The Instrumentality of Mankind – NaBloPoMo 2010

do you know what’s cruel?  to develop a schema of the future of mankind all the way through the year 16000 CE, and then die at the ridiculous early age of 53, having only filled a few areas of the schema.


The Instrumentality of Mankind by Cordwainer Smith


cruel and sad, as it left us deprived from, as the cover of The Instrumentality of Mankind notes, “a dazzling vision of the future”.

what we have are stories set at several chronological points of the schema: we learn of mankind’s almost annihilation in the 2000s, the escape to other worlds, the rise of the Instrumentality, the return to Earth in the 6000s, the development of animal-human hybrids that make up the Underpeople, the Underpeople uprising, and in ~15000s the Rediscovery of Man.



7 thoughts on “The Instrumentality of Mankind – NaBloPoMo 2010

  1. This looks fascinating. Myself, I’m not convinced we’ll make it past Thanksgiving, much less to 15000, but I’ll have to look this one up.

  2. the Underpeople stories are so moving. Mother Hitton’s Littul Kittons is scary. The Game of Rat and Dragon is awwww for us crazy cat ladies.

    dude was as fascinating IRL.

  3. Mother Hitton made it impossible for me to sleep for a week. This was maybe one of the most depressing sci-fi collections I’ve ever read, though I thought it would be fun to be an animal hybrid.

  4. I am learning of so many authors, mariser! So glad you are doing this for WoPoNaNoBloProMo or whatever it is! ;)

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