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A collection of short stories by science fiction writer C. M. Kornbluth that includes his very first published story: "The Rocket of 1955".
Paperback, second, 147 pages
Published March 1963 by Ballantine Books (first published 1954)
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tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
Nov 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - November 26, 2011

I started reading Kornbluth by accident. I'd read some collaborations by G. C. Edmondson & C. M. Kotlan that I'd liked & some work by Edmondson alone that I'd liked less so I decided to look for work by Kotlan alone to see if I'd like that. I was in a bkstore & cdn't remember Kotlan's name so I got bks by Kornbluth instead. Similar names. & what a find Kornbluth seems to be turning out to
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Derek
Aug 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised. The book cover implied some gung-ho rocketship stuff, but the stories here were more varied, more interested in the characters, and had a classic feel without seeming dated.

I would love to read more about the world/universe described in "That Share of Glory", about a quasi-pacifistic order of monks who primarily get what they want through trickery and knowledge of the cultures they encounter on behalf of their mercantile clients.
Marc Goldstein
The Mindworm”
Psychic vampire devises cruel methods to push victims into states of emotional crisis. Eventually he retreats to the country, where the “simple” rural folks recognize him for what he is and drive a stake through his heart. Noteworthy for the viciousness of the mindworm and the darkness of the tale.

7 “The Altar at Midnight”
Two men meet in a bar. One is a space worker who has been scarred, physically and emotionally, by space travel.

6 “Gomez”
Mathematic savant gets recruited
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Nawfal
Nine stories from the author. I rated each separately (out of 5) and came up with an avg of 3.11. Mainly because of two 1-star stinkers. However, there is so much that would be missed out on if a reader only went by numerical averages. This collection displays an intelligent, learned author. The stories are unpredictable, fun, and ironic. Many examine morality - the author has a critical (but not miserable) eye upon society. My favorite: "That Share of Glory," though "The Altar of Midnight" is a ...more
Scott Golden
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of the stories in this collection also appear in "The Best Of C.M. Kornbluth," which in itself is a good indicator of just how strong this book is. Kornbluth's favorite subjects -- the future of advertising & trade -- are explored in stories that range from pedestrian to downright clever.
Matt Kelland
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I liked Kornbluth when I was just discovering sci-fi. Now, it doesn't do anything for me.
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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 ...more
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