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The author of the book: C.M. Kornbluth
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Edition: Macfadden Publications, Inc.
Date of issue: 1962
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C. M. Kornbluth's A Mile Beyond the Moon
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - February 26, 2012
In December, 2011, I realized that Frederik Pohl & C. M. Kornbluth were precursors to the greatness of Philip K. Dick. In February, 2012, I was certainly not the 1st to notice that Pohl & Kornbluth's Wolfbane was the precursor to the movie The Matrix. Now? W/ this collection of short stories by Kornbluth I'm once again blown away by the prescience. Kornbluth's "Shark Ship", eg, is like proto-Ballard - esp his disaster novels. "The Adventurer" surprised me by being a precursor of sorts to Ira Levin's 1976 The Boys from Brazil. In other words, I'm very glad to've finally found Kornbluth!
The title of the bk, unlike the titles of many short story collections, is not the name of one of the enclosed stories. The stories range from copyright dates of 1941 (when Kornbluth wd've been around 18) to 1958 (the yr Kornbluth died at age 34). Unfortunately for me, this 1962 reprint of the 1958 original leaves out 4 stories. Fortunately for me, I just acquired a copy of His Share of Glory: The Complete Short Science Fiction of C.M. Kornbluth wch, according to Wikipedia, "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."
Kornbluth died of a heart attack at 34. But he produced a body of work so extraordinary & so extraordinarily large that it's practically as if he lived a more typically full life. He certainly accomplished more than most people seem to w/ their 77 yrs (or whatever). Now I have to start finding his non-SF bks written under other names. Maybe someday someone will write a story about Kornbluth as a time traveler who travels into the past to write under the name of Edgar Allan Poe - his story "The Events Leading Down to the Tragedy" seems worthy of Poe.
Some of the stories even strike me as 'corny' ("Kazam Collects", "The Words of Guru" - both written when he was a teenager) but even at his corniest, Kornbluth is fantastic. The moon may be the closest extra-terrestrial object visible to Earthlings but A Mile Beyond the Moon is light-yrs away from most Earthlings' wildest dreams.
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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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