Kurt Vonnegut’s Crazy Amazing TV Show


A seemingly unemployed wannabe poet, Stony secures the opportunity by winning the “Blast-Off Space Food” jingle contest and, despite confused protest from his mother,  is whisked away to undergo an intensive, three-month astronautic crash course.

Would you believe us if we told you the above quote describes the premise of a ’60s TV show that stitched together aspects of Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s CradleSirens of Titan, and “Harrison Bergeron”?

Of course you would—now that you know, it doesn’t seem like it could describe anything else. Read more about Vonnegut’s batshit wonderful series Between Time and Timbuktu at Black Balloon Publishing’s blog The Airship. There are even a couple YouTube clips!

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →