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Cyril M. Kornbluth (July 2, 1923 – March 21, 1958) was an American science fiction author and a member of the
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. He used a variety of pen-names, including Cecil Corwin, S. D. Gottesman, Edward J. Bellin, Kenneth Falconer, Walter C. Davies, Simon Eisner, Jordan Park, Arthur Cooke, Paul Dennis Lavond, and Scott Mariner. The "M" in Kornbluth's name may have been in tribute to his wife, Mary Byers; Kornbluth's colleague and collaborator
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confirmed Kornbluth's lack of any actual middle name in at least one interview.


Biography

Kornbluth was born and grew up in the uptown Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood, in New York City. He was of Polish Jewish descent, the son of a World War I veteran and grandson of a tailor, a Jewish immigrant from Galicia. According to his widow, Kornbluth was a "precocious child", learning to read by the age of three and writing his own stories by the time he was seven. He graduated from high school at thirteen, received a CCNY scholarship at fourteen, and was "thrown out for leading a student strike" without graduating. As a teenager, he became a member of the
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, an influential group of science fiction fans and writers. While a member of the Futurians, he met and became friends with
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, Donald A. Wollheim, Robert A. W. Lowndes, and his future wife Mary Byers. He also participated in the
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. Kornbluth served in the
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during
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( European 'Theatre'). He received a
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for his service in the
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, where he served as a member of a
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crew. Upon his discharge, he returned to finish his education at the
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under the G.I. Bill. While living in Chicago he also worked at Trans-Radio Press, a news wire service. In 1951 he started writing full-time, Charles Platt, "C. M. Kornbluth: A Study Of His Work and Interview With His Widow", ''
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'' 17, September 1979, pp.57-63
returning to the East Coast where he collaborated on novels with his old Futurian friends Frederik Pohl and
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.


Work

Kornbluth began writing at 15. His first solo story, "The Rocket of 1955", was published in Richard Wilson's
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''Escape'' (Vol. 1, No 2, August 1939); his first collaboration, "Stepsons of Mars," written with Richard Wilson and published under the name "Ivar Towers", appeared in the April 1940 '' Astonishing''. His other short fiction includes " The Little Black Bag", " The Marching Morons", "The Altar at Midnight", "MS. Found in a Chinese Fortune Cookie", "Gomez" and "The Advent on Channel Twelve". " The Little Black Bag" was first adapted for television live on the television show ''Tales of Tomorrow'' on May 30, 1952. It was later adapted for television by the
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in 1969 for its ''
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'' series. In 1970, the same story was adapted by
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for an episode of his ''
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'' series. This dramatization starred
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as the alcoholic Dr. William Fall, who had long lost his doctor's license and become a homeless alcoholic. He finds a bag containing advanced medical technology from the future, which, after an unsuccessful attempt to pawn it, he uses benevolently. " The Marching Morons" is a look at a far future in which the world's population consists of five billion idiots and a few million geniuses – the precarious minority of the "elite" working desperately to keep things running behind the scenes. In his introduction to '' The Best of C. M. Kornbluth'', Pohl states that "The Marching Morons" is a direct sequel to "The Little Black Bag": it is easy to miss this, as "Bag" is set in the contemporary present while "Morons" takes place several centuries from now, and there is no character who appears in both stories. The titular black bag in the first story is actually an artifact from the time period of "The Marching Morons": a medical kit filled with self-driven instruments enabling a far-future moron to "play doctor". A future Earth similar to "The Marching Morons" – a civilisation of morons protected by a small minority of hidden geniuses – is used again in the final stages of Kornbluth & Pohl's ''Search the Sky''. "MS. Found in a Chinese Fortune Cookie" (1957) is supposedly written by Kornbluth using notes by "Cecil Corwin", who has been declared insane and incarcerated, and who smuggles out in
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s the ultimate secret of life. This fate is said to be Kornbluth's response to the unauthorized publication of "Mask of Demeter" (as by "Corwin" and "Martin Pearson" ( Donald A. Wollheim)) in Wollheim's anthology ''Prize Science Fiction'' in 1953. Biographer Mark Rich describes the 1958 story "Two Dooms" as one of several stories which are "concern dwith the ethics of theoretical science" and which "explore moral quandaries of the atomic age": Many of Kornbluth's novels were written as collaborations: either with
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(using the pseudonym Cyril Judd), or with Frederik Pohl. These include '' Gladiator-At-Law'' and ''
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''. ''The Space Merchants'' contributed significantly to the maturing and to the wider academic respectability of the science fiction genre, not only in America but also in Europe. Kornbluth also wrote several novels under his own name, including '' The Syndic'' and '' Not This August''.


