Monday, 8 September 2008

THE BEST OF CORDWAINER SMITH

Ballantine paperback, 1975. Cover art by Darrell Sweet.

"THE UNIVERSE OF CORDWAINER SMITH 
A thousand planets acknowledged one power - the Instrumentality of Mankind. But the Underpeople - created by the Overlords to be their servants - owed fealty only to themselves... 
HERE IN ONE VOLUME ARE THE 12 MOST IMPORTANT STORIES OF THE UNIQUE WRITER WHO FUSED WONDER AND POETRY INTO IMAGINATIVE TALES THAT TRANSCEND BOTH SCIENCE AND FICTION. 
SCANNERS LIVE IN VAIN 
Adam Stone had found the way for men to cross Deep Space alive - a discovery that might kill him! 
THE LADY WHO SAILED THE SOUL 
her name was Helen America, and she voyaged out to the stars - and into a timeless legend of romance... 
ALPHA RALPHA BOULEVARD 
They thought it was a road to a dream that would last forever - but dreams are made to be broken! 
THE BALLAD OF THE LOST C'MELL 
Never was there a girl quite like C'mell. She was not even a human being - but she was all woman! 
A PLANET NAMED SHAYOL 
Hell itself is not much to fear - if the people in it are good to each other! 
AND 7 MORE STUNNING STORIES...BY A MAN WHO DREAMED THE FUTURE."

Contents:


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 Kittons
Alpha Ralpha Boulevard
The Ballad Of Lost C'mell
A Planet Named Shayol
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