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Norstrilia Volume 24

Cordwainer Smith
Issued: May 1988
VGSF Classics
ISBN 0575041668
Cover illustration by John Avon
vi+282 pages

First published by Ballantine Books in 1975.

Previously published as two separate novels:

  • The Planet Buyer (Pyramid Books, 1964)
    • Previously published in a shorter form in Galaxy (April 1964 issue) as The Boy Who Bought Old Earth
  • The Underpeople (Pyramid Books, 1968)
    • Previously published in a shorter form in Worlds of If (May 1964 issue) as The Store of Heart's Desire
Publisher’s Blurb – Lower Cover
What happens in the story?
Read it.
Who’s there?

It starts with Rod McBan. We know his family was distinguished. We know the poor kid was born to troubles. He was due to inherit the Station of Doom.

And then he gets around. He crosses all sorts of people. C’mell, the most beautiful of the girlygirls. Jean-Jacques Vomact, whose family preceded the human race. The wild old man at Adaminaby. The trained spiders of Earthport. The Lord Jestocost whose name is a page in history. Tostig Amaral, about whom the less said the better. Ruth, in pursuit, C’mell, in flight. The Lady Johanna, laughing.

He gets away. He got away. See, that’s the story.
Now you don’t have to read it.

Except for the details . . .

"Unforgettable sf visions"
- New York Times Book Review

"Vividly drawn and wonderfully suggestive . . . it serves to confirm that Cordwainer Smith was one of science fiction’s most original writers"
- Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels

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