Death

Kornbluth died at age 34 in
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. On a day when he was due to meet with Bob Mills in New York City to interview for the position of editor of ''
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'', he was delayed because he had to shovel snow from his driveway. After running to meet his train following this delay, Kornbluth suffered a fatal heart attack on the platform of the station. A number of short stories remained unfinished at Kornbluth's death; these were eventually completed and published by Pohl. One of these stories, " The Meeting" (''The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction'', November 1972), was the co-winner of the 1973
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; it tied with R. A. Lafferty's "Eurema's Dam." Almost all of Kornbluth's solo SF stories have been collected as ''His Share of Glory: The Complete Short Science Fiction of C. M. Kornbluth'' (
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, 1997).


Personality and habits

Frederik Pohl, in his autobiography ''The Way the Future Was'',
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, in his memoir ''The Futurians'', and
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, in his memoirs '' In Memory Yet Green'' and ''I. Asimov: A Memoir'', all give descriptions of Kornbluth as a man of odd personal habits and eccentricities. Kornbluth, for example, decided to educate himself by reading his way through an entire encyclopedia from A to Z; in the course of this effort, he acquired a great deal of esoteric knowledge that found its way into his stories, in alphabetical order by subject. When Kornbluth wrote a story that mentioned the ''
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'', an Ancient Roman weapon, Pohl knew that Kornbluth had finished the 'A's and had started on the 'B's. According to Pohl, Kornbluth never brushed his teeth, and they were literally green. Deeply embarrassed by this, Kornbluth developed the habit of holding his hand in front of his mouth when speaking.


Bibliography


Novels

* '' Outpost Mars'' (1952) (with Judith Merril, writing as Cyril Judd), first published as a ''
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'' serial entitled ''Mars Child'' (May–July 1951) and later reprinted as ''Galaxy novel'' No. 46 retitled ''Sin in Space'' (1961) * '' Gunner Cade'' (1952) (with Judith Merril, writing as Cyril Judd), first published as an ''
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'' serial (March–May 1952) * ''Takeoff'' (May 1952), later serialised in '' New Worlds'' (April–June 1954) * ''
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'' (April 1953) (with Frederik Pohl), first published as a ''
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'' serial entitled ''Gravy Planet'' (June–August 1952) * '' The Syndic'' (October 1953), later serialised in '' Science Fiction Adventures'' (December 1953-March 1954), entered the
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Hall of Fame in 1986 * '' Search the Sky'' (February 1954) (with Frederik Pohl), later revised by Pohl (October 1985) * '' Gladiator at Law'' (May 1955) (with Frederik Pohl), first published as a ''
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'' serial (June–August 1954), later revised by Pohl (April 1986) * '' Not This August'' (July 1955) (AKA ''Christmas Eve''), later revised by Pohl (December 1981) * '' Wolfbane'' (September 1959) (with Frederik Pohl), first published as a ''
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'' serial (October–November 1957), later revised by Pohl (June 1986)


