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The Little Black Bag and Other Stories
by C. M. Kornbluth and William Coon

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In his short career, C.M. Kornbluth managed to write dozens of short stories and several novels, often with other writers. The five stories in this collection are all his own, and show a writer at the height of his powers. In "The Little Black Bag" (1950) a disgraced physician finds salvation in a high tech doctor's bag, inadvertently transported from the future.  Read more...



 

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In his short career, C.M. Kornbluth managed to write dozens of short stories and several novels, often with other writers. The five stories in this collection are all his own, and show a writer at the height of his powers. In "The Little Black Bag" (1950) a disgraced physician finds salvation in a high tech doctor's bag, inadvertently transported from the future. "The Altar at Midnight" (1952) explores an unintended consequence of space flight: astronauts become physically deformed by their work in space, thus making them outcasts back on Earth. "MS Found in a Chinese Fortune Cookie" (1957) presents a humorous tale of a writer who finds enlightenment but ends up in an insane asylum. "The Adventurer" (1953) is a tale of political intrigue, in a future where our Republic has become a dynasty for one ruling family. In "The Marching Morons" (1951), a follow-up to "The Little Black Bag," a 20th Century man awakes in a distant future, where intelligence has been mostly bred out of humanity.

Although C.M. Kornbluth died an untimely death at age 34, in his short career he managed to write dozens of short stories and a number of novels, often collaborating with other writers. The five stories in this collection are all his own, and show a writer at the height of his powers. In "The Little Black Bag" (1950) a disgraced physician finds salvation in a high tech doctor's bag that has inadvertently been transported from the future. "The Altar at Midnight" (1952) explores an unintended consequence of space flight, where astronauts become physically deformed by their work in space, thus making them outcasts back on Earth. "MS Found in a Chinese Fortune Cookie" (1957) presents a humorous tale of a writer who finds enlightenment but ends up in an insane asylum. "The Adventurer" (1953) is a tale of political intrigue, in a future where our Republic has become a dynasty for one ruling family. In "The Marching Morons" (1951), a follow-up to "The Little Black Bag," a 20th Century man awakes in a distant future, where intelligence has been mostly bred out of humanity.

 
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  • Publisher: Eloquent Voice, LLC
  • Date: July 2011
 
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A writer who had no peer in science fiction for examining the human condition in a multitude of moods. - Booklist

 
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