Timequake Author:Kurt Vonnegut There's been a timequake. And everyone--even you--must live the decade between February 17, 1991 and February 17, 2001 over again. The trick is that we all have to do exactly the same things as we did the first time--minute by minute, hour by hour, year by year, betting on the wrong horse again, marrying the wrong person again. Why? You'll have ... more »to ask the old science fiction writer, Kilgore Trout. This was all his idea.« less
As a Vonnegut addict, I ADORE this book and don't feel completely comfortable if it's more than 5 feet away from me. However, don't make this the first KV book you read - much of it is the author rambling (in his typically insightful and hilarious way) and the uninitiated reader may be put off by the scattered storyline. The text in its entirety is MUCH more meaningful if you're already familiar with some of his other works.
Originally published in 1997. Paperback edition published in August 1998. At 2:27 pm on February 13th of the year 2001, the universe suffered a crisis in self-confidence. Should it go on expanding indefinitely? What was the point?
Scraps of a story featuring sci-fi writer Kilgore Trout dealing with a timequake (when a glitch in the time-space continuum made everybody and everything do exactly what they'd done during the past decade, for good or ill, a second time) intertwined with Vonnegut's reminiscences and opinions on a world gone insane.