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Tue Jun 4, 2013, 12:35 AM

Cordwainer Smith (Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger): The Game of Rat and Dragon

Pinlighting is a hell of a way to earn a living. Underhill was furious as he closed the door behind himself. It didn't make much sense to wear a uniform and look like a soldier if people didn't appreciate what you did.

He sat down in his chair, laid his head back in the headrest and pulled the helmet down over his forehead.

As he waited for the pin-set to warm up, he remembered the girl in the outer corridor. She had looked at it, then looked at him scornfully.

"Meow." That was all she had said. Yet it had cut him like a knife.

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http://www.gutenberg.org/files/29614/29614-h/29614-h.htm

One of my all-time favorites (and not just because I'm a cat person). Linebarger seems like a really interesting person - godson of Sun Yat-sen and an early expert in psychological warfare, his far-future Instrumentality of Mankind is a complex and fascinating reality...

(Another favorite from him is Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons.)

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Response to petronius (Original post)

Tue Jun 4, 2013, 01:38 AM

1. A favorite of fans, critics, and other authors as well ...

CS's stories keep getting republished, and they're famous for hidden acrostics and other buried treasure. Often modelled after classical Oriental literary styles (and, I've recently read, Biblical allusions abound). http://www.amazon.com/Cordwainer-Smith/e/B000APBV9Y#/ref=la_B000APBV9Y_st?qid=1370327557&rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_82%3AB000APBV9Y&sort=daterank I got hooked on his style after buying a worn paperback copy of The Planet Buyer at a neighbor's garage sale back around junior high (maybe earlier).

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Tue Jun 4, 2013, 07:41 AM

2. Just remembering

The Ballad of Lost C'Mell
She was a girly girl and they were true men, the lords of creation, but she pitted her wits against them and she won.

and Under Old Earth

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Tue Jun 11, 2013, 10:08 AM

3. Huh, I was re-reading that just a few weeks ago! (nt)

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Wed Jul 3, 2013, 05:52 AM

5. No one mentioned The Dead Lady of Clown Town?

Which is my favorite Cordwainer Smith story.

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