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Book Title: The Explorers|
Date of issue: March 1963
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The author of the book: C.M. Kornbluth
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 410 KB
Edition: Ballantine Books
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - November 26, 2011
I started reading Kornbluth by accident. I'd read some collaborations by G. C. Edmondson & C. M. Kotlan that I'd liked & some work by Edmondson alone that I'd liked less so I decided to look for work by Kotlan alone to see if I'd like that. I was in a bkstore & cdn't remember Kotlan's name so I got bks by Kornbluth instead. Similar names. & what a find Kornbluth seems to be turning out to be!
I'm reading the bks by him that I initially got in chronological order. That meant starting w/ The Explorers - 1st published in 1954. This collection of short stories includes his 1st published one, "The Rocket of 1955", presented in Escape magazine in 1939. Kornbluth was 15 or 16 when he wrote it. The 1st story in The Explorers is about a Puerto Rican immigrant working as a dishwasher who's discovered to be a physics genius & subsequently exploited by the U.S. military.
Thru this story Kornbluth immediately struck me as someone w/ a subversive bent who's far from naive about the actions & motives of governments. What particularly interests me is that this wd've been published during the McCarthy Red Scare. It wd appear that SF writers were under McCarthy's radar since McCarthy went after more high-profile people like Hollywood folks who were making big bucks. There's an advantage, sometimes, to barely scraping by financially.
Kornbluth, alas, only made it to age 34 when he died of a heart attack, so I consider the world to be fortunate that he wrote as much as he did starting as early as he did. I'll be reading everything by him that I can get my hands on.
Read information about the authorCyril M. Kornbluth was born and grew up in Inwood in New York City. As a teenager, he became a member of the Futurians, the influential group of science fiction fans and writers. While a member of the Futurians, he met and became friends with Isaac Asimov, Frederik Pohl, Donald A. Wollheim, Robert A. W. Lowndes, and his future wife Mary Byers. He also participated in the Fantasy Amateur Press Association.
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, where he served as a member of a heavy machine gun crew. Upon his discharge, he returned to finish his education, which had been interrupted by the war, at the University of Chicago. While living in Chicago he also worked at Trans-Radio Press, a news wire service. In 1951 he started writing fulltime, returning to the East Coast where he collaborated on a number of novels with his old Futurian friends Frederik Pohl and Judith Merrill.
He used a variety of pen-names: 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.
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