aka Slaughterhouse-Five, or the Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death
Literature 1969. Written by Kurt Vonnegut.
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1The Big BoardBBBLiteratureBooks-Fiction

The Big Board
But Billy Pilgrim wasn't beguiled by the back of the store. He was thrilled by the Kilgore Trout novels in the front. The tides were all new to him, or he thought they were. Now he opened one. It seemed all right for him to do that. Everybody else in the store was pawing things. The name of the book was The Big Board. He got a few paragraphs into it, and then realized that he had read it before-years ago, in the veterans' hospital. It was about an Earthling man and woman who were kidnapped by extra-terrestrials. They were put on display in a zoo on a planet called Zircon-212.

2European Optometry SocietyBBBOrganizationsProf. Orgs

European Optometry Society
What happens in 1968 will rule the fare of European optometrists for at least 50 years! Billy read. With this warning, Jean Thiriart, Secretary of the National Union of Belgium Opticians, is pressing for formation of a 'European Optometry Society.' The alternatives, he says, will be the obtaining of Professional status, or, by 1971, reduction to the role of spectacle-sellers. Billy Pilgrim tried hard to care.

3The FebsBBBMusicMusic-A Cappella

The Febs
The plane took off without incident. The moment was structured that way. There was a barbershop quartet on board. They were optometrists, too. They called themselves The Febs, which was an acronym for Four-eyed Bastards.

4General Forge and Foundry CompanyBBBConstructionConstruction Companies

General Forge and Foundry Company
He was treated in a veterans' hospital near Lake Placid, and was given shock treatments and released. He married his fiancee, finished his education, and was set up in business in Ilium by his father-in-law. Ilium is a particularly good city for optometrists because the General Forge and Foundry Company is there. Every employee is required to own a pair of safety glasses, and to wear them in areas where manufacturing is going on. GF&F has sixty-eight thousand employees in Ilium. That calls for a lot of lenses and a lot of frames.

5German Association of Prison OfficialsBBBOrganizationsProf. Orgs

German Association of Prison Officials
He was apologetic about the Englishmen's having to put up with the American enlisted men. He promised them that they would not be inconvenienced for more than a day or two, that the Americans would soon be shipped to Dresden as contract labor. He had a monograph with him, published by the German Association of Prison Officials. It was a report on the behavior in Germany of American enlisted men as prisoners of war. It was written by a former American who had risen high in the German Ministry of Propaganda. His name was Howard W. Campbell, Jr. He would later hang himself while awaiting trial as a war criminal. So it goes.

6The Gospel from Outer SpaceBBBLiteratureBooks-Misc

The Gospel from Outer Space
So Rosewater told him. It was The Gospel from Outer Space, by Kilgore Trout. It was about a visitor from outer space, shaped very much like a Tralfamadorian by the way. The visitor from outer space made a serious study of Christianity, to learn, if he could, why Christians found it so easy to be cruel. He concluded that at least part of the trouble was slipshod storytelling in the New Testament. He supposed that the intent of the Gospels was to teach people, among other things, to be merciful, even to the lowest of the low.

7The Gutless WonderBBBLiteratureBooks-Misc

The Gutless Wonder
Book by Trout about a robot who had bad breath, who became popular after his halitosis was cured. But what made the story remarkable, since it was written in 1932, was that it predicted the widespread use of burning jellied gasoline on human beings. It was dropped on them from airplanes.

8Ilium GazetteBBBPeriodicalsNewspaper Gazettes

Ilium Gazette
Billy took his seat with the others around a golden oak table, with a microphone all his own. The master of ceremonies asked him his name and what paper he was from. Billy said he was from the Ilium Gazette.

9Ilium High SchoolBBBEducationHigh Schools

Ilium High School
Local high school in Ilium, New York.

10Ilium Merchants National Bank and TrustBBBFinancial CompaniesBanks

Ilium Merchants National Bank and Trust
As a time-traveler, Billy Pilgrim has seen his own death many times, and has described it to a tape recorder. The tape is locked up with his will and some other valuables in his safe-deposit box at the Ilium Merchants National Bank and Trust.

11Ilium News LeaderBBBPeriodicalsNewspapers

Ilium News Leader
Another month went by without incident, and then Billy wrote a letter to the IliumNews Leader, which the paper published. It described the creatures from Tralfamadore.

12Ilium School of OptometryBBBEducationMedical Schools

Ilium School of Optometry
Billy had committed himself in the middle of his final year at the Ilium School of Optometry. Nobody else suspected that he was going crazy. Everybody else thought he looked fine and was acting fine. Now he was in the hospital. The doctors agreed: He was going crazy.

13Maniacs in the Fourth DimensionBBBLiteratureBooks-Fiction

Maniacs in the Fourth Dimension
Book by Kilgore Trout about people whose mental diseases couldn't be treated because the causes of the diseases were all in the fourth dimension, and three-dimensional Earthling doctors couldn't see those causes at all, or even imagine them.

