Norstrilia by Cordwainer Smith book review

One of the most vulgar, disgusting books I’ve ever read. Norstrilia by Cordwainer Smith. A novel inspired by debased futurism. Animal sex cats, the girlygirl, c’mell; transsexual deception, departments of nightmare control grid, rampaging capitalists buying the world, exchanging fake monies for valueless living, and euthanasia.

It’s all here. The worst form of science fiction, rolled into a story of fantastic debauchery. Don’t read this book. It made me sick. It’s clever enough to program the fools.

KEEP AWAY. DANGER, DANGER.

This book is demon text.

Father, forgive me. Take away all memory of this horrible text.

Some of my highlights:

Norstrilia by Cordwainer Smith

Book last read: 2022-08-23 20:05:48
Percentage read: 100%

Chapter 1: -1-
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Chapter progress: 2.52%
Highlight: Most of the underpeople did their jobs and accepted their half-slave status without question.

Chapter 1: -1-
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Chapter progress: 2.88%
Highlight: Even the computers showed nothing more significant than improbable amounts of happiness in minds which had no objective reason for being happy.

Chapter 4: -4-
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Chapter progress: 8.27%
Highlight: This man,” and she pointed at a picture of the Twilight Prince, “wanted to go to the place where they torment human children for a show.”
Notes: Bill Gates

Chapter 12: AT THE GATE OF THE GARDEN OF DEATH
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Chapter progress: 13.67%
Highlight: Norstrilia had to thin out its people if it were going to keep its Old Old Earth character and be another Australia, out among the stars. Otherwise the fields would fill up, the deserts turn into apartment houses, the sheep die in cellars under endless kennels for crowded and useless people.
Notes: Prophecy fulfilled. Vaccine depopulation.

Chapter 12: AT THE GATE OF THE GARDEN OF DEATH
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Chapter progress: 14.39%
Highlight: But the population problem remained, even with the taxation and simplicity and hard work.
Notes: Bill Gates population problem.

Chapter 12: AT THE GATE OF THE GARDEN OF DEATH
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Chapter progress: 14.75%
Highlight: They looked as simple as sheep but their minds were as subtle as serpents.

Chapter 15: THE OLD BROKEN TREASURES IN THE GAP
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Chapter progress: 24.46%
Highlight: There they lived on impregnated pasteboard which was salvaged from the latrines, reimpregnated with nutrients and vitamins, deodorized and sterilized, and issued again the next day.
Notes: Bill Gates GMO food.

Chapter 15: THE OLD BROKEN TREASURES IN THE GAP
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Chapter progress: 25.54%
Highlight: when all damaging luxuries had to be turned in to the Commonwealth authorities, to be repurchased by their owners only at a revaluation two hundred thousand times higher than their assessed worth.

Chapter 18: THE EYE UPON THE SPARROW
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Chapter progress: 34.17%
Highlight: He owned planets, countries, mines, palaces, prisons, police systems, fleets, border guards, restaurants, pharmaceuticals, textiles, night clubs, treasures, royalties, licenses, sheep, land, stroon, more
Notes: Victory for the lizard people.

Chapter 18: THE EYE UPON THE SPARROW
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Chapter progress: 34.17%
Highlight: Privacy, simplicity, frugality—these virtues had carried them through the hell-world of Paradise VII, where the mountains ate people, the volcanoes poisoned sheep, the delirious oxygen made men rave with bliss as they pranced into their own deaths.

Chapter 18: THE EYE UPON THE SPARROW
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Chapter progress: 37.41%
Highlight: I hope he dies. He never got over that rotten boyhood of his. The old sick boy is the enemy of the man.
Notes: Bill Gates

Chapter 19: FOE MONEY, SAD MONEY
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Chapter progress: 38.49%
Highlight: Surgeons aren’t allowed to work for anybody but government.
Notes: Prophecy fulfilled.

