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The brothers Vonnegut : science and fiction in the house of magic, Ginger Strand

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The brothers Vonnegut : science and fiction in the house of magic
Title
The brothers Vonnegut
Title remainder
science and fiction in the house of magic
Statement of responsibility
Ginger Strand
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Worlds collide in this true story of weather control in the Cold War era and the making of Kurt Vonnegut"--
  • In the late 1940s. Kurt Vonnegut is home after surviving the firebombing of Dresden. He has ambitions to be a novelist but dares to share them only with his new wife. Kurt struggles to complete college and write while working nights at a newspaper. Soon there's a child on the way. Anxious about supporting his family, Kurt quits school and takes a job in the PR department of General Electric, where his older brother, Bernard, is a leading scientist in what's called the "House of Magic"--GE's Research Lab. Unlike Kurt's, with its stops and starts, Bernard's life had always gone according to plan. With a Ph. D. from MIT, Bernie worked for the military during World War II and afterward joined "the nation's oldest and most renowned industrial research lab." By the time Kurt arrives at GE, Bernie is piling up patents on a series of cutting-edge weather-control technologies meant to make deserts bloom. While Kurt writes press releases by day and labors over short stories by night, Bernard builds silver iodide generators and sends planes to bomb cloud banks with dry ice. These experiments, dubbed Project Cirrus, soon attract the attention of military men--maybe weather will even become "the new super-weapon." But as evidence mounts that Project Cirrus is causing alarming changes in the atmosphere, Bernard begins to have misgivings about the harmful uses of his inventions, and Kurt starts writing a new kind of story depicting scientists grappling with moral questions and with fantastic inventions gone awry. Set against a backdrop of atomic anxiety and the dawn of the digital age, The Brothers Vonnegut is a wild collision of science and literature. Melding biography and cultural history, Ginger Strand uses letters, manuscripts, lab notebooks, and interviews to chronicle how the brothers navigated a world where the possibilities of science seemed infinite--a fascinating story of two ambitious men wrestling with the ethical dilemmas of their age, revealing how the desire to control the natural world shaped one of our most inventive novelists.--Adapted from book jacket
Summary
In the mid-1950s, Kurt Vonnegut takes a job in the PR department at General Electric in Schenectady, where his older brother, Bernard, is a leading scientist in its research lab--or "House of Magic." Kurt has ambitions as a novelist, and Bernard is working on a series of cutting-edge weather-control experiments meant to make deserts bloom and farmers flourish. In a fascinating cultural history, Ginger Strand chronicles the intersection of these brothers' lives at a time when the possibilities of science seemed infinite. As the Cold War looms, Bernard's struggle for integrity plays out in Kurt's evolving writing style
Writing style
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Biography type
collective biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10457169
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Strand, Ginger Gail,
Dewey number
  • 813/.54
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3572.O5
LC item number
Z858 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Vonnegut, Kurt
  • Vonnegut, Bernard
  • Novelists, American
  • Scientists
  • Weather control
  • Literature and science
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • HISTORY
  • Vonnegut, Bernard
  • Vonnegut, Kurt
  • Literature and science
  • Novelists, American
  • Scientists
  • Weather control
  • United States
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
science and fiction in the house of magic
Label
The brothers Vonnegut : science and fiction in the house of magic, Ginger Strand
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-284) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Autumn fog -- Precipitating events -- Head in the clouds -- Bolt of lightning -- Eye of the storm -- Watersheds -- Rainmakers -- Out of the blue -- Cold fronts -- Shifting winds -- Epilogue: rainbow's end
Control code
20437790
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
305 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780374117016
Lccn
2015010126
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn908192611
  • (OCoLC)908192611
Label
The brothers Vonnegut : science and fiction in the house of magic, Ginger Strand
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-284) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Autumn fog -- Precipitating events -- Head in the clouds -- Bolt of lightning -- Eye of the storm -- Watersheds -- Rainmakers -- Out of the blue -- Cold fronts -- Shifting winds -- Epilogue: rainbow's end
Control code
20437790
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
305 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780374117016
Lccn
2015010126
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn908192611
  • (OCoLC)908192611

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