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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of the Science Fiction The Space Merchants

The Space Merchants is a fictional novel that offers a mixture of two outstanding writers. Both published separate novels but started writing together in early 1940. They developed an excellent working relationship with each other.

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Author: Frederik Pohl and Cyril M. Kornbluth

Genre: Science fiction                                                  

Pages: 179

Good reads rating: 3.87 of 5

My Rating: 6.5 of 10

Published: 2003 (New Edition)

Publisher: Gollancz

Language: English

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Review and Summary of The Space Merchants

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This novel is about the 22nd century where the advertisement has taken over every part of the world along with the government. The novel The Space Merchants is the story of a copywriter star, Mitch Courtney, whose advertising dominates the entire world and the dangerous conservationists. Mitch came into limelight after he completed the assignment named “selling” Venus where he convinces people about the need for colonisation.

But life appeared to bring surprises as he later discovers something about his job, life and his wife, Kathy. He works hard and presents more effectiveness to avoid incompetence in the company. He continued to meet with Matt Runstead before he left San Diego and moved to Antarctica, where he found himself caught in a trap.

Mitch thought he died or going to die, but death was a simple trap for him to fall into. He became demoted to the labour class with a contract of working there for five years. People thought he died because they could not find any information related to his whereabouts. In Antarctica, he joined a group from Chorella Plantation, hoping he will get back to Fowler Schoken and return to his previous job. As he was talented and his copywriting skill seems useful, they asked him to return to New York.

After he returned home, he realises that everything changed as Taunton who was a rival of Schoken became angry about losing the Venus project. He subsequently framed him for murder. This was not enough for him as he flew to the moon and found out that his wife was a Consie Leader.

Final Say on The Science Fiction Novel, The Space Merchants

This book offers a science-fiction version of false beliefs in technology or how the advertisement world is affecting lives in a very subtle way. I rate this book a 6.5 out of 10 because of the outstanding storyline the novel presents. Would I re-read this novel? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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