Saturday, May 22, 2010

Wikipedia - The Ballad Of Lost C'Mell

The Ballad of Lost C'Mell
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "The Ballad of Lost C'Mell"
Author Cordwainer Smith
Country USA
Language English
Series Instrumentality of Mankind
Genre(s) Science fiction short story
Published in Galaxy Magazine
Publication type Print (Magazine, Hardback & Paperback)
Publisher Galaxy Publishing
Publication date October 1962
Preceded by "Alpha Ralpha Boulevard"
Followed by "Norstrilia"

"The Ballad of Lost C'Mell" is a classic science fiction short story by Cordwainer Smith. It was first published in October 1962 in Galaxy Magazine, and since reprinted in several compilations and omnibus editions.

The main characters are C'Mell, a cat-derived "underperson" (or animal given many human characteristics), and Jestocost, a lord of the Instrumentality of Mankind. The plot centers around a scheme to help the oppressed underpeople to gain more rights. Smith's novel Norstrilia is partly a sequel to this story (it is set a few years later, includes most of the story's characters, and is concerned with some of the same issues). C'Mell also appears in Smith's story "Alpha Ralpha Boulevard".[1]
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External links
"The Ballad of Lost C'Mell" at WikiFur
Review of We The Underpeople (compilation)

3 out of 5'Mell

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