The Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith
About the Book
This critical work concentrates on the science fiction writings of Paul Linebarger, who wrote under the pseudonym Cordwainer Smith, as well as other pseudonyms he created to reflect his different writing styles. His writings give voice to concerns about humanity and personal struggle; his ideas about love, loss, alienation, and psychic pain continue to resonate today.
This work begins with a brief biographical sketch of Cordwainer Smith, linking elements of his past to his writing and focusing on his contributions to science fiction as well as his concern with humanity. Also discussed are Smith’s published and unpublished novel–length non–science fiction, his revision process, the true man–underpeople dichotomy in his published and unpublished short fiction, and his only published novel-length science fiction work Norstrilia.
About the Author(s)
Karen L. Hellekson
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: glossary, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2001
Table of Contents
Author’s Note 1
1 The Stars of Experience 3
2 Journey in Search of a Destination 19
3 Archipelagoes of Stars 43
4 Never Never Underpeople 57
5 Star-Craving Mad 71
6 To Wake, To Kill, To Die 85
Afterword: Romances of the Plunging Future 101
Appendix: Glossary of Cordwainer Smith’s Terms 105
Relevant Manuscripts Held by Spencer Research Library 153
Book Reviews & Awards
“welcome…informative…valuable”—SFRA Review; “new pieces to the puzzle of Cordwainer Smith…useful”—Science Fiction Studies; “the only book in print about him and/or his works…in English”—Cordwainer Smith’s Science Fiction Ezine.