Questions tagged [kurt-vonnegut]

November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007. Kurt Vonnegut was an American writer.

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Science fiction influences on the Radiohead album "Ok Computer"

Radiohead have given many interviews over the years about the recording of the album Ok Computer, the title of which was inspired by (if I recall correctly) the BBC TV version of the Hitchhikers Guide ...
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Short story about specialization and a poet? [duplicate]

Looking for a short story, potentially by Kurt Vonnegut, about a world in which people's jobs are increasingly specialized which leads to a lack of poets and other artists. At some point there's a ...
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Why is there a villain named after John W. Campbell, Jr. in Slaughterhouse Five?

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut features, among its many other peculiar individuals, a traitorous American-turned-Nazi named Howard W. Campbell, Jr. To a reader of mid-century science fiction, ...
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In Slaughterhouse Five, are the science-fictional elements real?

Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five is generally classified as science fiction and contains some science-fictional elements: It has been years since I read the book. But my interpretation at the time ...
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What is the significance of the Stone Angel?

In Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, there is one scene that I found a bit puzzling. At the store by the cemetery where Frank and Emily Hoenikker are buried, Jonah's taxi driver becomes obsessed with a stone ...
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Did the photo of a woman and a pony really exist?

I found a rather interesting reference in Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut: Weary had a block of balsa wood which was supposed to be a foxhole pillow. He had a prophylactic kit containing two ...
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Is there a canonical timeline of Kilgore Trout's life?

Kilgore Trout is a fictional character who crops up in many of Kurt Vonnegut's novels and stories, as either a major or a minor character. Trout is a fictionalized version of another author, or maybe ...