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Blue Tyson said in October 14th, 2008 at 7:05 pm

Good advice is just read Cordwainer Smith, period.

Rusty said in October 15th, 2008 at 7:12 am

True – after reading this awesome story I am definitely going to read more of his stuff. Any recommendations?

Omphalos said in November 30th, 2008 at 8:48 pm

An excellent story is Scanners Live in Vain. Mother Hittuns Littlu Kittens is great too, but personally I love most of Smith’s works. NESFA published a collection of all of his SF save for his one novel, Norstrillia, and that book is incredibly well done. I’m in the process of reading it for a review my own website.

Rusty said in December 1st, 2008 at 7:42 pm


Yeah, Cordwainer Smith has some great novels and stories. Those ones you mentioned look really cool, I’ll have to try them out.

omphalos said in December 2nd, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Here is a link to a bunch of Cordwainer Smith stories on line:


Carl V. said in January 17th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

This was great. After my recent joyful experience in reading the Space Lords collection of stories, I have been itching to read more Cordwainer Smith. You are spot on in your assessment that pin-lighting sounds like something that would be really interesting to do. Smith did a fantastic job of describing this in detail while not making it an info-dump. He just wove the details into the tapestry of the story. He was good…boy was he ever good!

Rusty said in January 18th, 2009 at 2:06 am


Agreed – Smith is a fantastic writer, and this story was a pleasure to read! I’ll have to check out Space Lords, your review of it totally made me want to read it. Thanks!

Carl V. said in January 18th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

The Death of the Lady of Clown Town ranks right up there with Cold Equations as one of my favorite science fiction short stories, if not one of my favorite overall stories, of all time.