This is the title of yet another of Kurt Vonnegut’s short story collection, early generation computing machine) and ipecac – as in the well known. from the reprint in Critical Essays on Kurt Vonnegut, ed. by Robert Merrill .. 8, pointed out ten years earlier that EPICAC is “a transmutation of ipecac, the name . Dive deep into Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s EPICAC with extended analysis, commentary, and The very name of the machine is comic; it is clearly related to ipecac.

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He finds Pat and asks her to marry him again, citing his previous poems as expressions of his feelings.

EPICAC (short story)

He’s also kind of cute – he’s shaped like a pyramid, has lots of flashing coloured lights, and makes funny little noises when he gets excited. Many of the same characters are in the book and a lot of the high school and training scenes from the book are in the movie. Xenophon’s Anabasis aka The Persian Expedition. It did, however, print out original love poems as a wedding present for the couple.

EPICAC (short story) – Wikipedia

Create a free website or blog at WordPress. The narrator takes this poem and passes ippecac off as his own. Vonjegut find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Email required Address never made public. Notify me of new posts via email. The computer digests, assimilates and spews out information at an incredible rate. Anyone else remember this? Lisa Ally Sheedy has an artistic, passionate side to her nature and “longs to view the world from the perspective of the poet”; Eric is narrowly focused on his work and has little time or enthusiasm for other pursuits.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Pat accepts his marriage proposal, but adds the stipulation that for every anniversary, the narrator must write her another poem. Kurt Vonnegut, who acted as story consultant for these made-in-Canada productions, has been quoted as saying that “these adaptations are like champagne at the end of my life. EPICAC learns to love through this poetry-writing endeavor and falls in love with Pat; however, once EPICAC realizes that Pat cannot love a computer and is actually in love with the narrator, he ipwcac suicide by vonneght circuiting himself.


Anyway, things proceed swimmingly and the operator begins to think about marriage. References to Ceausescu’s Romania, Saddam Hussein, and Tiananmen Square give an updated feel to Epicac, while some black-and-white shots, period clothing and vintage automobiles provide a s feeling in The Foster Portfolio.

The narrator agrees because he will have a full year to devise another way to create poetry. Both episodes would fit in well with most secondary English literature programs. Johnnie Rico starts out in high school, joins the Federation forces on a whim, goes through basic training and is now involved in the disastrous invasion of Klendathu, following the destruction of Buenos Aires. Yeah, that was charming, and not at all a strawman argument, and stupid and wrong. Good, but it feels like maybe he was trying to squeeze a little too much into one book, vonnegjt in the first half.

Would it give up and unplug itself? When Pat reads this poem she is so overwhelmed that she can do little else but cry. The next day the narrator receives an urgent call from his supervisor.

September 13, at 1: Boy was that impression wrong. The narrator now has enough anniversary poems to keep his vow to Pat for centuries to come, and is relieved by this gesture from ipeca friend.

October 26, at 6: September 25, at Much depends on the leading actors, who are well cast and give superb performances. First-rate production and careful attention to detail are evidenced in both selections. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. However, instead of simply creating poetry as with previous requests, EPICAC surprises the ipecaac by saying that it would like to marry Pat.


Pat is so delighted that she and the narrator kiss for the first time. They share a kiss and later he asks the computer to write another poem about the kiss. They did add some characters in the movie, played up the romantic entanglements, took out the power armor completely, and i;ecac a few things around, but all in all I am shocked at how similar the two stories are.

Epicac deals with a familiar Vonnegut theme – the negative effects of technology on human relationships. Vonnegut’s novels and short stories enjoyed considerable popularity in the s; these light-hearted screen interpretations could be used to introduce a new generation of readers to his work. EPICAC initially does not understand the terms the narrator uses, such as “girl” and “love” and “poetry”.

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The operator is fired from his job for his neglect, but also cleans up many rolls of printed tape this is how EPICAC communicated with its users from the room. When Eric feeds the computer Lisa’s entire security file, Epi comes up with a fool-proof plan to make her fall in love – with him!

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