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Publication Order of Norstrilia Books

The Boy Who Bought Old Earth / The Planet Buyer (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Underpeople (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Norstrilia (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Ria (As:) (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
Carola (As:) (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Atomsk (As:) (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
Quest of the Three Worlds (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Scanners Live in Vain (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Game of Rat and Dragon (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
On the Storm Planet (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
On the Sand Planet (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three to a Given Star (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Store Of Heart's Desire (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
On the Gem Planet (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Political Doctrines of Sun Yat-sen (As:) (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Government in Republican China (As:) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
The China of Chiang K\'ai-Shek: A Political Study (As:) (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
Psychological Warfare (As:) (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Far Eastern Government and Politics: China and Japan (As:) (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

You Will Never Be The Same (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Lords (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Under Old Earth And Other Explorations (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
We the Underpeople (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stardreamer (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rediscovery of Man (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Cordwainer Smith (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Instrumentality of Mankind (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
When the People Fell (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scanners and Others (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories Books

with Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg
The Great SF Stories 2 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 3 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg,Fredric Brown) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 4 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg,Fredric Brown) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 5 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg,Fredric Brown) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 6 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 8 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg,Fredric Brown) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 7 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg,Fredric Brown) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 9 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 10 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 11 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 12 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 13 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 14 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 15 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 16 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 17 (With: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 18 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 19 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 20 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 21 (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 22 (With: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 23 (With: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 24 (With: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds Of Science Fiction Books

with Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Robert Silverberg, Charles G. Waugh, Robert Sheckley
Intergalactic Empires (With: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fictional Olympics (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg,Robert Sheckley) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Supermen (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Comets (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tin Stars (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Neanderthals (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg,Robert Silverberg,Charles G. Waugh) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Shuttles (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monsters (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Robots (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Invasions (By: Isaac Asimov,Martin H. Greenberg) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Year of the Cat Books

A Cat of a Different Color (By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch,Annie Reed,Louisa Swann,Lisa Silverthorne,Dean Wesley Smith,Ray Vukcevich,Dory Crowe) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Cat of Perfect Taste (By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch,Dean Wesley Smith) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Cat of Disdainful Looks (By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch,Rudyard Kipling,Stefon Mears,Dean Wesley Smith,Mark Twain,Ray Vukcevich,John Adams,Jodi Lyn Nye) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Cat of Strange Lands (By: Dean Wesley Smith) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Cat of Cozy Situations (By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch,Dean Wesley Smith) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Cat of Heroic Heart (By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch,Carole Nelson Douglas,E. Nesbit,Jamie Ferguson,Lisa Silverthorne,Stefon Mears,Dean Wesley Smith,Liz Pierce) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Cat of Artistic Sensibilities (By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch,Henry Slesar,Joan Aiken,Annie Reed,Stefon Mears,Dean Wesley Smith,Mary Turzillo) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Cat of Fantastic Whims (By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch,E. Nesbit,Jamie Ferguson,Annie Reed,Lisa Silverthorne,Dean Wesley Smith,Geoffrey A. Landis,Liz Pierce) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Cat of Feral Instincts (By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch,Arthur Conan Doyle,Edgar Allan Poe,Brigid Collins,Dean Wesley Smith,Pamela Sargent,Jamie McNabb,Mary Turzillo,N. Margaret Campbell) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Star Science Fiction Stories No. 6(1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
5th Annual Edition(1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mind Partner and 8 Other Novelets from Galaxy(1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: Eleventh Series(1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction from Worlds of Tomorrow(1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best of Science Fiction: No. 10(1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spectrum IV(1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Seventh Galaxy Reader(1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
7 Trips Through Time and Space(1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elsewhere and Elsewhen(1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
SF: The Best of the Best(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alpha 2(1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Day in the Life(1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction Hall Of Fame: The Novellas Book 2(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume II A(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond Tomorrow(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Another World(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Perilous Planets(1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Galaxy: Volume 1(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Science Fiction Series(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Yesterday's Tomorrows(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Intergalactic Empires(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Magicats!(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Worlds of If(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Robert Silverberg's Worlds of Wonder(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 17(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Worlds Imagined(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 22(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Modern Classics of Science Fiction(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 23(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great SF Stories 24(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Modern Classic Short Novels of Science Fiction(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Science Fiction Century(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Century of Science Fiction, 1950-1959(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Good Old Stuff(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Explorers(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Furthest Horizon(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ends of Time(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Genometry(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Robert Silverberg Presents the Great Science Fiction Stories (1964)(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Science Fiction Century, Volume 2(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Space Opera Renaissance(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Time Traveler's Almanac(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Good Stuff(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Infinite Stars(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Cat of Space and Time(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Cordwainer Smith
Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger was born July 11, 1913 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was better known by his pseudonym of Cordwainer Smith and known for his science fiction works. He was a US Army officer, a noted East Asia scholar, and was an expert in psychological warfare. Even though his writing career was shortened by his death at a young age, he’s considered one of science fiction’s more influential and talented writers.