14Midnight PussycatsBBBPeriodicalsAdult Magazines

Midnight Pussycats
The cash register where Billy waited for his change was near a bin of old girly magazines. Billy looked at one out of the corner of his eye, and he saw this question on its cover: What really became of Montana Wildhack? So Billy read it. He knew where Montana Wildhack really was, of course. She was back on Tralfamadore, taking care of the baby, but the magazine, which was called Midnight Pussycats, promised that she was wearing a cement overcoat under fathoms of saltwater in San Pedro Bay.

15National Union of Belgium OpticiansBBBOrganizationsProf. Orgs

National Union of Belgium Opticians
What happens in 1968 will rule the fare of European optometrists for at least 50 years! Billy read. With this warning, Jean Thiriart, Secretary of the National Union of Belgium Opticians, is pressing for formation of a 'European Optometry Society.' The alternatives, he says, will be the obtaining of Professional status, or, by 1971, reduction to the role of spectacle-sellers.

16Official History of the Army Air Force i...BBBLiteratureTextbooks

Official History of the Army Air Force in World War Two
Rumfoord talked to Lily about the bombing of Dresden one time, and Billy heard it all. Rumfoord had a problem about Dresden. His one-volume history of the Army Air Force in the Second World War was supposed to be a readable condensation of the twenty seven-volume Official History of the Army Air Force in World War Two. The thing was, though, there was almost nothing in the twenty-seven volumes about the Dresden raid, even though it had been such a howling success. The extent of the success had been kept a secret for many years after the war-a secret from the American people. It was no secret from the Germans, of course, or from the Russians, who occupied Dresden after the war, who are in Dresden still.

17Pavilion of the ArtsBBBEntertainmentMuseums

Pavilion of the Arts
Billy drove through a scene of even greater desolation. It looked like Dresden after it was fire-bombed-like the surface of the moon. The house where Billy had grown up used to be somewhere in what was so empty now. This was urban renewal. A new Ilium Government Center and a Pavilion of the Arts and a Peace Lagoon and high-rise apartment buildings were going up here soon. That was all right with Billy Pilgrim.

18The Review of OptometryBBBPeriodicalsNewspapers

The Review of Optometry
Billy turned his attention to his desk. There was an open copy of The Review of Optometry there. It was opened to an editorial, which Billy now read, his lips moving slightly.

19ScheherezadeBBBVehiclesWatercrafts

Scheherezade
A great motor yacht named the Scheherezade now slid past the marriage bed. The song its engines sang was a very low organ note. All her lights were on. Two beautiful people, a young man and a young woman in evening clothes, were at the rail at the stem, loving each other and their dreams and the wake. They were honeymooning, too. They were Lance Rumfoord, of Newport, Rhode Island, and his bride, the former Cynthia Landry., who had been a childhood sweetheart of John F. Kennedy in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.

20The Tralmafadorian ZooBBBEntertainmentZoos

The Tralmafadorian Zoo
The aliens known as Tralfamadorians bring Billy to their planet to exhibit him in a zoo. They also kidnap a 20-year-old actress/porn star named Montana Wildhack so that the two can mate.

21Zap GunBBBWeaponsGuns

Zap Gun
Tralfamadorian weapon aimed at Billy so that he will climb the ladder into their saucer.

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22IliumMapUrban AreasCities-New York

Ilium
Town in New York where Billy was born in 1922, the only child of a barber there.

23Ilium Government CenterMapStructuresCenters

Ilium Government Center
Billy drove through a scene of even greater desolation. It looked like Dresden after it was fire-bombed-like the surface of the moon. The house where Billy had grown up used to be somewhere in what was so empty now. This was urban renewal. A new Ilium Government Center and a Pavilion of the Arts and a Peace Lagoon and high-rise apartment buildings were going up here soon. That was all right with Billy Pilgrim.

24Peace LagoonMapWaterBodies of Water

Peace Lagoon
Billy drove through a scene of even greater desolation. It looked like Dresden after it was fire-bombed-like the surface of the moon. The house where Billy had grown up used to be somewhere in what was so empty now. This was urban renewal. A new Ilium Government Center and a Pavilion of the Arts and a Peace Lagoon and high-rise apartment buildings were going up here soon. That was all right with Billy Pilgrim.

25Pine KnollMapResidential CommunitiesRetirement Communities

Pine Knoll
Billy's mother was still alive. She was in bed in an old people's home called Pine Knoll on the edge of Ilium.

26TralfamadoreMapOuter SpacePlanets

Tralfamadore
Home of the Tralfamadorian aliens that kidnap Billy and exhibit him in their zoo.

27Zircon-212MapOuter SpacePlanets

Zircon-212
But Billy Pilgrim wasn't beguiled by the back of the store. He was thrilled by the Kilgore Trout novels in the front. The tides were all new to him, or he thought they were. Now he opened one. It seemed all right for him to do that. Everybody else in the store was pawing things. The name of the book was The Big Board. He got a few paragraphs into it, and then realized that he had read it before-years ago, in the veterans' hospital. It was about an Earthling man and woman who were kidnapped by extra-terrestrials. They were put on display in a zoo on a planet called Zircon-212.

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