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The Rediscovery of Man
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The Rediscovery of Man Volume 25
The Rediscovery of Man

Cordwainer Smith
Issued: June 1988
VGSF Classics
ISBN 057504165X
Cover illustration by John Avon
xx+382 pages

First published as The Best of Cordwainer Smith by Nelson Doubleday / SFBC in 1975.

Publisher’s Blurb – Lower Cover
A thousand planets acknowledged one power - the Instrumentality of Mankind. But the Underpeople - created by the Overlords to be their servants - owed fealty only to themselves . . .

From Manhome itself to Norstrilia, the planet with the promise of immortality, The Rediscovery of Man brings together twelve key episodes from Cordwainer Smith’s epic vision: the rebel scanner who fought for the truth to win emotion back for his kind; Helen America, whose romance was the talk of forty planets; and the men who sailed too far between the stars - and changed. Fusing prophecy and poetry into an extraordinary picture of the far future, The Rediscovery of Man marks one of the most haunting feats of imagination science fiction has ever known.

"No one ever wrote quite like Smith, with his special blend of intense myth-making and rich invention"
- Publishers Weekly

"Smith made wonderlands. And he made us believe they could be real"
- Frederik Pohl

"One of science fiction’s most original writers"
- Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels

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