Venus on the Half-Shell
Venus on the Half-Shell is a science fiction novel attributed to the fictional author Kilgore Trout (an author character in many of Kurt Vonnegut's works) but is actually written by the non-fictional Philip José Farmer, who used "Kilgore Trout" as a pen-name. WARNING: At the end of this book... show more
Venus on the Half-Shell is a science fiction novel attributed to the fictional author Kilgore Trout (an author character in many of Kurt Vonnegut's works) but is actually written by the non-fictional Philip José Farmer, who used "Kilgore Trout" as a pen-name.
WARNING: At the end of this book you will find the Definitive Answer to the Ultimate Question.
Simon Wagstaff is the Space Wanderer, a seeker of truth and electric banjo player who narrowly escapes the Deluge that destroys Earth when he happens upon an abandoned Chinese spaceship, the Hwang Ho. A man without a planet, he gains immortality from an elixer drunk during a sexual interlude with a cat-like alien queen in heat. Now, with his pet owl, his dog Anubis and a sexy robot companion, Simon charts a 3,000-year course to the most distant corners of a multiverse full of surprises to seek out the answers to the questions no one can seem to answer.
Publish date: 1976
Publisher: Star Publishers, Inc.
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
It's important to take this book in context. (Out of context it's just plain silly.) But if you are a Vonnegut fan AND a science fiction buff you will see oodles of tributes and jabs in this tongue-in-cheek satire of modern society/spoof of space opera combo along the lines of Harry Harrison's "Star...
Four stars for originality. Yes, a bit risque, but if you're not too fragile, I think you'll live. Kind of a crazy sci-fi novel about sentient supernovas that behave like animals, the Greek goddess Venus (as you might guess), a Flash Gordon-type hero, and a bunch of disjointed escapades (some of the...
As everyone knows who's come across him in Kurt Vonnegut's books, Kilgore Trout had great ideas, but couldn't write. So, in a way, it's fitting that Philip José Farmer had a great idea - actually to write the Kilgore Trout novel Venus on the Half Shell, which is referred to in God Bless You, Mr Rose...