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(Some Guy)   "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," by Kurt Vonnegut: a sprawling, epic saga of 4 (or 5, sort of) influential authors, all of whom have, alas, joined the choir invisible, but who also, may our flagons of ale in Valhalla ever be full, cannot sue me   (words.livedogproductions.com) divider line
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2020-10-15 8:26:02 AM  
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2020-10-15 8:36:09 AM  
So it goes.
 
2020-10-15 8:41:52 AM  
"Vonnegut was one of those important authors who make you feel vaguely guilty, given that you've never read any of his stuff except maybe Slaughterhouse-Five."

Hey. I feel vaguely guilty, but it's about having read nearly all of his novels.

/ have started, but never finished, GBYMRW and Player Piano.
 
2020-10-15 8:47:00 AM  
The only question I have after reading that article is: Poo-tee-weet?
 
2020-10-15 8:47:15 AM  
Hi ho
 
2020-10-15 8:47:48 AM  
pr0n thinly disguised as Sci-fi?  I'll have to check it out.
 
2020-10-15 8:53:31 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: pr0n thinly disguised as Sci-fi?  I'll have to check it out.


Author's not wrong that that's a lot of Farmer's output. The Riverworld books are (so far at least-I've only read the first two) exceptions.

If that's the kind of thing you want, Google around for "new wave sci-fi". It's lots and lots of that.
 
2020-10-15 8:54:51 AM  
Mr. Fantastic would say that's a stretch.

a better case is made that Douglas Adams and Farmer's novels are similar, but Going Vonnegut to Adams is based on the thinnest connective tissue.   and the tone of the two novels is entirely different and Venus on the Half Shell doesn't have the absolute best part of Adam's Novels , which are of course ..the Guide excepts.

and the writer of this piece is REALLY unfamiliar with PJF's work if he thinks it's primarily about sex.   Riverworld anyone?
 
2020-10-15 8:55:06 AM  
I've read all Vonnegut's stuff.  Had to read Slaughterhouse 5 in high school, loved it.  The library had all his stuff, I loved most of it.  Don't remember much about them 50 years later, just that I liked them.
 
2020-10-15 8:57:40 AM  
Magorn:

Well sure but then there's... everything that's not Riverworld.
 
2020-10-15 9:20:00 AM  
"What's the ultimate answer to, you know-life, the universe and everything?" Arthur wants to know.

So the dude who wrote this article never actually read Hitchhikers. Because otherwise he'd know that Arthur didn't ask that questiin, it was a race of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings who happen to look like mice to us.
 
2020-10-15 9:27:19 AM  
What the christ is this?

I can do a lot worse than that and more often.
 
2020-10-15 9:46:16 AM  
I've got that book. Not bad but it's no HHGTTG.
 
2020-10-15 9:50:47 AM  

Snotnose: I've read all Vonnegut's stuff.  Had to read Slaughterhouse 5 in high school, loved it.  The library had all his stuff, I loved most of it.  Don't remember much about them 50 years later, just that I liked them.


Found a graphic novel of Slaughterhouse Five online. Read the novel years ago, so thought I's give the comic a go. Really enjoyed it.
https://readcomiconline.to/Comic/Slau​g​hter-House-Five
 
2020-10-15 10:15:07 AM  
Why is this in STEM?  o_O
 
2020-10-15 10:39:58 AM  
according to Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout was a hack who wrote a lot of thinly-disguised porn and was published mostly in adult magazines.

How about no? Trout wrote good pulp Sci-fi that was relegated to porn magazines and overlooked by everyone but a few superfans like Eliot Rosewater. The sexual aspects of his fiction served to highlight how ridiculous human mating rituals can be. His themes generally revolved around humanity being insignificant, pathetic and sadly funny.
 
2020-10-15 10:59:31 AM  

fallingcow: JasonOfOrillia: pr0n thinly disguised as Sci-fi?  I'll have to check it out.

Author's not wrong that that's a lot of Farmer's output. The Riverworld books are (so far at least-I've only read the first two) exceptions.

If that's the kind of thing you want, Google around for "new wave sci-fi". It's lots and lots of that.


Like how all of Heinlein's protagonists are rabid omni-sexuals.
 
2020-10-15 11:03:55 AM  
At least I learned where Kilgore Trout came from.
 
