humans and other species-and the Instrumentality (an organization for keeping humanity from becoming stagnant). The result: a novel that transcends its time. Though not a scholarly edition (the variorum is incomplete and the introduction leaves much to be desired), this composite text, ably edited by James A. Mann, is a fine companion to the author's complete short fiction, The Rediscovery of Man. (Mar.)

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ISBN-13:
9780345323002
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/12/1985
Pages:
288

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Norstrilia 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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... !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago