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The Marching Morons (The Galaxy Project Book 16) by [Kornbluth, C. M.]
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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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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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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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Cyril Kornbluth was a genius who learned to read at 3 and was writing his own stories by age 7. Had Karma not decreed that he drop dead at a train station at age 35, he might have been one of the greatest sci-fi authors of all time. The Marching Morons is the story of "Honest John Barlow", a real estate agent, who, due to an exotic accident at a dentist in 1988, was accidentally thrown into a state of suspended animation. He is revived centuries later, only to discover that the population's average IQ has dropped to just 45. Apparently, the Morons have bred like rabbits and now number in the billions while the Intelligentsia were a distinct minority - in fact, they were oppressed by the morons and had to work like the dickens to keep everything ticking over. Our hero, Honest John, has to come up with a plan to restore the balance. His solution? Well you'll have to find that out for yourself - but I think we should be working on it now ourselves.

The writing style is sharp and concentrated, and the storyline is definitely not politically correct, but it is a uproarious read. Considering this was written in 1951, Kornbluth showed great foresight or perhaps it was his bitter misanthropy that led him to pen this novelette. You will notice several phrases and concepts that have been borrowed by modern screenwriters and authors (Douglas Adams - if you weren't dead, I'd be looking at you). An average reader could probably knock this story off in a few hours. I would suggest you read the story first and then read the brilliant Foreword by Barry Malzberg.

Overall - a mini classic. I'd give it six stars if I could.
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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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