January 18, 2009
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Bill Humphries makes a nice point about Eliza Blair’s “Friends In Need”.

Eliza Blair’s story reminds me of Cordwainer Smith. The language buzzes and crackles, full of invention and extrapolation.

I’d also thought about Cordwainer Smith, though I’m not nearly as well versed in SF as Humphries. Interesting bit of trivia: “Scanners Live in Vain” was his first published story — a hell of a debut! — just as “Friends In Need” was Blair’s first professional sale.