Cordwainer Smith was the pseudonym of American science fiction author Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger (July 11, 1913–August 6, 1966)
In The Fanzine Questionnaire Zappa was asked: "If you were stuck alone on a desert island, name the three things you would most want to have with you?" He answered: (1) A dozen assorted groupies. (2) The complete writings of Cordwainer Smith. (3) A carton of cigarettes.