- Hardcover: 312 pages
- Publisher: Taplinger; 1st edition (November 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800807235
- ISBN-13: 978-0800807238
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,277,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Best of C. M. Kornbluth Hardcover – November, 1977
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UPDATE: I've heard the print version actually does have more stories. However, I've only purchased the Kindle version, and can say that the Kindle version only has two. So, the print version may be worth the money (I personally don't know), but the Kindle version is not.
Kornbluth is a fine example of why that period of time was called the Golden Age of science fiction. Even in stories where the plot may be dated, or in potboilers like "Valerie" (a novel written under a pseudonym), Kornbluth's writing is always a pleasure and worth reading simply for his use of language and treatment of characters.
It is a shame this brilliant man died so young (and thus selfishly depriving readers of more of hs writing) and remarkable that no one has written his biography.
This anthology includes none of Kornbluth's famous works, but every story here is well worth reading. (Unfortunately, there are only three stories in this collection, and all are short-- probably the only Kornbluth works that are in the public domain). "The Cosmic Expense Account" is a very funny satire of Eastern religious cults, self-improvement books, and similar fads. "The Adventurer," a satire on the politics of the Cold War, is equally funny--until the chilling last paragraph. The final story, "The Altar at Midnight," is not funny at all; a mordant tale of a broken-down spaceman on leave on earth, it also carries a surprise in its last paragraph, leaving the reader to question whether technological progress is worth the toll it takes on individuals.
UPDATE: This Kindle book included three stories when I bought it-- it now seems to include only two stories. Caveat emptor.
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Kind of disappointing. Kornbluth wrote a lot of short stories; this "best of" only included two novellas.Published 6 months ago by T. Farrier
Kornbluth was simply ahead of his time, read this collection even if you only like a little sci-fi, well written, imaginative alternate views of reality, genius.Published 20 months ago by xwidep
Read the small print - this contains only two stories, both forgettable, badly formatted for e-readers. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer