Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith

Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith

by Karen L. Hellekson


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Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith by Karen L. Hellekson

This critical work concentrates on the science fiction writings of Paul Linebarger, who wrote under the pseudonym Cordwainer Smith, as well as other pseudonyms he created to reflect his different writing styles. His writings give voice to concerns about humanity and personal struggle; his ideas about love, loss, alienation, and psychic pain continue to resonate today.
This work begins with a brief biographical sketch of Cordwainer Smith, linking elements of his past to his writing and focusing on his contributions to science fiction as well as his concern with humanity. Also discussed are Smith’s published and unpublished novel–length non–science fiction, his revision process, the true man–underpeople dichotomy in his published and unpublished short fiction, and his only published novel-length science fiction work Norstrilia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786411498
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 09/14/2001
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Karen Hellekson is a freelance copy editor and the coeditor with Kristina Busse of Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet (2006). She writes book reviews for Publishers Weekly and lives in Jay, Maine.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Author’s Note 1

1 The Stars of Experience 3

2 Journey in Search of a Destination 19

3 Archipelagoes of Stars 43

4 Never Never Underpeople 57

5 Star-Craving Mad 71

6 To Wake, To Kill, To Die 85

Afterword: Romances of the Plunging Future 101

Appendix: Glossary of Cordwainer Smith's Terms 105

Bibliography 149

Relevant Manuscripts Held by Spencer Research Library 153

Index 155

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