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Cyril M. Kornbluth
Cyril M. Kornbluth (July 23, 1923 - March 21, 1958 -- pen-names: Cecil Corwin and S.D. Gottesman;) was a science fiction author and a notable member of the Futurians. Kornbluth was born in New York City.
Kornbluth served in the US Army during World War II (European Theatre). He received a Bronze Star for his service in the Battle of the Bulge. After his discharge, he returned to finish his education at the University of Chicago, which had been interrupted by the war.
His 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 12." "The Marching Morons" is his most famous short story; it is a satirical look at an overpopulated future, with a population consisting of a few geniuses and a huge number of stupid people, in which the few geniuses are working desperately to keep things running from behind the scenes. Part of its appeal is that readers tend to identify with the oppressed geniuses.
Many of his novels were written as collaborations: either with Judith Merril (using the pseudonym "Cyril Judd"), or with Frederik Pohl. A number of short stories remained unfinished at Kornbluth's death; these were eventually completed and published by Pohl.
All of Kornbluth's short stories have been collected as His Share of Glory: The Complete Short Fiction of C. M. Kornbluth (NESFA Press, 1997).
- The Marching Morons
- Outpost Mars (with Judith Merril, first published as a Galaxy serial entitled Mars Child and AKA Sin in Space, 1951)
- The Space Merchants (with Frederik Pohl, first published as a Galaxy serial entitled Gravy Planet, 1952)
- Gunner Cade (with Judith Merril, 1952)
- Takeoff (1952)
- The Syndic (1953)
- Gladiator at Law (with Frederik Pohl, first published as a Galaxy serial, 1954)
- Search the Sky (with Frederik Pohl, 1954)
- Wolfbane (with Frederik Pohl) (first published as a Galaxy serial, 1954)
- Not This August (AKA Christmas Eve, 1955)
He also published several mystery novels.
See also: Judith Merril
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