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 Space Merchants 1. While, it was written a while ago, it still rings true. But as a science fiction novel…? It is PKD on a bad day.

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Yes, you understood merchwnts correctly. 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.

Then Courtenay is kidnapped, his identity wiped from the records, and soon he finds himself a virtual prisoner, condemned to slave labor. You can’t trust reason.

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The concept of ‘chicken little’ had remained with me for thirteen years since my first read and it’s still just as creepy and memorable now. Earth is severely overpopulated, polluted and short on resources, including ferderik water.

Definitely recommended to readers who want to be well versed in sci-fi history. And yes, one certainly feels that he knows what he’s talking about when reading this. Unfortunately, Venus is an inhospitable planet with very high temperature and uncomfortable climate.


I assume it must be transparent because no reader here seems to question. As far as I can tell we only have Kathy’s word on it.

There slace a President who is no more than a useless figurehead. Books by Frederik Pohl.

Cover of first edition hardcover. Called the Venus project, mankind is sending its first humans to settle our green neighbor, and it is up freverik Courtenay to ensure there are people on the ship.

About Me Andrew Fox: Great story telling, great characters and settings and just an all round excellent novel. Th the largest role in this are the advertizing agencies. The style is dense or compact if you will and much is packed into each paragraph. 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.

The Space Merchants

Introduction According to Frederik Pohl, one of the most significant literary collaborations in the history of the science fiction field got its start due to deadline pressure. Set merchhants in the 22 nd century, corporations have gained enough power to force political bounds to shift from the geographical to the commercial.

The whole point of the book is to demonstrate how bad life could become if businesses had more power than government.

Never have I read such a marvelously plausible work of Science Fiction. A similar situation, if you like, but with a capitalist society taken to the extremes rather than a socialist one. At least I thought it was satire, it seems more like documentary now….


If anything, many of the issues in the book resonate more today than they may have when it was first published. His target was not always Man in the abstract and general. Population is soaring, nature polluted, wildlife decimated, fossil fuels exhausted. Apr 29, Lyn rated it liked it. Written inthis novel can be seen as an American response to George Orwell’s ” Volunteers are needed to colonise Venus. Think about smoking, think about Starrs, light a Starr.

The result was I never particularly cared what happened to anyone in the book. It’s like Naomi Klein fell through a temporal wormhole. I also recommend their collaboration Gladiator-in-Law — although it was less focused. Whether she knew the drink was poisonous we’ll never know. This page was last edited on 6 Octoberat Hmm, so where do “chicken tenders” really come from? Now Schoken Associates, one of the big players, has a new challenge for star copywriter Mitch Courtenay.

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The protagonist, Mitch Courtenay, is a star-class copywriter in the Fowler Schocken advertising agency who has been assigned the ad campaign which would attract colonists to Venus. I loved this novel. I can kiss your ass better than he can.