The Irony Behind Trout's novels Presentation by Paul Shafer

“The book was Manics in the Fourth Dimension, by Kilgore Trout . It was about people whose mental diseases could not be treated because the causes of the disease were all in the fourth dimension, and three-dimensional earthlings doctors couldn't see those causes at all, or even imagine them.” p.104

“ One thing trout said that Rosewater liked very much was that here really were vampires and werewolves and goblins and angles and so on, but that they were in the fourth dimension.” p.104

“It was The Gospel from Outer Space, by Kilgore Trout. It was about a visitor from outer space, shaped very much like the Tralfamadorian, by the way. The visitor from outer space made a serious study of Christianity, to learn, if he could, why Christians found it so easy to be cruel. He concluded that at least part of the trouble was slipshod storytelling in the New Testament.” p.108

“Trout, incidentally, had written a book about a money tree. It had twenty-dollar bills for leaves. Its flowers were government bonds. Its fruit was diamonds. It attracted human beings who killed each other around the roots and made very good fertilizer.” p.167

“The Gutless Wonder. It was about a robot who had bad breath, who became popular after his halitosis was cured. But what made the story remarkable, since it was written in 1932, was that it predicted the widespread use of burning jellied gasoline on human beings.” p.168

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