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The Best of C. M. Kornbluth

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Title:The Best of C. M. Kornbluth
Kornbluth, Cyril M.   
(2 of 31 for author by title)
The City in the Sofa
The Altar at Midnight
Published:   1976
Tags:fiction, science fiction, short stories

A collection of 19 stories.

"The Rocket of 1955" (Stirring Science Stories 1941)

"The Words of Guru" (Stirring Science Stories 1941)

"The Only Thing We Learn" (Startling Stories 1949)

"The Adventurer" (Space Science Fiction 1953)

"The Little Black Bag" (Astounding 1950)

"The Luckiest Man in Denv" (Galaxy 1952)

"The Silly Season" (F&SF 1950)

"The Remorseful" (Ballantine Books 1953)

"Gomez" (New Worlds 1955)

"The Advent on Channel 12" (Ballantine Books 1958)

"The Marching Morons" (Galaxy 1951)

"The Last Man Left in the Bar" (Infinity 1947)

"The Mindworm" (Worlds Beyond 1950)

"With These Hands" (Galaxy 1951)

"Shark Ship" (Vanguard 1958)

"Friend to Man" (10 Story Fantasy 1951)

"The Altar at Midnight" (Galaxy 1952)

"Dominoes" (Ballantine Books 1953)

"Two Dooms" (Venture 1958) [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:264 Info

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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