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The Sirens of Titan: A Novel Paperback – September 8, 1998
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It is the most thought-provoking book, and at any given point it might read as a non sci-fi with its deep observations on human relations: man-woman, rich-poor, religious/non-believer, war.
At the same time it is the most satisfying sci-fi book ever, blows the esoteric Strugatsky or Lem away!!! I loved the quirkyness of the Chrono-synchlastic infundibulum concept, the sarcasm on the futility of what we bravely call Space exploration ( frustratingly slow and dangerous so far- with questionable results), humanity's typical behavior once they get there( start a war! ), some fascinatingly strange imaginings of Mercury and Titan...
Just about when I thought it can't get any better, it suddenly does: Contact. The cherished Alien contact! There is a lot there and I will leave it to the reader to discover where The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy got its inspiration!
I just have to add that the landscapes of Titan ( when the 3 main characters plus the dog finally make it there), are some of the most hauntingly beautiful pages in sci-fi ever written! This book is written in 1959, way before Cassini sent the astounding images from the vicinity of Saturn... Vonnegut did his homework right!
And yes, the philosophy that we are at our most happy when we stop worrying and enjoy the simple pleasures in life!
This is a book for the eons, it's depths wrapped in humor, slowly, hauntingly sinking in...
His travels take him to Mercury then back to Earth and finally to the moon of Saturn named Titan. There Malachi meets Winston Niles Rumford who is a lost earthling space traveler who has caused much of the turmoil in Malachi's life including the Martian war....
Kurt Vonnegut was born and lived in the same city I was born in and this leads me to read his books. I am an avid reader and lover of the Sci-Fi genre and Kurt was well known for his work as a Sci-Fi author. His style is more imagination and anything is possible if you believe in it versus the hard science of other famous Sci-Fi authors of that time period. Basically if you want to do something, just make it up!
His stories are more about the characters and their interaction and his focus sometimes seems to belittle the existence of mankind and the futility of war. This story for example is about mankind and civilization being created to make a part that probably cost a dollar for a crashed flying saucer on Titan. (The part is the size of an Earthling beer-can opener)
The story shows Kurt Vonnegut's sense of humor and the satire that motivated him to write his books. It is a classic but if you are looking for hard Sci-Fi this book is probably not for you. This is a story that was written by one of the best "word smiths" of the 20th century that is certainly worth reading!
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