The Sirens of Titan

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When Winston Niles Rumfoord flies his spaceship into a chrono-synclastic infundibulum he is converted into pure energy and only materializes when his waveforms intercept Earth or some other planet. As a result, he only gets home to Newport, Rhode Island, once every fifty-nine days and then only for an hour. But at least, as a consolation, he now knows everything that has ever happened and everything that ever will be. He knows, for instance, that his wife is going to Mars to mate with Malachi Constant, the richest man in the world. He also knows that on Titan - one of Saturn's moons - is an alien from the planet Tralfamadore, who has been waiting 200,000 years for a spare part for his grounded spacecraft ...

Dieu vous bénisse monsieur Rosewater

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Riche héritier, pompier bénévole, vétéran de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, passablement porté sur la bouteille, Eliot Rosewater ne se reconnaît pas dans la devise de sa famille : Prendre trop, bien trop, ou se retrouver sans rien. Lui préférant de loin Nom de Dieu, il faut être bon, Eliot part appliquer sa maxime aux âmes qui vivent sur ses terres, dans le comté de Rosewater, Indiana. Là, en doux dingue, il répond aux appels au feu et aux appels à l'aide des infortunés. Mais le personnage principal de cette fable sur les gens est une somme d'argent qu'un avocat véreux tente d'empocher. Avec un humour décapant et un esprit affûté, Kurt Vonnegut, immense figure de la littérature américaine, conte la destinée d'un illuminé qui a décidé d’en finir avec le capitalisme.

Kurt Vonnegut

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Kurt Vonnegut by Thomas F. Marvin Summary

Offers an examination of the works of the American science fiction writer.

Between Time and Timbuktu

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An experimental television play composed of excerpts from his novels and stories, Between Time and Timbuktu features Kurt Vonnegut’s special blend of scientific expertise, wit, and penetrating comment. “Most unusual, ultra imaginative . . . a sort of cross between 2001: A Space Odyssey and Alice in Wonderland.”—Philadelphia Inquirer The basic story line: Young Stony Stevenson wins a jingle contest and, as his prize, is blasted off into the time-space warp. The country’s first poet-astronaut thus experiences both past and future human history simultaneously. His observations on it consist mainly of dramatized selections from the author’s works. The result is a unique Vonnegut sampler cast in the form of “an excellent drama” (Pittsburgh Press).

Next Door

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Novels & Stories 1950-1962

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Presents a selection from the fiction of Kurt Vonnegut published between 1950 and 1962, as well as two of Vonnegut's essays on his early writing.

Visions and Re-visions

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Visions and Re-visions by Robert M. Philmus Summary

The former editor of Science Fiction Studies, Robert M. Philmus now casts his expert eye on a diverse range of short stories and novels by the premier creators of science fiction, including George Orwell, C. S. Lewis, and Ursula LeGuin. With essays on such masters of the genre as Stanislaw Lem, Kurt Vonnegut, and Philip K. Dick, the volume provides an in-depth textual examination of science fiction as a truly "revisionary" genre. Visions and Revisions will be of immense value to scholars of literature and science fiction studies.

The Barnhouse Effect

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The Barnhouse Effect by Kurt Vonnegut,David Patrick Cook Summary

Presents a dramatization of the short story in which Professor Barnhouse's theories of dynamopsychism lead to a world-wide threat.

Critical Companion to Kurt Vonnegut

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Critical Companion to Kurt Vonnegut by Susan Farrell Summary

Examines the life and works of Kurt Vonnegut including detailed synopses of a variety of his works, character descriptions, important places Vonnegut lived and wrote about, biographies of family, friends, and contemporaries, and more.

Welcome to the Monkey House

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A collection of twenty-five short works by the American author written between 1950 and 1968 and originally printed in a wide range of publications including "The Atlantic Monthly," "Esquire," and "Ladies' Home Journal."

Understanding Kurt Vonnegut

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Understanding Kurt Vonnegut by William R. Allen,William Rodney Allen Summary

LITERARY STUDIES: FROM C 1900 -. This is a critical companion to Vonnegut's early novels. "Understanding Kurt Vonnegut" is a critical analysis of Vonnegut's fiction as a point of entrance for students and general readers alike. In close readings of Vonnegut's novels, William Rodney Allen examines the distinctive stylistic, thematic, and formally innovative elements that earned Vonnegut (1922-2007) a mass following, especially among young readers, as well as critical respect among scholars.

Evolutionary Mythology in the Writings of Kurt Vonnegut

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Evolutionary Mythology in the Writings of Kurt Vonnegut by Gilbert McInnis Summary

This research monograph is an important contribution to the study of the author, Kurt Vonnegut and the great evolutionary scientist Charles Darwin. The book examines Darwin's influence on the American culture that were Vonnegut's major focus and interest and the source of his importance as a major American writer of the later half of the 20th century. This book is relevant in its attempt to understand, in Vonnegut's novels, how Darwin's theory of evolution functions as a cosmogonic myth that is widely accepted in order to explain why the world is as it is and why things happen as they do, to provide a rationale for social customs and observances, and to establish the sanctions for the rules by which Vonnegut's characters conduct their lives. Moreover, this book deals with how and why Kurt Vonnegut's fiction represents the changing human image resulting from Darwinism. The author discovered and developed his literary theory of “Evolution as a Mythology” from the novel Galápagos (Kurt Vonnegut,1985). McInnis presausively developed theory suggests changes to the American (and English) literary landscape with a new and dynamic way to interpret literature, something the literary field has not seen since since Jean-Francois Lyotard described his ideas on narrative in his essay, the “Postmodern Condition,” published in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction in the early 1980's. The Table of Contents includes: Acknowledgements Preface Introduction 1. Darwinism, Social Darwinism, and Mythology 2. Mythology and Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection in Galápagos 3. The Principles of the Evolutionary Mythology in Galápagos 4. The Sirens of Titan: Darwin, Einstein, and the Cosmological Connection 5. The Sirens of Titan: Quantum Mechanics, Einstein, and the In-Complete Story 6. Slaughterhouse-Five: Einstein, Natural Selection, and the Unified Story 7. Nazi Mythology and Totalitarian Minds in Mother Night 8. Adapting to the Evolutionary Mythology in Mother Night 9. The Mythology of the Consumer Society in Breakfast of Champions 10. Evolutionary Mythology in the Writings of Kurt Vonnegut Bibliography Index

Long Walk to Forever

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The Handicapper General

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Kurt Vonnegut and the Centrifugal Force of Fate

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"Vonnegut blended the bizarrely hypothetical with the gut-wrenchingly actual, infusing his biting wit with a bleak worldview partially created during his service in WWII and his time as a prisoner of war. Exploring each of Vonnegut's works, the author dis

Le Moineau de Dieu

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Le Moineau de Dieu by Mary Doria Russell Summary

Emilio Sandoz, linguiste et prêtre, est le seul survivant d’une mission de contact avec des extraterrestres sur une planète lointaine. Il en revient marqué du sceau de l’infamie : là-bas, il se serait prostitué et aurait tué un enfant... Que s’est-il réellement passé ? Que sont devenus les autres membres de l’expédition ? D’où viennent ces cicatrices terribles sur ses mains ? Roman inoubliable et bouleversant, Le Moineau de Dieu raconte cette première expédition et l’histoire d’Emilio, posant mille questions sur notre rapport à l’altérité et à notre propre humanité. Premier livre de Mary Doria Russell, elle-même anthropologue renommée, il a été récompensé par le British Science Fiction Award et les prix Arthur C. Clarke et James Tiptree, Jr.