Epicac by Kurt Vonnegut

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EPICAC is a short story which is written by Kurt Vonnegut and published in his book ¨Welcome to the Monkey House¨ (1968). This book is a collection of short stories with different themes from war-time epics to futuristic thrillers. This story was first published before in 1950 for Collier's Weekly. Kurt Vonnegut (1992-2007) is considered one of the most influential American novelists of the twentieth century. Some of his most important literary works are the following: Mother night (1961), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) and Breakfast of Champions (1973). Summary of the story: The narrator begins by explaining his reasons for telling the EPICAC´s story.…show more content…
The designer of EPICAC is Von Kleigstadt who created it in order to be used to solve problems related to the war and any other subject. It could plot the course of a rocket from anywhere on earth. Evidence: ¨Von Kleigstadt and the Brass wanted him to be a super computing machine that(who) could plot the course of a rocket anywhere on earth to the second button from the bottom on Joe Stalin´s overcoat, if necessary¨ (pages 297-298) Von Kleigstadt is inspired in two real persons. One of t hem is Wernher von Braun (1912-1977) who was a famous rocket engineer of the 20th century. He also was a member of the Nazi party and he worked for Adolf Hitler; he designed the V-2 rocket for him during the Word War II. Later, he was taken to the U.S. as part of the then-secret Operation Paperclip which was a program used to recruit the scientists of Nazi Germany for employment by the United States in the straight after the World War II (1939–45). Later, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen. The second one is J. Robert Opeinheimmer (1904-1967) who was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California,

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