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Not enough people remember him these days

I'm inordiently pleased to discover from the Narbonic director's cut the author is a fan of Cordwainer Smith.  (In the context of 'great maudlin science fiction stories' and the Ballad of Lost C'Mell).  And since I dont' have a webcomicnation login, I thought I'd mention as such here. 

Cordwainer Smith was pretty early in the 'future history' business and he put together one of the better ones (the Instrumentality is often alien in its thought processes, but it's primary goal as a political organism.... is to remain as a political organism.  Thery're suprisingly up front about it).  Also, perhaps the single earliest Western example of a catgirl, which is some sort of milestone, even if the catgirl in question looks completely human.  My personal favorite is 'Golden the Ship Was-Oh! Oh! Oh!', a story of humanity at its most decadent (or when it is at its most decadent, the story's only sort of about it - go find the Rediscovery of Man collection!)


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Jul. 1st, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
great author
I like Cordwainer Smith too. His vision of the future is very different from anybody else's. His voice is also unusual. He was a very creative guy.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
Re: great author
The mere fact that he built a universe where everyone saw 'easy immortality' and went for it like we would puts it over a lot of sour grapes stories (not that immortality doesn't have social issues, in fact, you could make an argument the Instrumentality did too well at solving them)
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