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Vonnegut unbound: Amazon opens door for fan fiction

Kindle Worlds, Amazon's publishing platform for stories inspired by pre-existing works, secures the license for fans of the "Slaughterhouse-Five" author to create new storylines for his characters.

Soon "Pretty Little Liars" fan fiction will get a new neighbor: Kilgore Trout.

The recurring character of several books by the late Kurt Vonnegut will be able to live on in stories written by fans for Amazon's Kindle Worlds shop. The e-retailer Thursday said it secured a license from RosettaBooks for fan fiction based on Vonnegut's works, with submissions opening this month.

Earlier this year, Amazon launched Kindle Worlds, a new publishing venture that pays both writers and the original rights holders for new fiction based on existing stories and characters.

Philip Patrick, publisher of Kindle Worlds, called it a "thrill" to "include the work of an American literary icon" in the store.

"Billy Pilgrim, unstuck in time, is going to quickly become a Kindle Worlds favorite," he said in statement, referring to the protagonist of "Slaughterhouse-Five."

So it goes.