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Published April 2003
Music of Many Spheres Hardcover (Trade) price: $25.00

First edition, Second printing
ISBN-13: 978-1-886778-07-8
ISBN-10: 1-886778-07-8
Page count: 504
Book Size: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"

First edition, first printing of this book was February 2000

Music of Many Spheres

The Essential Hal Clement, Volume 2

by Hal Clement

"Proof" was nominated for the 1943 Best Short Story Retro Hugo!

Excerpts (the letter “A” and the letter “R”) are available.

Cordwainer Smith’s universe of the Instrumentality is one of the most complex, beautiful and fascinating every created. The Concordance to Cordwainer Smith lists and identifies all the people, places, and things in his huge future history. Where known, the origin of the name, place, or thing is given. Many previously unknown references have been added as well as entries from the revised version of “War No. 81-Q.”. The book also includes an annotated timeline of the Instrumentality, and an expanded and updated bibliography to the fiction of Paul M. A. Linebarger (Cordwainer Smith, et al.).

Cordwainer Smith was the SF pseudonym of Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger, a specialist on Asian affairs and a professor at Johns Hopkins University.

This third edition is a revised and expanded version which previously appeared as an 8.5″x11″ GBC-bound booklet.

Cover photograph courtesy of Linebarger’s older daughter, Rosana Hart, who has a web site dedicated to her father at www.cordwainersmith.com.

NESFA Press publishes the complete Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith in The Rediscovery of Man and Norstrilia.

A French translation of the Concordance exists: “Concordance de Cordwainer Smith” (traduit de l’américain par Pierre-Paul Durastanti), en Les Seigneurs de l’Instrumentalité, IV, Éditions Gallimard, 2004, 2-07-042700-5.

This book was published as the 28th issue of Richard Bergeron’s fanzine, Warhoon. It was mimeographed, as were all fanzines of the day, then bound in hardcover. It is not a NESFA Press publication, but we’re helping it get a much deserved, wider distribution.

Warhoon 28 is a complete collection of the writings of Walt Willis (the editor of fanzines Slant and Hyphen), containing all of Willis’s writing (including his columns “The Harp That Once or Twice”, “The Harp Stateside”, and “Twice Upon A Time”), plus additional writing and art.

It was nominated for the Best Related Work Hugo in 1981.

This multi-volume series includes the very best of the short works by Poul Anderson, including all of his Hugo and Nebula nominated and winning short stories. Volume 3 includes three of Anderson’s Hugo and Nebula award-winning stories, “The Saturn Game”, “No Truce with Kings”, and “Hunter’s Moon”.

Table of Contents

  • Editor’s Introduction
  • Introduction by Tom Easton
  • The Saturn Game
  • No Truce with Kings
  • Operation Salamander
  • Sam Hall
  • Robin Hoods Barn
  • The Only Game in Town
  • Supernova
  • Sunjammer
  • Arsenal Port
  • Hiding Place
  • A Tragedy of Errors
  • What’ll You Give
  • A Sun Invisible
  • Musn’t Touch
  • Elementary Mistake
  • Peek, I see You.
  • Eve Times 4
  • Hunter’s Moon
  • and Untitled Limericks and Songs

Poul Anderson

Poul Anderson won 7 Hugos and 3 Nebulas over his career. He was named “A Grand Master” by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1998.

Bob Eggleton

Bob Eggleton is a science fiction, fantasy and landscape artist. Winner of 7 Hugo Awards and 11 Chesley Awards, his art can be seen on the covers of magazines and books. He was Official Artist at Boskone 23 in 1986, was presented with the Jack Gaughan Award for Emerging Artist in 1988, and elevated to the rank of Fellow of NESFA in 1995, and has created artwork for the covers of several other NESFA Press books.

The Instrumentality of Mankind, Cordwainer Smith’s future history, ranks with the greatest creations of science fiction. Set in that future history, Norstrilia tells the story of the boy from the planet Old North Australia (where rich, simple farmers grow the immortality drug Stroon), how he bought Old Earth, and how his visit to Earth changed both him and Earth itself.

This new edition of Norstrilia corrects a number of errors and omissions in the previous versions. It adds an appendix containing a full chapter of bridging material written by Smith when he broke Norstrilia into two shorter novels for its original publication as The Planet Buyer and The Underpeople. It also includes text removed from the magazine versions. Alan C. Elms, a noted Smith scholar, provides an introduction. This volume is a companion to the NESFA Press edition of The Rediscovery of Man and finally brings back into print all of Cordwainer Smith’s SF.

Norstrilia was Smith’s only SF novel. It was originally published in two pieces. The first, The Planet Buyer, was published before his death, and the second, The Underpeople was published posthumously. When Smith disassembled Norstrilia for publication, he wrote nearly a chapter of new bridging material. This NESFA Press edition of Norstrilia follows Smith’s original text, but includes the added bridging material as an appendix.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction by Alan C. Elms
  • Norstrilia
  • Appendix: Variant Texts [bridging material from The Planet Buyer and The Underpeople]

NESFA Press also publishes The Rediscovery of Man: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith and Concordance to Cordwainer Smith.

