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ISBN: 0-915368-56-0
LC: 93-084365
Page count: xvi+671
Size: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"
Published: June 1993

Edited by James A. Mann
Cover art by Jack Gaughan

Other NESFA Press books by or related to Cordwainer Smith:
Concordance to Cordwainer Smith

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"Scanners Live in Vain" was nominated for the 1951 Best Novellette RetroHugo!

The Rediscovery of Man: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith is the second book in the "NESFA's Choice" series. It brings back into print all of the short science fiction of Cordwainer Smith, and includes two never before published stories.

The Rediscovery of Man includes all of Smith's short science fiction, including:

It also includes an in-depth introduction to the works of Cordwainer Smith by John J. Pierce, a noted authority on Smith's work.

NESFA Press also publishes Norstrilia, Smith's only SF novel, and Concordance to Cordwainer Smith.

Table of Contents

Stories of the Instrumentality of Mankind

Other Stories

Cordwainer Smith

Cordwainer Smith was a pseudonym for Dr. Paul Linebarger. Linebarger was born in Milwaukee in 1913 but grew up in Japan, China, France, and Germany. He was the godson of Sun Yat-sen. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins when he was 23.

His first professional science fiction story, "Scanners Live in Vain," was published in Fantasy Book in 1950. It wasn't until the mid-fifties, though, that Frederik Pohl encouraged "Smith" to write more. Most of his science fiction was written between 1955 and 1966. He died in 1966.

In addition to the stories included in this book, Linebarger wrote one SF novel, Norstrilia, and (under other pen names) three mainstream novels—Ria, Corola, and Atomsk. He was also the author of Psychological Warfare, which is still regarded as the authoritative book in its field.

Cordwainer Smith's daughter has set up a web site about him and his work.

Printing History

Cover art by Jack Gaughan (originally used for the Pyramid collection of Cordwainer Smith stories Space Lords)

The book number 0-915368-56-0 was reserved for this collection because of the prevlaence of the number 56 in the writings of Cordwainer Smith.

Rediscovery of Man galley cover

25 bound page proofs were produced to send to library, etc. review journals (with an official publication date of September 15, 1993.) Extra copies were sold at cost—$25.

Originally priced at $24.95, raised to $25.00, 15 June 1993