The Big Trip Up Yonder

The Big Trip Up Yonder

by Kurt Vonnegut

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Overview

The story is set in 2158 A.D., after the invention of a medicine called Anti-Gerasone, which is made from mud and dandelions and is thus inexpensive and widely available. Anti-Gerasone halts the aging process and prevents people from dying of old age as long as they keep taking it; as a result, America now suffers from severe overpopulation and shortages of food and resources. With the exception of the very wealthy, most of the population appears to survive on a diet of foods made from processed seaweed and sawdust. Gramps Ford, his chin resting on his hands, his hands on the crook of his cane, was staring irascibly at the five-foot television screen that dominated the room. On the screen, a news commentator was summarizing the day's happenings. Every thirty seconds or so, Gramps would jab the floor with his cane-tip and shout, "Hell, we did that a hundred years ago!" Emerald and Lou, coming in from the balcony, where they had been seeking that 2185 A.D. rarity--privacy--were obliged to take seats in the back row, behind about a dozen relatives with whom they shared the house. All save Gramps, who was somewhat withered and bent, seemed, by pre-anti-gerasone standards, to be about the same age--somewhere in their late twenties or early thirties. Gramps looked older because he had already reached 70 when anti-gerasone was invented. He had not aged in the 102 years since. "Next one shoots off his big bazoo while the TV's on is gonna find hisself cut off without a dollar--" his voice suddenly softened and sweetened--"when they wave that checkered flag at the Indianapolis Speedway, and old Gramps gets ready for the Big Trip Up Yonder." He sniffed sentimentally, while his heirs concentrated desperately on not making the slightest sound. For them, the poignancy of the prospective Big Trip had been dulled somewhat, through having been mentioned by Gramps about once a day for fifty years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606645000
Publisher: Alan Rodgers Books
Publication date: 04/05/2011
Pages: 22
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.05(d)

About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922 - 2007) was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays and five works of non-fiction. He is most famous for his darkly satirical, best-selling novel Slaughterhouse-Five (1969).

Date of Birth:

November 11, 1922

Date of Death:

April 11, 2007

Place of Birth:

Indianapolis, Indiana

Place of Death:

New York, New York

Education:

Cornell University, 1940-42; Carnegie-Mellon University, 1943; University of Chicago, 1945-47; M.A., 1971

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Big Trip up Yonder 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What could be wrong with being able to be immortal just by taking a daily medicine? Almost nothing. Simply PRIVACY?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fabulous short story from the talented Mr. Kurt Vonnegut. The future in this short story is very real in an imaginative way. Family feuds, modern science, and a sly fix make this an enjoyable read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could take it or leave it .. a good prequel to 2BR02B.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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He smiled watching
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