Stanley G. Weinbaum was the recipient of this year’s Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award… that link takes you to my page about him and his writing on this website, which also explains the award, if you aren’t familiar with it.

I had never heard of Weinbaum before the judges chose him, not surprising as my knowledge of science fictions authors is hardly encyclopedic. But I’ve been reading the old Ballantine paperback The Best of Stanley G. Weinbaum which came out roughly around the time they brought out The Best of Cordwainer Smith.

Evidently “A Martian Odyssey,” first published in 1934, was the first science fiction story to feature a non-earthling who was a real character in his own right, not just a plot device. This ostrich-like Martian, Tweel, is quite likeable. Tweel can pick up a little English, do some math in the sand, and recognize a diagram of the solar system, including the existence of Mercury.

The stories take place in a variety of situations, often with a bit of romance. I’m enjoying them.

Here’s a recent review of The Best of Stanley G. Weinbaum at librarything.