Norstrilia

Norstrilia
Author: Cordwainer Smith
Publsiher: Gollancz
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2016-02-11
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 1473212537

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Rod McBan 151st farms 'stroon', the immortality drug, and is the last scion of one of the oldest and most honourable families on Norstrilia, only source of stroon. But he's also a telepathic cripple and faces the ever-present risk of being culled under the government's draconian population laws. To protect himself, he uses his not-strictly-legal computer to play the market and amass an unimaginable fortune. But after he survives an assassination attempt, McBan discovers that having enough money to literally buy the Earth is no good if you're too dead to spend it . . .

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Author: Gary Westfahl
Publsiher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Total Pages: 1395
Release: 2005
Genre: Fantasy fiction, American
ISBN: 0313329532

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A comprehensive three-volume reference work offers six hundred entries, with the first two volumes covering themes and the third volume exploring two hundred classic works in literature, television, and film.

The Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith

The Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith
Author: Karen L. Hellekson
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2017-07-06
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780786450350

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This critical work concentrates on the science fiction writings of Paul Linebarger, who wrote under the pseudonym Cordwainer Smith, as well as other pseudonyms he created to reflect his different writing styles. His writings give voice to concerns about humanity and personal struggle; his ideas about love, loss, alienation, and psychic pain continue to resonate today. This work begins with a brief biographical sketch of Cordwainer Smith, linking elements of his past to his writing and focusing on his contributions to science fiction as well as his concern with humanity. Also discussed are Smith’s published and unpublished novel–length non–science fiction, his revision process, the true man–underpeople dichotomy in his published and unpublished short fiction, and his only published novel-length science fiction work Norstrilia.

Norstrilia

Norstrilia
Author: Cordwainer Smith
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 290
Release: 2014-08-05
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1612422160

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Welcome to Old North Australia, or Norstrilia, the only planet that has "stroon," a substance that indefinitely delays aging in humans. Stroon is cultivated from huge, deformed sheep farmed by the wealthiest estate owners to ever exist in all of humanity's existence. *** Rod McBan is the last of one of the oldest and most honorable families on Norstrilia. But he himself has shortcomings that would normally have led to his death under the strict laws governing population control on a planet where immortality is cheap and imperfect citizens are ruthlessly "culled" to make way for more productive members of society. *** But even McBan's vaunted stature in the society is not enough to save him from the basest of human emotions-jealousy- as the enmity of a former friend forces him to escape to Earth, where McBan's unprecedented fortune quickly makes him a magnet for all manner of crooks and revolutionaries.***

Science Fiction The 100 Best Novels

Science Fiction  The 100 Best Novels
Author: David Pringle
Publsiher: Gateway
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2014-06-30
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781473208070

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From one of the best-known editors in modern science fiction, this lively and authoritative guide will appeal to both newcomers and connoisseurs of the genre alike. Informative and readable, David Pringle's choices focus on landmark works by the likes of Ray Bradbury, Alfred Bester and J.G. Ballard, unearth less prominent talents such as Ian Watson, Octavia Butler and Joanna Russ, and highlight breakthrough novels by William Gibson and Philip K. Dick. An essential guide to science fiction literature.

Off the Main Sequence

Off the Main Sequence
Author: Tom Easton
Publsiher: Wildside Press LLC
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2006-10-01
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780809512058

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Tom Easton has served as the monthly book review columnist for Analog Science Fiction for almost three decades, having contributed during that span many hundreds of columns and over a million words of penetrating criticism on the best literature that science fiction has to offer. His reviews have been celebrated for their wit, humor, readability, knowledge, and incisiveness. His love of literature, particularly fantastic literature, is everywhere evident in his essays. Easton has ever been willing to cover small presses, obscure authors, and unusual publications, being the only major critic in the field to do so on a regular basis. He seems to delight in finding the rare gem among the backwaters of the publishing field. "A reviewer's job," he says, "is not to judge books for the ages, but to tell readers enough about a book to give them some idea of whether they would enjoy it." And this he does admirably, whether he's discussing the works of the great writers in the field, or touching upon the least amongst them. This companion volume to "Periodic Stars" (Borgo/Wildside) collects another 250 of Easton's best reviews from the last fifteen years of "The Reference Library." No one does it better, and no other guide provides such lengthy or discerning commentary on the best SF works of recent times. Complete with Introduction and detailed Index.

The Boy Who Bought Old Earth

The Boy Who Bought Old Earth
Author: Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
Publsiher: DigiCat
Total Pages: 120
Release: 2022-08-01
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: EAN:8596547112020

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DigiCat Publishing presents to you this special edition of "The Boy Who Bought Old Earth" by Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger. DigiCat Publishing considers every written word to be a legacy of humankind. Every DigiCat book has been carefully reproduced for republishing in a new modern format. The books are available in print, as well as ebooks. DigiCat hopes you will treat this work with the acknowledgment and passion it deserves as a classic of world literature.

The Boy Who Bought Old Earth

The Boy Who Bought Old Earth
Author: Cordwainer Smith
Publsiher: DigiCat
Total Pages: 122
Release: 2022-07-21
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: EAN:8596547094197

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This is a fascinating science fiction novel about Rod McBan, a wealthy kid from the most prosperous planet in the galaxy, Norstrilia. He buys earth without even realizing what he has done. It is a fun, imaginative, and fast-paced novel, a must-read for science fiction fans.