The Space Merchants [Frederik Pohl, C. M. Kornbluth] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In a vastly overpopulated near-future world. Unheralded yet fitting perfectly amongst these novels, C.M. Kornbluth and Frederik Pohl’s The Space Merchants is a dystopian novel that. In , Pohl and Kornbluth (–) published this wry tale of a future run by The Space Merchants. Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth.
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The concept of this book was genius–the authors imagine a world in which advertisers control the world, and citizens are more loyal to their favorite brand names than their country. Rivalry within the company caused Courtenay to be abducted, his identity stolen and sent to work as a laborer for the United Slime-Mold Protein Workers of Panamerica in Costa Rica.
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When those kids grow up.
And there is the usual group of revolutionaries working clandestinely for the “good of spave. To call it a science fiction version of Mad Men isn’t totally off base, although the key difference is that Mad Men is frederuk work of retrospect — the writers and the audience all know that the society presented at the start of the series is a dried out husk that’s about to be tossed aside by a social revolution — whereas The Space Merchants was written by people who had no idea that the ’60s were about to come crashing down on Madison Avenue.
As a young man, Pohl spwce for an advertising agency, and the experience left him with both an insider’s understanding of, and a profound distaste for, psychological manipulation for profit, hucksterism, and the whole mentality of material consumption for its own sake. I don’t know what I had expected, probably a space opera, but this sci fi book wasn’t that.
This is supposed to be one of the classics of SF, but it wouldn’t make a top 10 or even 25 list of mine. Science Fiction as a prescient guide to future technology and society has never much interested me. Most people rarely get real meat or cheese. It has now sold over 10 million copies in 25 languages and is considered a science fiction classic. The Word for World is Forest.
A short while later he returned, having incorporated some plot suggestions made by Philip Klass and written a new twenty-thousand word middle section; the two men collaborated on the final third, and after Pohl gave it a final zpace, the novel was complete. He became a Nebula Grand Master in The characters are believable and well constructed, and Pohl gives them a story to tell that moves quickly.
The Space Merchants was first published in And in my undergraduate days, I worked part time for Burns Detective Agency. In his study of the pioneers of science fiction, New Maps of Hellthe novelist Kingsley Amis states that The Space Merchants “has many claims to being the best science-fiction novel so far.
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But the whole epace hangs on a kind of one-dimensional plot, so I think the whole thing could have been better than it was.
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It’s a very quick read, and one worth reading not so much for characters or relationships, bu The Space Merchants has a very feel: It is thus when a big contract comes through—one questionably obtained—that merchwnts is picked to head it.
I assume it must be transparent because no reader here seems to question.
In earlyhe read through the original manuscript, but found the writing to be completely unsalvageable; he burned it, and decided to forget the idea. My only complaint is that I wish it had been feederik
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The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl. Whether one enjoys sci-fi or not this novel is a classic and one that everyone should try. It is a “story” not easy to get your head around, but far, far different than anything resembling mainstream genre.
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I am about half way through this book and enjoying it. Courtenay is opposed in his work by agents and saboteurs both from a rival ad agency, Taunton Associates, and the Consies.