The Remakable Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith

Letters from Paul: Some Letters from Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger, Who Wrote Science Fiction as Cordwainer Smith

Edited by Rosana Hart

Letters from PaulWould you like to glimpse behind the scenes and read family letters from Paul M.A. Linebarger (who was Cordwainer Smith), many written in his own hand?

I've compiled a 54-page book which is now out of stock.  We will not reprint more anytime soon. We may bring it out as a paperback book sometime, and you might be able to find a used copy someplace.

It's comb-bound, 8.5" by 11" and contains a dozen letters written between 1933 and 1962. Two of the longest letters, written to me when I was a baby, spell out his personal philosophy—written, I'm sure, in case he never returned from the war. (The legibility of a few of the letters is a little bad, specially when he wrote in red ink or didn't change his typewriter ribbon. But it's all readable.)

I've put one of the letters on another page in its entirety.

It also includes a list of my father's travels from birth to 1957.

Contents of Letters from Paul

  • Introduction, by Rosana Hart
  • Letter to his parents from London, March 6
  • Poem, July 13
  • First letter from India, September 14
  • A Letter on Right and Wrong, September 16
  • A Letter on Permissible Wrong, October 23
  • The Message from a Living God, Chungking, March 28, 31
  • Two letters to his mother, 39
  • Letter from Tokyo, 42
  • Letter from Singapore, 44
  • Letter from Canberra, 45
  • Letter about Cuban Missile Crisis, 25 October 47
  • Emergency Family Passport, 1922, 49
  • Map and edited list of travels of Paul Linebarger through 1957... page 51
    (Letters not specified are to me.—Rosana)

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