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The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
  

The Sirens of Titan

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Wry and seriously entertaining, Kurt Vonnegut's brilliant satire is among the funniest science-fiction novels ever written about life, the universe and everything.

If you like Kurt Vonnegut you might also like to read books by J G Ballard, William Gibson and Jeff Noon.

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The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

When Winston Niles Rumfoord flies his spaceship into a chrono-synclastic infundibulum he is converted into pure energy and only materializes when his waveforms intercept Earth or some other planet. As a result, he only gets home to Newport, Rhode Island, once every fifty-nine days and then only for an hour. But at least, as a consolation, he now knows everything that has ever happened and everything that ever will be. He knows, for instance, that his wife is going to Mars to mate with Malachi Constant, the richest man in the world. He also knows that on Titan -- one of Saturn's moons -- is an alien from the planet Tralfamadore, who has been waiting 200,000 years for a spare part for his grounded spacecraft...

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'A classic, ripe with wit and eloquence and a cascade of inventiveness' Brian W. Aldiss

'A fine and complex satire about the folly of mistaking good luck for the favour of God.' The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut was born in 1922 in Indianapolis. He studied biochemistry and anthropology at Cornell University, but his education was interrupted by the Second World War. He was a PoW in Dresden during the infamous firebombing of the city. Upon return to the US, he started writing, publishing his first SF story in 1950. Player Piano was his first SF novel, published in 1952. He gained popularity during the 1960s with novels such as God Bless You, Mr Rosewater (1965). After publishing his novel Hocus Pocus in 1990, he retired as a writer, declaring that he had nothing more to say – that is until 1997 when he wrote Timequake.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st August 2006

Author

Kurt Vonnegut

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Orion Publishing Co

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Paperback (b Format)

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Science Fiction
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ISBN

9780575079021

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