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The Space Merchants By Frederik Pohl C.M. Kornbluth The Space Merchants An alternate cover edition can be found here It is the nd Century an advertisement drenched world in which the big ad agencies dominate governments and everything else Now Schoken Associates one o
  • Title: The Space Merchants
  • Author: Frederik Pohl C.M. Kornbluth
  • ISBN: 9780575075283
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Space Merchants By Frederik Pohl C.M. Kornbluth An alternate cover edition can be found here.It is the 22nd Century, an advertisement drenched world in which the big ad agencies dominate governments and everything else Now Schoken Associates, one of the big players, has a new challenge for star copywriter Mitch Courtenay Volunteers are needed to colonise Venus It s a hellhole, and nobody who knew anything about it woAn alternate cover edition can be found here.It is the 22nd Century, an advertisement drenched world in which the big ad agencies dominate governments and everything else Now Schoken Associates, one of the big players, has a new challenge for star copywriter Mitch Courtenay Volunteers are needed to colonise Venus It s a hellhole, and nobody who knew anything about it would dream of signing up But by the time Mitch has finished, they will be queuing to get on board the spaceships.Biographical NotesPohl and Kornbluth started writing together as early as 1940, although both authors produced a wide variety of stories separately, under their own names and pseudonyms.Each wrote sections, starting where the other left off, and through long experience they developed an almost telepathic awareness of each other s intentions.
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    1. Frederik Pohl C.M. Kornbluth

      Frederik George Pohl, Jr was an American science fiction writer, editor and fan, with a career spanning over seventy years From about 1959 until 1969, Pohl edited Galaxy magazine and its sister magazine IF winning the Hugo for IF three years in a row His writing also won him three Hugos and multiple Nebula Awards He became a Nebula Grand Master in 1993.

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    1. Are you one of those people who miss Madmen desperately Do you also have a taste for classic science fiction If so, here is a book that could have been created just for you Published in 1953, The Space Merchants tells the story of the USA some centuries hence, a land still stuck in the morals and s of the Madmen era, with sexist men who take their privilege as a given and take their sexy and intelligent, and capable women for granted But things are much worse in the future than they were in the [...]

    2. I like Frederik Pohl the of his books I read.Space Merchants, first published in 1952 is a science fiction gem Telling the tale of a capitalistic anarchic society from the perspective of an advertising executive, Pohl describes a world where ancient maxims have been turned upside down such as Power enables, and absolute power enables absolutely Our hero is living the dream amidst a world of over population and contract labor consumerism Then corporate espionage and the nefarious Consies Conser [...]

    3. We hear a lot about fake news today, but it s been around for awhile The protagonist here, Mitch Courtenay, a top notch copywriter for a futuristic ad agency, sole job is to convince consumers that they need things exactly opposite of what they actually need, and he s very good at it This future world is run by several large corporations, primarily ad agencies, and based entirely on the idea of consumerism The novel is of course satire, an exaggerated satire that almost reaches the level of come [...]

    4. I was becoming the kind of consumer we used to love Think about smoking, think about Starrs, light a Starr Light a Starr, think about Popsie, get a squirt Get a squirt, think about Crunchies, buy a box Buy a box, think about smoking, light a Starr And at every step roll out the words of praise that had been dinned into you through your eyes and ears and pores The Space Merchants is a different spin on the dystopia subgenre, it posits a near future where society is ruled by mega corporations and [...]

    5. I was blown away by this satirical and cynical novel I couldn t believe how fresh it felt, even sixty years after it was originally published, it s still so pertinent, so topical I would not have been surprised to find out it was written twenty years after it was.Reading up about the origins of this novel, I was amazed to discover that Pohl actually decided to get a job in advertising just so he could know the industry better and write about it with authority And yes, one certainly feels that h [...]

    6. Never have I read such a marvelously plausible work of Science Fiction There are many prophetic works, and plenty of works of farther distant futures that I can see being possible, but The Space Merchants is mostly here right now, and everything else if you exchange Mars for Venus is merely moments away And that is a scary fucking proposition Pohl Kornbluth s world is an overpopulated mess, where food and water are at a serious premium and the super rich dominate the use of goods and services An [...]

