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- Player Piano, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s 1952 novel, also deals with the limitations of science and technology.
- The Red Badge of Courage (1895) is Stephen Crane’s classic story of the Civil War that, like Vonnegut’s novel, portrays the horrors of war in an unromanticized fashion.
- Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front (1928) is a classic novel of World War I that, like Vonnegut’s novel, portrays German soldiers as ordinary people caught up in the horrors of war.
- Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead (1948) was one of the first major American novels based on its author's experiences in World War II.
- Tim O’Brien's Going After Cacciato (1978) was one of the first major American novels based on its author’s experiences in Vietnam.
- Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (1953) is another example of science fiction as social criticism.
- Vonnegut’s 1962 novel, The Sirens of Titan, also features the Tralfamadorians.
- Daniel Keyes’ Flowers for Algernon (1966) uses both science fiction devices and an unusual narrative structure to tell a story of alienation and displacement.
- More Than Human (1953) is the most famous novel by science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon, whom some have cited as a model for Kilgore Trout, Jr.
- Venus on the Half-Shell was published in 1975 with Vonnegut’s permission as a science fiction novel by ‘‘Kilgore Trout, Jr.’’ It was actually written by Philip Jose Farmer, a well-known science fiction writer who for much of his career, like Trout, wrote visionary works for little financial gain or popular recognition.
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