Vonnegut uses the premise of a timequake (or repetition of actions) in which there is no free will. The idea of determinism is explored -- as it is in many of his previous works -- to assert that people really have no free will.

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The Simpsons:
Season:  23  / Episode:  10 
Politically Inept, With Homer Simpson

This Television Episode refers to Timequake written by Kurt Vonnegut
At the airport, Homer's suitcase is over the weight limit, so the family goes through the bag, taking out the items that are not necessary. Lisa has filled the suitcase with Kurt Vonnegut books. One of the books shown is Timequake.

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