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Collects twelve stories plus a nine-page introduction by J. J. Pierce. Title change: published in the US as THE BEST OF CORDWAINER SMITH as an original paperback in 1975.
''his first Cordwainer Smith story, and one of the finest of his mature tales, ''Scanners Live in Vain'' (1950), appeared obscurely in Fantasy Book 5 years after it had been rejected by the more prestigious sf journals, perhaps because its foreboding intensity made the editors of the time uneasy, perhaps because it plunges in medias res into the Instrumentality Universe, generating a sense that much remains untold beyond the dark edges of the tale. Scanners are space pilots; the rigours of their job entail the functional loss of the sensory region of their brains. The story deals with their contorted lives and with the end of the form of space travel necessitating the contortions: it is clear that much has happened in the Universe before the tale begins, and that much will ensue. The Instrumentality dominated the rest of his creative life, which lasted 1955-66, with individual stories making up the bulk of several collections'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF).
Title: The Rediscovery Of Man.
Edition: First edition thus (& 1st printing).
Publisher: Victor Gollancz: London.: 1988.
ISBN Number: 0575043520
ISBN Number 13: 9780575043527
Grading: Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 04573