I overheard a customer in the Sci-Fi section commenting that we did not have anything from Kilgore Trout. I spoke up and said he was correct; there are no books by Theodore Sturgeon in stock at the moment. He seemed bit taken aback that Trout was an actual writer.

The character of science fiction author Kilgore Trout who debuts in Kurt Vonnegut’s opus, “God Bless You Mr. Rosewater” was actually based on friend and fellow author Theodore Sturgeon. The two became friends when Sturgeon moved to Turo, Massachusetts. At the time Vonnegut had just published “Player Piano” and since both were writing in the same genre and had similar experiences. Though neither author confirms the rumor it has become widely accepted Sturgeon was the inspiration.

Kilgore Trout has published a novel. In 1974, appearing in two issues of The Magazine of Science Fiction, “Venus on the Half Shell” was later published a novel in 1975 by Dell. It was authored by noted science fiction author Philip Jose Farmer as an homage to Vonnegut.

Here is a list of fictitious novels, plays and memoirs by Kilgore Trout:
Novels
• Barring-gaffner of Bagnialto or This Year’s Masterpiece (novel mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
• The Big Board (novel mentioned in Slaughterhouse-Five)
• The Era of Hopeful Monsters (novel mentioned in Galápagos)
• First District Court of Thankyou (novel mentioned in Jailbird and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater)
• The Gospel from Outer Space (novel mentioned in Slaughterhouse-Five)
• The Gutless Wonder (novel mentioned in Slaughterhouse-Five)
• How You Doin’? (novel mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
• Maniacs in the Fourth Dimension (novel mentioned in Slaughterhouse-Five)
• The Money Tree (novel mentioned in Slaughterhouse-Five)
• Now It Can Be Told (novel mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
• Oh Say Can You Smell? (novel mentioned in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater)
• The Pan-Galactic Memory Bank (novel mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
• The Pan-Galactic Straw Boss a.k.a. Mouth Crazy (novel mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
• The Pan-Galactic Three-Day Pass (novel mentioned in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater)
• Plague on Wheels (novel mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
• The Smart Bunny (novel mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
• The Son of Jimmy Valentine (novel mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
• 2BR02B (novel mentioned in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater)
• Venus on the Half-Shell (novel first mentioned in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater)
Short stories
• Albert Hardy (short story mentioned in Timequake)
• An American Family Marooned on the Planet Pluto (short story mentioned in Timequake)
• Asleep at the Switch (short story mentioned in Jailbird)
• Bunker Bingo Party (short story mentioned in Timequake)
• The Dancing Fool (short story mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
• Dog’s Breakfast (short story mentioned in Timequake)
• Dr. Schadenfreude (short story mentioned in Timequake)
• Empire State (short story mentioned in Timequake)
• Gilgongo! (short story mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
• Golden Wedding (short story mentioned in Timequake)
• Hail to the Chief (short story mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
• No Laughing Matter (short story mentioned in Timequake)
• The Planet Gobblers (short story mentioned in Palm Sunday)
• The Protocols of the Elders of Tralfamadore (short story mentioned in Hocus Pocus – no author attributed, but bears many elements characteristic of Trout’s work. Tralfamadore is mentioned by Eliot Rosewater in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Tralfamadore is also a main element of the plots of The Sirens of Titan and Slaughterhouse-Five)
• The Sisters B-36 (short story mentioned in Timequake)
• This Means You (short story mentioned in Breakfast of Champions)
Memoir
My Ten Years On Automatic Pilot (nonfiction book mentioned in Timequake)
Play
The Wrinkled Old Family Retainer (play mentioned in Timequake)

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