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The Space Merchants, by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Cornbluth

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The Space Merchants, by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Cornbluth

Postby Omphalos » Fri May 23, 2008 7:26 pm

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The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Cornbluth often is categorized as a masterpiece of the genre. It certainly is a very well written, well researched and interesting story, but I have always had a problem attaching that label to it because in the end it just fails to say anything big. Its the story of a sleaze-bag advertising executive in a world of even sleazier advertising executives who learns an important lesson about ecology. Four out of five stars.

Mitchell Courtney is a senior executive in a company called Starzelius Verily, a very important advertising company in New York City in the next millennium. The management at Starzeluis has what we would call serious morality issues, but they pale in comparison to the competition, Taunton, which is run by a ruthless murderer who will stop at nothing to get his way. Starzelius is not a captive company, but instead.....Please click here or on the cover above
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Postby SandChigger » Fri May 23, 2008 7:44 pm

So...ya think da cover artist has watched Blade Runner? :P
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Postby Omphalos » Fri May 23, 2008 10:17 pm

SandChigger wrote:So...ya think da cover artist has watched Blade Runner? :P


Actually, Ridley Scott read this book. :P
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Postby SandChigger » Fri May 23, 2008 10:47 pm

Ah...but with this cover? ;)
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Postby Omphalos » Sat May 24, 2008 1:10 am

SandChigger wrote:Ah...but with this cover? ;)


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Actually, there is another comparison in the review of Blade Runner to the book.
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Postby Liege-Killer » Sat May 24, 2008 8:22 pm

That cover's a hell of a lot better than the one I have:

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It's from the SFBC's 50th anniversary collection, which all seem to have shitty cover art.
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Postby Omphalos » Wed May 28, 2008 7:50 pm

Liege-Killer wrote:That cover's a hell of a lot better than the one I have:

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It's from the SFBC's 50th anniversary collection, which all seem to have shitty cover art.


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