The New York Times writer and critic Granville Hicks gave Player Piano a positive review, favorably comparing it to Aldous Huxley 's Brave New World . Hicks called Vonnegut a "sharp-eyed satirist". None of the reviewers considered the novel particularly important. Several editions were printed—one by Bantam with the title Utopia 14 , and another by the Doubleday Science Fiction Book Club —whereby Vonnegut gained the repute of a science fiction writer, a genre held in disdain by writers at that time. He defended the genre, and deplored a perceived sentiment that "no one can simultaneously be a respectable writer and understand how a refrigerator works." 
This story is told from the third-person objective point of view. The narrator speaks as to what he/she sees, and we are unaware of the thoughts of the main characters.
After Project Cirrus ended, Schaefer and Bernard Vonnegut moved on to new positions outside GE and continued to study weather. But we thought there was no better time to dust off the legacy of the snow men’s research than ahead of Christmas morning.
As quoted by James Lundquist in Kurt Vonnegut (1971) ... " Kurt is up in heaven now." That's my favorite joke. A joke is like building a mousetrap from scratch.
An obituary on Friday and in some copies on Thursday about the writer Kurt Vonnegut referred incorrectly to the military role of the character Billy Pilgrim in the Vonnegut novel “Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade,” set in Europe during World War II. Pilgrim was a chaplain’s assistant, not an infantry scout, although he encounters scouts in his travels and joins up with them.
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“I’ll have plenty of expert help on the outside,” said Quick. He nodded at me. “He’ll be handling the financial end, while I take care of research and production.”