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Cyril M. Kornbluth

Cyril M. Kornbluth (July 23, 1923 - March 21, 1958 -- pennames: Cecil Corman and S.D. Gottesman) was a science fiction author and a notable member of the Futurians. Kornbluth served in the US Army, during World War II (European Theatre).

His 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 of Channel 12", "The Marching Morons" is his most famous short story; it is a satirical look at an overpopulated future, with a population consisting of a few geniuses and a huge number of stupid people, in which the few geniuses are working desperately to keep things running from behind the scenes. Part of its appeal is that readers tend to identify with the oppressed geniuses.

Kornbluth died at the age of 34 of a heart attack. He was born in New York City, and lived in Chicago.

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).

Selected bibliography

He also published several mystery novels.

See also: Judith Merril