Reviews of Quest of the Three Worlds (1966)
Review by clong (2005-05-13)
I have become quite a fan of Cordwainer Smith in the last couple years. His short science fiction stories, especially the Instrumentality of Mankind stories, are frequently astonishing and always thought provoking, delivering a uniquely imaginitive view of mankind's future in a very matter-of-fact style.
I must admit that this book was not among his best, partly because the characters are not entirely sympathetic, but mainly because of Smith's heavy-handed interjection of Christian symbolism in the second and third stories. I found T'Ruth to be not nearly as compelling a character as C'Mell, for example.
Still, for anyone out there who has never read Cordwainer Smith, I highly recommend anything you can get your hands on. All his science fiction fits in four short books.