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No one before or since has written like Cordwainer Smith: the strange, soaring stories, with their hints of even further unglimpsed depths and wonders, were one of the delights of my youthful exploration of SF, and are a recurring source of pleasure even now.

Unfortunately Smith was ill-served by his early publishers: his one longish novel (Norstrilia) was hacked into two parts (The Planet Buyer and The Underpeople), and the short stories (which originally appeared in magazines like Fantasy & Science Fiction ) were splattered around different compilations at random.

Now Norstrilia has been restored and published intact, and all 33 shorts have all been collected into one properly-edited volume: The Rediscovery of Man (N.B. NOT the abridged Gollancz paperback of the same title).

This is one of of the more substantial anthologies, and may serve as a complement to The Instrumentality of Mankind, as they have no stories in common.

The contents are:

• Scanners Live in Vain
• The Lady Who Sailed The Soul
• The Game of Rat and Dragon
• The Burning of the Brain
• The Crime and the Glory of Commander Suzdal
• Golden the Ship Was—Oh! Oh! Oh!
• The Dead Lady of Clown Town
• Under Old Earth
• Mother Hitton's Littul Kittens
• Alpha Ralpha Boulevard
• The Ballad of Lost C'mell
• A Planet Named Shayol
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on 19 September 2011
There are not many books that a reader can read that introduce the reader to a whole new universe, a universe so rich and diverse it puts every other science fiction book to shame.

From scanners to mutants, from Hunters to unknown wars to cats who protect spaceships to cats who've become human to hermaphodite human mutants to god machines to animal human mutations to wars fought by telepathic girls to murderous space entities, the universe Mr. Smith creates spans thousands of years and offers a bleak but enticing view into the future.

This collection of stories offers a glimpse into that universe, a glimpse that shows how the human soul will survive and adapt to a future alien to everything we know.

This is a must read for any hardcore science fiction fan.
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