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review Norstrilia Ö eBook or Kindle ePUB Cordwainer Smith Å 3 free download free read Norstrilia 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 i. It is one of the enduring tragedies of science fiction that the man who wrote as Cordwainer Smith died so young His life was weird and fascinating from living in China during the revolution to writing what is still considered to be one of the fundamental texts on psychological warfare and his experiences with such a variety of people and cultures comes through in his stories He takes perfectly believable aspects of people and twists them so far out of proportion that they are barely recognisable in order to show them in high relief like the Norstrillans in this story who are the wealthiest people in the known universe by orders of magnitude but deliberately keep themselves in a simple lifestyle by imposing an import tax of 2 million percent on everything coming in to the planet Or people whose lives are so perfect they have no challenge so they deliberately re introduce accidents and disease to their world to keep things interesting He also tackles in one of those strange coincidences of unknowingly reading two books about the same theme back to back which seem to happen to me inordinately often the same sticky uestion of how immortality would change human society that Elizabeth Moon was delving into in her Serrano booksThis is a story which describes a young man who buys the earth and goes to visit it becomes a cat meets some people and goes home That s not what its about but thats how the story goes to find out what its about you ll just have to go and read it I can t imagine summarising it in any way that wouldn t do it an injustice

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review Norstrilia Ö eBook or Kindle ePUB Cordwainer Smith Å 3 free download free read Norstrilia 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. What I learned from this book1 Inflation has its uses2 Sometimes the best computer for the job is the laminated brain of a mouse 3 The economic significance of mutant sheep4 Go big or go home A sideways and roundabout look at a strange and twisted future involving everything from telepathic mink to bird men with hypnotic mandalas to a man who literally bought the planet earth I don t know why it works but it most certainly does this is a must read for anyone who appreciates a uniue imagination of the world to come

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review Norstrilia Ö eBook or Kindle ePUB Cordwainer Smith Å 3 free download free read Norstrilia Cripple and faces the ever present risk of being culled under the government's draconian population lawsTo protect himself he uses his not strictly legal computer to play the market and. To our detriment this is Smith s only novel his output otherwise being a large number of uirky short stories mostly set in this universe of The Instrumentality of Mankind Having said that Norstrilia has a complex origin since it was originally published in two shorter separate parts in 1964 as The Planet Buyer which itself was expanded from a shorter piece The Boy Who Bought Old Earth and The Store of Heart s Desire Roderick Frederick Ronald Arnold William MacArthur McBan to the Hundred and Fifty First known as Rod McBan is a boy living on the peculiar world of Norstrilia heir to one of the prosperous mutant sheep ranchesNorstrilia or Old North Australia where the people are still subjects of ueen Elizabeth II despite the fact she s been dead for at least fifteen thousand years was originally an Australian farming world until a virus attacked the sheep What could have been tragedy changed the fortunes of mankind as a by product of the sheep s illness was Stroon a longevity drug Thus Norstrilia became the richest planet in the galaxy The Norstrilians did not want to change their way of life however and so incredibly high taxes are paid on any imported items to their world Their children are tested in their teens to see if they are physically and mentally fit to survive and those that fail get sent to a painless death Rod McBan is about to be tested and his family are worried Rod seems unable to hier or spiek In other words unlike the other telepathic natives of Norstrilia he can neither hear thoughts nor project them A girl who loves him Lavinia knows that this is not strictly true as there are times when Rod can hier everyone s thoughts for miles around and when he is angry his mind is powerful enough to disable or killHaving survived the test with the help of Lord Redlady a member of the ruling body The Instrumentality of Mankind it seems Rod is still in danger from one Houghton Syme an old schoolmate of Rod s who is determined to kill or destroy him Rod has access to an ancient computer hidden on his land which when Rod asks it for help puts a financial scheme in motion By the next day Rod McBan is the owner of virtually all of Old Earth and therefore has to travel there to take ownership of his prize and escape the murderous attentions of Houghton SymeOnce on Earth he becomes acuainted with the Underpeople races of bioengineered animals who have a prophecy of a rich man coming to Earth to set them free Could this be Rod McBanSmith certainly had a facility for creating well defined characters Norstrilia is set in a marvellously detailed if slightly unrealistic landscape The narrative is peppered with songs and poetry which adds to a certain undercurrent of joy that suffuses the book Eccentric and fascinating figures appear and disappear such as The Catmaster who is a kind of guruhealer figure and the only Underperson allowed by special dispensation of The Instrumentality to take Stroon Smith throws in ideas right left and centre such as the giant alien architects who once visited human worlds and built indestructible buildings on various planets on a whim before leaving It s a marvellously clever mix of comedy drama satire and romanticism interspersed with poetry and songAt the end of the day however it is simply the story of a young man who much like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz travels to another world has adventures makes friends and enemies and ultimately realises that what he wants and needs has been at home in his own back yard all the time

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 288
  • Norstrilia
  • Cordwainer Smith
  • English
  • 04 January 2018
  • 9780345323002

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    (Norstrilia) [PDF] ì Cordwainer Smith read ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB Å Cordwainer Smith Cordwainer Smith Å 3 free download I described Norstrilia to a friend as 'a charming kind of bonkers' and for me it was Nevertheless I understand why it was problematic in a number of ways particularly the 1960s sexism and portrayals of slavery and xenophobia albeit much of this was deliberately echoing older pulp sci fi as well as giving the imp

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    (Norstrilia) [PDF] ì Cordwainer Smith read ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB Å Cordwainer Smith Interesting book the author's only novel Feels like a serial adventure collected tales and indeed this universe is detailed through the author's other short storiesSet in the far future this coming of age story fits in the space opera mold at times Bigger ideas from the author's world are only hinted at Originally written in 1960 and publishe

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    read ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB Å Cordwainer Smith (Norstrilia) [PDF] ì Cordwainer Smith When I'm done with this I'll have read all of Mr Smith's work He died young and had a very demanding day job so there's not much there But what's there is cherce My library copy is a small hardbound with a dull brown cover so I'll leave this co

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