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Takeoff

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Title:Takeoff
Author:
Kornbluth, Cyril M.   
(22 of 30 for author by title)
Takeoff, Part 1
The Syndic
Published:   1954
Publisher:Nova Publications Ltd
Tags:fiction, novella, science fiction
Description:

Ceramic engineer is railroaded out of his job with the Atomic Energy Commission. He lands a position with an amateur group of hobbyists intent on building a working model of a moon rocket. When the ceramic engineer reveals his suspicions of espionage, the project’s lead engineer is murdered. Turns out the hobbyists are a front created by the head of the AEC, who has become convinced that the government bureaucracy, with its restrictive security regulations, poor communication, and unmotivated personnel, will never be able to complete the moon rocket project in a timely manner. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Kornbluth, Cyril M.

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Cyril M. Kornbluth (July 2, 1923 – March 21, 1958) was an American science fiction author and a notable member of the Futurians. He used a variety of pen-names, including Cecil Corwin, S. D. Gottesman, Edward J. Bellin, Kenneth Falconer, Walter C. Davies, Simon Eisner, Jordan Park, Arthur Cooke, Paul Dennis Lavond and Scott Mariner.

His first solo story, "The Rocket of 1955," was published in Richard Wilson's fanzine Escape (Vol 1 No 2, August 1939); his first collaboration, "Stepsons of Mars," written with Richard Wilson and published under the name "Ivar Towers," appeared in the April 1940 Astonishing. His other short fiction includes "The Little Black Bag", "The Marching Morons", "The Altar at Midnight", "MS. Found in a Chinese Fortune Cookie", "Gomez" and "The Advent on Channel 12".

"The Marching Morons" is a look at a far future in which the world's population consists of five billion idiots and a few million geniuses – the precarious minority of the "elite" working desperately to keep things running behind the scenes. In his introduction to The Best of C.M. Kornbluth, Pohl states that "The Marching Morons" is a direct sequel to "The Little Black Bag": it is easy to miss this, as "Bag" is set in the contemporary present while "Morons" takes place several centuries from now, and there is no character who appears in both stories. The titular black bag in the first story is actually an artifact from the time period of "The Marching Morons": a medical kit filled with self-driven instruments enabling a far-future moron to "play doctor". A future Earth similar to "The Marching Morons" – a civilisation of morons protected by a small minority of hidden geniuses – is used again in the final stages of Kornbluth & Pohl's Search the Sky.--Wikipedia.

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