Unreasonable Books will be publishing an original art and prose book, entitled Stroon, devoted to Paul Linebarger and to the worlds he created as Cordwainer Smith. Stroon will be edited by David Lubkin.
The Stroon project is being undertaken with the approval and support of Paul Linebarger’s family. All profits from the sale of the book will be donated in his memory to charities chosen by his family.
We expect to be paying 5¢ a word for original prose, and 3¢ a word for previously published material. Specific terms and the rates paid for artwork and other material have not been determined yet.
Currently signed-up contributors are:
- Damien Broderick
- Algis Budrys
- Gardner Dozois
- Rosana Linebarger Hart
- Karen Hellekson
- James B. Jordan
- Ursula K. Le Guin
- Frederik Pohl
- Susan M. Shwartz
- Robert Silverberg
Gay Haldeman will review the contracts.
If you’d like to be a part of the project, contact us.
What we’re looking for
- previously published art depicting some aspect of Cordwainer Smith’s work (If you have any information on CS artwork, please see the art page.)
- original art, along the same lines: serious or humorous
- pertinent photographs
- reminiscences of Paul Linebarger
- correspondence with Paul Linebarger
- what Cordwainer Smith’s work has meant to you, as a writer or as a reader
- literary analysis of his work
If you have something else in mind — like music or original fiction — ask. If it’s not right for the book, it might be suitable for the web site.
We also welcome help. Some ways you might:
- have bright ideas
- refer us to other people
- give advice (legal, printing, etc.)
- translate essays into English
- spread the word
We’re not accepting orders yet, but we'll be happy to get back to you with more information. Contact us if you might be interested in buying or reselling Stroon when it's available.
Read his books
Read about him
- Jordan, James B., “Christianity In the Science Fiction of ‘Cordwainer Smith’”
- Lewis, Anthony R., Concordance to Cordwainer Smith
- McIntyre, Angus, “Cats, Cruelty, and Children: Idealism and Morality in the Instrumentality of Mankind”