The experimentation blended high literary values, the positing of great themes with vivid imagination, authors not raised on television so their work was sensory without being mind-numbingly visual... A collection of C. M. Kornbluth's best short stories as collected and introduced by frequent collaborator, Frederik Pohl.
http://goodshortfictiontoread.blogspot.com/2010/04/review-shark-ship-by-cyril-kornbluth.html?m=1. Voyages: Scenarios for a Ship Called Earth, Ballantine's Classic Library of Science Fiction, His Share of Glory: The Complete Short Science Fiction of C. M. Kornbluth, The 34th Golden Age of Science Fiction Megapack. If you don’t mind reading yellowing pages from high-res photos, you can see Bob’s complete 3-page intro to Dark Stars using the pics I took with my new iPhone here and here. Thanks. Once upon a time the bulk of science fiction was written by cheerful Rotarians eager to leap into the lovely future. Kornbluth died from a heart attack at a fairly young age. I'm a fan of Silver and Golden Age science fiction and fantasy.
Had he not died so early, I think he would have been included in the science fiction pantheon along with Asimov, Pohl, Clarke and other greats. Kornbluth's writing is humorous, sarcastic and revels in the stupidity of the human species (in one or two stories, the idea that stupid people are outbreeding the intelligentsia are actively explored). What really resonated with me was this voice, from the 50s, sounding the alarm on societal concerns that seem so modern and urgent today, especially our ability to amuse ourselves t. I had never heard of C.M. Dark Stars draws from a wide range of sources, including the usual suspects — H.L. The kind of stories that stay with you for a long time. At least as long as vintage SF paperbacks remain cheap, plentiful, and easy to find — which looks like forever, if AbeBooks and eBay are any indication. Not only the best-known stories like "The Little Black Bag" and "The Marching Morons", or even the Irving Klaw-inspired world of "Shark Ship", but the way that these stories have stuck with me over the years.
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One more story to go when I get back from this trip. Fiction Titles “The Marching Morons” of course is the most famous story, but others are constant favorites in anthologies like “Little Black Bag.” There are newer collections of Kornbluth’s work, but these old paperbacks are still worth collecting if you can find them.
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