Title: The Game of Rat and Dragon

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Title: The Game of Rat and Dragon Title Record # 41379
Author: Cordwainer Smith
Date: 1955-10-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
Series: The Instrumentality of Mankind
Webpages: Gutenberg, librivox.org, Wikipedia-EN
Language: English
Synopsis: When humans develop space travel, their vessels come under attack by alien creatures; the most effective means of defense is to utilize cats telepathically linked to the humans, operating the defensive weapons.
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Other Titles

Translations
Year Language Title
1959 German Das Drachenspiel
1965 French Le jeu du rat et du dragon
1975 German Das Spiel "Ratte und Drache"
1977 Hungarian Patkány-sárkány játék
1980 German Das Spiel "Ratte und Drache"
1980 German Das Spiel Ratte und Drache
1982 Italian Il gioco del topo e del drago

Awards

Place Year and Award Category
Finalists 1956 Hugo Best Short Story

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog# Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Galaxy Science Fiction, October 1955 1955-10-00 ed. H. L. Gold Galaxy Publishing Corporation   $0.35 148 digest? mag Walt Disney Productions Checkmark
Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 1956 1956-00-00 ed. T. E. Dikty Frederick Fell   $3.50 242 hc? anth  
Galaxy Science Fiction [UK], No. 34 1956-01-00 ed. H. L. Gold Strato Publications   2/- 132 digest? mag Walt Disney Productions Checkmark
Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels: 1956 1956-11-00 ed. T. E. Dikty Frederick Fell / SFBC   $1.15 256 hc? anth Checkmark
Best SF Three: Science Fiction Stories 1958-06-00 ed. Edmund Crispin Faber and Faber   15/- 224 hc? anth  
The Third Galaxy Reader 1958-06-00 ed. H. L. Gold Doubleday   $3.95 262 hc? anth Arthur Renshaw Checkmark
6 from Worlds Beyond: Selected From The Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels, 1956 1958-12-00 ed. T. E. Dikty Crest Book #s258 $0.35 160 pb? anth Checkmark
The Third Galaxy Reader 1958-12-00 ed. H. L. Gold Doubleday / SFBC   $1.20 262 hc? anth Arthur Renshaw Checkmark
Galaxis Science Fiction, #15 1959-05-00 ed. Lothar Heinecke Moewig   DM 1.50 128 pb? mag Emsh Checkmark
Best SF Three: Science Fiction Stories 1959-12-00 ed. Edmund Crispin Faber and Faber   15/- 224 hc? anth Peter Curl Checkmark
The Third Galaxy Reader 1960-07-00 ed. H. L. Gold Permabooks #M4172 $0.35 xv+
235
pb? anth Bob Abbett Checkmark
Best SF Three 1960-09-00 ed. Edmund Crispin The Science Fiction Book Club (UK) #46 5/6 224 hc? anth C. W. Bacon Checkmark
Best SF Three 1962-00-00 ed. Edmund Crispin Faber and Faber   6/- 224 tp? anth Checkmark
You Will Never Be the Same 1963-00-00 Cordwainer Smith Regency Books #RB 309 $0.50 156 pb? coll Ron Bradford Checkmark
Best SF Three 1963-00-00 ed. Edmund Crispin Faber and Faber   6/- 224 tp? anth Checkmark
Galaxie (2čme série), #20 1965-12-00 ed. Alain Dorémieux OPTA   F2.50 164 digest? mag Dember Checkmark
Best SF Three 1967-00-00 ed. Edmund Crispin Faber and Faber   6/- 224 tp? anth Checkmark
Under Old Earth and Other Explorations 1970-00-00 Cordwainer Smith Panther 0-586-03302-5 Ł0.25 188 pb? coll Paul Brierley Checkmark
The Mirror of Infinity: A Critics' Anthology of Science Fiction 1970-05-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Canfield Press   $ xi+
324
tp? anth Fred Cantor Checkmark
The Mirror of Infinity: A Critics' Anthology of Science Fiction 1970-05-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Harper & Row   $6.95 xi+
324
hc? anth Fred Cantor Checkmark
