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Norstrilia Hardcover – December, 1994
A network of beacons allows ships to travel across the Milky Way at beyond the speed of light. The beacons are built to be robust. They never fail. At least, they aren't supposed to. Learn more
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For the newbie, I'm not sure if "Norstrilia" fully functions as a stand-alone novel because I was lucky enough to experience the short stories first. Thus I can understand a few of the less favorable reviews here, claiming that the story is diffuse and doesn't make sense. One issue for the newbie is the great source of Smith's genius - his mythology-like non-Western storytelling technique that is laid out more logically in the short stories, while appearing rather abruptly here. That's why fans should become familiar with Smith's progression of short stories first, because then this novel will make more sense, as it's merely piece of a much larger puzzle.Read more ›
Ellison pretty much worshipped Smith, and I pretty much worshipped Ellison, so...
Until that point, I had considered Ray Bradbury the best user of language among the authors I read extensively.
Cordwainer Smith leaves even Bradbury in the dust. His lyrical narratives would make even mundane stories read wonderfully.
Fortunately, Smith's stories -- both short fiction and Norstrilia, his only novel-length effort -- are anything but mundane. His background and interests led him to create worlds utterly unlike any others I've encountered in 2o-some years of avid reading of speculative fiction.
Cordwainer Smith was the pen name of Dr. Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger, godson of Sun Yat Sen.
He got his Ph.D. in political science at age 23, and wrote extensively about Chinese political issues, worked for the American intelligence community, produced a classic text about psychological warfare that was used by the U.S. Army for decades, and was a professor of Asiatic Politics at Johns Hopkins University and an advisor to John F. Kennedy. He died in 1966, far too early.
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Cordwainer Smith was an odd anomaly of his time in the world of SF. An expert on East Asia and the author of a pretty well regarded book on psychological warfare, he basically... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael Battaglia
start with Cordwainer Smith's short stories about the instrumentality and you'll enjoy this book much morePublished 18 months ago by Neiamyer Scudder
For anyone who read Smith/Linebarger growing up, this edition is a must-have. The extras and additional texts are quite interesting.Published on January 26, 2014 by moinerzdad
The other reviewers have covered the story and back story, the interesting history of the author and the beauty of his writing. Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by Poetfoley
Cordwainer Smith is simply one of the best scifi authors. If you enjoy scifi then you definitely should read Cordwainer Smith!Published on October 2, 2013 by Steve G
The twenty-years from 1945 to 1965 were a golden age for Science Fiction, but in the galaxy of dazzling stories that were written, no SF novel shines like Cordwainer Smith's... Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Alan Conrad
It probably pays to read a few reviews before starting on the works of an author you haven't come across before. Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Peter Eerden
"Norstrilia" is about immortality, high finance, outsiders, mutated sheep, Australia, and what makes human beings human. Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by Belasius