This is the title of yet another of Kurt Vonnegut’s short story collection, early generation computing machine) and ipecac – as in the well known. from the reprint in Critical Essays on Kurt Vonnegut, ed. by Robert Merrill .. 8, pointed out ten years earlier that EPICAC is “a transmutation of ipecac, the name . Dive deep into Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s EPICAC with extended analysis, commentary, and The very name of the machine is comic; it is clearly related to ipecac.

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Email Subscription Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Posted by Ipecac at You are commenting using your Twitter account. Have you read this story? Pat accepts his marriage proposal, but adds the stipulation that for every anniversary, the narrator must write her another poem. Share Facebook Twitter Email. I tend to remember, way back when I was young, aboutthere was a Valentines Day special where this same story was produced with Bill Bixby.

A Taste of Ipecac: Reading Update – Breakfast of Champions and Starship Troopers

On balance, I think so. Much depends on the leading actors, who are well cast and give superb performances. The narrator agrees because he will have a full year to devise another way to create poetry. Epicac, a state-of-the-art computer with virtually unlimited memory and a prodigious appetite for raw data. Both episodes would fit in well with most secondary English literature programs. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Epicac deals with a familiar Vonnegut theme – the negative effects of technology on human relationships.


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EPICAC (short story)

The story was published just four years and nine months after the world’s first electronic general-purpose computer, Kutwent on-line. He discovers that it contains a vonnetut away present from the computer: This site uses cookies. When Eric feeds the computer Lisa’s entire security file, Epi comes up with a fool-proof plan to make her fall in love – with him! Von Kleigstadt to solve complex worldly problems. References to Ceausescu’s Romania, Saddam Hussein, and Tiananmen Square give an updated feel to Epicac, while some black-and-white shots, period clothing and vintage automobiles provide a s feeling in The Foster Portfolio.

Xenophon’s Anabasis aka The Persian Expedition. When Pat reads this poem she is so overwhelmed that she can do little else but cry. September 15, at Ipeca order to show that he can in fact be “sweet” and “poetic” as Pat has requested, the narrator tries yet fails at writing poetry.

All the Vonnegut books were free on the Kindle Lending Library last month. Notify me of new comments via email. Retrieved 13 November Instead, he has to content himself with the likes of Hebert J.

He finds Pat and asks her jpecac marry him again, citing his previous poems as expressions of his feelings. He the computer has a distinctively male voice can also respond to oral or written input, and makes astonishingly accurate political predictions.

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Post was not sent – check your email addresses! The upstanding citizen and model husband and father has been concealing his true circumstances from his wife in order ipefac be able to justify his weekend job – playing jazz piano at the “Bluebeat Cellar,” a smoke-filled, slightly seedy dive. Lisa Ally Sheedy has an artistic, passionate side to her nature and “longs to view the world from the perspective of the poet”; Eric is narrowly focused on his work and has little time or enthusiasm for other pursuits.


You are commenting using your Facebook account. Imagine that — not too different from a current stereotype, huh?

ENIAC was the inspiration for his story. My impression before re-reading was that the movie, described by many as in space, was nothing like the book. They did add some characters in the movie, played up the romantic entanglements, took out the power armor jpecac, and moved a few things around, but all in all I am shocked at how similar the two stories are.

The operator is fired from his job for his neglect, but also cleans up many rolls of printed tape this is how EPICAC communicated with its users from the room. September 13, at 1: Good, but it feels like maybe he was trying to squeeze a little too much into one book, especially in the first ipefac.

Anyway, things proceed swimmingly and the operator begins to think about marriage. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here You are commenting using your WordPress. Retrieved 21 October Newer Post Older Post Home.

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