Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

5 Quotations from Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

earthling n. 1959 K. Vonnegut Sirens of Titan 133 Advance units of the Martian Imperial Commandos had already obliterated Earthling installations on the Earthling moon. The Commando rocket batteries, firing from the moon, were now giving every major city a taste of hell.
flying saucer n. 1973 K. Vonnegut Breakfast of Champions v. 58 Like so many Trout stories, it was about a tragic failure to communicate. Here was the plot: A flying saucer creature named Zog arrived on Earth to explain how wars could be prevented and how cancer could be cured. He brought the information from Margo, a planet where the natives conversed by means of farts and tap dancing.
super-weapon n. 1983 K. Vonnegut Report on the Barnhouse Effect in Welcome to Monkey House 173 Gentlemenโ€ฆ. As the first superweapon with a conscience, I am removing myself from your national defense stockpile. Setting a new precedent in the behavior of ordnance, I have humane reasons for going off.
timequake n. 1997 K. Vonnegut Timequake iii. 7 In Timequake One, Kilgore Trout wrote a story about an atom bomb. Because of the timequake, he had to write it twice. The ten-year rerun following the timequake, remember, made him and me, and you, and everybody else, do everything weโ€™d done from February 17, 1991, to February 13th, 2001, a second time.
zap gun n. 1969 K. Vonnegut Slaughterhouse-Five iv. 65 Billyโ€™s will was paralyzed by a zap gun aimed at him from one of the portholes.