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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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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 |
A classic science fiction of the type Robert Heinlein called "if this goes on." In this case, consumerism rules the world and at the top of the pyramid are two advertising agencies. The numer two man at Schocken Associates finds himself dealing with a new, huge campaign, the underground Conservationists, and a possible illegal assassination attempt. Then it gets worse. Very readable, very recognizable, and light but suitably spooky.
  NickHowes | Mar 25, 2016 |
Lots of tongue and cheek stuff. Two men out of their depth go into space to try to make money. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Frederik Pohlprimary authorall editionscalculated
Kornbluth, C.M.Authormain authorall 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
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It is the 20th 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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