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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That’s true of much of Pohl’s work, he was an underrated master. The ending is quite mercbants, though not entirely unpredictable.

The concept of this book was genius–the authors imagine a world in which advertisers control the world, and citizens are more loyal to their favorite brand names than their country.

The protagonist, Merchantz 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. The Space Merchants is a thriller in which Mitchell Courtenay, a Star Class Copysmith for the most prestigious ad agency in the universe, has been assigned the plum job of preparing a campaign for the colonization of Venus.

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Courtenay is opposed in his work by agents and saboteurs both from a rival ad agency, Taunton Associates, and the Consies. His outlook could be described as misanthropic, but it was also merrchants, very sharp and funny. His ID number tattooed on his arm has been altered so he cannot reclaim his old identity.


Apr 25, Adam Denny rated it it was amazing Shelves: They would most likely be below our evolutionary development, anywhere from an early hominid or more likely a bacteria. Eventually, he met Ian Ballantinean old colleague of his wife’s, who had just founded Ballantine Books and was looking for new titles.

The Space Merchants

However, the book never explains how life became that bad. Ballantine agreed to publish it—Pohl joked that “he was just too inexperienced to know that it was no good”—and it was released in May,in simultaneous paperback and hardcover editions.

Sep 23, Simon rated it it was amazing Shelves: My only complaint is that I wish it had been longer! He is not only fighting the rival agency, but also the so-called Consies — those people in the mecrhants who believe in conservation of our natural resources, and, by extension, the resources of the rest of the planetary system too.

Anonymous March 10, at 9: Other books in the series.

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.


At least I thought it was satire, it seems more like documentary now…. Advertising has become hugely aggressive and by far the best-paid profession. Kornbluth, Frederik Pohl Published: Following the war, he set out to rectify this. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A Novel of Gateway In comparing the two versions together it is impressive to see how little was actually changed, mainly just trading out old company names with newer, more familiar brands.

I adore this book. Yes, you understood that correctly. I am only just dipping into the water with SciFi abandoned many years ago. Return to Book Page. The world it depicts resembles the future Earth of the film Blade Runner perhaps even more accurately and acutely than Philip K.

El mundo se divide en Consumidores, Productores y Ejecutivos. Volunteers are needed to colonise Venus. The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl. Schuyler Miller compared the novel to Brave New Worldfinding it “not so brilliant, but more consistently worked out and suffering principally.