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If you are not familiar with C.M. Kornbluth, this is a great collection of his shorter fiction. If you are familiar with his Kornbluth's work, well, this collection holds few surprises.
C.M. Kornbluth was a brilliant writer whose output was cut short by his untimely death. Even casual sci-fi fans have probably heard of The Little Black Bag or The Marching Morons (the first and last stories in this collection), and with good reason---they are great stories based on a very clever (and disturbing) idea. The other stories are also all great, but familiar to sci-fi fans. (Of course, the reason a story like "The Adventurer" is familiar is because it is so good---and thus it got reprinted and included in collections like this one.)
For the most part, these are not swashbuckling space-opera kinds of stories...really, more about the ways ordinary humans face an extra-ordinary future (or present) world.
William Coon's narration was good and well-delivered.
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What did you love best about The Little Black Bag and Other Stories?
It took me back to when I first read the collection when I was barely in my teens. Kornbluth was one of the reasons I fell in love with Science Fiction.
Who was your favorite character and why?
No favorites, really. The Marching Morons will always be my favorite of the collection because I see some of the same things happening in our societry now.
Any additional comments?
This is classic science fiction. Kornbluth died way before his time and I can only imagine the quality of work he could have accomplished.
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