|"Alpha Ralpha Boulevard" by Chris Wayan (1997)|
Cordwainer Smith is a posthumous Guest of Honor at Diversicon 21 at next weekend in the Twin Cities, MN. I'll be on two panels about Smith at the con, as well as running a Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space RPG game scenario called: "The Time Lords and the Lords of the Instrumentality."
Should be fun.
Over the last year, I have been reading a lot of Smith - slowly but surely. His work is weird, elusive, and evocative. I've now read all of Smith's "Instrumentality of Mankind" short stories using the two Baen collections. The two collections have some 800+ pages of short stories set in this rather loosely constructed future history sequence.
And tonight, I am starting Smith's Instrumentality novel, Norstrilia, which is another 250 pages in the second book of the Baen collection.
My goal is to finish Norstrilia in the next week.
Looking forward to the con!