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

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

Hardcover(1st ed)


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ISBN-13: 9780915368563
Publisher: New England Science Fiction Association, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/28/1993
Series: Nesfa's Choice Series
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 671
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 2.00(d)

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The Rediscovery of Man: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
figre on LibraryThing 10 months ago
If you are like me, you have heard the name Cordwainer Smith. You have probably also heard of and read his short story ¿Scanners Live in Vain¿. Digging a little deeper, you may have even heard of ¿The Game of Rat and Dragon¿ or ¿Down to a Sunless Sea¿. If your awareness of Cordwainer Smith was as limited as mine, then, like me, you will be floored by this book.This is a remarkable collection made more remarkable by the fact that 1) it is a complete collection of his short science fiction stories, 2) unlike most ¿complete¿ collections, it has almost no low points, and 3) this complete collection is made up almost exclusively of stories built around a future history (¿the Instrumentality of Mankind¿). Now, Cordwainer Smith (real name Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger ¿ but it is just easier to stick with ¿Smith¿) was not the first to use this approach, nor the last. But this collection shows how devoted his work was to that history ¿ a history that spans an incredible arc of future history. And a future history containing intricacies that Smith is able to explore at the macro and micro level with amazing success.These are stories that stand the test of time. But for a few exceptions, they could be written today. And to see how many were written in the 60s helps the reader realize how modern Smith¿s writing is.I fall to cliché in describing this collection. It is jaw-dropping. It is a marvel. It contains undiscovered treasures. Insert your own superlatives here.Get this collection and find yourself wrapped up in the individual stories and in the grand history that is explored and yet only hinted at. You will wish there were many, many more.
AsYouKnow_Bob on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Masterful stuff. I don't know anyone so skilled at implying so much backstory in so few words. You read any given paragraph of Cordwainer Smith, and you immediately have a sense of the entire history and culture of his 'Instrumentality' lurking just offstage. I still don't know how he does it - these stories deserve close study.
Guilliam More than 1 year ago
These are not just the best science fiction novelettes ever written, they may well be the best stories ever written. 'The Dead Lady of Clown Town' is the only object in print that has ever made me cry. These are true "miracles of rare device," and if you do not fall in love with C'mell, you have no soul
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are stories here that will stick with you for a lifetime. My favorite? 'The Lady That Sailed The Soul.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most unacknowledged and unknown science fiction writer since the tragically unknown and unacknowledged Kilgore Trout. Who else could have conceived of a planet which defends itself from extraterrestrial invasion by the broadcasted psychic vibrations from thousands of rabid, hungry and probably horny caged minks?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although Cordwainer Smith, aka Paul Linebarger, was not a terribly prolithic author, his prose has a profound, lyrical, vivid, and, at times, surealistic quality which has endeared his work to many readers. His writing has been likened to that of C.S. Lewis and Jean-Paul Sarte and like both of these writers, I feel that Mr. Smith had a unique understanding of human nature, potential, our dreams, and fears.