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Group and buddy reads > Jan-Feb 2014 Buddy Read: The Space Merchants

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Ric (ricaustria) | 102 comments Mod
Opening the nominations. Initial suggestions:
Philip K. Dick - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 2 - 1968
Roger Zelazny - Lord of Light - 1967
Isaac Asimov - The Gods Themselves - 1972

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The Jan-feb buddy read is The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl & C.M. Kornbluth. The wiki on this book says:

"The Space Merchants is a science fiction novel, written by Frederik Pohl and Cyril M. Kornbluth in 1952. Originally published in Galaxy Science Fiction magazine as a serial entitled Gravy Planet, the novel was first published as a single volume in 1953, and has sold heavily since. It deals satirically with a hyper-developed consumerism, seen through the eyes of an advertising executive. In 1984, Pohl published a sequel, The Merchants' War."

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Quotes from some reviews of the book:

Brad says "Never have I read such a marvelously plausible work of Science Fiction."

Stephen says " Excellent world-building and an intelligent, satirical plot make this one of the better books from this period."

Werner: "As a young man, Pohl worked for an advertising agency, and the experience left him with both an insider's understanding of, and a profound distaste for, psychological manipulation for profit, hucksterism, and the whole mentality of material consumption for its own sake. That understanding and distaste provide the theme for a lot of his short fiction; and they're very evident in this novel (which is probably the best and most perceptive dystopian vision from its generation), which conjures a future world in which all of the above trends have been extrapolated to their unpalatable logical conclusions."

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