Gladiator at Law
Frederik Pohl, C. M. Kornbluth

About the Book

This is a favorite novel I find my self re-reading every so often. Brilliant, entertaining and highly satisfying, this is my favorite of the collaborations between Frederick Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth.
This is sharp satire of the consumer society and corporate corruption of government is as relevant today as when it was first published in the golden age of science fiction. "Gladiator at law" describes a possible future for the then-distant 1950s in which the working and middle classes are kept under control by the threat of losing their job and with it their tied housing--and the unemployed masses are kept quiescent with bread and circuses, Roman style. Reality tv may not have gone quite as far as the entertainment for the proles depicted in this novel, and science fiction is an exploration of possible futures rather than a prediction of an actual future, but Pohl and Kornbluth's depiction of one of those potential futures is uncomfortably close to present day reality.

There are some nicely drawn characters, and a realistic look at the hazards of battling powerful vested interests -- while there is a happy ending, it comes at a price.

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7661233M
ISBN 10
0671655663
ISBN 13
9780671655662
OCLC/WorldCat
13532842
Library Thing
181057
Goodreads
484105

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