The Space Merchants

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Macmillan, 1987 - Fiction - 169 pages
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Mitchell Courtenay, an advertising copywriter of the future is assigned to sway public support for the American colonization of Venus
 

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User Review  - kvrfan - LibraryThing

This is an amazing work of speculative fiction. Originally written in 1952, it posits a world where consumerism rules (the highest ranking pooh-bahs being those in the advertising industry), senators ... Read full review

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User Review  - joeydag - LibraryThing

Having read this revised edition I know I read the original many years ago, but I have little memory of the older version except the encounter with the massive growing lump of chicken meat. It still ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
17
Section 4
21
Section 5
23
Section 6
33
Section 7
43
Section 8
53
Section 13
113
Section 14
122
Section 15
131
Section 16
133
Section 17
137
Section 18
144
Section 19
151
Section 20
157

Section 9
73
Section 10
83
Section 11
93
Section 12
97
Section 21
163
Section 22
171
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About the author (1987)

Frederik Pohl was born in New York City on November 26, 1919. More interested in writing than in school, he dropped out of high school in his senior year and took a job with a publishing company. After serving as a public relations officer in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945, he returned to publishing as copywriter for Popular Science, a literary agent for several sci-fi writers, and the editor for the magazines Galaxy and If from 1959 until 1969, with If winning three successive Hugo awards. His first published work, a poem entitled Elegy to a Dead Satellite: Luna, was printed in Amazing Stories magazine in 1937 under the pen name Elton Andrews. His first science fiction novels were published in the mid 1960's, some written in collaboration with other writers, others created alone. During his lifetime, he won over 16 major awards for his writing (much of which was published pseudonymously) including six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. His works include Gateway, which won the Campbell Memorial, Hugo, Locus SF, and Nebula Awards, Beyond the Blue Event Horizon, and Jem, which won the National Book Award in 1979. He also embraced blogging in his later years, using his online journal as an ongoing sequel to his autobiography, The Way the Future Was. He died on September 2, 2013 at the age 93.

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