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Encyclopedia > Cyril M. Kornbluth

Cyril M. Kornbluth (July 23, 1923March 21, 1958pen-names: Cecil Corwin, S.D. Gottesman, Edward J. Bellin, Kenneth Falconer, Walter C. Davies, Simon Eisner, Jordan Park) was a science fiction author and a notable member of the Futurians. Kornbluth was born in New York City. July 23 is the 204th day (205th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 161 days remaining. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (81st in leap years). ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A pen name or nom de plume is a pseudonym adopted by an author. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... An author is the person who creates a written work, such as a book, story, article or the like. ... The Futurians were an influential group of science fiction fans, editors and writers. ... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ...


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. After his discharge, he returned to finish his education at the University of Chicago, which had been interrupted by the war. The United States Army is the largest branch of the United States armed forces and has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead... The European Theatre was an area of heavy fighting across Europe, during World War II, from 1 September 1939 to 8 May 1945. ... The Bronze Star Medal is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration and is the fourth highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service. ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: The Ardennes: Battle of the bulge Combatants United States United Kingdom Germany Commanders Dwight Eisenhower George Patton Bernard Montgomery Walther Model Gerd von Rundstedt Strength Dec 16 - start of the Battle: about 83,000 men; 242 Sherman tanks, 182 tank destroyers, and... The University of Chicago is a private university located principally in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. ...


Kornbluth began writing at fifteen. His first solo work, "King Cole of Pluto," was published in May 1940 and appeared in Super Science Stories ("Stepsons of Mars," written with Richard Wilson and published under the name "Ivar Towers" appeared in the April 1940 Astonishing). His other short fiction includes "The Little Black Bag," "The Marching Morons," "The Altar at Midnight," "Ms. Found in a Chinese Fortune Cookie," "Gomez," and "The Advent on Channel 12." Oct. ... Oct. ... The Marching Morons is a science fiction short story written by Cyril M. Kornbluth, originally published in Galaxy in April, 1951. ...


"The Little Black Bag" was adapted for television by the BBC in 1969 for its Out of the Unknown series. In 1970, the same story was adapted by Rod Serling for an episode of his Night Gallery series. This dramatization starred Burgess Meredith as the alcoholic Dr. Full, who has lost his license and become a derelict. He finds the advanced medical technology, which, after being unable to pawn, he uses benevolently — reclaiming his career and redeeming his soul ... but not that of the guttersnipe he takes in as his receptionist/assistant. The British Broadcasting Corporation, invariably known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world, employing 26,000 staff in the UK alone and with a budget of £4 billion. ... Rodman Rod Edward Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, most famous for his science fiction TV series, The Twilight Zone. ... Night Gallery was Rod Serlings follow-up to The Twilight Zone, airing on NBC from 1970 to 1973. ... Burgess Meredith in Probe (1972) Oliver Burgess Meredith (November 16, 1907 – February 17, 1997) was an American actor. ...


"The Marching Morons" was one of Kornbluth's most famous short stories; it is a satirical look at a far future in which the world's population consists of five billion idiots and a few million geniuses — the precarious minority of the "elite" working desperately to keep things running behind the scenes. Part of its appeal is that readers identify with the beleaguered geniuses (which is entirely compatible with science fiction fans' broadly held opinion of their relationship with the mundane majority). Few people realize that "The Marching Morons" is a direct sequel to "The Little Black Bag": it is easy to miss this, as "Bag" is set in the contemporary present while "Morons" takes place several centuries from now, and there is no character who appears in both stories. The titular black bag in the first story is actually an artifact from the time period of "The Marching Morons": a kit filled with self-driven instruments enabling a far-future moron to "play doctor." The Marching Morons is a science fiction short story written by Cyril M. Kornbluth, originally published in Galaxy in April, 1951. ... Look up mundane in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Many of Kornbluth's novels were written as collaborations: either with Judith Merril (using the pseudonym Cyril Judd), or with Frederik Pohl. By far the most successful and important of these was the novel The Space Merchants (first published in Galaxy magazine in 1952, in book form in 1953), which contributed significantly to the maturing and to the wider academic respectability of the science fiction genre, not only in America but also in Europe. Judith Merril (January 21, 1923, New York, New York - September 12, 1997, Canada) was an North American science fiction author and anthologist. ... Cyril Judd was a joint pseudonym used by Cyril M. Kornbluth and Judith Merril for their two novels, Gunner Cade (1952) and Outpost Mars (1952, reprinted as Sin in Space in 1961). ... Frederik Pohl (born November 26, 1919) is a noted American science fiction writer and editor, with a career spanning over sixty years. ... The Space Merchants, by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth, 1953. ...


