Welcome to the strangest, most distinctive future ever imagined by a science fiction writer An interstellar empire ruled by the mysterious Lords of the Instrumentality, whose access to the drug stroon from the planet Norstrilia confers on them virtual immortality A world in which wealthy and leisured humanity is served by the underpeople, genetically engineered animals turned into the semblance of people A world in which the great ships which sail between the stars are eventually supplanted by the mysterious, instantaneous technique of planoforming A world of wonder and myth, and extraordinary imagination....
|Title||:||The Rediscovery of Man (S.F. MASTERWORKS)|
|Publisher||:||Gateway 29 M rz 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||400 Seiten|
|File Size||:||873 KB|
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The Rediscovery of Man (S.F. MASTERWORKS) Reviews
Das die Geschichten von Smith mit zum besten und innovativsten gehört, das die Science Fiction des 20ten Jahrhunderts hervorgebracht hat, sollte jemandem, der auf diese Buch stößt, nichts neues sein. Und natürlich enthält auch diese Sammlung echte Juwelen - so z.B. "Scanners Live in Vain", "The Game of Rat and Dragon" und "The Burning of the Brain". Trotzdem gibt es von mir nur 3 Sterne, weil eben auch wichtige Geschichten fehlen ("Think Blue, Count Two", "The Colonel came back from the Nothing-At-All") - während in dem der Hardcover-Ausgabe der New England Science Fiction Association mit dem gleichen Titel von 1993 wirklich alle "Intrumentality" Kurzgeschichten von Smith (und einige weiter Stories) zu finden sind - zugegebenermaßen auf Papier und zu einem andere Preis (https://www.amazon.de/Rediscovery-Man-Complete-Science-Cordwainer/dp/0915368560).Also: Wer Smith kennenlernen möchte, ist mit diesem Buch sehr gut bedient. Wer allerdings die Gesamtausgabe der Kurzgeschichten erwartet, der wird enttäuscht werden.
Apart from being a highly fascinating man in his own right, Cordwainer Smith was a literary Genius who has created one of SF's most complete, most thoroughly thought-through and elaborated future histories of mankind spanning some 8,000 years of development.Ranging from the first age of space over planoform space travel, guided by the 'Instrumentality of mankind' made possibly by the life-extending 'stroon' and the support of underpeople (genetically engineered animals in human shapes) towards a possible common vision for all people and underpeople (this is the focus of his masterpiece novel, 'Norstrilia').This book provides the timeline by putting some of his finer stand-alone stories into one big collection.Highly advisable for the discerning SF fan.Best regards,Andy
This is one of the best science fiction books I have read, even including the other books from the S.F. Masterworks collection. Most fascinating is the relationship between "true men" and "underpeople", which comes to its climax in "The Ballad of Lost C'Mell", the best story in the book:She got the which of what-she-did,Hid the bell with a blot, she did,But she fell in love with a hominid,Where is the which of the what-she-did?Smith's imagination is scary sometimes, but his stories are always full of life and it is easy to imagine them actually happening.
When one looks forward to something too much, it often happens that one is disappointed because of too much expectations. Stories by Cordwainer Smith are an exception to this rule. What makes the stories so excellent is that they were so prophetic long before the facts proposed in them became common reality. Moreover, since the things described in the book are so commonplace today, had the book not been written earlier, it would no longer be possible to write it today. The book gives us the precious bird's perspective on the situation we found ourselves in today. The book is an example of a security officer working harder when writing books for fun than when solving the daily duties at the desk. Like Stanislaw Lem's works, the stories are essays in futurology written under the guise of fiction. And, the best of all, all the stories are about love. If you think that the phrase American culture is contradiction in adjective, read this book!
This S.F. Masterwork is a fine distillation of short stories by author Cordwainer Smith. It is not an expected read though as the narrative is both complex and archaic in style. It is an immensely enjoyable read even if on occasions a little naive in style. Sentence structure is unique and there were many paragraphs re-read purely to enjoy its poetic style.My favourite character was also the one Cordwainer needed to depress me with as D'joan was destined to come to a gruesome end in the same way the historic Joan of Arc met her demise. Still it is only Cordwainer who could create a tragedy and turn it into a triumphal epoch.I stopped reading after The Dead Lady of Clown Train as it to that point was the best of the seven short stories read previously. Reasoning that the best was yet to come I have decided to slip into the other stories as my S.F. palette becomes jaded as I know Mr Smith will rekindle my love of the genre with his deft, brilliant use of the English language. Peter Eerden
I've read the first chapter, which is a story in itself. The terms used for the classes of physical state, the method to move from one state to another, and the terms for those outside the controlled areas move from assumption to understanding during the read but some remain assumptions. It's an unusual science fiction writing style.
The fiction of Cordwainer Smith is really, actually, fresh and - fictional. It almost seams like his style is on a forgotten path in storytelling, notably different from contemporary SF style which is full of rehashing of existing tropes. Cordwainer's world building is strange and alien, and more about what SF is supposed to be than today's Hollywood reinterpretations of the same couple of ideas.
THIS IS NOT THE COMPLETE SHORT FICTION OF CORDWAINER SMITH, RATHER A COLLECTION BY THE SAME NAME!!!