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VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL.

Trout, Kilgore. (a.k.a. Philip Jose Farmer)

ISBN 10: 0440061490 / ISBN 13: 9780440061496
Published by DELL., NY, 1975
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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First edition. Near fine in pictorial printed wrappers. (Tiny rubbed spot at base of spine. Paper in text mildly age toned as always. ) A paperback original. Parody of Kurt Vonnegut by Philip Jose Farmer. Bookseller Inventory # 27924

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Title: VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL.

Publisher: DELL., NY

Publication Date: 1975

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Venus on the Half-Shell is a science fiction novel by American writer Philip Josť Farmer, writing pseudonymously as "Kilgore Trout", a fictional recurring character in many of the novels of Kurt Vonnegut. This book first appeared as a lengthy fictitious "excerpt"-written by Vonnegut, but attributed to Trout-in Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1965). With Vonnegut's permission, Farmer expanded the fragment into an entire standalone novel (including, as an in-joke, a scene that incorporates all of Vonnegut's original text). Farmer's story was first published in two parts beginning in the December 1974 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The plot, in which Earth is destroyed by cosmic bureaucrats doing routine maintenance and the sole human survivor goes on a quest to find the "Definitive Answer to the Ultimate Question," was paid homage by the later Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.

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