On top of all that, he wrote science fiction of very high quality under the name "Cordwainer Smith."
And with all the villians in the novel the main character never really seems to be in much danger even though the author clearly wants you to believe that he is.
The style is unique in my experience but the story line-what you can make of it initially-is intriguing and dare I say bizarre.
start with Cordwainer Smith's short stories about the instrumentality and you'll enjoy this book much morePublished 23 days 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 7 months ago 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 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cordwainer Smith is simply one of the best scifi authors. If you enjoy scifi then you definitely should read Cordwainer Smith!Published 11 months ago 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 12 months ago 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 19 months ago 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
I can sum up this book in one sentence: If only one book were to be allowed to exist, this one should be it.Published on August 20, 2011 by JP
If you're searching for a sci-fi classic a bit off the beaten path, look no further. Smith has one of the most unique voices in the genre, but also one of the most versatile. Read morePublished on September 17, 2010 by C. Robert