2020-10-15 11:15:27 AM  

Aquapope: fallingcow: JasonOfOrillia: pr0n thinly disguised as Sci-fi?  I'll have to check it out.

Author's not wrong that that's a lot of Farmer's output. The Riverworld books are (so far at least-I've only read the first two) exceptions.

If that's the kind of thing you want, Google around for "new wave sci-fi". It's lots and lots of that.

Like how all of Heinlein's protagonists are rabid omni-sexuals.


I beg your pardon, Rabid Omni-sexuals with a spanking festish thank you very much
 
2020-10-15 11:24:53 AM  

Siberian Khatru: So it goes.


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2020-10-15 12:25:54 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Why is this in STEM?  o_O


Because the Geek tag is gone?
 
2020-10-15 1:25:20 PM  

Sensei Can You See: ArcadianRefugee: Why is this in STEM?  o_O

Because the Geek tag is gone?


But isn't that why we have a Fandom tag?
 
2020-10-15 3:30:19 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: So the dude who wrote this article never actually read Hitchhikers. Because otherwise he'd know that Arthur didn't ask that questiin, it was a race of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings who happen to look like mice to us.


If you want to get picky, Arthur does take an interest in learning what the question might be once he finds out about the reason for the existence of Earth.  At the end of "Restaurant," he's stranded on (a re-created) Earth with the Golgafrinchians and he and Ford realize that they could get the question by pulling Scrabble tiles out of a bag. (It's then that he realizes that the Golgafrinchians screwed everything up the new Earth and that the question the new Earth will produce would be useless anyway.  I think that's pretty much the last time the question comes up in the series.)
 
2020-10-15 5:41:26 PM  
Simon's question:"Why are we created only to suffer and die?"
Answer:"why not?"
Mortal Man is the manifestation of God's own death wish.
In his infinite ennui, God created  Man to die.
 
2020-10-15 6:01:06 PM  

Uzzah: Tyrone Slothrop: So the dude who wrote this article never actually read Hitchhikers. Because otherwise he'd know that Arthur didn't ask that questiin, it was a race of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings who happen to look like mice to us.

If you want to get picky, Arthur does take an interest in learning what the question might be once he finds out about the reason for the existence of Earth.  At the end of "Restaurant," he's stranded on (a re-created) Earth with the Golgafrinchians and he and Ford realize that they could get the question by pulling Scrabble tiles out of a bag. (It's then that he realizes that the Golgafrinchians screwed everything up the new Earth and that the question the new Earth will produce would be useless anyway.  I think that's pretty much the last time the question comes up in the series.)


W H A T  D O  Y O U  G E T  I F  Y O U  M U L T I P L Y  S I X  B Y  N I N E
 
2020-10-15 6:24:42 PM  
Hah, I used to have that book, Venus on the Half Shell. Might even still have it, but would have to hunt for it, although I think it was in a bunch of stuff I had stolen many years ago.
 
2020-10-15 10:36:28 PM  

TheGreenMonkey: Hah, I used to have that book, Venus on the Half Shell. Might even still have it, but would have to hunt for it, although I think it was in a bunch of stuff I had stolen many years ago.


It's fairly rare as Vonnegut sued Farmer over it.
 
2020-10-15 11:21:43 PM  
Well that was an eyesore of a site.
 
2020-10-15 11:21:56 PM  
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"Some authors get inspiration from other authors."
 
2020-10-15 11:26:09 PM  

TheGreenMonkey: Hah, I used to have that book, Venus on the Half Shell. Might even still have it, but would have to hunt for it, although I think it was in a bunch of stuff I had stolen many years ago.


Yeah I read it years ago. Pretty funny.
Mine's in a box in the basement.
 
2020-10-16 5:54:32 AM  

TheGreenMonkey: Hah, I used to have that book, Venus on the Half Shell. Might even still have it, but would have to hunt for it, although I think it was in a bunch of stuff I had stolen many years ago.


You arranged to have your stuff stolen?

Or did you steal a bunch of stuff years ago that contained the book?
 
2020-10-16 5:49:06 PM  

mcreadyblue: TheGreenMonkey: Hah, I used to have that book, Venus on the Half Shell. Might even still have it, but would have to hunt for it, although I think it was in a bunch of stuff I had stolen many years ago.

It's fairly rare as Vonnegut sued Farmer over it.


You can find it on Amazon, even a Kindle version.
 
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