Perhaps the first SF writer who envisioned familiar Earth animals being genetically enhanced to the stature (but not status) of 'people,' Cordwainer Smith is an extremely emaginative writer whose work laid a base for many later writers. Take a look . . .
Scanners Live in Vain, in which Adam found the way to cross Deep Space, but the discovery might kill him.
The Lady Who Sailed the Soul--her name was Helen America, and she voyaged out to the stars and into timeless legend.
Alpha Ralpha Boulevard, which they thought was a road to a dream that would last forever, but dreams are made to be broken.
The Ballad of the Lost C'Mell--Never was there a girl quite like C'Mell. She was not even a human being, but she was all woman.
A Planet Named Shayol shows us that Hell is not much to fear if the people in it are good to each other.
Plus, The Game of Rat and Dragon, The Burning of the Brain, The Crim e and the Glory of Commander Suzdal, Golden the Ship Was--Oh! Oh! Oh!, The Dead Lady of Clown Town, Under Old Earth, and Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons.