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The Big Trip Up Yonder

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,997 ratings  ·  117 reviews
The story is set in 2158 A.D., after the invention of a medicine called Anti-Gerasone, which is made from mud and dandelions and is thus inexpensive and widely available. Anti-Gerasone halts the aging process and prevents people from dying of old age as long as they keep taking it; as a result, America now suffers from severe overpopulation and shortages of food and resour ...more
Paperback, 22 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Aegypan (first published 1954)
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David Schaafsma
“2BR02B” is a Vonnegut sci fi short story that imagines a future where aging has been “cured” and population control is mandated by the government. It could be seen as a kind of prequel to “The Big Trip Yonder,” (original title, “Tomorrow, and Tomorrow and Tomorrow,” also Shakespearean) a couple centuries in the future, after the invention of a medicine called Anti-Gerasone, which halts the aging process and prevents people from dying of old age as long as they keep taking it; everybody takes it ...more
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ugh, can't imagine being stuck in the same room as my immediate family, never mind my extended one.

Question: Do these people not masturbate? How do they have sex? Do they have sex in front of their family? Or does the daybed have a schedule for that?

Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a futuristic novel. Although it does not describe the future in general, it focuses on two themes: how to prolong life by inventing an anti-aging medicine, super anti-Gerasone and the effects of this idyllic concept.

The original title of the book was TOMORROW and TOMORROW and TOMORROW and it was published in 1983. The author himself, Kurt Vonnegut, predicted by writing a story what it is like in the future when there is such an anti-aging medicine. In the story, the clan of t
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone

"Most of the world's ills can be traced to the fact that Man's knowledge of himself has not kept pace with his knowledge of the physical world."

"Hell" snorted Gramps. "We said that a hundred years ago!"

Set in a world which has created an anti-ageing potion and has resulted in too many people, this rib tickling piece has brought my so much joy. The quote must have made it clear that this isn't just a story meant to make one laugh. There is an intense profundity in this dy
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The future Vonnegut depicted is, strangely, no different from the present reality. Just look at how these family members fight for ownership while unbeknownst to them, somebody -- Gramps -- is really just pulling all the strings and planning to privately own everything. (Such unequal distribution of wealth! Such illusion of possession!)

...And all of these done under a unique tale of a never-aging and ever-expanding Fords family which, if viewed merely as it is, seems to live in the w
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Humorous, futurist suspense.
Andrew Adams
Jun 21, 2012 rated it liked it
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I only scanned other reviews of this short story, but it looks like many did what I did, which was read this close behind "2BR02B." This comes across like a prequel to that, at least in terms of setting (during the overpopulation that has been resolved by "2BR02B"). Otherwise the characters are different, consisting of an old man and his future generations, all of whom compete for the best spot to sleep on the floor in his home. As satirical as the last, this impressed me again by its realistic ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Funny short piece from Vonnegut about a "generational" apartment in an overpopulated, resource poor future where people have unlocked the secret of immortality. Like The Journey of Joenes
by Robert Sheckley, people actually try to either break into jail or get convicted of a crime, because life there is better than on the outside :)
Mar 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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Years of life left before us and lot of things to see and do.

What if we all get the chance to see our great grand children?

More specifically what if we have to live with our children and grand children and great grand children under the same roof?

Well, even for an Indian for whom living in a joint family is a blasé phenomenon, this idea strikes queer.

Vonnegut takes the same road as in 2BR02B and gives a family with the eldest member of the age 172.

Gramps, as he is call
Anusha Narasimhan
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Kurt Vonnegut's creativity is great as usual. Imagining the future in a believable way, without any cliche, is quite hard and he does it extremely well.

However, I didn't enjoy it as much as 2BR02B, which I read a long time back. I guess it's because I've already experienced the overpopulation theme, and hence this book didn't affect me so much now.

I'd recommend this book to be read along with 2BR02B.
Sean O
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a world where nobody dies, nobody leaves home, because it's so crowded there's no place to move to.

