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Cordwainer Smith

Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger, better known by his pen-name Cordwainer Smith, was an American author known for his science fiction works. Linebarger was a US Army officer, a noted East Asia scholar, and an expert in psychological warfare. Although his death shortened his career as a writer at 53, he is considered one of the more talented and influential science fiction authors.

"In his stories, which were a wonderful and inimitable blend of a strange, raucous poetry and a detailed technological scene, we begin to read of human beings in worlds so far from our own in space in time that they were no longer quite Earth (even when they were the third planet out from Sol), and the people were no longer quite human, but something perhaps better, certainly different." Frederik Pohl

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Norstrilia (includes the prequel story "The Ballad of Lost C'Mell")

Norstrilia (includes the prequel story "The Ballad of Lost C'Mell")

Welcome to Old North Australia, or Norstrilia, the only planet with "stroon," a substance that indefinitely delays aging in humans. Stroon is cultivated from huge, deformed sheep farmed by the wealthiest estate owners to ever exist in all of humanity's existence. Rod McBan is the last of one of the ...

The Best of Cordwainer Smith

The Best of Cordwainer Smith

Cordwainer Smith was one of the original visionaries to think of humanity in terms of thousands of years in the future, spread out across the universe. This brilliant collection, often cited as the first of its kind, explores fundamental questions about ourselves and our treatment of the universe (a...

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