is a website that is an “experiment in the field of artificial intelligence. It’s a self-adapting system, living on this server and ‘talking’ to everyone who comes along. It has a literature section, and you can see the Cordwainer Smith literary map here.

According to the fellow who created it, “The closer two writers are, the more likely someone will like both of them.”

When I was first there, Clifford D. Simak was the science fiction author closest to Cordwainer Smith. Other authors, a bit further away, were Brian Aldiss, Daniel Keys Moran, and James Tiptree, Jr.

Then later I went back and noticed that Aldiss was as close to Cordwainer Smith as Simak was. Hmm.

Well, I like Simak, but then I’m not all that objective about my father. Fans, do you like Simak? Aldiss?