The Sirens of Titan

Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: Dial Press
ISBN: 9780307423375
Release Date: 2007-12-18
Genre: Fiction

The Sirens of Titan is an outrageous romp through space, time, and morality. The richest, most depraved man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course there’s a catch to the invitation–and a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Vonnegut has the courage to tell. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Sirens of Titan

Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: RosettaBooks
ISBN: 0795311990
Release Date: 2010-07-01
Genre: Fiction

The Sirens of Titan (1959), Vonnegut’s second novel, was on the Hugo final ballot along with Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers and lost in what Harlan Ellison called a monumental injustice. Malachi Constant is a feckless but ultimately good-hearted millionaire who, in this incondensable interplanetary Candide (lacking perhaps Voltaire’s utter bitterness), searches the solar system for the ultimate meaning of existence. Constant is aided by another tycoon, Winston Rumfoord, who, with the help of aliens, has discovered the fundamental meaning of life. With the help of Salo - an alien robot overseeing the alien race, the Tralmafordians (who also feature in Slaughterhouse-Five) - Constant attempts to find some cosmic sense and order in the face of universal malevolence. Constant and Rumfoord deal with the metaphysics of “chrono-synclastic infundibula” and the interference of the Tralmafadorians. The novel is pervaded by a goofy, episodic charm which barely shields the readers (or the characters) from the fact of what seems to be a large and indifferent universe. All of Vonnegut’s themes and obsessions, further developed or recycled in later work, are evident here in a novel slightly more hopeful than most of his canon. It is suggested that ultimately Constant learns only that it is impossible to learn, that fate (and the Tralmafadorians) are impenetrable. On the basis of this novel, Vonnegut was wholly claimed by the science fiction community (as the Hugo nomination demonstrated) but he did not reciprocate, feeling from the outset that to be identified as a science fiction writer would limit his audience and trivialize his themes. His recurring character, the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout (prominent in Slaughterhouse-Five) was for Vonnegut a worst case version of the writer he did not wish to become.

The Sirens of Titan

Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: RosettaBooks
ISBN: 9780385333498
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Fiction

America's wealthiest man succumbs to the irresistible charms of a lunar siren.

Cat s Cradle

Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: Dial Press
ISBN: 0307567273
Release Date: 2009-11-04
Genre: Fiction

Cat’s Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet’s ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat’s Cradle is one of the twentieth century’s most important works—and Vonnegut at his very best. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Bluebeard

Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: Dial Press
ISBN: 0307567206
Release Date: 2009-10-14
Genre: Fiction

Broad humor and bitter irony collide in this fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, who, at age seventy-one, wants to be left alone on his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked inside his potato barn. But then a voluptuous young widow badgers Rabo into telling his life story—and Vonnegut in turn tells us the plain, heart-hammering truth about man’s careless fancy to create or destroy what he loves. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Player Piano

Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: Dial Press
ISBN: 9780307568083
Release Date: 2009-09-30
Genre: Fiction

Kurt Vonnegut’s first novel spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus, who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a supercomputer and run completely by machines. Paul’s rebellion is vintage Vonnegut—wildly funny, deadly serious, and terrifyingly close to reality. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Breakfast Of Champions

Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781407054032
Release Date: 2010-09-30
Genre: Fiction

In a frolic of cartoon and comic outbursts against rule and reason, a miraculous weaving of science fiction, memoir, parable, fairy tale and farce, Kurt Vonnegut attacks the whole spectrum of American society, releasing some of his best-loved literary creations on the scene.

Mother Night

Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: Dial Press
ISBN: 0440339073
Release Date: 2009-08-11
Genre: Fiction

Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense. American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he really guilty? In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor, Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of gray with a verdict that will haunt us all. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Kurt Vonnegut

Author: Thomas F. Marvin
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 031331439X
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

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

Timequake

Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781446498026
Release Date: 2011-08-31
Genre: Fiction

According to science-fiction writer Kilgore Trout, a global timequake will occur in New York City on 13th February 2001. It is the moment when the universe suffers a crisis of conscience. Should it expand or make a great big bang? It decides to wind the clock back a decade to 1991, making everyone in the world endure ten years of deja-vu and a total loss of free will - not to mention the torture of reliving every nanosecond of one of the tawdiest and most hollow decades. With his trademark wicked wit, Vonnegut addresses memory, suicide, the Great Depression, the loss of American eloquence, and the obsolescent thrill of reading books.

God Bless You Mr Rosewater

Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781407086989
Release Date: 2011-12-01
Genre: Fiction

Eliot Rosewater is tortured by a fabulous inheritance he feels he does not deserve, so he devotes himself to drink, and to a life serving the dull, the ugly, the irrelevant and the useless. This is a novel about the pleasures, pains and perversions of people and money. It is the story of a millionaire's lunacy, the obsessions of a famous family and the collective madness of a nation.

Palm Sunday

Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: Dial Press
ISBN: 9780307568069
Release Date: 2009-09-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In this self-portrait by an American genius, Kurt Vonnegut writes with beguiling wit and poignant wisdom about his favorite comedians, country music, a dead friend, a dead marriage, and various cockamamie aspects of his all-too-human journey through life. This is a work that resonates with Vonnegut’s singular voice: the magic sound of a born storyteller mesmerizing us with truth. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Hocus Pocus

Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781446498033
Release Date: 2011-08-31
Genre: Fiction

Eugene Debs Hartke, ex-Vietnam vet, ex-college professor, current inmate of Tarkington State Reformatory, awaits his trial and probable death from TB. How did he get there? Via numerous absurd twists of fate which he now narrates on scraps of paper found about the place. Killer of men, romancer of women, compulsive list-maker, Eugene is just one more victim of the world's hocus pocus.

The Supernaturalist

Author: Eoin Colfer
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141910086
Release Date: 2005-01-27
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Fourteen-year-old Cosmo Hill longs to escape from the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys. When a rare chance to get away comes, he grabs it, but the attempt goes fatally wrong. He can feel his life force ebbing away, sucked out of him by a strange blue Parasite ... until a wisecracking gang of kids burst in, blast the creature and save him. They are the Supernaturalists, dedicated to ridding the world of these life-sucking blue parasites. When they realise that Cosmo has the ability to see these blue creatures too, they enlist him as one of them. Their mission leads Cosmo into a world of high-level corruption, James Bond type technology, thrilling adventure and finally back to a place that Cosmo ever thought he'd have to return...the dreaded Clarissa Frayne.