You Will Never Be the Same 1970-09-00 Cordwainer Smith Berkley Medallion 0-425-01894-6 $0.75 176 pb? coll Paul Lehr Checkmark
The Mirror of Infinity: A Critics' Anthology of Science Fiction 1971-07-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Sidgwick & Jackson 0-283-48473-X Ł2.50 xi+
312
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A Science Fiction Argosy 1972-03-00 ed. Damon Knight Simon & Schuster 0-671-21126-9 $9.95 828 hc? anth Wendell Minor Checkmark
A Science Fiction Argosy 1972-05-00 ed. Damon Knight Simon & Schuster / SFBC #2710 $3.98 xii+
819
hc? anth Wendell Minor Checkmark
Supernatural Cats 1972-11-03 ed. Claire Necker Doubleday 0-385-07561-8 $6.95 xiv+
439
hc? anth Margo Herr Checkmark
The Mirror of Infinity: A Critics' Anthology of Science Fiction 1973-00-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Perennial Library / Harper & Row 0-06-080306-1 $1.50 xiv+
303
pb? anth Checkmark
A Science Fiction Argosy 1973-04-00 ed. Damon Knight Gollancz 0-575-01520-9 Ł 832 hc? anth  
As Tomorrow Becomes Today 1974-00-00 ed. Charles W. Sullivan Prentice-Hall 0-13-050021-6 $4.95 xv+
456
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As Tomorrow Becomes Today 1974-00-00 ed. Charles W. Sullivan Prentice-Hall 0-13-050039-9 $7.95 xv+
456
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Supernatural Cats 1974-01-00 ed. Claire Necker Warner Paperback Library 0-446-59370-2 $1.75 446 pb? anth Tony Ruta Checkmark
Les seigneurs de l'instrumentalité: Tome 1 1974-07-04 Cordwainer Smith OPTA (Club du Livre d'Anticipation #50) 2-7201-0002-1   391 hc? omni Checkmark
Sternträumer 1975-00-00 Cordwainer Smith Insel (Phantastische Wirklichkeit: Science Fiction der Welt) 3-458-05863-X DM 16.50 254 hc? coll H. Wenske  
The Best of Cordwainer Smith 1975-07-00 Cordwainer Smith Nelson Doubleday / SFBC #1180 $2.49 [8]+
342
hc? coll Janice C. Tate Checkmark
The Best of Cordwainer Smith 1975-09-00 Cordwainer Smith Ballantine Books (Ballantine's Classic Library of Science Fiction) 0-345-24581-4 $1.95 xix+
377
pb? coll Darrell Sweet Checkmark
The Best of Cordwainer Smith 1975-09-00 Cordwainer Smith Ballantine Books 0-345-24581-4 C$1.95 xix+
377
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You Will Never Be the Same 1975-10-00 Cordwainer Smith Garland Publishing 0-8240-1429-4 $11.00 176 hc? coll Checkmark
Ötvenedik 1977-00-00 ed. Kuczka Péter Kozmosz Könyvek? (Kozmosz Fantasztikus Könyvek?) 963-211-179-6   525 pb? anth Korga György Checkmark
The Best of Cordwainer Smith 1977-10-00 Cordwainer Smith Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-27202-1 $2.25 xix+
377
pb? coll Darrell Sweet Checkmark
The Best of Cordwainer Smith 1977-10-00 Cordwainer Smith Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-27202-1 C$2.25 xix+
377
pb? coll Darrell Sweet Checkmark
Science Fiction: Contemporary Mythology: The SFWA-SFRA Anthology 1978-00-00 ed. Patricia Warrick, Martin Harry Greenberg, Joseph Olander Harper & Row 0-06-046943-9   xviii+
476
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Science Fiction: Contemporary Mythology: The SFWA-SFRA Anthology 1978-06-00 ed. Patricia Warrick, Martin Harry Greenberg, Joseph Olander Harper & Row 0-06-011626-9 $14.95 xviii+
476
hc? anth Mark Rubin Checkmark
The Road to Science Fiction #3: From Heinlein to Here 1979-12-00 ed. James Gunn Mentor / New American Library 0-451-61784-3 $2.75 xi+
656
pb? anth Paul Stinson Checkmark
Les seigneurs de l'instrumentalité Tome 1 1980-00-00 Cordwainer Smith Le Livre de Poche (Le Livre de Poche - Science Fiction #7056) 2-253-02435-X   378 pb? omni Gérard Ruffin Checkmark
Die besten Stories von Cordwainer Smith 1980-09-00 Cordwainer Smith Moewig (Playboy Science Fiction #6708) 3-8118-6708-3 DM 7.80 415 pb? coll Carl Lundgren Checkmark
The Great Science Fiction Series 1980-11-00 ed. Joseph Olander, Martin Harry Greenberg, Frederik Pohl Harper & Row 0-06-013382-1 $16.95 x+
419
hc? anth Jon Weiman Checkmark
Fantastic Creatures 1981-00-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Franklin Watts 0-531-04342-8   155 hc? anth Neil Waldman Checkmark
The Golden Age of Science Fiction 1981-10-00 ed. Kingsley Amis Hutchinson 0-09-145770-X Ł6.95 370 hc? anth Checkmark
L'astronave d'oro 1982-00-00 Cordwainer Smith Fanucci Editore (Sidera nello spazio e nel tempo #4)   5,000 Lit 3+
206
tp? coll Peter Jones  
Die Fünfziger Jahre II 1982-04-00 ed. Hans Joachim Alpers, Werner Fuchs Hohenheim (Edition SF im Hohenheim Verlag) 3-8147-0019-8 DM 28.00 374+
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hc? anth Oliviero Berni Checkmark
Science Fiction A to Z: A Dictionary of the Great S.F. Themes 1982-08-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Houghton Mifflin 0-395-31285-X $22.95 xvii+
651
hc? anth Checkmark
The Golden Age of Science Fiction 1983-00-00 ed. Kingsley Amis Penguin Books 0-14-006382-X Ł2.95 365 pb? anth Mick Brownfield Checkmark
Magicats! 1984-06-00 ed. Jack Dann, Gardner Dozois Ace Books 0-441-51530-4 $2.95 xvii+
270
pb? anth Ann Meisel Checkmark
Magicats! 1984-09-00 ed. Gardner Dozois, Jack Dann Ace Books 0-441-51531-2 $2.95 xvii+
270
pb? anth Ann Meisel  
Magicats! 1985-07-00 ed. Gardner Dozois, Jack Dann Ace Books 0-441-51531-2 $2.95 xvii+
270
pb? anth Ann Meisel Checkmark
The Best of Cordwainer Smith 1985-07-00 Cordwainer Smith Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-32302-5 $3.50 xix+
377
pb? coll Darrell Sweet Checkmark
Magicats! 1986-03-00 ed. Gardner Dozois, Jack Dann Ace Books 0-441-51532-0 $2.95 xvii+
270
pb? anth Ann Meisel Checkmark
Le ręveur aux étoiles 1987-09-00 Cordwainer Smith Presses Pocket (Presses Pocket - Science Fiction #5266) 2-266-02039-0   344 pb? coll W. Siudmak Checkmark
Science Fiction: The Science Fiction Research Association Anthology 1988-00-00 ed. Patricia S. Warrick, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Harper & Row 0-06-046941-2   xi +
522
unknown? anth  
The Great SF Stories: #17 (1955) 1988-01-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg DAW Books (DAW Collectors #733) 0-88677-256-7 $3.95 349 pb? anth Jim Burns Checkmark
Space-Fighters 1988-04-00 ed. Charles G. Waugh, Martin Harry Greenberg, Joe Haldeman Ace Books 0-441-77786-4 $3.50 296 pb? anth Walter Velez Checkmark
The Rediscovery of Man 1988-06-00 Cordwainer Smith VGSF / Gollancz (VGSF Classics #25) 0-575-04165-X Ł3.50 xix+
377
pb? coll John Avon  
The Rediscovery of Man 1988-09-15 Cordwainer Smith Gollancz 0-575-04352-0 Ł11.95 xix+
377
hc? coll John Avon Checkmark
Sternträumer 1991-00-00 Cordwainer Smith Suhrkamp (Phantastische Bibliothek #193) 3-518-37893-7 DM 14.00 290 pb? coll Tom Breuer Checkmark
Cats in Space and Other Places 1992-05-00 ed. Bill Fawcett Baen 0-671-72118-6 $4.99 407 pb? anth Dean Morrissey Checkmark
The Rediscovery of Man: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith 1993-06-00 Cordwainer Smith NESFA Press 0-915368-56-0 $24.95 xvi+
671
hc? coll Jack Gaughan Checkmark
The Road to Science Fiction: Volume 3: From Heinlein to Here 1996-07-00 ed. James Gunn Borealis / White Wolf Publishing 1-56504-821-0 $14.99 XXVII+
529
tp? anth Michael Scott Cohen Checkmark
A Century of Science Fiction 1950-1959 1997-02-00 ed. Robert Silverberg MJF Books 1-56731-154-7 $8.98 341 hc? anth Vincent DiFate Checkmark
