Corby Waste, Artist
Corby James Waste has created a complex, lovingly detailed
Cordwainer Smith world. With the permission of the Cordwainer
Smith estate, he is making his work public. With his
permission, I'm including a few of his images here. This one is
called Ancient intelligence in the Douglas-Ouyang
Corby Waste's website is http://www.fourth-millennium.net/
His Cordwainer Smith part begins at:
he has an amazing section of Earthport images!
At present, Corby has been doing everything as a labor of
love; if you should have a desire to purchase any of his work,
please contact him via his website.
Here's Corby at Worldcon 2001 in Philadelphia, wearing one
of my father's ties that I had just given him. That's an
All-World Travel Pass under the tie.
Also at that Worldcon, Bob Silverberg looked
right at home in the special 3-D glasses used to view some of
Here is another of Corby's images... see them all at
Corby's illustration of Humphrey's Lawsuit, from
Here's what Australian Jason Dick wrote to Corby about his
Cordwainer Smith art (used with permission):
"I've had a fair old dig around at the 160th Century and
Fourth Millennium sites and I find myself a deep shade of envy
green. (Which clashes a bit with my red ties).
"The Earthport Tower pieces grabbed me for two reasons.
Firstly, a recently developed and inexplicable fear of heights
set my heart racing as I followed Alpha Ralpha Boulevard all
the way up to the Abba-Dingo. And that was the flat images -
the 3-d must be amazing. The other reason (and I swear to God
that I had never read the name of that Boulevard before seeing
your piece) was that I once tried to convince a girlfriend that
I was going to give up public service and take up horticultural
pursuits as 'Ralph Alpha - Alfalfa Farmer'. Talk about life
imitating art. (Incidentally, I'm still a pen-pusher and the
girl done ran away).
"Your Norstrilia pieces, as well, are astonishing. The
profoundness of the imagery escaped me until trying to explain
300-ton legless sheep on platforms in the desert to my mother
(who no doubt thought I was hitting the home-brew a bit hard).
'Lost for words' is, I think, the appropriate phrase. I got
goose-bumps and chills looking at the abandoned sheep station
with rib-cages and scattered horns slowly disappearing into the
dust. I don't know if you're familiar with the perennial
debates over immigration policy in Australia, but your Aojou
Nambien shot from orbit (along with the suggestion of 30
billion Chinesians inhabitants) would be a guaranteed
conversation-starter here in Brisbane."