Editors placing collectively an upcoming assortment of Kurt Vonnegut’s brief fiction have stumbled throughout 5 never-before-published tales from the American literary grasp. Courting from a interval within the early 1950s, earlier than Vonnegut revealed any of his novels, all 5 of the tales might be included within the 97-entry Full Tales, out later this month. However one, “The Drone King,” can also be already on-line, courtesy of The Atlantic.
Centering on a wealthy eccentric with a fascination with bees, the story doesn’t essentially see Vonnegut on the peak of his kind. (Which is to say, it’s merely good and humorous, as a substitute of a piece of empathetic genius.) Nevertheless it does have most of the hallmarks of the creator’s later fiction, together with loads of refined jabs at sexual politics and the lives of the idle wealthy, and it’s a pleasant teaser for Full Tales, which comes out September 26.