Cordwainer Smith:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Pseudonym used by Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger (1913-1966) for science fiction works. Through his father, a lawyer and political activist, he knew Sun Yat-sen, the father of Chinese nationalism. By adulthood, he could speak six languages and received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University at the age of 23. He served in the US Army during WWII, where he helped create the Office of War Information, and helped organize the Army's first psychological warfare section. His science fiction writings comprise only one novel and about thirty short stories.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Adiabatic Pods - personal cold sleep

The Lady Who Sailed The Soul (1960)


A Planet Named Shayol (1961)


The Ballad of Lost C'Mell (1950)

Espionage Machine - reading minds scientifically

No, No, Not Rogov! (1958)


Scanners Live in Vain (1950)

Heat-Removing Staff

The Dead Lady of Clown Town (1965)

Laminated Mouse Brain Computer - extra fast computer

Think Blue, Count Two (1962)

Manshonyagger - fighting robot

Mark Elf (1957)

Mind Destroyer

A Planet Named Shayol (1961)


The Game of Rat and Dragon (1953)


The Game of Rat and Dragon (1953)

Pleasure Cap

A Planet Named Shayol (1961)

Starlight Sail (Light Sail) - very early reference

The Lady Who Sailed The Soul (1960)


The Ballad of Lost C'Mell (1950)

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