Monday, February 06, 2017

A Shaper of Myths: The Best of Cordwainer Smith

A Shaper of Myths: The Best of Cordwainer Smith

5 comments:

George said...

I remember reading "Think Blue, Count Two" in GALAXY when it was first published. Blew my mind! I went on to read all of Cordwainer Smith's work.

Fred Zackel said...

He was my literary hero during my Golden Age of Science Fiction. My Golden Age? I was thirteen. And C'Mell was my heroine!

Fred Zackel said...

I just found this "glossary of Cordwainer Smith's terms." Check it out! https://books.google.com/books?id=PEmnCgAAQBAJ&pg=PA105&lpg=PA105&dq=define+Cordwainer&source=bl&ots=xzjSJm4Lg3&sig=iUADDLO50Rxd0z6M8hQejIVurcA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj-z8qp5vvRAhUBEGMKHVNVDAsQ6AEIXjAM#v=onepage&q=define%20Cordwainer&f=false
Amazing imagination!! I will meet you on the Alpha Ralpha Boulevard!

Don Coffin said...

"You already know the end — the immense drama of the Lord Jestocost, seventh of his line, and how the cat-girl C’Mell initiated the vast conspiracy. But you do not know the beginning, how the first Lord Jestocost got his name, because of the terror and inspiration which his mother, Lady Goroke, obtained from the famous real-life drama of he dog-girl D’joan. It is even less likely that you know the other story — the one behind D’joan. The story is sometimes mentioned as the matter of the ‘nameless witch,’ which is absurd, because she really had a name. The name was ‘Elaine,’ an ancient and forbidden one."

I actually like this as an opening. (Confession: I have never read any of his stuff.)

Bill Crider said...

I like it a lot.