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A Mile Beyond the Moon

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Collection of short stories by C. M. Kornbluth (includes Little Black Bag).
Paperback, 175 pages
Published 1976 by Manor Books (first published 1958)
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - February 26, 2012

In December, 2011, I realized that Frederik Pohl & C. M. Kornbluth were precursors to the greatness of Philip K. Dick. In February, 2012, I was certainly not the 1st to notice that Pohl & Kornbluth's Wolfbane was the precursor to the movie The Matrix. Now? W/ this collection of short stories by Kornbluth I'm once again blown away by the prescience. Kornbluth's "Shark Ship", eg, is like pr
I picked up this carefully protected copy from a Goodwill store along with several other books covered in a way that made it clear they came from one collection. I love this line from the back cover, "LIFE Magazine says there are more than TWO MILLION science fiction fans in this country."

A couple of the stories are excellent, notably "Shark Ship;" a couple are terrible; one or two are just pedestrian. One very short story about the future control of the weather is very funny.

I would be very sur
"Make Mine Mars" written in a great style. Of course Kornbluth is one of the best writers in scifi, but unfortunately one always has to come up against his relentless snideness, which tends to trivialize everything (after all, if he thinks his subject matter is stupid and unworthy, why should we think any different?). Even "The Little Black Bag" is weakened by that "Marching Morons" crap (about all those Idiots of the Future).
Dec 14, 2014 John rated it 3 of 5 stars
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no date grade C+
I got it from a "Friends of the Library" sale. Very interesting. Love it for its jangly 50's sci-fi and fantasy magazine tropes, but even more for its deeply cynical political analysis. Things haven't changed much since the future. We aren't as afraid of foreigners anymore, perhaps. Very dark- the stories often slide to the horror side of sci-fi.
One of my favorite collections of SciFi, of all time.
"Make Mine Mars" just can't be beat by any author, living or dead.

It might be difficult to find a copy of this long out of print book, but it's well worth it.
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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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