Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Explorers - C. M. Kornbluth

"IN THE beginning there was S. D. Gottesman. Gottesman was born in the early stages of World War II, and science-fiction readers liked him very much. He became a fixture in half-a-dozen magazines of the time—some of them no longer with us—and shortly was joined by a number of other by-lines, attached to much the same sort of wry and colorful story. There was Cecil Corwin and Ganriel Barclay and Walter C. Davies and a good many more, and if the stories seemed closely related to each other, it was easy enough to understand. For behind these pen-names—eighteen or nineteen of them—stood a single bland-faced, sharp-tongued teenager, whose real name was Cyril Kornbluth."

After filling fair chunks of magazines himself, then apparently he got serious, and stuff like this arrived (averaging 3.61):

Explorers : Gomez - C. M. Kornbluth
Explorers : The Mindworm - C. M. Kornbluth
Explorers : The Rocket of 1955 - C. M. Kornbluth
Explorers : The Altar at Midnight - C. M. Kornbluth
Explorers : Thirteen O'Clock - C. M. Kornbluth
Explorers : The Goodly Creatures - C. M. Kornbluth
Explorers : Friend to Man - C. M. Kornbluth
Explorers : With These Hands - C. M. Kornbluth
Explorers : That Share of Glory - C. M. Kornbluth


Unified field theory discovery lost in hormone wash, perhaps.

4 out of 5


Vampire forgets he is not unique, meets Mr. Pointy and Mr. Reaper.

3.5 out of 5


Killer launch.

3 out of 5


Spacer explanations.

3.5 out of 5


Grandpa's magic gangster racket.

4 out of 5


Space writing experience.

3.5 out of 5


Posse alien.

3 out of 5


Starving artist inefficiencies.

3.5 out of 5


Night court terminated for metal war avoidance gem deal.

4.5 out of 5





4 out of 5

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