Venus on the Half-Shell

Venus on the Half Shell coverVenus on the Half-Shell
1975 (paperback)

Here is some Friday Fiction that I picked up for no other reason than I love the cover art. It was only after doing some cursory research that I discovered Kilgore Trout is a fictional character created by none other than Kurt Vonnegut and Venus on the Half-Shell was actually written by Phillip Jose Farmer. After taking a look at this book’s pedigree, I am totally reading this!



Venus on the Half Shell back cover

Venus on the Half Shell exerpt

Venus on the Half Shell exerpt


  1. I remember seeing this book as a kid, and thinking, “Science fiction is too grown-up for me.”

    Later, I read it—and the book’s actually quite hilarious!

  2. This was a big hit about 35 years ago, when I was in college. I didn’t read it. Don’t know why.

  3. I was fifteen and has just discovered Vonnegut when this was published. I enjoyed it, but it was probably more for the idea than for the book itself. In a couple of months I read every Vonnegut book I could find in the library. I had to borrow Breakfast of Champions from a friend; it was probably a bit racy for my small town library.

  4. I own this book, in this very edition! It’s very funny but also raises some deep philosophical questions about life, sex, and death.

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