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, the President of China. 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. (Before turning to science fiction, he wrote three mainstream/thriller novels Atomsk, Ria and Carolla, and was the author of Psychological Warfare, an early text in its field.) 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.

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

The Instrumentality of Mankind, Cordwainer Smith’s future history, ranks with the greatest creations of science fiction. Set in that future history, Norstrilia tells the story of the boy from the planet Old North Australia (where rich, simple farmers grow the immortality drug Stroon), how he bought Old Earth, and how his visit to Earth changed both him and Earth itself.

This new edition of Norstrilia corrects a number of errors and omissions in the previous versions. It adds an appendix containing a full chapter of bridging material written by Smith when he broke Norstrilia into two shorter novels for its original publication as The Planet Buyer and The Underpeople. It also includes text removed from the magazine versions. Alan C. Elms, a noted Smith scholar, provides an introduction. This volume is a companion to the NESFA Press edition of The Rediscovery of Man and finally brings back into print all of Cordwainer Smith’s SF.

Norstrilia was Smith’s only SF novel. It was originally published in two pieces. The first, The Planet Buyer, was published before his death, and the second, The Underpeople was published posthumously. When Smith disassembled Norstrilia for publication, he wrote nearly a chapter of new bridging material. This NESFA Press edition of Norstrilia follows Smith’s original text, but includes the added bridging material as an appendix.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction by Alan C. Elms
  • Norstrilia
  • Appendix: Variant Texts [bridging material from The Planet Buyer and The Underpeople]

NESFA Press also publishes The Rediscovery of Man: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith and Concordance to Cordwainer Smith.

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, the President of China. 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. (Before turning to science fiction, he wrote three mainstream/thriller novels Atomsk, Ria and Carolla, and was the author of Psychological Warfare, an early text in its field.) 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.

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

A collection of nineteen works includes fiction, verse, and essays and features the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning title story and “On Imaginary Science,” an essay on science fiction.

Table of Contents

  • Editor’s Introduction (Rick Katze)
  • Poul Anderson by Mike Resnick
  • The Queen of Air and Darkness
  • Jennifer’s Lament
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Cradle Song
  • Operation Afreet
  • On Imaginary Science
  • Upon the Occasion of Being Asked at a Court of Love to Declare That About His Lady Which Pleases Him the Most
  • The Longest Voyage
  • Brave to Be a King
  • Midsummer Song
  • Christa McAuliffe
  • Brake
  • Jennifer’s Song
  • The Hardness of Hard Science Fiction
  • The Burning Bridge
  • Veleda Speaks
  • Science Fiction and History
  • A World Called Maanerek
  • The Pirate
  • To Build a World
  • Say It with Flowers
  • My Object All Sublime
  • Innocent at Large
  • Route Song of the Winged Folk
  • The Corkscrew of Space
  • A Little Knowledge
  • Marque and Reprisal
  • Uncleftish Beholding
  • The Critique of Impure Reason
  • Science and Creation
  • Of the Sea
  • Epilogue
  • Tanka

Poul Anderson

Poul Anderson won 7 Hugos and 3 Nebulas over his career. He was named “A Grand Master” by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1998.

Tom Canty

Tom Canty has been illustrating science fiction stories since the 1970s and is recognized as a leader in his field.

A collection of nineteen works includes fiction, verse, and essays and features the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning title story and “On Imaginary Science,” an essay on science fiction.

Table of Contents

  • Editor’s Introduction (Rick Katze)
  • Poul Anderson by Mike Resnick
  • The Queen of Air and Darkness
  • Jennifer’s Lament
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Cradle Song
  • Operation Afreet
  • On Imaginary Science
  • Upon the Occasion of Being Asked at a Court of Love to Declare That About His Lady Which Pleases Him the Most
  • The Longest Voyage
  • Brave to Be a King
  • Midsummer Song
  • Christa McAuliffe
  • Brake
  • Jennifer’s Song
  • The Hardness of Hard Science Fiction
  • The Burning Bridge
  • Veleda Speaks
  • Science Fiction and History
  • A World Called Maanerek
  • The Pirate
  • To Build a World
  • Say It with Flowers
  • My Object All Sublime
  • Innocent at Large
  • Route Song of the Winged Folk
  • The Corkscrew of Space
  • A Little Knowledge
  • Marque and Reprisal
  • Uncleftish Beholding
  • The Critique of Impure Reason
  • Science and Creation
  • Of the Sea
  • Epilogue
  • Tanka

Poul Anderson

Poul Anderson won 7 Hugos and 3 Nebulas over his career. He was named “A Grand Master” by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1998.

Tom Canty

Tom Canty has been illustrating science fiction stories since the 1970s and is recognized as a leader in his field.

Edited by Mark L. Olson and Anthony R. Lewis
Cover art by George Richard
Cover design by Lisa Hertel
Introduction by Ben Bova

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