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Jan 06

Cordwainer 'Tensionmaster' SmithClick for larger image

Joaquin Comments: Portrait of the author weeping when he saw this cover.

Published 1963

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.27 out of 10)
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13 Responses to “You Will Never Be the Same”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Headcheese, anyone?

  2. fred Says:

    Charles Atlas had Dynamic Tension to build muscle. Cordwainer Smith used tension to build eyebrows.

  3. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Note the imprint: Regency.

    The most unusual romance title ever released by that publisher.

  4. fred Says:

    @ 3) A.R.

    This probably explains it.

    ‘Suggested Title: “Strange Ladies And Mad Lovers:
    Romances From The Plunging Future”‘

    http://www.cordwainer-smith.com/all-the-stories-and-all-the-books.htm

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    Finally, the face of the mysterious Q is revealed and it makes just as much sense as expected. Determining who R and N are is left as an exercise for the nutters.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    .Master of tension’? This is someone whose only novel begins with a summary of everything ending with “that’s the plot, except for the details: they follow’.

    I wonder if they’d read the text before publishing it.

  7. Bruce A Munro Says:

    I’d cry too if my face were partly flayed, and someone had shoved random bits of machinery into my brain.

    “In the World of Men who are Machines that Weep” – is that meant to be an allusion to Smith’s Underpeople? If so, it’s a pretty oblique one.

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    @Bruce A Munro: that sounds like someone described ‘Scanners Live in Vain’ over the phone to the blurber. From a busy train station, moments before that someone had to leave.

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    I AM SAME.
    I AM SAME.
    SAME I AM.

    THAT SAME-I-AM!
    THAT SAME-I-AM!
    I DO NOT LIKE THAT SAME-I-AM!

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Wow, Smith did NOT deserve this cover. Possibly a good thing his name was so small.

    I don’t recall the Scanners being flayed. They could pass for regular guys when off-duty.

    I also don’t recall a whole lot of tension in his works, just a lot of elegiac melancholy.

  11. Hammy Says:

    At least, a title that tells the truth! After seeing this cover, *I* will never be the same again, for sure….

  12. A. R. Yngve Says:

    This reminds me of the works of the famous British painter Francis Bacon… and why I loathe them so deeply.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Honey, I don’t think little Billy likes that Visible Man toy we gave him for Christmas. He’s weeping inconsolably and says if we ever try to make him take biology he will run away.”

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