Chapter 19: FOE MONEY, SAD MONEY
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Chapter progress: 39.57%
Highlight: This planet would be knee-deep in junk if we ever dropped our tariff.
Notes: Prophecy fulfilled.

Chapter 19: FOE MONEY, SAD MONEY
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Chapter progress: 39.57%
Highlight: We’re still equals, we’re still free, we’re not the victims of our own wealth—

Chapter 19: FOE MONEY, SAD MONEY
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Chapter progress: 41.37%
Highlight: What are we paying these mucking taxes for, if it’s not for the likes of you to make sure we’re safe?
Notes: CIA,FBI,DHS,ATF,DOJ,FEMA,NSA et.al.

Chapter 19: FOE MONEY, SAD MONEY
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Chapter progress: 42.09%
Highlight: Old Earth itself is FOE money, F, O, E. F is for free, O is for on, E is for Earth. F, O, E—free on Earth. That’s the best kind of money there is, right on Old Earth itself. And Earth has the final exchange computer.
Notes: Fake central bank money.

Chapter 19: FOE MONEY, SAD MONEY
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Chapter progress: 42.09%
Highlight: If the money is discounted thirty-three and one third percent per trip and if it takes fifty-five trips to get to Old Earth, it takes a heap of money to pay up in orbit right here before you have a minicredit on Earth.
Notes: Secret society code and fake money.

Chapter 19: FOE MONEY, SAD MONEY
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Chapter progress: 42.81%
Highlight: Let him have it. We’ll watch what he does with the Earth after he buys it, and if it is something bad, we will kill him.
Notes: Bill Gates

Chapter 19: FOE MONEY, SAD MONEY
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Chapter progress: 44.96%
Highlight: With what they’ve been taking off us all these thousands of years, they’ve got more stroon than we do. Hidden away somewhere.
Notes: Hidden money by lizard people.

Chapter 20: TRAPS, FORTUNES AND WATCHERS
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Chapter progress: 45.68%
Highlight: He was a thousandmorer, meaning that he had traded his career, his reputation, and his authority for a long life of one thousand or more years.
Notes: Bill Gates

Chapter 20: TRAPS, FORTUNES AND WATCHERS
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Chapter progress: 45.68%
Highlight: By offering “honorable disgrace” and low, secure jobs within the Instrumentality to those Lords who might be tempted to trade long life for their secrets, it kept its own potential defectors.
Notes: USA Government contractors.

Chapter 20: TRAPS, FORTUNES AND WATCHERS
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Chapter progress: 46.04%
Highlight: Watch your children die, watch your friends die, watch all your hobbies and ideas get out of date. Go along, you horrible little man, and let me die like a human being!
Notes: Tony Fauci.

Chapter 20: TRAPS, FORTUNES AND WATCHERS
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Chapter progress: 46.4%
Highlight: With money he is coming, to help us, to save us, to open to us the light of day and the vaults of heaven.
Notes: Bill Gates siccophants.

Chapter 20: TRAPS, FORTUNES AND WATCHERS
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Chapter progress: 46.76%
Highlight: From the uttermost deeps one shall come, bringing uncountable treasure and a sure delivery.
Notes: Their alien religion decoded.

Chapter 20: TRAPS, FORTUNES AND WATCHERS
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Chapter progress: 47.12%
Highlight: How can they think we’d hold this sharp little monopoly for thousands of years? They’re stupid not to think about it, but let’s not make them think. Right?
Notes: Morons following death cult.

Chapter 20: TRAPS, FORTUNES AND WATCHERS
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Chapter progress: 47.12%
Highlight: And no one will suspect that we set them up to it. Stupid’s the word, mate, stupid. If they ever think we’re clever, we’re for it!”
Notes: The evil ones at work.

Chapter 21: THE NEARBY EXILE
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Chapter progress: 47.48%
Highlight: He had an odd medical-looking suit on, all white, and his face combined the smile and the ready professional sympathy
Notes: Death becomes you. MD nightmare.

