Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922 – 2007) was a prolific and genre-bending American novelist known for works blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Cat's Cradle (1963), and Breakfast of Champions (1973).
After World War II, Vonnegut attended the University of Chicago as a graduate student in anthropology and also worked as a police reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago. He left Chicago to work in Schenectady, New York in public relations for General Electric. The University of Chicago later accepted his novel Cat's Cradle as his thesis, citing its anthropological content and awarded him the M.A. degree in 1971.
On the verge of abandoning writing, Vonnegut was offered a teaching job at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. While he was there, Cat's Cradle became a best-seller, and he began Slaughterhouse-Five, now considered one of the best American novels of the 20th century, appearing on the 100 best lists of Time magazine and the Modern Library.
From LibriVox:1. 2BR02B Title is pronounced "To Be Or Not To Be" (1st story in the Short Fiction Collection Vol. 002)
2. The Big Trip Up Yonder (3rd story from Sci Fi Collection 30) - This is the story of Gramps Ford, 172 years old in this year 2185 AD, & his large acrimonious clan that shares a 3 room apartment in a very large city.
3. 2 B R 0 2 B & The Big Trip Up Yonder - (2nd Version) These two stories by Kurt Vonnegut were written over a decade apart but they are definitely connected. (1) 2 B R 0 2 B, published in Worlds of If, January 1962 takes this basic situation many years into the future and a solution has been found. The population of the US has dropped from 80 billion to 40 million. Not what everyone would call a pretty solution, or the best solution, but nevertheless a solution to the population problem. (2) The Big Trip Up Yonder, published in Galaxy Science Fiction January 1954 is a comical yet scary description of what over population was going to do to society after aging was conquered and a simple daily dose of "anti-gerosone" would keep you forever the same age. Would Gramps EVER take 'That Big Trip Up Yonder', or would his hordes of descendants be stuck with him forever in a tiny apartment!?
From the Podcast Time Traveler :
- 2BR02B (Another version) Go to show # 16. This is the tribute show on Vonnegut's death.
From Archive.Org and HARD SF:
- Cat's Cradle
- Slaughterhouse Five
- Welcome to the Monkey House
- Breakfast of Champions (excerpt read by Vonnegut)
- Harrison Bergeron - A rebel in the age of political correctness
- Report on the Barnhouse Effect - Dimension X
- Tomorrow, Tomorrow and Tomorrow - 2000X
- Kurt Vonnegut reads Breakfast of Champions
From Sine Fiction:
- The Sirens of Titan (Sine Fiction is a collection of imaginary soundtracks to classic science-fiction novels. The Sirens of Titan is Sine Fiction # 19)