In this science fiction short story, EPICAC is a super computer that begins to exhibit human qualities; at first an “it,” the computer becomes “he,” as the narrator . Short Stories has 93 ratings and 10 reviews. Marina said: Наверное, дело все же в том, что это короткая проза, которую я, к собственному стыду. Epicac has ratings and 10 reviews. EPICAC is a short story in the short-story collection book Welcome to the Monkey House. It was the first story to.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return shoft Book Page. Preview — Short Stories by Kurt Vonnegut. This is nonfiction commentary. Sfory includes a free trial membership in the publisher’s book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, the story was re-published in the author’s collection, Welcome to the Monkey House in In the story, social equality has been achieved by handicapping the more intelligent, athletic or beautiful members of society.

For example, strength is handicapped by the requirement to carry weight, beauty by the requirement to wear a mask and so on. This epiicac due to the th, th, and th amendments to the United States Constitution. This process is central to the society, designed so that no one will feel inferior to anyone else.

Harrison Bergeron, the protagonist of the story, has exceptional intelligence, strength, and beauty, and thus has to bear enormous handicaps. These include headphones that play distracting noises, three hundred pounds of weight strapped to his body, eyeglasses designed to give him headaches, a rubber ball on his nose, black caps on his teeth, and shaven eyebrows. Despite these societal handicaps, he is able to invade a TV station, declare himself Emperor, strip himself of his handicaps, then dance with a ballerina whose handicaps he has also discarded.

Both are shot dead by the brutal and relentless Handicapper General. The story is framed by an additional perspective from Bergeron’s parents, shor are w Paperback32 pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Short Storiesplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 13, Marina rated it liked it Shelves: Jun 09, Emily Rose rated it really liked it. I have read from this book the titles EPICAC and 2br02b from various different collections but since I can’t review them separately so be it.


It had to be the most touching romance I have ever read and one of my favorite short stories to the date. It recants the love story between a mathematician, his beloved whom he desperately wants to marry, and the supercomputer his company has made, called EPICAC. I don’t tend to like romances, but this story made me question humanity itself, and feel more compassion for a thought to be inanimate machine.

The stkry line I won’t spoil stayed with me for days.

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This story, read by the pushings of my English teacher and done with such chagrin, was the first I’d epicaf by this author, Kurt Vonnegut. Again, so as not to spoil, I will only say that it forces you to contemplate utopia in a whole; is it better to have freedom or comfort, a long life or a happy one? On a whole, I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Kurt Vonnegut’s other works, as well as those by H. WellsRay Bradburyand H. Lovecraftas well as anyone wanting to take a deeper look at our own society, a response any good dystopian should elicit.

Apr 23, Sarah-Anne added it Shelves: I love Vonnegut’s epcac.

Most of it is ironically funny while being terrifying. I usually lie in bed, unable to sleep after I read Vonnegut. This story has you ponder how far the government will go to protect our equal rights. Apr 13, Kat rated it really liked it. Harrison Bergeron was great. I love how Vonnegut writes with such ease and simplicity, yet so much depth.

Aug 26, Taylor rated it really liked it. I’ve only read Harrison Bergeron, and it was a very interesting short story. Jul 02, Sarah Hasanat rated it it was amazing. It gave me a twinge of sadness over humanity. I never read SF before this one, so I had a great introduction. Jul 13, Lisa rated it it was amazing.

Did a research paper on short stories by Kurt Vonnegut in the 9th grade and I’ve been a Vonnegut junkie ever since. Michael Rosenbaum rated it liked it Feb 24, Jascollins rated it it was amazing Oct 15, Dustin rated it it was amazing Aug 20, Jake Williams rated it really liked it Aug 22, Anna rated it really liked it Jul 04, Sara rated it it was amazing Sep 14, Sasha Zinchuk rated it really liked it Jul 28, Hilburnandweiss Hilburn rated it it was amazing Jan 28, K8 rated it it was amazing May 07, Shriram Natarajan rated it really liked it Jun 28, Karen rated it it was amazing Jul 01, Kate rated it really liked it Jul 09, April rated it it was amazing Jun 21, Jess rated it it was amazing Apr 20, Richard rated it liked it Aug 18, Cassandra Shea rated it it was amazing Oct 20, Rosie Gotseva rated it it was amazing Oct 22, Zahra rated it really liked it Jul 04, Zosia rated it it was amazing Jun 20, Hillary rated it it was amazing Sep 11, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist. He was recognized as New York State Author for He was born in Indianapolis, later the setting for many of his novels. He attended Cornell University from towhere he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journali Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist.

Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journalist before joining the U. Army and serving stogy World War II. After the war, he attended University of Chicago as a graduate student in anthropology and also worked as a police reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago. He attributed his unadorned writing style to his reporting work.

EPICAC (short story)

His experiences as an advance scout in the Battle of the Bulge, and in particular his witnessing of the bombing of Dresden, Germany whilst a prisoner of war, would inform much of his work. This event would also form the core of his most famous work, Slaughterhouse-Five, the book which would make him a millionaire. This acerbic page book is what most people mean when they describe a work as “Vonnegutian” in scope.

Vonnegut was a self-proclaimed humanist and socialist influenced by the style of Indiana’s own Eugene V. Debs and a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union. The novelist is known for works blending satire, black comedy and science fiction, wtory as Slaughterhouse-FiveCat’s Cradleand Breakfast of Champions Books by Kurt Vonnegut. Trivia About Short Stories: No trivia or quizzes yet. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.