Archive for June, 2010

Alan Elms biographical interview

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Alan Elms: Personality in Psychobiography Interviewed by Kate Isaacson for the psychohistorical journal Clio’s Psyche Alan Elms was born in 1938 in ¬†Texas, and grew up in Arkansas, California, and Kentucky.¬† He received a BA in psychology from Pennsylvania State University in 1960 and earned his PhD in personality and social psychology at Yale University […]

Cordwainer Smith, Rediscovered

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Review of Cordwainer Smith [Paul M. A. Linebarger], The Rediscovery of Man: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith. (James A. Mann, ed.) Framingham, MA: NESFA Press, 1993. Reviewed by Alan C. Elms First: Buy this book. Urge your library to order this book. It contains every published piece of shorter fiction by one […]

From to

Friday, June 11th, 2010

I’ve just finished transferring all the content (with a few minor exceptions) from my old website,, to this new website. The few things that I didn’t bring over to the new site were very minor items that (once upon a time) I thought I’d eventually expand, but never got around to. The content transferal, […]

Smith/Linebarger Archival Locations

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Alan C. Elms There are two major archives of the papers of Paul M. A. Linebarger (aka Cordwainer Smith). The bulk of his fiction manuscripts, including his science fiction, is held by the Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. The bulk of his papers dealing with China, psychological warfare, and other topics connected […]

Cordwainer Smith Pronunciation Guide

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Alan C. Elms In the Cordwainer Smith stories, Paul Linebarger drew directly from many languages for the names of characters, planets, etc. In certain instances the names are multi-lingual puns; in others, their origins remain obscure. Linebarger played with the changes in pronunciation of current-day names that might occur over thousands of years of future […]

My Published Writing on Cordwainer Smith

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Elms, A. C. (1984). The creation of Cordwainer Smith. Science-Fiction Studies, 11, 264-283. (Available online at Elms, A. C. (1988). Cordwainer Smith (Paul M. A. Linebarger). In J. Gunn (Ed.), The New Science Fiction Encyclopedia, 422-423. New York: Viking Penguin. Elms, A. C. (1991). Origins of the underpeople: Cats, Kuomintang and Cordwainer Smith. In […]

Cordwainer Smith F.A.Q.

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Alan C. Elms [This list of Frequently Asked Questions will be considerably expanded when I have a little free time to put into it. The questions below are mostly filler items, though the answers are accurate.] Q: What was Cordwainer Smith’s real name? A: Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger. Q: Where did the term “Abba-dingo” come […]

Career Advice for Would-Be Psychobiographers

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Alan C. Elms Anyone who’s interested in pursuing a career in psychobiography, whether as a college professor or as an “independent scholar,” should first take a look at the Handbook of Psychobiography, edited by William Todd Schultz and published in 2005 by Oxford University Press. Then look at Todd Schultz’s web page, If you’re […]

Personality Theories I Find Most Useful

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Alan C. Elms There are personality theories that I admire but never use. Those listed below are theories that I have actually used in doing psychobiography. None of them works for every biographical subject, but each one works some of the time. For examples of use, see my book Uncovering Lives, or my chapter titled […]

Personality Psychology Organizations

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Alan C. Elms There are Freudian and Jungian and Skinnerian organizations, but I don’t belong to any of those. The American Psychological Association’s Division 8 calls itself the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and I belong to it, but it currently has little to do with personality theory. (Psychologists interested in personality theory are […]

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