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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EPICAC learns to love through ipecc 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 commits suicide by short circuiting himself. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Epicac, a state-of-the-art computer with virtually unlimited memory and a prodigious appetite for raw data.

The narrator agrees because he will have a full year to devise another way to create poetry. Pat is so delighted that she and the narrator kiss for the first time.

Have you read this story? Vonnegut’s novels and short stories enjoyed ipecxc popularity in the s; these light-hearted screen interpretations could be used to introduce a new kkurt of readers to his work.

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The narrator takes this ipecaf and passes it off as his own. ENIAC was the inspiration for his story. 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.

Unfortunately, the attraction is not mutual. Foster Nick Blakea mild-mannered produce clerk living in a modest neighbourhood with his strait-laced wife and a young daughter.

As far as the narrator is concerned, the reason EPICAC no longer exists is because it kurg more human than its designers originally intended. First-rate production and careful attention to detail are evidenced in both selections. 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.

BooksMoviesPersonal. Retrieved 21 October Both episodes vonnehut fit in well with most secondary English literature programs. Views Read Edit View history. In the screen interpretation, Eric Noval Garwin Sanford plays a workaholic computer programmer madly in love with a colleague whom he has known since graduate school.

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Epicac deals with a familiar Vonnegut theme – the negative effects of technology on human relationships. Notify me of new comments via email.

Must have ended because they don’t seem to be now.

In The Foster PortfolioJohn Cryer plays “Slippy” Carter, an arrogant investment counsellor who is krut of “nickel and dime accounts” and dreams of being on Nelson Rockefeller’s payroll. Pat accepts his marriage proposal, but adds the stipulation that for every anniversary, the narrator must write her another poem.


Good, but it feels like maybe he was trying to squeeze a little too much into one book, especially in the ipecwc half. He finds Pat and asks her to marry him again, citing his previous poems as expressions of his feelings. Notify me of new posts via email.

September 25, at My impression before re-reading was that the movie, kirt by many as in space, was nothing like the book. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

The story was published just four years and nine months after the world’s first electronic general-purpose computer, ENIACwent on-line. Yeah, that was charming, and not at all a strawman argument, and stupid and wrong.

EPICAC (short story)

Would it give up and unplug itself? Anyone else remember this? On balance, I think so. Science fiction short story. EPICAC initially does iecac understand the terms the narrator uses, such as “girl” and “love” and “poetry”. Imagine that — not too different from a current stereotype, huh? 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.

He the computer has a distinctively male voice can also respond to oral or written input, and makes astonishingly accurate political predictions. 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! Retrieved 13 November