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Cover of: The Space Merchants | Frederik Pohl, Cyril M. Kornbluth
About the Book

One of the most savage and devastating attacks on modern consumer society and the advertising agents who are its high priests, THE SPACE MERCHANTS is uncomfortably prophetic. Two major advertising agencies are fighting for the Venus account--nothing less than total control of the Venus economy and markets. It is a mere bagatelle that Venus is a harsh, unspeakably hostile planet, so far uninhabited. Fowler Schocken Associates, in the person of the Venus project's Vice President, Mitchell Courtenay, have no doubt that they can "persuade" colonists to go there, and once there, they will just have to survive as best they can. The Schocken firm has one major rival, Taunton Associates, Taunton may have lost the final round, but the war is not yet over. The client Congress and the puppet President are in no position to interfere as commercial warfare becomes even more bitter. There is no one force, however, that is still to be reckoned with--the hated and despised Consies (Conservationists). This group of fantastics spend their time in pinprick sabotage and futile propaganda. Futile, that is, until they are able to recruit Courtenay himself. Naturally he does not believe in their message, but helping them is better than life as a Consumer, helplessly hooked on Schocken products, a life to which he was betrayed by--could it be Taunton? He has every intention of betraying the Consies when he can, but in the meantime, he has no choice but to use his star-class advertising mind to further their cause. But even the best-conditioned worm will turn in time.
--front flap

24 editions First published in 1952

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The Space Merchants
2011-12, Thomas Dunne Books
Paperback in English - 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed.; Revised 21st Century Edition
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The Space Merchants
2003-04, SFBC
Hardcover in English
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The Space Merchants
July 10, 2003, Gollancz
Paperback - New Ed edition
Cover of: Planète à gogos
Planète à gogos
April 14, 1998, Denoël
Mass Market Paperback
Cover of: Uzay tacirleri
Uzay tacirleri
1996, Metis Yayinlari
in Turkish
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The space merchants
1987, St. Martin's Press
in English - 1st St. Martin's Press mass market ed.
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The Space Merchants
1985, St. Martin's Press
Paperback in English - 1st ed.
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The space merchants
1984, Goodchild
in English
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Space Merchants
June 12, 1981, Del Rey
Mass Market Paperback in English
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The Space Merchants
February 12, 1978, Del Rey
Mass Market Paperback in English
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The space merchants
1976, Ballantine Books
in English - 1st ed.
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The Space Merchants
November 12, 1974, Ballantine Books
Mass Market Paperback in English
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The space merchants
1973, Penguin
in English
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The space merchants
1972, Gollancz
in English
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The Space Merchants
1972, Ballantine
Mass Market Paperback
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The Space Merchants
1969, Walker and Company
Hardcover in English
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The space merchants
1965, Penguin
in English
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The space merchants
1960, Brown, Watson
in English
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The Space Merchants
August 15, 1958, St. Martin's Press
Paperback in English - 1st ed edition
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The space merchants
1955, Heinemann
in English
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The space merchants
1953, Ballantine Books
in English
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Space Merchants
June 1953, Ballantine Books
Paperback
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The space merchants
1952, Ballantine Books
in English

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