Dune by Frank Herbert The Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith The Golden Age by John C. Wright Norstrilia by Cordwainer Smith The January Dancer by. The Rediscovery of Man: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith. James Mann, Editor, Cordwainer Smith, Editor, John J. Pierce, Introduction . The Rediscovery of Man: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith is the second book in the “NESFA’s Choice” series. It brings.

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Deeply dediscovery, chilling and atmospheric. Most science fiction of the time is concerned with technological change; there is a tendency to assume that American capitalism will always be the mainstream of human culture.

Great choice for those looking for sci-fi playing out over the millennia and touching on what it means og be human. The Sea and Summer Details. Scanners Live In Vain is one of the first stories published in the Instrumentality universe.

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The Dead Lady of Clown Town is both revolutionary and biblical in content. Even for those who are not, there is a sense of wonder, awe, and vast scope that place this collection among the best that I’ve come across in a while. Linebarger as well, and is both deficient in quality and doesn’t fit well with the rest of the stories in the universe, particularly disappointing as a capstone narrative. Between Sisters by Cathy Kelly.

Telepathic humans and telepathic cats who perceive the dragons as rats are able to sense the creatures within milliseconds. To be honest I am a little surprised about the cult status that this author has achieved.

A Canticle For Leibowitz Details. I’d heard of Cordwainer Smith pen name for Dr. An interstellar empire ruled by the mysterious Cordwsiner of the Instrumentality, whose redisckvery to the drug stroon from the planet Norstrilia confers on them virtual immortality.


An unhappy marriage and unrewarding job – and then he died. This makes me think of “The Time Machine” in particular.

Living in Byzantium, a huge sky city floating above the land of Urkaine, he makes his living as a drone pilot – capable of being a cameraman who records the events unfolding in Thhe or, with the weapons aboard his drone, of making a newsworthy event happen for his employers: He became a Christian partway through his career, and some of his great stories are concerned directly with the faith and with what conversion means in the modern world.

Later animals are moulded into human form are are used as slaves and their striving and gradual struggle for equality and freedom. Or does mankind only truly thrive in adversity? But I was constantly surprised by the elegance and rhythm of the prose that, again, is not something one often expects with SF.

The Rediscovery of Man

Stroon, cordwainwr immortality-conferring wonder drug derived from mutant sheep the size of houses. His scifi is much more focused on large sociological structures and individuals in repressive societies than ‘hard’ scifi.

We should be so lucky! There are 33 stories altogether.

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

Jul 19, Kaila rated it liked it Shelves: A Maze of Death Details. The stories feature governing ‘Lords of the Instrumentality’ that are immortal with drug rediscobery from planet Norstrilia. I tell you, it is sad, it is more than sad, it is fearful — for it is a dreadful thing to go into the up-and-out, to fly without flying, to move between the stars as a moth may drift among smtih leaves on a summer night.


After all these years, nobody knows if we have souls or not. As I write this review, the current goodreads rating for this book is 4. This collection contains about half the stories the author published pertaining to his vision of a future history of mankind.

We aren’t presented with a strict timeline of what happened although those exist but are allowed to sort of look in the spaces he’s coloring in and figure out where the lines are. A number of them are presented as histories, with character names from one story appearing as an aside in a later story to give the impression that it’s all part of the same fabric, as well as implying a general progression of events due to actions seen in earlier tales.

Once again we get a lot of very mysterious time-travel and shifting around. Moreover, his stories raise profound questions concerning freedom, risk, knowledge and evil. Nov 02, Biafra rated it it was amazing Shelves: We would call that a war.

The Rediscovery of Man: I wonder if cat-lover Haruki Murakami has read CS? Original, creative and like nothing else. The Centauri Device Rediscoveey. The Body Snatchers Details.

Last night I read “Himself in Anachron,” another “new” story but not bad. And I think I recall seeing this in the hands of some of the sci-fi literati in my high school, so Cordwainer Smith had a kind of cachet in my mind.