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SF Masterwork of the Week: The Sirens of Titan

A science fiction masterpiece from the acclaimed author of Slaughterhouse 5.

A classic, ripe with wit and eloquence and a cascade of inventiveness

~ Brian Aldiss

 

When Winston Niles Rumfoord flies his spaceship into a chrono-synclastic infundibulum he is converted into pure energy and only materializes when his waveforms intercept Earth or some other planet. As a result, he only gets home to Newport, Rhode Island, once every fifty-nine days and then only for an hour. But at least, as a consolation, he now knows everything that has ever happened and everything that ever will be. He knows, for instance, that his wife is going to Mars to mate with Malachi Constant, the richest man in the world.

He also knows that on Titan – one of Saturn’s moons – is an alien from the planet Tralfamadore, who has been waiting 200,000 years for a spare part for his grounded spacecraft …

 

 

The Sirens of Titan is available as an SF Masterworks paperback. You can read more about Kurt Vonnegut and his work in his entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.