Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cordwainer Smith and A. Bertram Chandler - Steve Davidson

"My second reason for raising Chandler is the homage he paid to Cordwainer Smith in no less than two of his novels.

That it was a deliberate tribute to his fellow author is without question; Chandler actually placed Cordwainer Smith’s name right on the page for everyone to see, and used it in a way that any but the most uneducated, ignorant and unconnected reader could possibly miss. (Well, back up a bit: that only applies if you’re already familiar with Smith and Chandler.)

The two novels in question are The Inheritors and The Far Traveler.

Allow me a few paragraphs for background so I can bring the few poor souls amongst you who have never read Chandler up to date."

4.5 out of 5

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