"The Dead Lady of Clown Town" is a science fiction short story by Cordwainer Smith, set in his Instrumentality of Mankind future history. The short story is a literary genre of Fictional Prose Narrative that tends to be more concise and to the point than longer works of fiction such Cordwainer Smith — pronounced CORDwainer — was the Pseudonym used by American Author Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger ( July In the Science fiction of Cordwainer Smith, the Instrumentality of Mankind refers both to Smith's personal Future history and universe and to This article focuses on future histories in general For Robert A It was originally published in Galaxy Science Fiction in 1964. Galaxy Science Fiction was a digest-size Science fiction magazine, the creation of noted editor H It was included in the collection The Best of Cordwainer Smith and most recently in The Rediscovery of Man short story collection. The Rediscovery of Man The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith (ISBN 0-915368-56-0 is a 1993 book containing the complete collected short fiction of Science The short story is a literary genre of Fictional Prose Narrative that tends to be more concise and to the point than longer works of fiction such A graphic novel adaptation by Elaine Lee and Michael Kaluta was to have appeared in DC Comics during the late 1980s, but never materialized. A (A different actor named Elaine Lee appears in a cameo in Serenity; there is also a South African born Australian based actor named Michael William Kaluta, sometimes credited as Mike Kaluta or Michael Wm DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company
Cordwainer Smith wrote several stories set in a fictional milieu called the Instrumentality of Mankind. Although humanity achieves a utopian state, people live sterile and shallow lives. The underpeople are animals who have been heavily modified to look human and have human intelligence. Despite this, they have no rights and are treated like animals, to be used and destroyed without qualm. The story takes obvious inspiration from the story of Joan of Arc. Joan of Arc (c 1412 Joan asserted that she had visions from God that told her to recover her homeland from English domination late in the Hundred Years' There are also points of commonality with the Civil Rights movement and the early Christians. 
The story tells how D'Joan becomes a martyr for the underpeople, which leads to the founding of the religion of 'The Robot, the Rat, and the Copt' that stands behind the future vision of love and equality that forms the basis for the end of the novel Norstrilia. The term martyr ( Greek μάρτυς martys "witness" is most commonly used today to describe an individual who sacrifices their life (or personal freedom Norstrilia is the only novel published by Paul Linebarger under the pseudonym Cordwainer Smith, which he used for his science-fiction works (though several related
It is set at least seven generations before another short story, "The Ballad of Lost C'Mell". The Ballad of Lost C'Mell is a classic Science fiction Short story by Cordwainer Smith.
The story is set on the planet Fomalhaut III. Fomalhaut (α PsA / α Piscis Austrini / Alpha Piscis Austrini is the brightest star in the Constellation Piscis Austrinus and one of the brightest A therapist named Elaine becomes involved with a group of fugitive underpeople, who are being helped by Lady Panc Ashash (a personality recording) and a telepath called The Hunter. Panc Ashash had predicted Elaine's coming, and how she would help the dog-girl D'joan create history.
With help by Elaine and the Hunter, D'joan leads the fugitive underpeople from their hiding place in a march into a city. The underpeople go knowingly to their deaths professing their love and asserting that they too are people to the various humans they meet. Soldiers eventually arrive and end the revolution by killing all the underpeople, with the sole exception of D'joan. One of the Ladies of the Instrumentally on the scene chooses to put D'joan on trial, remarkable since underpeople did not have any such right. D'joan is sentenced to be burned to death.
However, the martyrdom of D'joan and the underpeople affect the human participants and witnesses in powerful, unanticipated ways. The lasting consequences eventually lead to the rebirth of religion, rights for the underpeople, and the Rediscovery of Man. The Rediscovery of Man The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith (ISBN 0-915368-56-0 is a 1993 book containing the complete collected short fiction of Science One of those most moved is a Lady of the Instrumentality. She decides to gene code a son to strive for justice for the underpeople. He is an ancestor of Lord Jestocost, who plays a critical role in "The Ballad of Lost C'mell" and Norstrilia.