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Write a Kilgore Trout Novel Excerpt, Win a Free Book

If you are a fan of Kurt Vonnegut, then you already know who Kilgore Trout is. To those without a clue, Kilgore Trout was a character frequently used in Vonnegut’s works; a fictional science fiction author who basically served as Vonnegut’s alter ego, much in the same way as Chinaski was Bukowski, only with that trademark Kurt creativity. Throughout the years, Vonnegut mentioned many, many books that Trout was the author of. Scroll below for a complete list.

But first, the contest:

We are giving away three copies of the So it Goes tribute anthology (one hard copy, two digital) to whoever can come up with the best (or worse) Kilgore Trout novel excerpt [credit goes to Joseph McKinley for the contest idea].

You must mention the title of the work in question, and the fictional chapter/page number. Extra kudos if you title the chapter, too. This can be anywhere from 100 to 2,000 words long. Submit to with the subject line reading TROUT EXCERPT_LAST NAME.

You must have your entry in by March 25th.

And now, here is Mr. Trout’s most exceptional bibliography:


  • Barring-gaffner of Bagnialto or This Year’s Masterpiece (novel mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
  • The Big Board (novel mentioned in Slaughterhouse-Five)
  • The Era of Hopeful Monsters (novel mentioned in Galápagos)
  • First District Court of Thankyou (novel mentioned in Jailbird and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater)
  • The Gospel from Outer Space (novel mentioned in Slaughterhouse-Five)
  • The Gutless Wonder (novel mentioned in Slaughterhouse-Five)
  • How You Doin’? (novel mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
  • Maniacs in the Fourth Dimension (novel mentioned in Slaughterhouse-Five)
  • The Money Tree (novel mentioned in Slaughterhouse-Five)
  • Now It Can Be Told (novel mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
  • Oh Say Can You Smell? (novel mentioned in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater)
  • The Pan-Galactic Memory Bank (novel mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
  • The Pan-Galactic Straw Boss a.k.a. Mouth Crazy (novel mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
  • The Pan-Galactic Three-Day Pass (novel mentioned in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater)
  • Plague on Wheels (novel mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
  • The Smart Bunny (novel mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
  • The Son of Jimmy Valentine (novel mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
  • 2BR02B (novel mentioned in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater)
  • Venus on the Half-Shell (novel first mentioned in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater)

Short stories

  • Albert Hardy (short story mentioned in Timequake)
  • An American Family Marooned on the Planet Pluto (short story mentioned in Timequake)
  • Asleep at the Switch (short story mentioned in Jailbird)
  • Bunker Bingo Party (short story mentioned in Timequake)
  • The Dancing Fool (short story mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
  • Dog’s Breakfast (short story mentioned in Timequake)
  • Dr. Schadenfreude (short story mentioned in Timequake)
  • Empire State (short story mentioned in Timequake)
  • Gilgongo! (short story mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
  • Golden Wedding (short story mentioned in Timequake)
  • Hail to the Chief (short story mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
  • No Laughing Matter (short story mentioned in Timequake)
  • The Planet Gobblers (short story mentioned in Palm Sunday)
  • The Protocols of the Elders of Tralfamadore (short story mentioned in Hocus Pocus – no author attributed, but bears many elements characteristic of Trout’s work. Tralfamadore is mentioned by Eliot Rosewater in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Tralfamadore is also a main element of the plots of The Sirens of Titan and Slaughterhouse-Five)
  • The Sisters B-36 (short story mentioned in Timequake)
  • This Means You (short story mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)


  • My Ten Years On Automatic Pilot (nonfiction book mentioned in Timequake)


  • The Wrinkled Old Family Retainer (play mentioned in Timequake)

About E.E. King

E.E. King’s has published many short stories. Ray Bradbury calls E.E. King a writer “marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought provoking. I can not recommend her highly enough.” HER NEW COLLECTION new Collection of Short Fiction “Another Happy Ending,” comes out in October 2013. There is a book launch and party @ Ray Bradbury’s favorite Bookstore Mystery and Imagination Bookstore October 20th @ 2:00 -3:00pm Her first novel, Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, came out 2010, released in Spanish in 2/2012. She is performing bits of "Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, all you need to know to choose the right heaven.” (in costume) October 30th @ 7:30-8:30 @Echo Park in “Stories Book and Café.” 1716 West Sunset Blvd • Los Angeles • CA [213] 413-3733 The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles’ longest running spoken word series, launched her anthology, Real Conversations With Imaginary Friends, 1/2012. Sponsor, Barnes & Noble. All her books as well as her children’s book The Adventures of Emily Finfeather or The Feathernail and Other Gifts are currently available on audible. E.E. King is the recipient of various international writing, biology and painting grants. Her murals can be seen in Downtown Los Angeles and Spain. Elizabeth Eve King has a background in teaching, painting, theater, comedy and biology. She will be an artist in residence at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art June -Sept 2015 Ms. King is the recipient of two International Tides painting fellowships, and two international biology Earthwatch grants. She was an advisor for the J. Paul Getty’s and the Science Center’s, Arts &; Science program. She was the Science and Arts coordinator in Bosnia with Global Children’s Organization (a summer camp for war orphans and refugees) in 2000. She was the founding Arts & Sciences Director for Esperanza Community Housing Corporation . She’s worked with children in Bosnia, crocodiles in Mexico, frogs in Puerto Rico, egrets in Bali, mushrooms in Montana, archaeologists in Spain and planted butterfly gardens in South Central Los Angeles. The butterflies wish she had chosen a different location. Her short stories have been published widely
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