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Kurt Vonnegut is considered one of the greatest science fiction writers of all-time, and was known for never shying away from controversy. Join us for a classic short story, in a future where aging has been "cured" and the population of the United States is controlled at forty million. In order for this to be maintained, children cannot be born unless someone first volunteers to die, to make room for them. Then, one day, a woman gives birth to triplets, and two parents must choose which of their children they must give up, or take matters into their own hands. Who will dial 2BR02B, the number for the Federal Bureau of Termination?
- Paperback | 26 pages
- 152 x 229 x 1mm | 50g
- 19 Apr 2014
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
About Kurt Vonnegut Jr
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born on November 11, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana, one of three children. He graduated from Shortridge High School in 1940, and majored in chemistry at Cornell University. Kurt enlisted in the U. S. Army during World War II, and was transferred to the Carnegie Institute of Technology, then the University of Tennessee for mechanical engineering. On Mother's Day 1944, his mother committed suicide. Sent into combat, due to a manpower shortage, Vonnegut was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and imprisoned in Dresden. He survived the firebombing of Dresden by the Allies, by staying in an underground meat locker, nicknamed "Slaughterhouse Five." He was freed by Russian troops in 1945 and given a Purple Heart. After the war, he attended the University of Chicago in the graduate anthropology program and worked for the City News Bureau. Moving to Schenectady, New York, he took a job at General Electric, where his older brother worked, and served as a Volunteer Fire-Fighter. Vonnegut worked briefly for "Sports Illustrated," then at the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. It was there that he wrote "Cat's Cradle" and "Slaughterhouse-Five," which are considered by many to be some of the best novels of the 20th century. After that, he moved to Cape Cod, Massachusetts and opened one of the first Saab dealerships in the country. It closed within a year. Vonnegut married Jane Marie Cox in 1946, but they separated in 1970 and divorced in 1979. They had three children. He married Jill Krementz in 1979 and they adopted a daughter. When his sister died of cancer, they also adopted three of her four children. Kurt died on April 11, 2007, at the age of 84, in New York City, after falling down a flight of stairs at his home.