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"If I were a younger man, I would write a history of human stupidity," is probably the best single sentence that describes Vonnegut's feeling about the invention of the atomic bomb. This is a humorous pseudo-biography about one of the inventors of the bomb that takes us to the shores of a small little island in the caribbean where the children of one of the fathers of the atomic bomb reveal a military secret. The secret is another invention called Ic...
Galapagos is an evolutionary journey through time, the story takes place over a million years, as a group of unlikely passengers get lost on a ship that crashes into the Galapagos islands. The story is told by a ghost who died aboard the ship, who shows the reader that evolution is not survival of the fittest but just a game of chance....
Wilbur Swain and his sister Eliza Swain are abnormally large and grotesque looking twins who weren't expected to live past the age of 14. Ashamed, their parents sent them as babies to live in a mansion with servants and expensive doctors. There they grew up with a secret intelligence known only to each other. They were only a genius when they were touching physically. They were separated as soon as their secret was out. Wilbur, because he could read and ...
Slapstick, Or Lonesome No More
This book tells the story of the life of Dr. Wilbur Daffodil-11 Swain who was the last president of the United States. It follows the destruction of the United States....
"Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time," kidnapped by space aliens, and put in a zoo/museum on the planet Tralfamadore with an adult film star named Montana Wildhack. Slaughterhouse-Five is a classic anti-war novel about the firebombing of Dresden during World War II. However, most of the book jumps around through time: Billy as a senile widower, Billy on his wedding night, Billy as a soldier, Billy on Tralfamadore. The book starts out during Wo...
The Sirens of Titan
Malachi Constant is a selfish billionaire until he meets Winston Miles Rumfoord. Rumfoord ran his space ship into a phenomenon that turned him into a timeless wave, materializing regularly at different points in the solar system. He is being manipulated by a robot society on a distant planet to deliver a spare part to their messenger, Salo, on Titan. Rumfoord does some manipulating himself. He tells Constant that he will have a child with his (Rumfo...
Timequake is a mixture of autobiography and an account of what happens to the world when a timequake strikes in 2001. The universe shrinks back to 1991 and everyone is forced to relive a decade with no free will. Vonnegut now in his 70s relates stories about his family and friends and has a wise old sage's view of life and the world. Humour in the book springs from what happens when free will is suddenly restored as the timequake comes to an end. In t...
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