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The Resource The Brothers Vonnegut : science and fiction in the house of magic, Ginger Strand

The Brothers Vonnegut : science and fiction in the house of magic, Ginger Strand

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The Brothers Vonnegut : science and fiction in the house of magic
Title
The Brothers Vonnegut
Title remainder
science and fiction in the house of magic
Statement of responsibility
Ginger Strand
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Worlds collide in this true story of weather control in the Cold War era and the making of Kurt Vonnegut In the mid-1950s, Kurt Vonnegut takes a job in the PR department at General Electric in Schenectady, where his older brother, Bernard, is a leading scientist in its research lab--or "House of Magic." Kurt has ambitions as a novelist, and Bernard is working on a series of cutting-edge weather-control experiments meant to make deserts bloom and farmers flourish. While Kurt writes zippy press releases, Bernard builds silver-iodide generators and attacks clouds with dry ice. His experiments attract the attention of the government; weather proved a decisive factor in World War II, and if the military can control the clouds, fog, and snow, they can fly more bombing missions. Maybe weather will even be--as a headline in American Magazine calls it--"The New Super Weapon." But when the army takes charge of his cloudseeding project (dubbed Project Cirrus), Bernard begins to have misgivings about the use of his inventions for harm, not to mention the evidence that they are causing alarming changes in the atmosphere. In a fascinating cultural history, Ginger Strand chronicles the intersection of these brothers' lives at a time when the possibilities of science seemed infinite. As the Cold War looms, Bernard's struggle for integrity plays out in Kurt's evolving writing style. The Brothers Vonnegut reveals how science's ability to influence the natural world also influenced one of our most inventive novelists"--
  • "Worlds collide in this true story of weather control in the Cold War era and the making of Kurt Vonnegut"--
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Strand, Ginger Gail
Dewey number
  • 813/.54
  • B
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Vonnegut, Kurt
  • Vonnegut, Bernard
  • Novelists, American
  • Scientists
  • Weather control
  • Literature and science
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Science & Technology
  • HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
Label
The Brothers Vonnegut : science and fiction in the house of magic, Ginger Strand
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
BK0016237473
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
305 p.
Isbn
9780374117016
Lccn
2015010126
Other physical details
ill.
Label
The Brothers Vonnegut : science and fiction in the house of magic, Ginger Strand
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
BK0016237473
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
305 p.
Isbn
9780374117016
Lccn
2015010126
Other physical details
ill.

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