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Cordwainer Smith's strange science fiction, along with works he wrote under his own name, Paul M. A. Linebarger .
His life is discussed, and she reflects and remembers . When we emerge from one of Smith's science fiction stories, it is with a sense of enrichment.
The universe of Cordwainer Smith.
Cordwainer Smith (/ˈkɔːrdweɪnər/ KORD-way-nər) was the pen-name used by American author Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger (July 11, 1913 – August 6, 1966) for his science fiction works. Linebarger was a noted East Asia scholar and expert in psychological warfare. "Cordwainer" is an archaic word for "a worker in cordwain or cordovan leather; a shoemaker", and a "smith" is "one who works in iron or other metals; esp. a blacksmith or farrier": two kinds of skilled workers with traditional materials.
A story by Cordwainer Smith reads like nothing else ever written; there is no way you could mistake him for another writer.
Space Lords by Cordwainer Smith. Pyramid Science Fiction, 1968. Cover by Jack Gaughan. Cordwainer Smith, "The Burning of the Brain" (1958). What does happen to us when we planoform? Do you think it's sort of like dying? Did you ever see anybody who had his soul pulled out?" "Pulling out souls is just a way of talking about it," said Woodley. After all these years, nobody knows whether we have souls or no. "But I saw one once.
SUMMARY: Welcome to the strangest, most distinctive future ever imagined by a science fiction writer. A world in which wealthy and leisured humanity is served by the underpeople, genetically engineered animals turned into the semblance of people.
Publication Details: Ace Books, USA (1984). Edges of covers have moderate wear. Space Lords by Cordwainer Smith, Smith Cordwainer (Paperback, softback, 1984). Pre-owned: lowest price.
A quintessential Cordwainer Smith story, Scanners Live In Vain would’ve .
Cordwainer Smith had a fondness for cats, and featured them in many of his stories. Image via Hoover Institution Archives).