The best science fiction novel about Madison Ave you'll ever read

In 1953, a tiny publishing house called Ballantine released The Space Merchants, a novel-length adaptation of "Gravy Planet," a Frederik Pohl short story that had taken the SF world by storm. That story was about the future of the advertising industry, written by a guy who had been an ad man for several years. Dark… » 1/30/12 5:14pm 1/30/12 5:14pm

Weakest Con Artists Of The Distant Future

Click to viewIn a few centuries, everybody will be a rube. Centuries of in-breeding in deep space will remove everyone's street smarts and turn people seriously gullible. That's the only explanation for why anybody would ever get taken in by some of the grifters you run into in science fiction, who practically have a… » 4/10/08 10:14am 4/10/08 10:14am