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Venus, Inc.

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A compilation of two previously published books: The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth and The Merchant's War by Frederik Pohl.
In a future world controlled by the power of advertising, an underground group plans to colonize Venus where they can create their own advertising-free society.
Hardcover, book club, 346 pages
Published 1984 by Nelson Doubleday
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Nov 09, 2007 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Science fiction readers
This was an interesting read. It's a compilation of two stories, one published first in 1952 and the second in 1984.

The first story establishes a future world where the power and influence of advertising is extrapolated to the nth degree. The protagonist is one of the privileged few to work in the upper echelons of one of the largest advertising firms in the world. Throughout the story he gradually comes to view the role of advertising and its effect on society in a new way.

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Stephanie "Jedigal"
This is a combination book containing two novels. The first, The Space Merchants, is a collaboration between C.M. Kornbluth and Frederik Pohl, which was originally published in 1952. The second, The Merchants' War, is a sequel by Frederik Pohl, published originally in 1984.

My feelings about "old" science fiction can be extremembly variable. Sometimes the changes from the time of writing to the time of reading are too great - too much change (technological, political) has taken place in the actu
This was a SFBC edition, featuring the 1950's story The Space Merchants and the 1984 story The Merchant's War. I actually liked this better than I thought I would. Its st in the future when those who do advertising are more powerful than the government.
Marsha Wilcox
A Must Read for anybody seeking to understand marketing, advertising & big business -- and the connection to politics. Written as fiction but it's alllllll too true
Elizabeth Lund
Second part more successful than first. I kept expecting them to actually spend time on Venus; they mostly didn't. Tension and world-building perhaps the best parts.
Both "Merchants War" and the "Merchants of Venus" are combined in this Book Club edition. Both novels read well back to back seamlessly.
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Frederik George Pohl, Jr. was an American science fiction writer, editor & fan, with a career spanning over seventy years. From about 1959 until 1969, Pohl edited "Galaxy" magazine and its sister magazine "IF", winning the Hugo for "IF" three years in a row. His writing also won him three Hugos and multiple Nebula Awards. He became a Nebula Grand Master in 1993.
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