Chapter 21: THE NEARBY EXILE
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Chapter progress: 47.84%
Highlight: I suppose it looked that way to your ancestors and mine half a million years ago, when we were all running around naked on Earth.
Notes: His story is a lie.

Chapter 21: THE NEARBY EXILE
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Chapter progress: 47.84%
Highlight: He found himself cringing for the explosion, but he could tell, from the posture of the doctor next to him, that the doctor was not in the least afraid of that chronic hydrogen bomb, whatever it might turn out to be.
Notes: The lizards are afraid of the sun.

Chapter 21: THE NEARBY EXILE
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Chapter progress: 49.28%
Highlight: Think of the awful interaction you must get with the normals.
Notes: Prophecy fulfilled.

Chapter 21: THE NEARBY EXILE
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Chapter progress: 49.64%
Highlight: Two-thirds of them empty.
Notes: Biblical code for destruction.

Chapter 21: THE NEARBY EXILE
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Chapter progress: 50.72%
Highlight: The penalty for immigration is death. We’re killing our own people right now, just to keep the population down.
Notes: Prophecy fulfilled.

Chapter 21: THE NEARBY EXILE
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Chapter progress: 51.08%
Highlight: Change your workwoman into a young man who looks just like your description.
Notes: Trans people on mars.

Chapter 23: THE HIGH SKY FLYING
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Chapter progress: 55.4%
Highlight: In this air his people had swum to manhood, before they conquered the stars.
Notes: Fish people.

Chapter 23: THE HIGH SKY FLYING
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Chapter progress: 55.76%
Highlight: and those mountains were all smooth, worn, old, folded by immense eons of wind into a gentle blanketing that covered his whole home world.
Notes: Eons equals about seven thousand years.

Chapter 23: THE HIGH SKY FLYING
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Chapter progress: 56.12%
Highlight: People had ships for water before they had ships for space.
Notes: Still having trouble leaving orbit. NASA SpaceX.

Chapter 23: THE HIGH SKY FLYING
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Chapter progress: 56.47%
Highlight: Don’t you Earth people have anything better to do with your water than to leave it lying on the ground or having it float over open land?”
Notes: Attention Bill Gates. Corporate exploitation scheme. Take the water. Sell back to mindless population.

Chapter 23: THE HIGH SKY FLYING
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Chapter progress: 56.47%
Highlight: You have not caused all the crime and meanness in the world, but it’s been sleeping and now wakes up for you.
Notes: Fake pandemic. Injecting populous with AIDS.

Chapter 23: THE HIGH SKY FLYING
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Chapter progress: 58.63%
Highlight: Any identity which is not perfectly clear must be killed automatically by the scanning device.
Notes: Track and trace.

Chapter 23: THE HIGH SKY FLYING
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Chapter progress: 58.99%
Highlight: The people did not seem any the happier for having all this wealth around them.
Notes: Debt based money failure.

Chapter 24: DISCOURSES AND RECOURSES
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Chapter progress: 62.23%
Highlight: Just a dry dull planet with sick sheep and a lot of immortal farmers who go around armed to the teeth!

Chapter 24: DISCOURSES AND RECOURSES
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Chapter progress: 64.39%
Highlight: You know as well as I do that the Instrumentality is very generous with other people’s property, but pretty ruthless when it comes to any threat directed against itself.

Chapter 24: DISCOURSES AND RECOURSES
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Chapter progress: 64.39%
Highlight: You have created an unnecessary crisis.
Notes: CDC

Chapter 25: THE ROAD TO THE CATMASTER
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Chapter progress: 69.78%
Highlight: Are you sure that he won’t pay you back? If he does, that is private trading and it is punished by death.
Notes: Private trading illegal.

Chapter 25: THE ROAD TO THE CATMASTER
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Chapter progress: 70.14%
Highlight: You’re smelling things again?

Chapter 26: THE DEPARTMENT STORE OF HEARTS’ DESIRES
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Chapter progress: 72.66%
Highlight: They did not even have Unselfing Grounds that far back!
Notes: Suicide of the future.