Collections

* '' The Explorers'' (1954) ** "Foreword", rederik Pohl** "Gomez" ** "The Mindworm", 1950 ** "The Rocket of 1955", 1939 **
The Altar at Midnight
, 1952 ** "Thirteen O’Clock" s by Cecil Corwin (1941) "Peter Packer" series ** "The Goodly Creatures", 1952 **
Friend to Man
, 1951 ** "With These Hands", 1951 ** "That Share of Glory", 1962 * ''The Mindworm and Other Stories'' (1955) ** "The Mindworm”, (1950) ** "Gomez”, 1954 ** "The Rocket of 1955”, 1939 ** "The Altar at Midnight”, 1952 ** "The Little Black Bag”, 1950 ** "The Goodly Creatures”, 1952 ** "Friend to Man”, 1951 ** "With These Hands”, 1951 ** "That Share of Glory”, 1952 ** "The Luckiest Man in Denv" s by Simon Eisner · 1952 ** "The Silly Season”, 1950 ** "The Marching Morons · nv ''Galaxy'' Apr ’51 * '' A Mile Beyond the Moon'' (1958) bridged for its 1962 paperback reprint, see below** "Make Mine Mars”, 1952 ** "The Meddlers”, 1953 ot in 1962 paperback** "The Events Leading Down to the Tragedy”, 1958 ** "The Little Black Bag”, 1950 (related to "The Marching Morons") ** "Everybody Knows Joe”, 1953 ** "Time Bum”, 1953 ** "Passion Pills”, riginal here ot in 1962 paperback** "Virginia”, 1958 ** "The Slave”, 1957 ot in 1962 paperback** "Kazam Collects" s by S. D. Gottesman 1941 ** "The Last Man Left in the Bar”, 1947 – "a confrontation between aliens and a magnetron technician, written with an audacious literary command" ** "The Adventurer”, 1953 ** "The Words of Guru" s by Kenneth Falconer 1941 – "an early but striking fantasy about a genius child acquiring supernatural power" ** "Shark Ship" Reap the Dark Tide" 1958 ** "Two Dooms”, 1958 ot in 1962 paperback* '' The Marching Morons (and other Science Fiction Stories)'' (1959) ** "The Marching Morons”, 1951 ** "Dominoes”, 1953 ** "The Luckiest Man in Denv" s by Simon Eisner 1952 ** "The Silly Season”, 1950 ** "MS. Found in a Chinese Fortune Cookie”, 1957 ** "The Only Thing We Learn”, 1949 ** "The Cosmic Charge Account”, 1956 ** "I Never Ask No Favors”, 1954 ** "The Remorseful”, 1953 * '' The Wonder Effect'' (1962) (with Frederik Pohl) ** "Introduction”, ** "Critical Mass”, 1962 ** "A Gentle Dying”, 1961 ** "Nightmare with Zeppelins", 1958 ** "Best Friend" s by S. D. Gottesman 1941 ** "The World of Myrion Flowers”, 1961 ** "Trouble in Time" s by S. D. Gottesman 1940 ** "The Engineer”, 1956 ** "Mars-Tube s by S. D. Gottesman, 1941 ** "The Quaker Cannon”, 1961 * ''Best Science Fiction Stories of C. M. Kornbluth'' (1968) ** "Introduction”, dmund Crispin** "The Unfortunate Topologist”, 1957 (poem) ** "The Marching Morons”, 1951 ** "The Altar at Midnight”, 1952 ** "The Little Black Bag”, 1950 ** "The Mindworm”, 1950 ** "The Silly Season”, 1950 ** "I Never Ask No Favors”, 1954 ** "Friend to Man”, 1951 ** "The Only Thing We Learn”, 1949 ** "Gomez”, 1954 ** "With These Hands”, 1951 ** "Theory of Rocketry”, 1958 ** "That Share of Glory”, 1952 * ''Thirteen O'Clock and other Zero Hours'' (1970) (edited by
