A Mile Beyond the Moon is a collection of science fiction stories by American writer C. M. Kornbluth, originally published as a Doubleday hardcover in 1958, shortly after Kornbluth's untimely death. A Science Fiction Book Club edition appeared in 1959, with an abridged paperback edition following from Macfadden Books in 1962. Macfadden reissued the collection in 1966 and, as Manor Books, in 1972 and 1976. A German translation (Die Worte des Guru) appeared in 1974, and an Italian translation (Oltre la Luna) in 1987. While no further editions of the collection were published, all the stories are contained in NESFA's 1997 His Share of Glory: The Complete Short Science Fiction of C. M. Kornbluth.
|A Mile Beyond the Moon|
Cover of the first edition
|Author||C. M. Kornbluth|
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"Kazam Collects" was originally published under the S. D. Gottesman byline. "The Words of Guru" was originally published as by Kenneth Falconer. "Shark Ship", which was first published as "Reap the Dark Tide", was nominated for the 1959 Hugo Award for Best Novelette, one of three nominations Kornbluth's work received in the year after his death. Stories marked with an asterisk* were omitted from the paperback editions.
Robert Silverberg described A Mile Beyond the Moon as "an uneven collection", noting that it "represents a dozen facets of Kornbluth's writing; there are potboilers and classics here, wryly irreverent and powerfully somber pieces, straightforward ones and involutely Joycean ones". Hans Stefan Santesson recommended the collection, saying that "Kornbluth would turn a quizzical and slightly cynical eye on the frailties of the individual in that dimly sensed Tomorrow towards which we were -- and are -- moving". P. Schuyler Miller called Kornbluth "one of our greatest talents in science fiction" and described the stories as "representative of his extremely varied talent -- not as memorable as his novels, but top stuff". Frederik Pohl wrote that "What is most notable about a Kornbluth story is that his characters are always perfectly at ease in their surroundings."
Cyril M. Kornbluth (July 2, 1923 – March 21, 1958) was an American science fiction author and a member of the Futurians. He used a variety of pen-names, including Cecil Corwin, S. D. Gottesman, Edward J. Bellin, Kenneth Falconer, Walter C. Davies, Simon Eisner, Jordan Park, Arthur Cooke, Paul Dennis Lavond, and Scott Mariner. The "M" in Kornbluth's name may have been in tribute to his wife, Mary Byers; Kornbluth's colleague and collaborator Frederik Pohl confirmed Kornbluth's lack of any actual middle name in at least one interview.