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Venus on the Half-Shell - Philip José Farmer
Venus on the Half-Shell
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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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780352398468 (0352398469)
Publisher: Star Publishers, Inc.
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
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Affairs of M/Men
Affairs of M/Men rated it
5.0
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...
Monkeypanic
Monkeypanic rated it
3.0 Venus on the Half Shell
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...
Manny Rayner's book reviews
Manny Rayner's book reviews rated it
1.0
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...
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