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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EPICAC (short story) – Wikipedia

Unfortunately, the attraction is not mutual. He’s also kind of cute – he’s shaped like a pyramid, has lots of flashing coloured lights, and makes funny little noises when he gets excited. Have you read this story? Retrieved from ” https: When Pat reads this poem she is so overwhelmed that she can do little else but cry. Epicac deals with a familiar Vonnegut theme – the negative effects of technology on human relationships. Pat is predictably impressed and begins to see the operator in a new light.

Johnnie Rico starts out in high school, joins the Federation forces on a whim, goes through basic training and is now involved in the disastrous invasion of Klendathu, following the destruction of Buenos Aires. Retrieved 21 October Good, but it feels like maybe he was trying to squeeze a little too much into one book, especially in the first half.


On balance, I think so. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

EPICAC learns to love through this poetry-writing endeavor and falls in love with Pat; however, once EPICAC realizes that Pat cannot love a computer and is actually in love with the narrator, he commits suicide by short circuiting himself. As far as the narrator is concerned, the reason EPICAC no longer exists is because it became more human than its designers originally intended.

Newer Post Older Post Home. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Anyway, things proceed swimmingly and the operator begins to think about marriage.

Foster Nick Blakea ipecax produce clerk living in a modest neighbourhood with his strait-laced wife and a young daughter. Vonnegut’s novels and short stories enjoyed considerable popularity in the s; these light-hearted screen interpretations could be used to introduce a new vonndgut of readers to his work.

This site uses cookies. Yeah, that was charming, and not at all a strawman argument, and stupid and wrong. He the computer has a distinctively male voice can also respond to oral or written input, and makes astonishingly accurate political predictions.

All the Vonnegut books were free on the Kindle Lending Library last month. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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. The narrator agrees because he will have a full year to devise another way to create poetry.


Science fiction short story. Xenophon’s Anabasis aka The Persian Expedition. The computer digests, assimilates and spews out information at an incredible rate.

EPICAC (short story)

Much depends on the leading actors, who are well cast and give superb performances. In The Foster PortfolioJohn Cryer plays “Slippy” Carter, an arrogant investment counsellor who is tired of “nickel and dime accounts” and dreams of being on Nelson Rockefeller’s payroll. Kurt Vonnegut, who acted as story consultant for these made-in-Canada productions, has been quoted as saying that “these adaptations are like champagne at the end of my life.

He finds Pat and asks her to marry him again, citing his previous poems as expressions of his feelings. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: In order to show that he can in fact be “sweet” and “poetic” as Pat has requested, the narrator tries yet fails at writing poetry. Imagine that — not too different from a current stereotype, huh? The narrator now has enough anniversary poems to keep his vow to Pat for centuries to come, and is relieved by this gesture from his friend.