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The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl

The Space Merchants (1953)

by Frederik Pohl, C.M. Kornbluth (Author)

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Series: Space merchants (1)

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Speculative Fiction about the world in the not-too-distant future as controlled and governed by corporations. Sound far-fetched to you? Not to me.

Interesting and thought-provoking. Some of this actually made a scary amount of sense, and there are some shocking lines where the basic tenets of America are set on their head, and taken for granted that this is the way things are. " 'We administer justice, Mr. Courtenay. And an ancient, basic tenet of justice is "Better that one thousand innocents suffer unjustly than one guilty person be permitted to escape."' " There's also a little scene where the President of the United States is brushed aside by some government official, who then kow-tows to the CEO of an advertisting agency. So corporations don't even need to buy off the president anymore, they just run things.

Reading this made me think a little bit of Margaret Atwood's Oryx & Crake, especially the parts about Chicken Little and people needing to wear soot plugs in their noses when outdoors to filder out the dirty air. A good read, and I recommend for anyone who likes speculative fiction. ( )
  ElleyOtter | Nov 28, 2017 |
  stevholt | Nov 19, 2017 |
The tag-line that hooked me was "Mad Men in Space". Seeing as how the book predates the TV series by over half a century (and even precedes the shows 1960's setting by almost a decade)I was intrigued, and not disappointed.
Satirizing rampant advertizing and an overwhelming corporate culture more effectively then one could do in a current-day setting, Pohl & Kornbluth cement themselves not only as Sci-Fi visionaries but as social ones as well. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
2003 Review:
Light, a ‘filler’ book

2002 Review:
some language, light plot ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
A classic science fiction tale written in 1952 of a dystopian future where advertising firms rule all.

Asides for the absence of wireless technology it would be hard to say this novel wasn't written today; it's a gloomy view of the future that seems closer today than in the 1950s in view of multinational companies and their ever growing mergers (eg Bayer-Monsanto controlling a good portion of the farming supply chain). Terrorism, cut throat unethical behaviour, dirty tactics, it's as relevant today as it was when it was written.

The story involves an advertising agency that steals an account from another firm for the habitation & colonisation of planet Venus, meanwhile the country struggles under the attacks of the World Conservationist Association who believe that reckless exploitation of natural resources has created needless poverty and human misery which will mean the end of human life on Earth if it continues unchecked.

There's a sequel called 'The Merchants War' also. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Sep 19, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Frederik Pohlprimary authorall editionscalculated
Kornbluth, C.M.Authormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bauer, WernerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Drechsler, ArndtCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giancola, DonatoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Negretti, AndreinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Powers, Richard M.Cover Artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stone, SteveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thole, KarelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vasarely, VictorCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wingert-Uhde, HelgaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.… (more)

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