Science Fiction: Contemporary Mythology: The SFWA-SFRA Anthology 1998-00-00 ed. Joseph Olander, Patricia Warrick, Martin Harry Greenberg HarperCollins 0-06-046943-9 $15.62   hc? anth  
The Rediscovery of Man 1999-05-00 Cordwainer Smith Millennium / Orion (Millennium / Gollancz SF Masterworks #10) 1-85798-819-1 Ł6.99 xix+
377
tp? coll Chris Moore Checkmark
The Best Military Science Fiction of the 20th Century 2001-05-00 ed. Harry Turtledove, Martin H. Greenberg Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-43989-9 $18.00 xii+
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tp? anth Jeff Corwin Checkmark
The Road to Science Fiction: Volume 3: From Heinlein to Here 2002-03-00 ed. James Gunn Scarecrow Press 0-8108-4245-9 $32.50 xxxi+
565
tp? anth Hallie Gladden Checkmark
The Ultimate Cyberpunk 2002-09-00 ed. Pat Cadigan ibooks 0-7434-5239-9 $16.00 xiv+
399
tp? anth Bruce Jensen Checkmark
The Rediscovery of Man 2003-00-00 Cordwainer Smith Gollancz / Orion (Millennium / Gollancz SF Masterworks #10) 1-85798-819-1 Ł6.99 xix+
377
tp? coll Chris Moore  
Les seigneurs de l'instrumentalité, I 2004-03-02 Cordwainer Smith Gallimard (Folio SF #165) 2-07-042715-3   617 pb? coll Manchu Checkmark
The Ultimate Cyberpunk 2004-05-00 ed. Pat Cadigan ibooks 0-7434-8652-8 $7.99 399 pb? anth Bruce Jensen  
The Space Opera Renaissance 2006-07-00 ed. David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer Tor 0-765-30617-4 $39.95 941 hc? anth NASA Checkmark
The Space Opera Renaissance 2006-08-00 ed. David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer Tor / SFBC #1215904 $34.95 941 hc? anth Checkmark
The Space Opera Renaissance 2007-07-00 ed. David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer Orb 0-765-30618-2 $24.95 941 tp? anth NASA  
The Space Opera Renaissance 2007-07-10 ed. Kathryn Cramer, David G. Hartwell Tor 978-1-4668-0825-6 $7.99   ebook? anth  
When the People Fell 2007-09-00 Cordwainer Smith Baen 1-4165-2146-1 $15.00 599 tp? coll Tom Kidd  
When the People Fell 2007-09-00 Cordwainer Smith Baen 978-1-4165-2146-4 $6.00   ebook? coll Tom Kidd  
The Game of Rat and Dragon 2009-01-22 Cordwainer Smith Wonder eBooks   $1.29   ebook? chap  
The Game of Rat and Dragon 2009-08-05 Cordwainer Smith Project Gutenberg #29614 $0.00   ebook? chap  
Short Science Fiction Collection 25 2009-09-03 ed. LibriVox LibriVox       digital audio download? anth  
The Rediscovery of Man 2010-02-00 Cordwainer Smith Gollancz (Gollancz SF Masterworks (II)) 978-0-575-09424-6 Ł8.99 400 tp? coll  
Short Science Fiction Collection 033 2010-03-02 ed. LibriVox LibriVox       digital audio download? anth  
Scanners and Others: Three Science Fiction Stories 2010-04-29 Cordwainer Smith Wildside Press 978-1-55742-120-3 $3.99 74 tp? coll  
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction 2010-08-01 ed. Rob Latham, Veronica Hollinger, Joan Gordon, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., Arthur B. Evans, Carol McGuirk Wesleyan University Press 978-0-8195-6955-4 $39.95 xviii+
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tp? anth Georges Méličs Checkmark
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction 2010-08-01 ed. Rob Latham, Veronica Hollinger, Joan Gordon, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., Arthur B. Evans, Carol McGuirk Wesleyan University Press 978-0-8195-6954-7 $85.00 688 hc? anth Checkmark
Was aus den Menschen wurde 2011-00-00 Cordwainer Smith Heyne (Meisterwerke der Science Fiction) 978-3-453-52806-2 €12.99 [2]+
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Was aus den Menschen wurde 2011-03-00 Cordwainer Smith Heyne (Meisterwerke der Science Fiction) 978-3-453-52806-2 €12.99 [2]+
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The Mammoth Book of SF Wars 2012-05-17 ed. Ian Watson, Ian Whates Robinson 978-1-78033-040-2 Ł7.99 xii+
497
tp? anth Joe Roberts Checkmark
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars 2012-05-17 ed. Ian Watson, Ian Whates Robinson 978-1-78033-546-9 Ł7.99   ebook? anth Joe Roberts Checkmark
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars 2012-06-00 ed. Ian Watson, Ian Whates Running Press 978-0-7624-4592-9 $13.95 xii+
497
tp? anth joeroberts.co.uk Checkmark
When the People Fell 2012-08-28 Cordwainer Smith Baen 978-1-4516-3829-5 $7.99 829+
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pb? coll Tom Kidd Checkmark
The Rediscovery of Man 2012-11-30 Cordwainer Smith Gateway / Orion 978-0-575-10861-5 Ł4.99   ebook? coll  
Magicats! 2013-03-25 ed. Jack Dann, Gardner Dozois Baen 978-1-62579-120-7 $4.99   ebook? anth Ron Miller  
The Big Book of Science Fiction: The Ultimate Collection 2016-07-12 ed. Ann VanderMeer, Jeff VanderMeer Vintage Crime/Black Lizard / Vintage Books 978-1-101-91009-2 $25.00 xxxi+
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tp? anth Bruce Pennington Checkmark
The Big Book of Science Fiction: The Ultimate Collection 2016-07-12 ed. Ann VanderMeer, Jeff VanderMeer Vintage Crime/Black Lizard / Vintage Books 978-1-101-91010-8 $25.00   ebook? anth Bruce Pennington  
The Big Book of Science Fiction: The Ultimate Collection 2016-07-12 ed. Ann VanderMeer, Jeff VanderMeer Vintage Crime/Black Lizard / SFBC #14-1016912 $19.55 xxxi+
1178
tp? anth Bruce Pennington  
The Best of Cordwainer Smith 2017-04-26 Cordwainer Smith Phoenix Pick 978-1-61242-360-9 $14.99 376 tp? coll  
The Best of Cordwainer Smith 2017-04-28 Cordwainer Smith Phoenix Pick 978-1-61242-361-6 $5.99   ebook? coll  
Infinite Stars 2017-10-17 ed. Bryan Thomas Schmidt Titan Books 978-1-78565-593-7 $24.95 674 hc? anth Luca Oleastri Checkmark
Infinite Stars 2017-10-17 ed. Bryan Thomas Schmidt Titan Books 978-1-78565-459-6 $9.99   ebook? anth Luca Oleastri  
The Road to Science Fiction #3: From Heinlein to Here date unknown ed. James Gunn Mentor 0-451-62427-0 $4.95 xi+
656
pb? anth Paul Stinson  
The Rediscovery of Man date unknown Cordwainer Smith Gollancz / Orion (Millennium / Gollancz SF Masterworks #10) 1-85798-819-1 Ł6.99 xix+
377
tp? coll Chris Moore Checkmark
The Mirror of Infinity: A Critics' Anthology of Science Fiction date unknown ed. Robert Silverberg Perennial Library / Harper & Row 0-06-080306-1 $1.95 xiv+
303
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The Rediscovery of Man: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith date unknown Cordwainer Smith NESFA Press 0-915368-56-0 $25.00 xvi+
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hc? coll Jack Gaughan Checkmark
The Rediscovery of Man: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith date unknown Cordwainer Smith NESFA Press 0-915368-56-0 $24.95 xvi+
671
hc? coll Jack Gaughan Checkmark
The Rediscovery of Man date unknown Cordwainer Smith Gollancz / Orion (Millennium / Gollancz SF Masterworks #10) 978-1-85798-819-2 Ł7.99 xix+
377
tp? coll Chris Moore Checkmark
The Road to Science Fiction #3: From Heinlein to Here date unknown ed. James Gunn Mentor / New American Library 0-451-61910-2 $3.50 xi+
656
pb? anth Paul Stinson Checkmark
The Rediscovery of Man: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith date unknown Cordwainer Smith NESFA Press 0-915368-56-0 $25.00 xvi+
671
hc? coll Jack Gaughan Checkmark
Le ręveur aux étoiles date unknown Cordwainer Smith France Loisirs 2-7242-3404-9   384 hc? coll Bahamas Checkmark
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