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The story takes place in the near future from when it was written, as a group of scientists, under the guise of researching a potential trip to the moon, are in fact actually trying to build a real rocket ship. Dr. Michael Novak resigns in rage from his job with the Atomic Energy Commission, and finds himself applying for a job with the American Society for Space Flight ...more
Mass Market Paperback, #P15, 149 pages
Published August 1953 by Pennant Books (first published May 1952)
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Oct 27, 2012 rated it liked it
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - October 27, 2012

C. M. Kornbluth is still probably my favorite recent 'discovery' of SF writers whose work I haven't been familiar w/ most of my life. I've read quite a few of his bks so far & reviewed them on GoodReads:

A Mile Beyond the Moon

Gunner Cade (coauthored by Judith Merrill)

Not This August

Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Kornbluth - the fantastically wide-ranging mind, writing some of many genres, even in different styles. “Take Off” is a Heinlein-style competent-engineer story, sometimes, without a trace of fantasy or humor. Far overwritten. Still, one admires the incredible mind that tries everything.
Christopher Sutch
Dec 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
The story starts with extremely clunky (and boring) prose, but picks up about a third of the way through (I wonder if this was an attempt to pad out a novella or novelette?). The scientific extrapolation of how to build an atomic-powered rocket is detailed, hardcore, intense and amazing. Too bad the art of the writing doesn't match it better.
Marc Goldstein
Feb 04, 2013 rated it liked it
7 Takeoff by C. M. Kornbluth
Ceramic engineer is railroaded out of his job with the Atomic Energy Commission. He lands a position with an amateur group of hobbyists intent on building a working model of a moon rocket. When the ceramic engineer reveals his suspicions of espionage, the project’s lead engineer is murdered. Turns out the hobbyists are a front created by the head of the AEC, who has become convinced that the government bureaucracy, with its restrictive security regulations, poor
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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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