“EPICAC” by Kurt Vonnegut

This story explores the classic “love triangle” but with a quintessential Vonnegut twist. It first appeared in Collier’s Weekly November 25, 1950 edition. It can now be found in the collection of Vonnegut tales, Welcome to the Monkey House.



Hell, it’s about time someone told about my friend EPICAC. After all, he cost the taxpayers $776,434,927.54. They have a right to know about him, picking up a check like that. EPICAC got a big send off in the papers when Dr. Ormand von Kleigstadt designed him for the Government people. Since then, there hasn’t been a peep about him–not a peep. It isn’t any military secret about what happened to EPICAC, although the Brass has been acting as though it were. The story is …

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Kurt Vonnegut, 1971


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