Isaac Asimov & Kurt Vonnegut Short Stories

Isaac Asimov & Kurt Vonnegut Short Stories

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Science Fiction

Short Story Collection

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This 4-pack bundle includes four short stories in all: two apiece from a pair of the most influential science fiction writers of the 20th century: Isaac Asimov and Kurt Vonnegut.

This bundle includes:

Let's Get Together by Isaac Asimov

Asimov presents a world to his audience in which the Cold War never ended, and the tensions are expressed through an explicit "Us" versus "Them" mentality. This short episode about espionage and subterfuge describes "Us" scrambling to disrupt "Their" efforts and capabilities, chief among them an ability to produce robots so lifelike that they are difficult to tell apart from humans

Let's Get Together is one of the seminal works of science fiction to bring contemporary geopolitical tensions to the forefront, and lays the groundwork for subsequent works of similar topics, like Battlestar Galactica.

Youth by Isaac Asimov

Two youngsters stumble upon a pair of strange animals, but are concerned about telling their parents. Instead, they decide to train them—in secret—for a circus act. Meanwhile, both of their fathers are trying to determine what became of the alien trade delegation. Has it crash-landed somewhere on their planet, or did they never arrive in the first place?

2 B R 0 2 B by Kurt Vonnegut

America's preeminent satirist spins a not-so-wild yarn about immortality, population control, and one man's attempt to save the lives of his yet-unborn triplets in a world where new life must be balanced by a voluntary death.

The Big Trip Up Yonder by Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut wrote several short stories on the topic of overpopulation. As we wrestle in the present day with a global population ballooning above 8 billion people, Vonnegut's portrait of a world dealing with shortages ranging from food, gas, and building materials feels more prophetic than bizarre.

In this short story, Vonnegut explores the sinister side of a family trying to stay in the good graces of their patriarch as he makes preparations for "the big trip up yonder."