We know that, to our cost. It only happened once, and we have taken pains that it will never happen again. He came to Earth, got what he wanted, in a series of very remarkable adventures. That's the story. This opening is one of the greatest understatements that I have encountered in a science fiction novel, or any novel for that matter. This book, the original nove "The story is simple.
This book, the original novel that would later be combined with further material in the now classic Norstrilia , is one of the most unusual examples of speculative fiction that I have encountered. The ideas that drive this story include mutated sheep that are the source of immortality, mental telepathy among the inhabitants of Norstrilia, gigantic attack birds, computers capable of outwitting traders throughout the universe, and more. The story hangs together, just barely, as the weight of various flights of imagination risk overwhelming it.
The main thing that I can say for certain is that this book is exciting and once read requires the reader to return to the works of Cordwainer Smith for more. Oct 17, Zeeshan Ahmed rated it really liked it. A really great book, I tell you!
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The story is placed in the future, where humanity has stepped out of the Earth and is now settled on different places. The Earth we know is now called Old Earth, and it doesn't have the so-called glory it once possessed.
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The story is about Rod McBan, someone who is old, and is considered a 'weak' individual. His struggle is worth being a part of. A fascinating story, indeed. It's a great book, particularly from Sci Fi lovers. Apr 09, DJ rated it it was ok. Good Premise, fairly well executed. Nothing too exciting. One of the things that annoyed me with this book is for the first few chapters things are introduced but poorly explained then in later chapters things are introduced and explained but then any time they are referenced are needlessly reexplained. Apr 27, Mary Robinette Kowal rated it it was ok Shelves: gave-away.
This started so well, with exciting narrative style. It broke rules and I was really looking forward to seeing where it took me.cdms.gestureonline.com/modules/high/1174.html
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And then, it just meandered and eventually fizzeled out. I was sad. So now I want to track down the other Norstrilia related stories. Aug 22, bluetyson added it. The Planet Buyer by Cordwainer Smith Dec 17, Wade Duvall rated it it was amazing Shelves: new-wave , sci-fi. This is a strange book. But it has strong worldbuilding in the old style where it's dished out slowly.
I'd recommend reading as Norsrillia since the story abruptly ends. Elizabeth Bouras rated it liked it Dec 14, Dan Goodman rated it it was ok Jan 11, Christian Butler-Zanetti rated it liked it Aug 22, Enson rated it liked it Jul 07, Coralie rated it liked it Nov 14, Ethan rated it really liked it May 02, Marcel rated it it was amazing Jan 15, Diegodiego rated it really liked it Jul 12, Warrick rated it really liked it Oct 04, Martin Kilbinger rated it it was amazing May 27, Evitcelfer rated it liked it Jan 13, Pat Robins rated it it was amazing Jul 05, James Keith rated it it was amazing Dec 21, Ramy44 rated it really liked it Oct 27, Lyall Dawson rated it really liked it Nov 10, The software industry has a responsibility to safeguard the future of our planet, just as any other industry does.
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