The Sirens of Titan: A Novel

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description
In Vonnegut's tale of the near future, a cold and malevolent universe is all that humanity can ever know.
Also in this Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9780795311994
9780307423375
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 5674a84a-be2c-d1d4-9750-e92b72606808
Full title sirens of titan
Author vonnegut kurt
Grouping Category book
Last Update 2018-05-24 09:31:12AM
Last Indexed 2018-05-24 09:33:13AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Kurt Vonnegut
author_display Kurt Vonnegut
available_at_aacpl Online OverDrive Collection
detailed_location_aacpl Online OverDrive Collection
display_description

The Sirens of Titan (1959), Vonnegut's second novel, was on the Hugo final ballot along with Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers and lost in what Harlan Ellison called a monumental injustice. Malachi Constant is a feckless but ultimately good-hearted millionaire who, in this incondensable interplanetary Candide (lacking perhaps Voltaire's utter bitterness), searches the solar system for the ultimate meaning of existence.

Constant is aided by another tycoon, Winston Rumfoord, who, with the help of aliens, has discovered the fundamental meaning of life. With the help of Salo—an alien robot overseeing the alien race, the Tralmafordians (who also feature in Slaughterhouse-Five)—Constant attempts to find some cosmic sense and order in the face of universal malevolence. Constant and Rumfoord deal with the metaphysics of "chrono-synclastic infundibula" and the interference of the Tralmafadorians. The novel is pervaded by a goofy, episodic charm which barely shields the readers (or the characters) from the fact of what seems to be a large and indifferent universe.

All of Vonnegut's themes and obsessions, further developed or recycled in later work, are evident here in a novel slightly more hopeful than most of his canon. It is suggested that ultimately Constant learns only that it is impossible to learn, that fate (and the Tralmafadorians) are impenetrable. On the basis of this novel, Vonnegut was wholly claimed by the science fiction community (as the Hugo nomination demonstrated) but he did not reciprocate, feeling from the outset that to be identified as a science fiction writer would limit his audience and trivialize his themes. His recurring character, the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout (prominent in Slaughterhouse-Five) was for Vonnegut a worst case version of the writer he did not wish to become.

format_aacpl eBook
format_category_aacpl eBook
id 5674a84a-be2c-d1d4-9750-e92b72606808
isbn 9780307423375, 9780795311994
item_details overdrive:5dfb7fdc-a7e8-47a3-b720-e5b78ac13408|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Checked Out||||, overdrive:5dfb7fdc-a7e8-47a3-b720-e5b78ac13408|1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|0|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Checked Out||||, overdrive:7851d8ed-c9d4-4a1b-a335-70b2f34d0d9b|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|3|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Checked Out||||, overdrive:7851d8ed-c9d4-4a1b-a335-70b2f34d0d9b|1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Available Online||||
itype_aacpl
last_indexed 2018-05-24T13:33:13.641Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Fiction
literary_form_full Fiction
local_callnumber_aacpl Online OverDrive
owning_library_aacpl Anne Arundel County Public Library Online
owning_location_aacpl Online OverDrive Collection
primary_isbn 9780795311994
publishDate 2002, 2007
record_details overdrive:5dfb7fdc-a7e8-47a3-b720-e5b78ac13408|eBook|eBook||English|RosettaBooks|2002|, overdrive:7851d8ed-c9d4-4a1b-a335-70b2f34d0d9b|eBook|eBook||English|Random House Publishing Group|2007|
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_aacpl overdrive:5dfb7fdc-a7e8-47a3-b720-e5b78ac13408|-1|Checked Out|Checked Out|false|false|true|false|false|false||||, overdrive:5dfb7fdc-a7e8-47a3-b720-e5b78ac13408|1|Checked Out|Checked Out|false|false|true|false|false|true||||, overdrive:7851d8ed-c9d4-4a1b-a335-70b2f34d0d9b|-1|Checked Out|Checked Out|false|false|true|false|false|false||||, overdrive:7851d8ed-c9d4-4a1b-a335-70b2f34d0d9b|1|Available Online|Available Online|false|true|true|false|false|true||||
title_display The Sirens of Titan
title_full The Sirens of Titan, The Sirens of Titan A Novel
title_short The Sirens of Titan
title_sub A Novel
topic_facet Classic Literature, Fiction, Literature, Mystery, Science Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy