Cordwainer Smith

(July 11, 1913 — August 6, 1966)

Cordwainer Smith was the pen-name used by author Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger for his SF works.

He is remembered by SF fans today for his Instrumentality series of novels and stories, and particularly for his first story "Scanners Live in Vain" (June 1950). In 1993, a collection of his short SF work was reprinted by NESFA Press in The Rediscovery of Man (which was Book of Honor at Potlatch 12.

He was nominated for the 1965 Best Novel Hugo for The Planet Buyer, the 1951 Best Novelette Retro Hugo for "Scanners Live in Vain" and the 1956 Best Short Story Hugo for "The Game of Rat and Dragon".

The Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award is named after him, and he provided an inspiration for many other fannish endeavors including Jwindz Press, Old Earth Books, Along Alpha Ralpha Boulevard, Norstrilia Press, and the MITSFS's Onseck.

See also http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/smith_cordwainer


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