    7. A satire of the future where commercialism is king, the raison d etre Unfortunately, the 1950s vibe set several centuries in the future heavy handed treatment made it too slapstick for me most of the time Also, the main character certainly no hero was just too conveniently clueless brilliant too often It was well narrated, so I stuck through it had a few laughs that I m not sure the author intended For instance, the blatant sexism is leavened by the obvious superiority of one of the female leads [...]

    8. En un futuro cercano, surge el Proyecto Venus, que tiene como misi n colonizar dicho planeta La Tierra est superpoblada y sobreexplotada y est dominada por grandes corporaciones publicitarias El mundo se divide en Consumidores, Productores y Ejecutivos Es entonces cuando surge la gran oportunidad para las empresas de publicidad dirigir la campa a para potenciar la colonizaci n de Venus Dicho contrato al final ha ca do en manos de la Sociedad Fowler Schocken, a la que pertenece el protagonista y [...]

    9. 4.0 stars One of the better collaborations between Frederik Pohl and C M Kornbluth Excellent world building and an intelligent, satirical plot make this one of the better books from this period.

    10. Awesome book Hard to believe this was written like 50 years ago, because it is so incredibly relevant to our modern times For example it takes a look at the dangers of imperialistic corporations greed, the plight of workers and the ungodly conditions under which some of them have to work, the clear and unmistakeable division of class in society, the total lack of concern for the environment and the treatment of those who care about it and want change Good grief To say that it was way ahead of it [...]

    11. This was a reread of one the books that first got me into science fiction and it was totally worth rereading all these years later One of things I really enjoy about fifties sci fi was the sparse writing style In well under two hundred pages you get amazing world building and a brilliant storyline So many great ideas for a slightly terrifying but believable future world are evoked but not explained to death leaving your imagination free to run wild The concept of chicken little had remained with [...]

    12. First time I ve read this novel in decades I am quite sure that I considered it far fetched in the 1960s Hey, how crazy can you get Congress controlled by corporate entities conservationists vilified as anarchists food and beverages adulterated beyond belief, corporate espionage driven to life death levels Severe shortages in fossil fuels and clean water Hmm, so where do chicken tenders really come from Maybe from Chicken Little.And in my undergraduate days, I worked part time for Burns Detectiv [...]

    13. As a young man, Pohl worked 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 That understanding and distaste provide the theme for a lot of his short fiction and they re very evident in this novel which is probably the best and most perceptive dystopian vision from its generation , which conjures a future [...]

    14. Written in 1950, this novel can be seen as an American response to George Orwell s 1984 One of the most unbelievable aspects of that novel was that Ingsoc, English Socialism, would somehow come to dominate the United States What happens is far likely the most base and brutal expression of American capitalism taking over the hearts and minds of the rest of the world 85% of the population are classed as Consumers, only good for what they can contribute to the economy Congress directly represents [...]

    15. The concept of this book was genius the authors imagine a world in which advertisers control the world, and citizens are loyal to their favorite brand names than their country Mitch Courtenay works for one of the world s super advertising agencies, and he is put in charge of the newest ad campaign selling the colonization of Venus With Earth s current overcrowding problem, it shouldn t be too hard of a sell, but a million other factors seem to complicate Mitch s progress There are the Conservat [...]

    16. Quote from the book The ad was an appeal to reason and they re always dangerous You can t trust reason We threw it out of the ad profession long ago and have never missed it There s a lot of stuff like this, and the whole critique of advertising consumerism is brilliant especially coming from 1952 The author anticipated things that only came out much later about how corporations have deliberately made everyday products addictive, etc So the concept of the novel is good, and I expect a lack of ch [...]

    17. Reading this in 2016 must be a very different experience to that which someone picking up the book in 1952 might have had Ideas that I expect must have seemed ground breaking in the early 1950s have been widely recycled in the intervening sixty years so that what surprised me most was seeing ideas that I had always associated with the 1960s counter culture about the manipulativeness of advertising the gulf between what is promised and what is delivered and about the power of multinational corpor [...]

    18. Quite simply one of the best science fiction novels published in the 1950s only Alfred Bester s The Stars My Destination, Brian Aldiss Non Stop and Kurt Vonnegut s The Sirens of Titan truly compare This satire on the advertising industry is so far ahead of its time that I was staggered The world it depicts resembles the future Earth of the film Blade Runner perhaps even accurately and acutely than Philip K Dick s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep does I must keep a look out for Pohl an [...]

