Cordwainer Smith


Just looking back at Cordwainer Smith’s Instrumentality of Mankind…

Cordwainer Smith was the byline of Dr Paul Linebarger. Dr Linebarger was an East Asian scholar and a US intelligence operative and so his identity as Cordwainer Smith was a closely guarded secret throughout his life. His knowledge and awareness of far Eastern culture, transferred well into his written works and his writing style was reminiscent of traditional Chinese story telling. I greatly enjoyed works such as The Ballad of Lost C’Mell and The Dead Lady of Clown Town. His surname, when rendered in Chinese characters, becomes: Forest of Incandescent Bliss.

cover to The Instrumentality of Mankind 1979 Ballantine edition

cover to The Instrumentality of Mankind 1979 Ballantine paperback edition

cover to Nostrilia 1978 Ballantine pb

cover to Nostrilia 1978 Ballantine pb

The Planet Buyer - cover to the 1964 Pyramid pb

The Planet Buyer – cover to the 1964 Pyramid paperback edition

cover to Space Lords 1972 Sphere edition

cover to Space Lords 1972 Sphere edition

cover to The Underpeople 1975 Sphere pb

cover to The Underpeople 1975 Sphere pb

cover to The best of Cordwainer Smith - 1975 Ballantine pb

cover to The best of Cordwainer Smith – 1975 Ballantine paperback

About Terence Park

Board games, US Comic books, SF Paperbacks, Vinyl records; I've plenty of them all. I write SF (the serious sort). I also do spreadsheets.
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