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I heard plot of this short story described in the Great Courses’ “How Science Fiction Works” and just had to read it.
I found it much better than the average sci-fi short story. I don’t want to reveal any spoilers, so I’ll just say it’s a great golden-era sci-fi story with a likeable main character, very cool concepts, and a neat ending.
I recommend it to fans of sci-fi and short stories.
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Would you try another book from Cordwainer Smith and/or Matthew Wayne Selznick?
This book made me much less likely to read anything by Cordwainer Smith again.
Would you ever listen to anything by Cordwainer Smith again?
Perhaps only if I can be assured that it far exceeds this pathetic story.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment that I wasted my life listening to a book with such an outrageous ending.
Any additional comments?
The ending is impressively terrible, and the story has very little resolution.