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His Share of Glory: The Complete Short Science Fiction of C. M. Kornbluth

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His Share of Glory contains all the short science fiction written solely by C. M. Kornbluth. Many of the stories are SF "classics", such as "The Marching Morons," "The Little Black Bag," "Two Dooms," "The Mindworm," "Thirteen O'Clock," and, of course, "That Share of Glory". His Share of Glory includes all of Kornbluth's solo short science fiction, fifty-six works of short ...more
Hardcover, 670 pages
Published February 1997 by Nesfa Press
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Stephen
4.5 stars. I have not read all of the stories in the definitive collection of Kornbluth's short fiction so this review is only for the stories listed below (I will update my review as I read additional stories):

The Marching Morons (4.5 to 5.0 Stars): Satirical look at a world in which the vast majority of the world's population are idiots who live carefree lives and the few "intelligent" people work endlessly to keep society going.

That Share of Glory (4.5 stars): Really good short story about an
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Jean-marcel
Apr 23, 2012 Jean-marcel rated it really liked it
I'm so glad I discovered this writer. Everyone talks about the "golden age SF" writers who were a cut above the norm, and most people always site the same ones: notably, those who have gained a bit of mainstream cred in recent years, like Phillip K. Dick. I've got nothing against Dick, really; some of his stories are great, his world-building excellent, his ideas novel and sometimes gloriously outlandish...but his style just isnt so hot much of the time, the prose often seeming to have been forc ...more
Michael Battaglia
Jul 07, 2016 Michael Battaglia rated it it was amazing
Time and memory being what they are, Kornbluth is unfortunately probably fated to go down amongst most general SF fans as an "and" person, simply a name that got tacked on in collaboration with someone who is more well known today, although given that a lot of the names he collaborated with are probably also fading into the mists of people's memories as glitzier TV shows and flashier book series take more prominence in people's attention that it wouldn't be surprising if pretty much everything h ...more
Duane
Feb 27, 2013 Duane rated it it was amazing
CM Kornbluth (with or without Pohl) was one of the finest and most prolific of the fifties sf writers. His biting wit (especially later on) and sardonic turn on events reminded me of Twain or Swift, although his subject matter wasn't the same (of course). See "the Little Black Bag", probably his most famous. Or search out the story that ends "here they come with an insulting thick rope.." No, you gotta read it to find out which one. Or "I know a word that will explode this planet like a stick of ...more
Mark
Feb 22, 2016 Mark rated it it was amazing
Despite his death at a tragically young age, Cyril M. Kornbluth was one of the greats from the "golden age" of science fiction. One of the members of the "Futurians" fan club of the 1930s (a group that counted Frederick Pohl, Isaac Asimov, and Damon Knight among its members), he went on to co-author the classic novel The Space Merchants and write a number of short stories that are classics of the genre. These stories have been brought together in this collection, from his earliest work to such c ...more
Benjamin Espen
His Share of Glory:
The Complete Short Science Fiction of C. M. Kornbluth
NESFA Press 1997
$27.00; 670 pages
ISBN 0-915368-60-9

I picked up this volume because I had read the [almost] titular short story "That Share of Glory" in Jerry Pournelle's Imperial Stars: The Stars at War. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked just about every story contained within. I suppose I shouldn't be. Jerry Pournelle remains among my all time favorite writers, and I trust his judgment about other interesting a
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John Faubion
Aug 04, 2013 John Faubion rated it it was amazing
C.M. Kornbluth is my favorite author of all time. How often do you hear that? I first read him when I was around twelve years old. Probably 1956, or 1957. I'll never forget NOT THIS AUGUST.
HIS SHARE OF GLORY is a collection of his work, excepting only the novel-length pieces. They're all worth reading.
He had a way of sneaking up on you with his humor, I suppose I should call it satire, that I always enjoyed.
One of the best short stories in this volume is "The Little Brown Bag." Start with that
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Randy
Dec 30, 2009 Randy rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended collection of short sci fi pieces. Kornbluth died early and his work is often forgetten in sci fi conversation. But many of the pieces here that have had re-incarnations in the current age (Mike Judge's Idiocracy, for example, is much indebted to stories like The Little Black Bag and The Marching Morons). Definitely worth checking out.
William Ritch
May 13, 2016 William Ritch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What a wonderful writer of short stories. Too bad he only lived to 35. What a wealth of novels and stories are unwritten.
Bart Larsen
Mar 13, 2009 Bart Larsen rated it it was amazing
This book contains my all-time favorite short story (The Medicine Bag). I discovered C.M. Kornbluth as a teen-ager. I searched for other works by him and found that he died young and wrote very little. What a waste.
Shane C
Jul 29, 2012 Shane C rated it really liked it
Picked this up after a discussion about the film Idiocracy, in which someone recommended Kornbluth's tale The Marching Morons. And, from what I have read in this, the man does have quite a way with words.
Tom Eldridge
Mar 17, 2013 Tom Eldridge rated it it was amazing
This set of stories includes "The Marching Morons." For that reason alone it's worth the read. Just watch the Kardasians some time and see if you agree.
Nathanielk
Jul 25, 2007 Nathanielk rated it really liked it
A bitter, bitter man with a sharp tongue for satire. Marching Morons and That Share of Glory are amazing stories, just to start.
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Rose Ann
May 12, 2009 Rose Ann rated it it was amazing
Wonderful short fiction from a man who died too young.
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Cyril M. Kornbluth was born and grew up in Inwood in New York City. As a teenager, he became a member of the Futurians, the influential group of science fiction fans and writers. While a member of the Futurians, he met and became friends with Isaac Asimov, Frederik Pohl, Donald A. Wollheim, Robert A. W. Lowndes, and his future wife Mary Byers. He also participated in the Fantasy Amateur Press Asso ...more
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