The Space Merchants – NaBloPoMo 2010

governments are so weak as to be irrelevant.  megacorporations rule the world. consumption is a virtue and advertising is a higher calling.  major shortages of water, clean air, natural resources.


or 2310?


The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth


The Space Merchants satirizes the beginnings of consumer culture; written in 1952, the authors would be amazed to see so many of their “300-years-from-now” concepts be commonplace by the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21th centuries.

the main character is Mitch, a “Copysmith Star Class” who has been given an almost-impossible assignment:  make volunteering to be a colonist to Venus (nasty, brutish, unbearable, short lifespan) an appealing option to the teeming masses of the overpopulated Earth.


3 thoughts on “The Space Merchants – NaBloPoMo 2010

  1. It’s darkly funny in between the horror.

    Pohl is still alive and writing, BTW, so he knows — and he’s not that surprised, frankly.

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