The Remakable Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith

Cordwainer Smith Illustrated Bibliography,
by Mike Bennett


The Best of Cordwainer Smith, part of the book coverThis is a humble tribute to one of most original writers that science fiction has ever known: Cordwainer Smith, pen name of Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger. His bold and inspired visions of the future have been admired by such noteworthies as Ursula K. LeGuin, Robert Silverberg and Harlan Ellison. Unfortunately, in a short career that barely spanned a decade, he left us little more than one novel and thirty-four stories. But such is the power of these stories that, in all the years since his death, they have refused to be forgotten and most are still in print today.

The bibliography you are reading has been a labour of love. The publication of The Instrumentality of Mankind in 1979 brought to my attention several of his stories that I had never seen before. I decided to find a comprehensive Cordwainer Smith checklist but the failure of my search coincided with the realization that I had already collected enough material to write one myself!

No sooner said than begun. But as the fifth year as researcher went by, I realized that the completion of this checklist is an arbitrary point. Since all of my work was involved with researching the various editions of all the anthologies in which any of his stories have appeared, the amount of unfinished work had been increasing exponentially while the actual value of the information was decreasing steadily. And since it seemed more important that the work be used by concerned individuals, my work was deemed done, leaving further exploration into the eternal and dusty halls of research to more intrepid souls.

The bibliography you are reading has posed a serious dilemma for me. What I wanted was a Cordwainer Smith checklist. In my talks with Chris Drumm, the original checklist's publisher, we both agreed that at least a bibliographical nod of the head should go to the rest of Paul M. A. Linebarger's work. As I unearthed more and more articles, novels and scholarly works, I began to realize that Cordwainer Smith was but one facet of a fascinating and quite brilliant man. It seemed unfair to ignore the non-science-fictional material and yet to include it would overwhelm the checklist, making Cordwainer Smith's works hard to find and provide no continuity. Since Paul M. A. Linebarger kept his public life completely separate from his science fiction career, we shall do the same. The result you now see: A Cordwainer Smith Checklist, with a Paul M. A. Linebarger Checklist appended.

Notes on this Edition

Previous Versions:

Drumm Booklet #37 (1991)
Help File 1.0 (July 2000)
Help File 1.1 (November 2000)
HTML Web Page 1.0 (March 2002)

Current Version:

HTML Web Pages 2.0 (July 2008)

My original checklist was published by Chris Drumm as Drumm Booklet #37 in 1991, several years after I had finished my research and submitted it to him. I was pleased to see it in print and to put the work down for a while. Since then, Ria has been reprinted by Jwindz and NESFA has reprinted all of CS's stories in 2 beautiful volumes. The short story collection includes the long-lost "War No. 81-Q"'s revised edition and the shamefully delayed "Himself In Anachron" while Norstrilia is complete with the crazy-quilt of additions and changes added to the original manuscript.

These events, along with the growth of the Web as a publishing medium, stimulated my interest in updating the checklist and placing into a new and more changeable format.

When I was writing the original checklist, I noticed that reprinting of the stories in anthology editions was starting to overwhelm the original printing and book entries. And when I started this edition, I expected to simply reprint the checklist in help file format but the problem of the anthology listings remain: they increase the size of the checklist at the expense of clarity and interest. So I have decided to omit all anthology reprintings, listing only original printings and books issued under the name of Cordwainer Smith, PMAL or any other pseudonym. Paul M. A. Linebarger entries will continue to have their own checklist as explained in the Introduction.

I wanted to extend thanks to two very important people who have affected the final result you see: Alan Elms for his eagle eyes and patience and Rosana Hart for selflessly allowing herself to be the focal point for all of us Cordwainer Smith fans.


The research for this Help File began in the usual reference books like Contenta's and Strauss' indices and Currey's bibliography. As my lists grew longer, I did much checking of second-hand bookstores and library scouring, to the point of checking all the anthologies I could find!

There are 2 items that are recommended reading:

  1. Concordance to Cordwainer Smith, by Anthony Lewis:a thorough cross-reference of details, names and places in the Instrumentality Series
  2. Science Fiction Review #48, Fall 1983: has J.J. Pierce's article "Treasure of the Secret Cordwainer" which is about unpublished stories, revisions and a multitude of CS miscellany. Write to: Science Fiction Review, Box 11408, Portland, OR 97211

[Update from Rosana: the Concordance can be purchased online; the link above takes you to my page about it. I didn't find a way to purchase the Science Fiction Review issue online and don't know if that address is still current. Interlibrary loan is a possibility for that item.]


AAAPSS Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
CS Cordwainer Smith
PMAL Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
PMWL Paul Myron Wentworth Linebarger, PMAL's father
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 The Rediscovery of Man, by Cordwainer Smith
 Norstrilia, by Cordwainer Smith
 Atomsk, by Carmichael Smith
 Ria, by Felix C. Forrest
 Carola, by Felix C. Forrest
 Psychological Warfare, by Paul M. A. Linebarger
 Letters from Paul, by Paul M. A. Linebarger
 Letters from Paul: One Letter
 Books about His Science Fiction
 Concordance to Cordwainer Smith, by Anthony Lewis
 The Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith, by Karen Hellekson
 Exploring Cordwainer Smith, Booklet by Andrew Porter
 Where You Can Get Books
 Cordwainer Smith at Amazon
 Cordwainer Smith at Alibris
 Cordwainer Smith at AbeBooks
 Cordwainer Smith on eBay
 Cordwainer Smith, the Author
 A Cordwainer Smith Panel Discussion
 Scholarly Corner, by Alan C. Elms
 What Other Science Fiction Authors Say
 What Readers Say
 Paul M. A. Linebarger, the Man
 Family Photos
 A Daughter's Memories
 Was Paul Linebarger Kirk Allen?
 His Arlington National Cemetery Bio and My Comments
 Rosana's Ramblings
 Rambling 1: Shakespeare Had It Wrong
 Rambling 2: The Return of C'mell, Sort Of
 Art Inspired by Cordwainer Smith
 Virgil Finlay
 Pierre Lacombe
 Craig Moore
 Corby Waste
 Annual Rediscovery Award
 2012 Fredric Brown
 2011 Katherine MacLean
 2010 Mark Clifton
 2009 A. Merritt
 2008 Stanley G. Weinbaum
 2007 Daniel F Galouye
 2006 William Hope Hodgson
 2005 Leigh Brackett
 Leigh Brackett: Her Biography
 2004 Henry Kuttner & C. L. Moore
 2003 Edgar Pangborn
 2002 R. A. Lafferty
 2001 Olaf Stapledon
 Cordwainer Smith Foundation
 Cordwainer Smith T-Shirts
 Cordwainer Smith: Other Online Resources
 Contact Us
 Illustrated Bibliography, by Mike Bennett
 Introduction to the Illustrated Bibliography
 All the Stories and All the Books
 Chronological Book List
 Magazine Covers
 Book Covers
 Book Covers: Best of Cordwainer Smith
 Book Covers: Instrumentality of Mankind
 Book Covers: Norstrilia
 Book Covers: Planet Buyer
 Book Covers: Rediscovery of Man
 Book Covers: Quest of the Three Worlds
 Book Covers: Space Lords
 Book Covers: Stardreamer
 Book Covers: Under Old Earth
 Book Covers: Underpeople
 Book Covers: You Will Never Be the Same
 Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger - Chronology
 Press Releases
 2008 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award Goes to Stanley G. Weinbaum
 2002: About the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award
 2001: First Rediscovery Award Ceremony
 2001: Creation of Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award