• Born date: 1913-07-11
  • Born in: Wisconsin
  • Death date: 1966-08-06
  • Death in: Baltimore
Cordwainer Smith

Cordwainer Smith (pronounced CORDwainer) was the pseudonym used by American author Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger (July 11, 1913 – August 6, 1966) for his science fiction works. Linebarger was a noted East Asia scholar and expert in psychological warfare. ("Cordwainer" is an archaic word for "A worker in cordwain or cordovan leather; a shoemaker", and a "smith" is "One who works in iron or other metals; esp.