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  • The Space Merchants

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl, C. M. Kornbluth
    • Narrated By Dan Bittner
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    In a vastly overpopulated near-future world, businesses have taken the place of governments and now hold all political power. States exist merely to ensure the survival of huge transnational corporations. Advertising has become hugely aggressive and boasts some of the world’s most powerful executives. Through advertising, the public is constantly deluded into thinking that all the products on the market improve the quality of life.

    John Laudun says: "a SciFic classic done really well"
    "Classic satiric sci-fi"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Pohl & Kornbluth's Space Merchants takes place in a not-so-distant future where the world is ruled by advertising agencies. It's a very satirical take on the commercial world and its possible future, in which corporations and governments don't manage advertising---the advertisers manage the corporations and governments.

    One agency has won the contract for the planet Venus --- find the colonists, create commercial enterprises, and essentially make the biggest buck possible. Opponents include competing agencies and the "Consies" (conservationists).

    The plot is interesting but the value of the story is in the satire and humor value. It's not a laugh-out-loud book, more of a OK-that's-our-society-taken-to-the-max kind of humor.

    Bittner's reading is pretty good...maybe a little more editing in the sound booth was needed, but OK.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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