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The Big Trip Up Yonder

Kurt Vonnegut

Book Overview: 

Short story about an overcrowded planet where aging has been stopped, and multiple generations of family live not only under the same roof, but in the same room.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of nonfiction. He is most famous for his darkly satirical, bestselling novel Slaughterhouse-Five. (Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The commentator faded, and was replaced on the screen by young Hitz, who squalled furiously.

"Hell!" whispered Lou to Emerald. "We said that a hundred years ago."

"I heard that!" shouted Gramps. He snapped off the television set and his petrified descendants stared silently at the screen. "You, there, boy—"

"I didn't mean anything by it, sir," said Lou, aged 103.

"Get me my will. You know where it is. You kids all know where it is. Fetch, boy!" Gramps snapped his gnarled fingers sharply.

Lou nodded dully and found himself going down the hall, picking his way over bedding to Gramps' room, the only private room in the Ford apartment. The other rooms were the bathroom, the living room and the wide windowless hallway, which was originally intended to serve as a dining area, and which had a kitchenette in one end. Six mattresses and four sleeping bags were dispersed in the hallway and living room, and the day. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Ugh, can't imagine being stuck in the same room as my immediate family, never mind my extended one.

Question: Do these people not masturbate? How do they have sex? Do they have sex in front of their family? Or does the daybed have a schedule for that?


This story had an interesting premise, however I feel that it could have been executed a bit better. I liked the advertisement towards the end about the anti-aging solution, but for most of the story I was just a little confused on what was going on and I don't think I would have grasped the point o

I only scanned other reviews of this short story, but it looks like many did what I did, which was read this close behind "2BR02B." This comes across like a prequel to that, at least in terms of setting (during the overpopulation that has been resolved by "2BR02B"). Otherwise the characters are diff

This is a companion story to one I read earlier in the month, 2BRO2B, and it kinda missed the mark for me. I didn't love its companion either, but I felt it was more successful than this one.

The Big Trip Up Yonder takes place in the same future as 2BRO2B but is set earlier. Technology and Big Pharma

I was disappointed, since it was written by Vonnegut I was expecting better. I guess a good author can't hit a homerun every time.

“2BR02B” is a Vonnegut sci fi short story that imagines a future where aging has been “cured” and population control is mandated by the government. It could be seen as a kind of prequel to “The Big Trip Yonder,” (original title, “Tomorrow, and Tomorrow and Tomorrow,” also Shakespearean) a couple cen

Humorous, futurist suspense.

The future Vonnegut depicted is, strangely, no different from the present reality. Just look at how these family members fight for ownership while unbeknownst to them, somebody -- Gramps -- is really just pulling all the strings and planning to privately own everything. (Such unequal distribution of

This is a futuristic novel. Although it does not describe the future in general, it focuses on two themes: how to prolong life by inventing an anti-aging medicine, super anti-Gerasone and the effects of this idyllic concept.

The original title of the book was TOMORROW and TOMORROW and TOMORROW and it

"Most of the world's ills can be traced to the fact that Man's knowledge of himself has not kept pace with his knowledge of the physical world."

"Hell" snorted Gramps. "We said that a hundred years ago!"

Set in a world which has created an anti-ageing potion and has resulted in too many people, this r

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