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If you thought Golden Age SF wasn't challenging, think again,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Rediscovery of Man (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
Cordwainer Smith brings depth, richness, and above all an amazing sense of a true alternative reality to SF with this brilliantly imagined series of stories.
Like Clockwork Orange, but without the pseudo-new-made-up-language, Smiths universe is one to be experienced in totality - and you can only really appreciate each story when you have finished the lot.
Whilst these stories only skim the surface of what was surely one of the most complete SF universes ever to grace the page, the multitude of small glimpses they offer gives far more sustenance than digesting many a weighty space opera multi-parter!
If this isn't on your bookshelf, you havent got a true context against which to measure anyone from Asimov to Gibson.