The Space Merchants : Mitch Courtney is a Copysmith Star Class, fighting his way up the corporate ladder in an age when consumerism has conquered America. Products like Coffiest, the morning cupful laced with an addicting chemical, have captured the population's minds . . . and souls. And now Mitch has something to sell that would take every dirty advertising trick in the book: the planet Venus - hot, malevolent, and America's newest colony. But Venus' inhospitable climate is the least of his worries: his beautiful wife is dumping him, a fellow exec is sabotaging him, the Consies (aka Conservationsts) want to stop him, and somebody is trying to kill him . . . in a searing satire of corporate America where everything is fair - even murder.