Here’s the audio from the awesome album Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Reads Slaughterhouse-Five, which features not only a snippets of the author reading selections from his book, but also some his stories of the book’s conception.
Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “2BR02B” and I met by chance one dark night on the Internet. It was a steamy encounter, and I was immediately enraptured by the weaving tale of one Father’s choice when confronted with his “perfect” society’s ugly underside. It’s basically about starting a family, and what sacrifices you have to make when starting that family. Though, in our case, it’s taken a little bit to the extreme. Guns are involved. Gas chambers are invoked. People die. When your world has a one-in one-out policy in regards to global population, family planning becomes very important. You don’t want to be the guy that has to show up to the hospital and tell the Doctor you don’t have the necessary person to die, and then he says your kid won’t be allowed to live. It can’t be good for your marriage. Nobody wants that conversation.
Here’s an 8-part documentary on Kurt Vonnegut, profiling the man and his work.
From the The NYT: Kurt Vonnegut, Novelist Who Caught the Imagination of His Age, Is Dead at 84.
Kurt Vonnegut was the author of such works as Player Piano (1952), The Sirens of Titan (1959), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) and Timequake (1997). Although often noted as a science fiction author, he has frequently expressed disdain at being labeled as such.
A 1965 Vonnegut article: On Science Fiction