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This review is from: The Rediscovery of Man (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
This collection is an excellent introduction to Cordwainer Smith's work, but a quick word of warning: there are actually two Smith books out there called 'The Rediscovery of Man'. This short story collection is the right place for beginners to start, but more ardent Smith fans may want to track down the NEFSA Press volume with the same title. The latter contains the _complete_ short fiction of Cordwainer Smith, including the non-Instrumentality short stories. If you get the NEFSA version and 'Norstrilia' you'll have all of Smith's science fiction in only two volumes.
And for what it's worth, I think 'A Planet Named Shayol' is one of the most extraordinary short stories ever written in any genre.