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Regardless of whether you are a regular reader of science fiction, Kurt Vonnegut should be on your list of authors to read. No book is more representative of Vonnegut's style than Cat's Cradle.
A young writer decides to interview the children of a scientist — Felix Hoenikker — who is primarily responsible for the creation of the atomic bomb. The journey sets him on the path of "ice-nine," the invention that will truly mean the end of the world. The satirical tale allows Vonnegut to comment on everything from religion to science to the arms race, all in the deadpan and dark style that has made the author well-loved by many readers.