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From: Alice Turner <al@ny.playboy.com>
Subject: (whorl) C. Smith ranking
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 1997 12:07:51 

[Posted from WHORL, the mailing list for Gene Wolfe's Book of the Long Sun]

My first encounter with Smith was in an old Judy Merril anthology with "A
Planet Named Shayol." It knocked me sideways---and I was far from being an
infernologist at the time!

Agreed: start with the mature work. Don't forget "The Dead Lady of Clown
Town." Or even "Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons." Don't read those Casher
O'Neill novellas first as the Rat suggests---they're for after you know the


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