Have you met C'Mell, the cat girlygirl who helped Rod McBan
achieve his heart's desires?
Or Rod himself, the Norstrilian boy who inadvertently bought
Old Earth one night?
Or Martel, the scanner who was cranched at a crucial
No? Then you are one of the lucky ones. You can look forward to meeting the strange
mind of Cordwainer Smith.
Yes? Then extend your acquaintance here... Wherever on Earth you come from... and
Cordwainer Smith fans come from every continent including Antarctica.... you will find much to
interest you on this website.
When we emerge from one of Smith's science fiction stories, it is with a sense of enrichment. Life seems
sometimes more tragic, sometimes more luminous...
But don't take my word for it... I am his daughter, and not exactly
objective. (That does not mean I am all-adoring. Nothing that relates to Cordwainer Smith is
simple, and growing up under the influence of that mind was not a simple matter.)
To keep up with Cordwainer Smith news, and comments of fans, see my blog. You can also contribute your own Cordwainer Smith thoughts
there, via comments.
His Effect on Other Science Fiction Authors
Cordwainer Smith has had a tremendous effect on the field of science fiction.
Ursula LeGuin spoke of Smith's "obstinate idealism."
James Patrick Kelly said in one of his award-winning stories:
"I was reading Galaxy. I even remember the story: 'The Ballad of Lost C'Mell' by Cordwainer Smith. The
squirrels must have been chittering for some time, but I was too engrossed by Lord Jestocost's problems
Robert Silverberg and many others have credited Smith with pointing the way to new areas for science fiction to
explore. Many writers have tried to imitate his style, not an easy thing to copy well.
He died in 1966, just as his fame was beginning to blossom. And that was when it became known that Cordwainer
Smith was a pseudonym for Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger, a scholar, a diplomat, a spy, a military man, a science
fiction author, and more.
"Better than any writer we've yet seen, Smith represents the sense of awe and wonder that is the heart
of science fiction."
What Readers Say about Cordwainer Smith
This website is a result of readers' comments. Late one night in the year 2000, I was at amazon.com, and I
wondered what reaction my father was getting there. So I began reading the readers' reviews, and there were so many
people who loved the stories!
- Someone had cried upon learning that Cordwainer Smith had died and thus there would be no more
- Someone else had learned to read in order to read Smith's science fiction stories.
The next morning I sat down and outlined this site.
Now, you can read more readers' comments. If you'd like to add your own to
this site, you can do it via the blog.
--Rosana Hart, webmaster and daughter of Cordwainer Smith