Chapter 26: THE DEPARTMENT STORE OF HEARTS’ DESIRES
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Chapter progress: 73.38%
Highlight: She is a little mixed up about having a young man’s body,
Notes: Trans people of future fiction.

Chapter 26: THE DEPARTMENT STORE OF HEARTS’ DESIRES
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Chapter progress: 74.1%
Highlight: First, you cannot kill me. Second, you cannot hurt me. Third, if I kill you, it will be all for your own good. Fourth, if you get out of here, you will be a very happy man.
Notes: Government goons.

Chapter 26: THE DEPARTMENT STORE OF HEARTS’ DESIRES
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Chapter progress: 74.1%
Highlight: Our lives are made for us by the people we happen to know, the places we happen to be, the jobs or hobbies which we happen to run across.
Notes: Predestination

Chapter 27: EVERYBODY’S FOND OF MONEY
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Chapter progress: 77.34%
Highlight: Any man or woman who finds that he or she forms and shares an unauthorized opinion with a large number of other people shall report immediately for therapy to the nearest subchief.
Notes: Facebook

Chapter 27: EVERYBODY’S FOND OF MONEY
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Chapter progress: 77.7%
Highlight: Criminal public opinion.
Notes: Facebook

Chapter 27: EVERYBODY’S FOND OF MONEY
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Chapter progress: 79.14%
Highlight: Great beliefs always come out of the sewers of cities, not out of the towers of the ziggurats.

Chapter 28: TOSTIG AMARAL
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Chapter progress: 80.58%
Highlight: Somehow he had confidence that a hidden, friendly power in the universe would take care of him, if he took care of others.

Chapter 28: TOSTIG AMARAL
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Chapter progress: 80.94%
Highlight: the robot turned away: his dreadful, milky eyes, always ready for disorder and death, scanned the marketplace again and again with fatigue-free vigilance.
Notes: CIA

Chapter 29: BIRDS, FAR UNDERGROUND
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Chapter progress: 89.21%
Highlight: This place is safe. It’s the Holy Insurgency.

Chapter 30: HIS OWN STRANGE ALTAR
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Chapter progress: 90.29%
Highlight: the smell-bite-mate sequence of the nose-guided animals who first walked Earth;
Notes: Their disgusting history.

Chapter 30: HIS OWN STRANGE ALTAR
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Chapter progress: 90.65%
Highlight: Some of us are normal, but many of us down here are the discards of men’s laboratories.

Chapter 30: HIS OWN STRANGE ALTAR
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Chapter progress: 91.37%
Highlight: We call ourselves the Holy Insurgency because we are rebels.

Chapter 30: HIS OWN STRANGE ALTAR
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Chapter progress: 91.73%
Highlight: If a gift was big enough, it endured and kept on giving, until the culture in which it was set had fallen.
Notes: Endowments are collapsing.

Chapter 30: HIS OWN STRANGE ALTAR
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Chapter progress: 91.73%
Highlight: I want you to give your money to provide games, sports, competitions, shows, music, and a chance for honest hatred.”
Notes: Prophecy fulfilled.

Chapter 30: HIS OWN STRANGE ALTAR
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Chapter progress: 92.81%
Highlight: All clear,” said Jestocost. “Now we have to get notaries and official witnesses to veridicate our imprints of your eyes, hands and brain. Ask the Person with you to give you a mask, so that the cat-man face will not upset the witnesses.
Notes: Future attorneys jurisprudence punks.

Chapter 30: HIS OWN STRANGE ALTAR
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Chapter progress: 95.32%
Highlight: You are human. You can afford to be rich with kindness.
Notes: Prophecy FAIL.

Chapter 31: COUNSELS, COUNCILS, CONSOLES AND CONSULS
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Chapter progress: 96.4%
Highlight: It means that the masters rearrange things by changing the volume or the flow or the title to property.
Notes: central bank.

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