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) stories published originally as by "Cecil Corwin" plus "MS. Found in a Chinese Fortune Cookie" (see above) ** "Preface”, ames Blish** "Thirteen O’Clock ombined version of the "Peter Packer" stories, “Thirteen O’Clock” and “Mr. Packer Goes to Hell”, both 1941, irst combined appearance here** "The Rocket of 1955”, 1939 ** "What Sorghum Says" s by Cecil Corwin 1941 ** "Crisis!" s by Cecil Corwin 1942 ** "The Reversible Revolutions" s by Cecil Corwin 1941 ** "The City in the Sofa" s by Cecil Corwin 1941 ** "The Golden Road" s by Cecil Corwin 1942 ** "MS. Found in a Chinese Fortune Cookie”, 1957 * '' The Best of C. M. Kornbluth'' (1976) ** "An Appreciation”, rederik Pohl** "The Rocket of 1955”, 1939 ** "The Words of Guru" s by Kenneth Falconer 1941 ** "The Only Thing We Learn”, 1949 ** "The Adventurer”, 1953 ** "The Little Black Bag”, 1950 ** "The Luckiest Man in Denv" s by Simon Eisner 1952 ** "The Silly Season”, 1950 ** "The Remorseful”, 1953 ** "Gomez”, 1954 ** "The Advent on Channel Twelve”, 1958 ** "The Marching Morons”, 1951 ** "The Last Man Left in the Bar”, 1957 ** "The Mindworm”, 1950 ** "With These Hands”, 1951 ** "Shark Ship" Reap the Dark Tide” 1958 ** "Friend to Man”, 1951 ** "The Altar at Midnight”, 1952 ** "Dominoes”, 1953 ** "Two Dooms”, 1958
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praised this collection, saying "I haven't enjoyed a book so much in years.""Galaxy Bookshelf", ''
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'', August 1977, p. 143.
Mark Rich wrote, "Critics judging Kornbluth by this anthology, edited by Pohl, have seen a growing bitterness in his later stories. This reflects editorial choice more than reality, because Kornbluth also wrote delightful humor in his last years, in stories not collected here. These tales demonstrate Kornbluth's effective use of everyday individuals from a variety of ethnic backgrounds as well as his well-tuned ear for dialect." * ''Critical Mass'' (1977) (with Frederik Pohl) ** "Introduction”, (Pohl) ** "The Quaker Cannon”, 1961 ** "Mute Inglorious Tam”, 1974 ** "The World of Myrion Flowers”, 1961 ** "The Gift of Garigolli”, 1974 ** "A Gentle Dying”, 1961 ** "A Hint of Henbane”, 1961 ** "The Meeting”, 1972 ** "The Engineer”, 1956 ** "Nightmare with Zeppelins”, 1958 ** "Critical Mass”, 1962 ** "Afterword”, (Pohl) * ''Before the Universe'' (1980) (with Frederik Pohl) ** "Mars-Tube" s by S. D. Gottesman (with Frederik Pohl) 1941 ** "Trouble in Time" s by S. D. Gottesman (with Frederik Pohl) 1940 ** "Vacant World" s by Dirk Wylie (with Dirk Wylie, and Frederik Pohl) 1940 ** "Best Friend" s by S. D. Gottesman (with Frederik Pohl) 1941 ** "Nova Midplane" s by S. D. Gottesman (with Frederik Pohl) 1940 ** "The Extrapolated Dimwit" s by S. D. Gottesman (with Frederik Pohl) 1942 * '' Our Best: The Best of Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth'' (1987) (with Frederik Pohl) ** "Introduction”, (Pohl) ** "The Stories of the Sixties”, (Pohl, section introduction) ** "Critical Mass”, 1962 ** "The World of Myrion Flowers”, 