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and Lieutenant General Franklin Dane are directing Rice on his mission and are present when Rice begins sending strange messages back to the base in Boston, Massachusetts. While in space, Rice begins seeing the deceased, “shimmering like northern lights”, including his wife Margaret and Dr Groszinger’s mother. Instead of returning safely to earth, Rice crashes his ship into the ocean. Rice’s final words before his transmissions are jammed are Kurt Vonnegut is considered one of the most influential American novelists of the twentieth cen-

“For all I know, the moon is made of green cheese. So what. All I want is

tury. He blended literature with science fiction and

a man out there to tell me that I’m hitting what I’m shooting at. I don’t give

humor, the absurd with pointed social commentary.

a damn what’s going on in outer space.” - Dane, Lieutenant General Franklin

Vonnegut created his own unique world in each of

Ku r t Vo nne gu t

“If only you could see it, if—”.

t ha na s p he r e

The US Air Force sends Major Rice, a man with no family ties, 2000 miles above the earth to report on weather conditions. Both Dr Bernard Groszinger

t h an asph e r


his novels and filled them with unusual characters.

“Vonnegut goes back to his roots - the short

His experiences as an advance scout in the Battle of

stories he first wrote for the Saturday Evening

the Bulge, and in particular his witnessing of the

Post et al - to pick 24 stories never collected in

bombing of Dresden, Germany whilst a prisoner

book form.”

of war, would inform much of his work. This event

- Houston Chronicle

would also form the core of his most famous work, Slaughterhouse-Five. This acerbic 200-page book is

“Vonnegut said that his last book, Timequake

what most people mean when they describe a work

(1997), would be his last, but no one as imagi-

as “Vonnegutian” in scope. Vonnegut died in New

native and in love with language and story can

York City on April 11, 2007.

resist the lure of the page, and it’s obvious that he had a grand time working on this collection of his vintage stories.” Berkley Books Cover Design: Karen Dueñas Author Photograph: © Jan Baross

Printed in the U.S.A.

Kur t Vonneg ut

- Seattle Times


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