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SF Crossing the Gulf (Episode 16c): Discussing Cordwainer Smith with Gary K. Wolfe

In this much-too-long-delayed episode of SF Crossing the Gulf, we revisit stories from Cordwainer Smith’s The Rediscovery of Man, with especial focus on “Alpha Ralpha Boulevard”. More importantly, we discuss these stories with senior SF critic Gary K. Wolfe, who brings quite a bit more biographical information about Smith to our attention, to our mutual enlightenment.

Many apologies to those (Fred!) who have been waiting for this episode–I (Karen Burnham) can only plead extreme mental discombobulation. And we hope it is worth the wait!

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Karen is vocationally an engineer and avocationally a sf/f reviewer and critic. She has worked on the Orion and Dream Chaser spacecraft and written for SFSignal, Strange Horizons, and Locus Magazine.

8 Comments on SF Crossing the Gulf (Episode 16c): Discussing Cordwainer Smith with Gary K. Wolfe

  1. Is that article you were talking about online?

  2. There was some discussion at Diversicon last year (which had Smith as one of its Posthumous guest of honor) as to if he had actually gone to a SF convention or two before he died.

  3. At the 14:35 minute mark, Karen B. mentions a dedication Smith made in a book (I think it’s Space Lords, though it’s not named by that title). Back in 2007, I posted that very same dedication. :)

  4. Eyedunno // April 17, 2014 at 8:59 pm //

    Okay, I love these podcasts. I found them because I was reading a lot of Egan (I have now read every piece of fiction he has published except for An Unusual Angle, which is wicked expensive and the Orthogonal trilogy, because I want to read it all in quick succession), but I was perhaps even more excited to see the Chiang stuff. Karen Lord’s commentaries are awesome (I agreed more with Karen B’s reading of “Hell is the Absence of God” and found you both to have valid points on “Glory”, but otherwise, Karen Lord is spot-on). I also appreciated the warning about Vandana Singh’s story, as I’m really glad I read it beforehand, even if it meant a while in between listening to the beginning of that episode and the end.

    Anyway, I also like these NESFA books a lot. You should totally do the Kornbluth one at some point. Oh, and if you did the Fredric Brown one, you could do a lot of stories in one episode. 😉

    Keep up the good work!

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