1961 ** "The Engineer”, 1956 ** "A Gentle Dying”, 1961 ** "Nightmare with Zeppelins”, 1958 ** "The Quaker Cannon”, 1961 ** "The 60/40 Stories”, (Pohl, section introduction) ** "Trouble in Time" s by S. D. Gottesman 1940 ** "Mars-Tube" s by S. D. Gottesman 1941 ** "Epilogue to The Space Merchants”, (Pohl, section introduction) ** "Gravy Planet”, (extract from the magazine serial, not used in the book) ** "The Final Stories”, (Pohl, section introduction) ** "Mute Inglorious Tam”, 1974 ** "The Gift of Garigolli”, 1974 ** "The Meeting”, 1972 ** "Afterword”, (Pohl) * ''His Share of Glory: The Complete Short Science Fiction of C.M. Kornbluth'' (1997) – this includes almost all of Kornbluth's solo fiction, but does not include all of the collaborative pseudonymous works which were published among his earliest work between 1940 and 1942, some of which were published in Before the Universe (1980). ** "Cyril”, rederik Pohl** "Editor’s Introduction”, imothy P. Szczesuil** "That Share of Glory”, 1952 ** "The Adventurer”, 1952 ** "Dominoes”, 1953 ** "The Golden Road" s by Cecil Corwin 1942 ** "The Rocket of 1955”, 1939 ** "The Mindworm”, 1950 ** "The Education of Tigress McCardle”, 1957 ** "Shark Ship" Reap the Dark Tide” 1958 ** "The Meddlers”, 1953 ** "The Luckiest Man in Denv" s by Simon Eisner 1952 ** "The Reversible Revolutions s by Cecil Corwin 1941 ** "The City in the Sofa" s by Cecil Corwin 1941 ** "Gomez”, 1954 ** "Masquerade" s by Kenneth Falconer 1942 ** "The Slave”, 1957 ** "The Words of Guru" s by Kenneth Falconer 1941 ** "Thirteen O’Clock" s by Cecil Corwin 1941 ** "Mr. Packer Goes to Hell" s by Cecil Corwin 1941 ** "With These Hands”, 1951 ** "Iteration”, 1950 ** "The Goodly Creatures”, 1952 ** "Time Bum”, 1953 ** "Two Dooms”, 1958 ** "Passion Pills”, 1958 ** "The Silly Season”, 1950 ** "Fire-Power" s by S. D. Gottesman 1941 ** "The Perfect Invasion" s by S. D. Gottesman 1942 ** "The Adventurers”, 1955 ** "Kazam Collects" s by S. D. Gottesman 1941 ** "The Marching Morons”, 1951 ** "The Altar at Midnight”, 1952 ** "Crisis!" s by Cecil Corwin 1942 ** "Theory of Rocketry”, 1958 ** "The Cosmic Charge Account”, 1956 ** "Friend to Man”, 1951 ** "I Never Ast No Favors”, 1954 ** "The Little Black Bag”, 1950 ** "What Sorghum Says" s by Cecil Corwin 1941 ** "MS. Found in a Chinese Fortune Cookie”, 1957 ** "The Only Thing We Learn”, 1949 ** "The Last Man Left in the Bar”, 1957 ** "Virginia”, 1958 ** "The Advent on Channel Twelve”, 1958 ** "Make Mine Mars”, 1952 ** "Everybody Knows Joe”, 1953 ** "The Remorseful”, 1953 ** "Sir Mallory’s Magnitude" s by S. D. Gottesman 1941 ** "The Events Leading Down to the Tragedy”, 1958 ** "King Cole of Pluto" s by S. D. Gottesman 1940 ** "No Place to Go" s by Edward J. Bellin 1941 ** "Dimension of Darkness" s by S. D. Gottesman 1941 ** "Dead Center" s by S. D. Gottesman 1941 ** "Interference" s by Walter C. Davies 1941 ** "Forgotten Tongue" s by Walter C. Davies 1941 ** "Return from M-15" s by S. D. Gottesman 1941 ** "The Core" s by S. D. Gottesman 1942


