Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Character.
An imaginary but hugely prolific sf-writer character in Kurt Vonnegut Jr's God Bless You, Mr Rosewater (1965), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Breakfast of Champions (1973) and such later novels as Jailbird (1979) and Timequake (1997), rather obviously echoing the name of Theodore Sturgeon. The name was first used as a pseudonym by L W Currey and David G Hartwell for a short bibliography, SF-I: A Selective Bibliography (1971 chap), and later (there was a row about this) by Philip José Farmer for his novel Venus on the Half-Shell (1975). Farmer also wrote the cod nonfiction "Letter: Trout Answers" (April 1975 F&SF) [DRL/PN]
- SF-1: A Selective Bibliography (Elizabethtown, New York: L W Currey, 1971) by L W Currey and David G Hartwell [nonfiction: chap: pb/]
about the character
- Philip José Farmer. "The Obscure Life and Hard Times of Kilgore Trout" in The Book of Philip José Farmer, or The Wares of Simple Simon's Custard Pie and Space Man (New York: DAW Books, 1973) [coll: essay exp from December 1971 Moebius Trip: pb/Jack Gaughan]
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