WorldCat Identities

Kornbluth, C. M. (Cyril M.) 1923-1958

Overview
Works: 157 works in 472 publications in 10 languages and 6,153 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Science fiction 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3561.O67, 813.54
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Most widely held works about C. M Kornbluth
 
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Most widely held works by C. M Kornbluth
The space merchants by Frederik Pohl( Book )
80 editions published between 1953 and 2011 in 8 languages and held by 1,200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mitchell Courtenay, an advertising copywriter of the future is assigned to sway public support for the American colonization of Venus
The best of C.M. Kornbluth by C. M Kornbluth( Book )
7 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Each story preceded by a paragraph of commentary
The Syndic by C. M Kornbluth( Book )
24 editions published between 1953 and 2013 in English and French and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this golden age sci-fi novel, war has rendered significant portions of Europe either uninhabitable or barbaric. The U.S. Government has failed, to be replaced by organized crime--Syndic is short for Syndicate
Wolfbane by C. M Kornbluth( Book )
26 editions published between 1959 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Science fiction-roman
A mile beyond the moon by C. M Kornbluth( Book )
15 editions published between 1958 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Gladiator-at-law by Frederik Pohl( Book )
20 editions published between 1955 and 1989 in 4 languages and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Science fiction-roman
Search the sky by Frederik Pohl( Book )
24 editions published between 1954 and 1985 in 3 languages and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Venus, inc. by Frederik Pohl( Book )
2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Space Merchants is a satirical vision of Earth's foreseeable future when advertising had gone mad and society is divided into those who sell and the lowly consumers who buy. The Merchant's War takes up the story a generation later, when Venus is slowly but steadily becoming habitable ... a conservationist-controlled world on which advertising is outlawed and consuemer protection is the norm
Not this August by C. M Kornbluth( Book )
12 editions published between 1953 and 1986 in English and Danish and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
His share of glory : the complete short science fiction of C.M. Kornbluth by C. M Kornbluth( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Takeoff by C. M Kornbluth( Book )
8 editions published between 1952 and 1956 in English and Spanish and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The wonder effect by Frederik Pohl( Book )
8 editions published between 1962 and 1974 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The explorers, short stories by C. M Kornbluth( Book )
5 editions published between 1954 and 1963 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wolfbane by Frederik Pohl( Book )
5 editions published between 1961 and 2000 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The marching morons by C. M Kornbluth( )
3 editions published between 1964 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Published more than 60 years ago, this dark and prescient story of a future devolved to idiocy remains one of the most frightening visions to have emerged from the science fiction of that decade. Envisioning a future United States overwhelmed by a citizenry of low IQ (a consequence of the overbreeding of the stupid) Kornbluth was in fact writing of an observed present. The steady, inexorable descent of human intelligence obsessed Kornbluth, was one of his major themes and reached its truest statement in this novelette. The secret masters of Kornbluth's future are a small population of the intelligent who in subterranean fashion run the country but the "marching morons" overwhelm them and they summon a cynical entrepreneur from the past to help them deal with the dilemma. Weak on technology (a time machine is employed scoop the entrepreneur into their present) the novelette is deadly accurate in its portrait of a society sunk in stupid television, ornate, worthless automobiles and catchphrases which substitute for thought. The denouement is absolutely uncompromising and its utter bleakness is refractory not of a speculative future (which it may well be) but a present which Kornbluth found omnipresent and unbearable. In terms of social statement and extrapolation THE MARCHING MORONS stands with Orwell's 1984 or Forster's THE MACHINE STOPS as shattering anatomization of an inevitable future
With these hands by C. M Kornbluth( )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Throughout his career Kornbluth like many science fiction writers of his generation struggled with the issue of art's role in an increasingly technologized and dehumanized society. Did the creative artist, the individual work, have any role in a culture which was increasingly devoted to replication, to the homogenization of audience, to the suppression of irregularity or individuality? Was art in fact necessary or merely a distraction? Kornbluth was never able to resolve this personally or in his fiction; perhaps if he had not died in his mid-thirties he would have reached some accommodation. WITH THESE HANDS was written at 27, very early in an ordinary career and a Biblical span, but already late career for Kornbluth and the story knows it. Kornbluth's painter (a surrogate as is so often the case in literature for the writer) struggles with this issue, with his relevance, with the issue of spirit and is forced to knowledge unwillingly. The story is an excellent example of the prejudice and force of the editing of Horace Gold, the editor of GALAXY magazine: in THE BEST OF CYRIL KORNBLUTH (compiled in 1976 from several earlier collections) the story ends in corporeal despair and a kind of ambiguous spirituality. The original version in GALAXY which of course was mandatory for The Galaxy Project collection has a far more optimistic ending; the final long scene of salvation was obviously either written by Gold or by Kornbluth at Gold's insistence. This provides unusual insight into the laboratory of writer-editor synergy...whether the ending was actually done by Kornbluth to editorial order or whether Gold added it to the story (he had been known to edit this brutally) is the most significant part of the compound mystery of the novelette
Critical mass by Frederik Pohl( Book )
1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The marching morons : and other famous science fiction stories by C. M Kornbluth( Book )
4 editions published between 1959 and 1963 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Best SF stories of C.M. Kornbluth by C. M Kornbluth( Book )
3 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Christmas Eve by C. M Kornbluth( Book )
6 editions published between 1956 and 1958 in English and Undetermined and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names

controlled identity Judd, Cyril

controlled identity Park, Jordan, 1924-1958

Corwin Cecil 1923-1958
Judd Cyril
Judd, Cyril, 1923-1958
Kornblat, S. M.
Kornblat, S. M. 1924-1958
Kornblut Cyril M. 1923-1958
Kornblut M. C. 1923-1958
Kornbluth, C
Kornbluth, C. M.
Kornbluth, C. M. 1924-1958
Kornbluth, C. M. (Cyril M.), 1924-1958
Kornbluth, Cyril
Kornbluth, Cyril 1924-1958
Kornbluth, Cyril M.
Kornbluth, Cyril M., 1923-1958
Kornbluth, Cyril M. 1924-1958
Kornbluth, M. C., 1923-1958
Kornblūts, S., 1924-1958
Park, Jordan
Park Jordan 1923-1958
Park, Jordan 1924-1958
Корнблат, Сирил, 1924-1958
コーンブルース, C. M
コーンブルース, シリル・M
Languages
English (224)
Spanish (14)
French (9)
Czech (4)
Finnish (3)
Dutch (2)
Danish (2)
Russian (2)
Hungarian (2)
Portuguese (1)
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