From: "Andy Robertson"
Subject: Re: (urth) Does Gene Wolfe read Cordwainer Smith? Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2002 19:11:16 +0100 ----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Andre-Driussi" > > I, too, was puzzled by this strange Smith-gap in Gene Wolfe's reading, so a > few years ago I went so far as to send him an old paperback collection (in > mint condition!) of Smith stories (fwiw it contained my favorite: "Alpha > Ralpha Boulevard"). He never said a word about it, by which I believe that > he did not much like it and did not read more than a fraction of it. Hmmm. Actually I can see that he might not like the religious themes involved. They are powerful and fundamental to the science fiction, but they are not particularly conventionally Catholic: more Teilard de Chardan. Ignorance is one thing, blasphemy another, particularly when it is blasphemy in a voice as skilled and beautiful as your own. Also, Smith is *such* a powerful writer that another writer might instinctively reject him as a matter of defence: to avoid being overwhelmed. There is no accounting for taste, but I cannot believe that Wolfe simply read Smith and forgot to mention the fact. hartshorn --