A number of short stories remained unfinished at Kornbluth's death; these were eventually completed and published by Pohl.


Kornbluth died at the age of thirty four of a heart attack in Waverly, New York although he had lived primarily in Chicago, Illinois. Waverly is a village located in Tioga County, New York, USA. Waverly is the largest Village in Tioga County, New York. ... Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook Incorporated March 4, 1837 Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area    - City 606. ...


All of Kornbluth's short stories have been collected as His Share of Glory: The Complete Short Fiction of C. M. Kornbluth (NESFA Press, 1997). To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Kornbluth was also mentioned in Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events as a member of V.F.D. Lemony Snicket is both a pseudonym for author Daniel Handler and a character in Handlers childrens book series A Series of Unfortunate Events. ... A Series of Unfortunate Events is a childrens book series by Daniel Handler, writing under the pseudonym of Lemony Snicket. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Personality and habits

Frederik Pohl (in his autobiography The Way the Future Was) and Damon Knight (in his memoir The Futurians) both give vivid descriptions of Kornbluth as a man of odd personal habits and vivid eccentricities. Among the traits which they describe: Damon Knight (September 19, 1922 – April 15, 2002) was a science fiction author, editor, and critic. ...

  • Kornbluth decided to educate himself by reading his way through an entire encyclopedia from A to Z; in the course of this effort, he acquired a great deal of esoteric knowledge that found its way into his stories ... in alphabetical order by subject. When Kornbluth wrote a story that mentioned the ancient Roman weapon ballista, Pohl knew that Kornbluth had finished the "A" volume and had started the "B".
  • According to Pohl, Kornbluth never brushed his teeth, and they were literally green. Deeply embarrassed by this, Kornbluth developed the habit of holding his hand in front of his mouth when speaking.
  • Kornbluth disliked black coffee, but felt obliged to acquire a taste for it because he believed that professional authors were "supposed to" drink black coffee. He trained himself by putting gradually less cream into each cup of coffee he drank, until he eventually "weaned himself" (Knight's description) and switched to black coffee.

It should be noted that Pohl and Knight both had deep friendships with Kornbluth, and their affection for him is made clear in their respective memoirs. The first of these stories should be treated as apocryphal because there is a similar story told by Bertrand Russell about Aldous Huxley. Bertrand William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell OM FRS (18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970), was a British philosopher, logician, and mathematician, working mostly in the 20th century. ... Aldous Leonard Huxley (July 26, 1894 – November 22, 1963) was an English writer who emigrated to the United States, living in Los Angeles until his death in 1963. ...


Selected bibliography

  • The Marching Morons
  • Outpost Mars (with Judith Merril, writing as Cyril Judd), first published as a Galaxy serial entitled Mars Child and reprinted in Galaxy novel #46 as Sin in Space in 1961.
  • The Space Merchants (with Frederik Pohl), first published as a Galaxy serial entitled Gravy Planet, 1952
  • Gunner Cade (with Judith Merril, writing as Cyril Judd, 1952)
  • Takeoff (1952)
  • The Syndic (1953)
  • Gladiator at Law (with Frederik Pohl, first published as a Galaxy serial, 1954)
  • Search the Sky (with Frederik Pohl, 1954)
  • Wolfbane (with Frederik Pohl) (first published as a Galaxy serial, 1954)
  • Not This August (AKA Christmas Eve, 1955)

Non-science fiction: The Marching Morons is a science fiction short story written by Cyril M. Kornbluth, originally published in Galaxy in April, 1951. ... Cyril Judd was a joint pseudonym used by Cyril M. Kornbluth and Judith Merril for their two novels, Gunner Cade (1952) and Outpost Mars (1952, reprinted as Sin in Space in 1961). ... The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein in Galaxy, Sept. ... The Space Merchants, by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth, 1953. ... Cyril Judd was a joint pseudonym used by Cyril M. Kornbluth and Judith Merril for their two novels, Gunner Cade (1952) and Outpost Mars (1952, reprinted as Sin in Space in 1961). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Not This August AKA Christmas Eve, is a science fiction novel by C.M. Kornbluth. ...

  • The Naked Storm (1952, as Simon Eisner)
  • Valerie (1953, as Jordan Park), a novel about a girl accused of witchcraft
  • Half (1953, as Jordan Park), a novel about a hermaphrodite
  • A Town is Drowning (1955, with Frederik Pohl)
  • Presidental Year (1956, with Frederik Pohl)
  • Sorority House (1956, with Frederik Pohl, as Jordan Park), a lesbian pulp novel
  • A Man of Cold Rages (1958, as Jordan Park), a novel about an ex-dictator

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