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The Marching Morons (The Galaxy Project Book 16) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 193 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (October 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00COO98US
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A masterpiece of prophesy and satire that has come all too true. Much science fiction of this era has become dated. Kornbluth keeps his punch. 'Tis even better than THE SPACE MERCHANTS or GLADIATOR AT LAW, two products of his teamup with Pohl. No one writes like this now, I suspect, because it is hard to satirize the a world so absurd that you can't write of anything more moronic. Kornbluth died too early. One wonders if his wit would have grown and maybe soured. But that's fine. Sour wit is better than none at all. There isn't a bad story in this collection and the title story is one you'll never forget. Frankly, rereading it, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Thank you Galaxy for giving him to us, but you're gone too. It isn't a matter of the good old days. They weren't better. It was just that our stupidity hadn't caught up with us yet. Even Kornbluth couldn't save us now. But reading him will make us laugh as we sink into oblivion. If you like Swift and Sterne, you'll love this.
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Kornbluth warned against dumbing down our educational system long, long ago. It's not too late to read and act on his prescient advice. I've been looking for a copy for years, so finding it here was just an amazing joy.
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Written around 1951, this is a story about the future (from their standpoint) and how those of lesser intelligence bred like rabbits, while the smarter people refrained, and how this led to the population having an average IQ of 40.

I read this as a teenager & never have forgotten it; it's an all-time classic. A great read if you can find a copy (check [...], which of course would make it a 'listen' rather than a read).

And damned if it isn't coming true.
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If you ever wondered what the idiotic punchline catch-phrase "I'd buy that for a dollar" featured in Robocop and various other popular shows alluded to, or what inspired the future depicted in Idiocracy, then wonder no more.
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I read this when it first came out and have thought about it over the years and wondered how much of it was coming true. I reread this year and though it seemed a little silly it is still worth a quick read then a long sit back and really think about what is going on. e.g. caution labels and people suing over coffee being too hot that kind of common sense stuff that does not seem to exist anymore.
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Packaged with lots of forewords and meta-commentary from various renowned authors, which make it sound like Shakespeare. While this story Is very good, and should be renowned as the true ancestor to the film "Idiocracy", it still is very clearly a product of the 50s culture of pulp science fiction. Which is to say that the good part is the ideas are big, bold, and innovative, and the bad parts are wooden dialog, 2-dimensional characters, and barely credible motivations. So if you like that kind of thing (and I do) then it is pretty good for that kind of thing.
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A future Earth where most people are morons who can hardly read or write and are addicted to game shows? Controversial, polarizing and shocking when it was first published in 1951, one cannot help but draw parallels to today's problems, in particular lack of education, overpopulation and addiction to reality shows. "Would you buy it for a quarter?"
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I purchased the booklet back in 2003 when it was less than $5 on Amazon (now $70+)
Everything in the title story came true during the 90s.
I actually had read it in the 70s when I was in Jr High but didn't get all the allusions until rereading it after having worked and lived in CA.

There's another story you will enjoy about rabbits stealing from some pacified followers.

It might be cheaper to find it at the local library.

Dave
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