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Kurt Vonnegut, Jr
5 Installments

Set in a future where science has found a cure for aging and the government must take drastic steps to keep the population within sustainable limits, this chilling short story introduces readers to a father-to-be who is suffering an uncommon despair. The title reads as Shakespeare’s, “To be or not to be” (instead of 0 say, “nought.”)

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Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) was the author of such iconic works as Cat’s Cradle (1963), Slaughterhouse Five (1969), and Breakfast of Champions (1973). Known for his playful use of science fiction and humor to plumb dark topics, Vonnegut’s writing was deeply influenced by his experience as a soldier and prisoner during the Second World War.

 
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Quick and to the point .
 
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I Really enjoyed this book. I thought the story was well thought out and effective.
 
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What a fabulously twisted story.
 
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Clever title, Kurt, but the story doesn't quite live up to its Shakespearean allusion. I blame the disgruntled painter, who doesn't paint the whole damn mess across the heavenly garden.
 
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Well written, I guess, but bleak and hopeless. After the initial shock, it's down hill the rest of the way. Just not my cup of tea, (or, should I say, "poison."
 
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Excellent study of untenable trade-offs. Some will argue for freedom of choice and some will argue for control. I think the author reviews this very basic choice by extending the consequences of each choice to their painful extremes. No choice lives in a vacuum, every choice has consequences.
 
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Science advances the body's potential, so that almost nothing natural happens any more. This story focuses on the grisly math of the concept, and what that means about population, birth, and death. (More or less, the story takes place in a maternity ward.) Also, an odd sort of conservationist idealism that seems somehow suspicious.<br/><br/>Similar themes to Down And Out In The Magic Kingdom (on DailyLit), and Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series.
 
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Some problems, when solved, create bigger problems - better leave them as they are - unsolved.
 
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Loved reading it in its original language, but I think the best for me is still Cat Craddle.
 
Dec. 26, 2013
but to the point-the limitations of judgement.
 
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Wow.
 
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This is a short story that can easily be read in ten minutes--judging on the number of installments-- yet this short forces you to contemplate life and death. This short is a must read!
 
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I liked it. It is very realistic considering what we face today. The World Wildlife Fund says we have thirty years left to live.
 
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Classic Vonnegut, Jr literature. Yes, it is short, but full of the tongue-in-cheek dark humour one expects from Vonnegut, Jr.
 
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Oct. 2, 2016
I love Vonnegut because he is so plain-spoken and concise. He is so good at underlining the triviality of many human concerns and the absurdity of the weight we assign to those concerns.
 
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