    19. The Space Merchants has a very 1984 feel the underground movement, the profession of the main character but it s very different as well A similar situation, if you like, but with a capitalist society taken to the extremes rather than a socialist one I m surprised at people saying it feels outdated I m with the people who feel it still seems surprisingly relevant for something written in the 1950s.It s a very quick read, and one worth reading not so much for characters or relationships, but for t [...]

    20. This is Exhibit A for the proposition that science fiction novels are about the time they re written, not the future The book is a riff on 1950s ad agencies trying to sell a Darien Scheme IN SPACE The world is one in which capitalism has triumphed, materialism is the only acceptable world view, environmentalism is a deviant ideology, and women never libbed Certainly some elements of this are still relevant today the treatment of environmentalism is quite canny , but overall this is a book rooted [...]

    21. Science Fiction as a prescient guide to future technology and society has never much interested me I read recently that Jules Verne kept abreast of all the latest scientific journals just to up his odds on getting something right But even with his background research he came up mostly with plots that today are absurd given almost any background in science Occasionally you read that some writer predicted the internet or the types of computers that we now take for granted And they predicted manned [...]

    22. THE SPACE MERCHANTS 1953 Frederik Pohl C M Kornbluth This was included in the collection from The Library of America in American Science Fiction 1953 1956 As a strange coincidence, this was the year that I began reading science fiction at thirteen years old I probably read this book, since it seemed familiar, but after all these years, who knows It s the story of the war between two mega advertising agencies in the far future They are both after the same account which involves the colonization o [...]

    23. This is a book that has aged well The first half is way better than the last one and the prose seems somewhat disjointed in the second half comparatively, but even then this was a good experience It has a dystopian setting where the world is divided essentially in two parts The producers and the consumers Mitchell Courtenay works with Fowler Schocken Associates which is an advertising agency and is assigned the ad campaign that would attract colonists to Venus accurately, duping them to believe [...]

    24. A science fiction satire on advertising and consumerism run amok written in the early 50s so, yes, parts of it play a little like Mad Menof the future Second half is not quite as good as the first half, some of it is dated, but nonetheless a fun read, with a lot still dead on, relevant and funny Part of what helps is that the protagonist Mitch, whose values you are to deplore, is nonetheless very smart and amusing.A couple of quotes Mitch s boss talking to him about Mitch s official status as a [...]

    25. First published in 1952, this book shows a future with advertising agencies on top of the heap, and life isn t pretty for the rest of us The environment is shot, cities are crowded and food tasteless and very much GMO.By coincidence, I was reading this at the same time as The Evening Star Venus Observed, and unlike other science fiction from the early 50s, Venus was known to be hot and inhospitable Scientists have a plan to terraform and colonize, led by advertising executive Mitch Courtenay.I e [...]

    26. Written in 1952, The Space Merchants makes Frederik Pohl and C M Kornbluth seem prescient Or maybe 1952 wasn t all that different from today I ve read comparisons of The Space Merchants to the TV show Mad Men, which I think is set in the 1960s I really don t know, never having seen the TV show In the book, marketing and advertising is all important Congressmen represent corporations rather than citizen constituents The world is so crowded that a two room apartment is high luxury Ordinary consume [...]

    27. Utterly brilliant I adore this book And I m really happy I read this revised edition I would strongly suggest that everyone ignore the earlier version This is something every college student should read It s as vital today as it was when it first appeared.

    28. I ve had a very miss and miss relationship with recent novels and short stories that, claiming to be science fiction, venture into our future a few years to some kind of corporate dystopia It s not that I don t take the threat seriously, but the refrain is so familiar and blunt It doesn t challenge our perspectives or incite us to action It s become a formula plug in a few references to current companies merged into super giants, like AmExDisneyGoldman show that people are oblivious to their des [...]

    29. Una delicia angustiosa y asfixiante Impresiona pensar que se escribi hace m s de sesenta a os Evidentemente, hay aspectos viejunos que lo delatan, en especial en todo lo relativo a la perspectiva de g nero, pero vaya.

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