VONNEGUT, KURT JR.: ABOUT AUTHOR



Author Lists: Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (JWenn.ESAE@xerox.COM)
6 Dec 89 12:24:34 GMT
Most of Kurt Vonnegut's "real" SF was published by the middle 60's. And those books are all quite good: "Player Piano", "The Sirens of Titan", "Cat's Cradle", and "Slaughterhouse-Five" are all very good SF. After that, however, things get complicated. In remarks widely discussed in the SF community, he publicly stated he wanted out of the label of "Science Fiction" writer. The repercussions that had is beyond the scope of this introduction. Since then he's written books that at least skirt the edges of SF (on both sides).
And on a bibliogaphic note, I should mention the book "Venus on the Half-Shell". When it was first published, the author was listed as "Kilgore Trout". Kilgore Trout is a Kurt Vonnegut character; a hack SF writer who appears in several of Vonnegut's books. This confused some people, who thought that it must have been written by Vonnegut. The novel was actually written by Philip Jose Farmer. So don't be fooled.

[C] == Short Story Collection
[NSF] == Not SF
[O] == Omnibus. Includes other books
[S] == Scholarly
aka == Also known by this other title
/John
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The Sirens of Titan [1959]
Mother Night [1962] [NSF]
Cat's Cradle [1963]
Slaughterhouse-Five, or the Children's Crusade [1969]
Breakfast of Champions [1973] [NSF]
Canary in a Cat House [1961] [C]
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater [1965] [NSF]
Welcome to the Monkey House [1968] [C]
Happy Birthday, Wanda June [1970] [play]
Between Time and Timbukto [1972] [play]
Wampeters, Foma, and Granfalloons [1974] [C] [S]
Slapstick, or Lonesome No More! [1976]
Jailbird [1979] [NSF]
Deadeye Dick [1982]
Galapagos [1985]
Bluebeard [1987] [NSF]

Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr. & Chermayeff, Ivan
VONNEGUT, KURT JR.: ABOUT AUTHOR