Non-science fiction

* ''The Naked Storm'' (1952, as Simon Eisner) * ''Valerie'' (1953, as Jordan Park), a novel about a girl accused of witchcraft * ''Half'' (1953, as Jordan Park), a novel about an
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person * ''A Town Is Drowning'' (1955, with Frederik Pohl) * ''Presidential Year'' (1956, with Frederik Pohl) * ''Sorority House'' (1956, with Frederik Pohl, as Jordan Park), a lesbian pulp novel * ''A Man of Cold Rages'' (1958, as Jordan Park), a novel about an ex-dictator


Uncollected short stories

* "Stepsons of Mars", (1940) s "Ivar Towers" (with Richard Wilson) * "Callistan Tomb", (1941) [as "Paul Dennis Lavond" (with Frederik Pohl)* "The Psychological Regulator", (1941) [as "Arthur Cooke" (with Elsie Balter , Robert A. W. Lowndes, John Michel, Donald A. Wollheim) * "The Martians Are Coming", (1941) [as "Robert A W Lowndes" (with Robert A. W. Lowndes)] * "Exiles of New Planet", (1941) Robert_A._W._Lowndes,_Dirk_Wylie).html" ;"title="s "Paul Dennis Lavond" (with Frederik Pohl, Robert A. W. Lowndes, Dirk Wylie)">s "Paul Dennis Lavond" (with Frederik Pohl, Robert A. W. Lowndes, Dirk Wylie)* "The Castle on the Outerplanet", (1941) Robert_A._W._Lowndes).html" ;"title="s "S D Gottesman" (with Frederik Pohl, Robert A. W. Lowndes)">s "S D Gottesman" (with Frederik Pohl, Robert A. W. Lowndes)* "A Prince of Pluto", (1941) s "S D Gottesman" (with Frederik Pohl)* "Einstein's Planetoid", (1941) Robert_A._W._Lowndes,_Dirk_Wylie).html" ;"title="s "Paul Dennis Lavond" (with Frederik Pohl, Robert A. W. Lowndes, Dirk Wylie)">s "Paul Dennis Lavond" (with Frederik Pohl, Robert A. W. Lowndes, Dirk Wylie)* "An Old Neptunian Custom", (1942) s "Scott Mariner" (with Frederik Pohl)


Articles

* "A Funny Article on the Convention", (1939) * "New Directions", (1941) s "Walter C. Davies"* "The Failure of the Science Fiction Novel as Social Criticism", in ''The Science Fiction Novel: Imagination and Social Criticism'', ed. Basil Davenport, Advent Press, 1959. (pages 64–101).
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called this "an important early piece of sf criticism, sharply pointing out the genre's shortcomings."


Trivia

Kornbluth's name is mentioned in
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's '' Series of Unfortunate Events'' as a member of V.F.D., a secret organization dedicated to the promotion of literacy, classical learning, and crime prevention.


References


Sources

* Asimov, Isaac. ''In Memory Yet Green'' (Doubleday, 1979) and ''I. Asimov: A Memoir'' (Doubleday, 1994) * Knight, Damon. ''The Futurians'' (John Day, 1977) * Pohl, Frederik. ''The Way the Future Was: A Memoir'' (Ballantine Books, 1978) * Rich, Mark. ''C. M. Kornbluth: The Life and Works of a Science Fiction Visionary'' (McFarland, 2009)


External links

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Past Masters – Cyril with an M, or I'm As Kornbluth as Kansas In August
by Bud Webster at Galactic Central {{DEFAULTSORT:Kornbluth, Cyril M. 1923 births 1958 deaths 20th-century American novelists American male novelists United States Army personnel of World War II American mystery writers American science fiction writers Futurians Hugo Award-winning writers Military personnel from New York City Science fiction fans United States Army soldiers Jewish American writers American male short story writers 20th-century American short story writers 20th-century American male writers People from Inwood, Manhattan Writers from Manhattan