A short story and companion piece to "2BR02B" about the sci fi implications of solving aging and death.
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it
I always enjoy Vonnegut's forward-thinking cleverness, with small touches that reveal so much. This story questions the wisdom of perpetual longevity through the lens of privacy and loss of comfort due to over-population.
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've only read a couple of Kurt Vonnegut's stories and so far I've loved them both. Can't wait to read more. Excellent sci fi, really weird concepts.
Nov 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Short story about an overcrowded planet where aging has been stopped, all generations look the same, and jail has luxurious privacy and facilities.
Jerry Jose
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Unsettling story and to be honest, i had to wiki to get the premise n plot. Not proud :P
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting short story, in the science fiction genre, though seemed very down to earth(no pun intended!)
The story highlights how a new potion has been invented that elongates peoples lives, so the world becomes really over populated with many members of the public living well into their third century. Unfortunately this means that the earth is really overpopulated, presuming that property prices rise. Then whole families live together, so the great great grandfather is living with his chi
May 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
My Rating Scale:
1 Star - Horrible book, It was so bad I stopped reading it. I have not read the whole book and wont
2 Star - Bad book, I forced myself to finish it and do NOT recommend. I can't believe I read it once
3 Star - Average book, Was entertaining but nothing special. No plans to ever re-read
4 Star - Good Book, Was a really good book and I would recommend. I am Likely to re-read this book
5 Star - GREAT book, A great story and well written. I can't wait for th
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I listened to this short story on my Overdrive app (great app!) and, out of my normal genres which do not include sci-fi, was quite fascinated. Taking place in the year 2158 when aging has been eliminated chemically, the whole family lives in Gramps house. The rest of the family all look to be in their late 20s or early 30s, and although Gramps was already 70 when the drug was invented, he hasn’t aged in the 102 years since. Shortages of everything occur, including privacy. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr dev ...more
Farah Fitria Sari
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lol this is a short witty read I never knew I needed. It feels weird that I randomly chose this, a satire about death and aging, after I just finished The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck, which its latest chapter is also about death.

My first Kurt Vonnegut! Lighter than Philip K. Dick, but still makes me think nonetheless.
S. Wilson
An Immortality Morality Play, of sorts, satirizing the effects of the life-extending benefits of scientific knowledge on society and the family unit. Kilgore Trout would approve.
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Crafty little short story, can be found on project Gutenberg. I liked it.
John Majerle
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Now where can I score some anti-gerasone?
Trevor Price
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Short story that doesn't even seem Vonnegutian, nor particularly memorable or interesting.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How I wish I could turn back time and make Vonnegut write a novel based on this! What a grand, amazingly developed idea it is in its 10 pages of colorful language and devastating remarks...
Doris Nelson
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good. Everyone happy in the end. Love Kurt Vonnegut
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally published in 1954 by the magazine Galaxy Science Fiction, Kurt Vonnegut's short story The Big Trip Up Yonder is set in the year 2185 in a time in which old age has been defeated. The main character is Gramps Ford, a man that was 70 when anti-gerasone, the cure to aging was created. He has been 70 years old for 102 years. He is grumpy, vindictive and generally unpleasant - much like you would expect for a man that has has been 70 years old for 102 years.

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Chris Chinchilla

Gramps Ford, his chin resting on his hands, his hands on the crook of his cane, was staring irascibly at the five-foot television screen that dominated the room. On the screen, a news commentator was summarizing the day's happenings. Every thirty seconds or so, Gramps would jab the floor with his cane-tip and shout, "Hell, we did that a hundred years ago!"

Emerald and Lou, coming in from the balcony, where they had been seeking that 2185 A.D. rarity--privacy--were obliged to take seats in the back r

Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had never read this particular story by Vonnegut before, but as with his others, I loved it. I do have to admit that I am a huge huge huge fan of his works, and I have a hard time finding anything to dislike in any of them. I like the dark topics he tackles, while managing to keep the stories humorous and light-hearted, but I especially respect his ability to use humor without taking away from the importance of whatever point he is trying to make. I enjoy his style of writing, particularly his ...more
I read the Big Trip Up Yonder because I had enjoyed the concept of 2BR02B (which I had read first, although it takes place later) so much and I had heard that this particular short story also focused on the concept of the cure to aging leading to severe population control problems.

I have no regrets in reading this story. It is much lighter than 2BR02B, although this would be expected considering this story focuses on a crowded house compared to 2B's focus on the solution to the popul
Yemi Adesanya
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Imagine living in a single-bedroom apartment with four generations of your extended family and their spouses; imagine sharing one bathroom with them all, one kitchen, one dinning room, the shared living doubling as a bedroom for one lucky couple, and the only bedroom irrevocably occupied by a grumpy, irascible greatgreatgreatgrandfather of whom everyone is a descendant while everyone else slept on the ground in the apartment's corridor all the way to the only bathroom. Wheeeeeeeeew!

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Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist. He was recognized as New York State Author for 2001-2003.

He was born in Indianapolis, later the setting for many of his novels. He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1943, where he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journali