Cordwainer’s dad, Paul Myron Wentworth Linebarger, was a lawyer and working as a judge in the Philippines. There he met Sun Yat-sen, a Chinese nationalist, to whom he became an advisor. His dad sent his wife to give birth in Milwaukee, so that their kid would be eligible to become the president of the United States.

Cordwainer’s young life was unsettled since his dad moved the family to a succession of places in America, Asia, and Europe. He sometimes got sent to boarding schools for safety. In total, Paul was enrolled in over 30 schools. In 1919, he got blinded in his right eye, which got replaced with a glass eye. The vision in his left eye was impaired due to infection.

He was familiar with German, English, and Chinese by adulthood. At just 23, he got a PhD in political science from Johns Hopkins University.

He held a faculty appointment at Duke University from 1937 to 1946, where he started producing some highly regarded works on Far Eastern affairs. As he retained his professorship at Duke after World War II’s start, he began serving as a second lieutenant in the US Army, where he got involved in the creation of the Office of War Information and the Operation Planning and Intelligence Board. Linebarger also helped organize the army’s first psychological warfare section.

In 1943, he got sent to China in order to coordinate military intelligence operations. He later pursued his interest in China, and he wound up becoming a close confidant of Chiang Kai-shek. By the end of the war, he had risen to the rank of major.

In 1947, he moved to the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, where he served as Professor of Asiatic Studies. He would use his experiences in the war to write “Psychological Warfare”, a book that’s regarded by many in the field as a classic text.

He would eventually rise to the rank of colonel in the reserves. He got recalled to advise the British forces in the Malayan Emergency and the US Eighth Army during the Korean War. Even though he was known to refer to himself as a visitor to little wars, he refrained from getting involved in the Vietnam War, however is known to have done work for the CIA.

In 1969, a CIA officer wrote that Linebarger was quite possibly the leading practitioner of ‘gray’ and ‘black’ propaganda in the Western World.

He married Margaret Snow in 1936. They had two daughters, one in 1942 and another in 1947, before divorcing in 1949. He married again to Genevieve Collins in 1950, and they had no kids together. They remained married to each other until his death.

He died at the age of 53 in Baltimore, Maryland of a heart attack on August 6, 1966. He’d been expressing a desire to retire in Australia, which he’d visited on his travels. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 35, Grave Number 4712. Genevieve Collins, his widow, was interred with him on November 16, 1981.

His identity as “Cordwainer Smith” remained a secret until he died. Cordwainer is an archaic word for somebody that worked in cordwain or cordovan leather; a shoemaker.

“Scanners Live in Vain” is a novella that was released in 1950. Man has conquered space however that’s come at a price. In order to maintain the space lanes, Scanners must undergo operations in which their brains get severed from their sensory inputs in order to block out the pain of space. Scanner Martel has already made this sacrifice. He has to monitor his vital functions via the implanted dials and instruments in his chest. The only respite that he gets from such an isolated existence is his ability to sometimes “cranch” and go back to a bit of normalcy with Luci, his wife.

However there is now a guy called Adam Stone that has claimed he’s found a way to travel in the deep of space without needing to use Scanners. Through the twisted logic of the Scanners community, it’s decided that Adam Stone will have to die. Martel, while he is cranched, realizes the madness of such a solution, and that all Scanners Live in Vain.

This was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America as being one of the greatest stories of all time and was included in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame anthology.

“The Underpeople” is the second novel in the “Nostrilla” series and was released in 1968. In a far flung future, planoforming ships knit together this galaxy that’s ruled from Earth by the ruthless benevolence of the mysterious Lords of Instrumentality, who presided over this utopia without danger, death, or freedom. The Underpeople, these human-like beings that were created from animals to do the work of utopia, didn’t have any rights, and could be disposed of at a human’s whim.

However they had become more humanlike than their creators, and C’Mell (their leader and the cat woman) had this plan for gaining their freedom, which made her far too dangerous a person to be permitted to live.

The planet Norstrilla, elsewhere in the galaxy, had power of its own, for it was the sole source of stroon, a drug which halted aging and made humans immortal. Its inhabitants were wealthy beyond all comprehension, and one of them was Rod McBan, a boy, with help from his computer, was able to manipulate the galactic economy until he totally owned planet Earth, which made him far too dangerous a person to be allowed to live.

However once Rod arrived on Earth and joined up with C’Mell and the Underpeople, the petrified utopia of the Instrumentality started cracking and fall apart while freedom got reborn in the galaxy.

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