Ken Steacy – Billy Pilgrim from Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

In highschool everyone either read Tolkien or Vonnegut, and I fell squarely into the latter camp. Along with Harlan Ellison and J.G. Ballard, Kurt Vonnegut formed the trinity of authors I devoured back in the day, and still reread constantly. I’ve never had much difficulty visualizing the printed word, but those guys activate my mind’s eye with a ferocity that’s a wonder to behold!
The tough part was choosing one writer, and then decide on which novel, and finally which scene? I had a plethora of choices, but narrowed it down to the gentle Tralfamadorian’s horror at the limited perceptions with which humans must cope with existence. An absurd image, no question, but still a reminder of how limited our awareness can be!


- Ken Steacy


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