2 B R O 2 B
The only book by Kurt Vonnegut in the public domain, 2BR02B was originally published in the pulp digest magazine Worlds of If Science Fiction. The title is a reference to Hamlet's immortal phrase, pronounced "2 B R naught 2 B." 10 pun points to Vonnegut for that one (out of a possible 100). In Vonnegut's short story, the title also refers to the telephone number someone dials to schedule an assisted suicide with the "Federal Bureau of Termination." In a future where aging has been cured, euthanasia is employed as a means of population control (including infanticide), so in order for someone to be born, a volunteer has to come forward to die.
The story details a scene in a hospital where a Mr. Wehling has been told that he's the father of triplets, but that there won't be room for all of them unless he finds three volunteers to die. The morbid scene that follows is classic Vonnegut. What a volunteer hears from the receptionist at the Federal Bureau of Termination is: "Thank you. Your city thanks you; your country thanks you; your planet thanks you. But the deepest thanks of all is from future generations."
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March 25, 2014
A great short story set in a distopian future.
February 12, 2014
I feel that the book was a little spooky, but still fun to think about.
February 06, 2014
Love it! 😍
December 01, 2013
Awesome book. Interesting story which I would never of thought of!
October 19, 2013
Vonnegut is, as always, a master writer. He rightly projects some possible consequences of radical life extension. Let's make sure that as we radically extend life we also extend complementary technologies. . .
October 13, 2013
At first, mr wehlings had a revolver, then he had a pistol
October 04, 2013
it is too shortt
October 01, 2013
Is this a novel or a short story??
September 09, 2013
Very powerful short story. Vonnegut is such a great think, and its amazing he eas able to share those thoughts through words.
September 02, 2013
It was unusual and interesting. The premise is a real pondering thought in the world. Could we kill off our own kind to make room for others?
August 28, 2013
Thought provoking... As human life span increases as the result of advancements in medicine, could it be possible mankind might confront that type of ethical dilemas in the future? I hope it doesn't happen in my lifetime.
August 23, 2013
Wayyyyy to short. Could have been a great story.
August 17, 2013
Very interesting read, would make a good short film.
July 08, 2013
Interesting! Left me with a lot to think about.
June 20, 2013
June 16, 2013
A very interesting read....short and to the point!
June 16, 2013
Too short, was left wanting a bit more
June 12, 2013
Short read but very interesting
May 18, 2013
Very interesting. I'm wondering if these techniques are something we may need to employ in the future. It maybe the answer to our healthcare problems.
May 15, 2013
I just love Vonnegut.
Brenda Gerdes Mathes
May 11, 2013
I was impressed. It's written well, and it's a story that makes you think.
May 04, 2013
Thought provoking short story. A quick but stimulating read, something that will stick with me for a while.
May 03, 2013
A short, short story which is intriguing and leaves you wanting more.
April 22, 2013
March 14, 2013
Dark, satirical, and the kind of sad you just can't stop reading. Perfect glimpse of Kurt Vonnegut
March 07, 2013
Wow. Just WOW.
March 05, 2013
Very thought provoking.
February 26, 2013
Very interesting and sad. Is something that people would say could never happen but in all reality it very well could
February 25, 2013
Great quick read for fans of Vonnegut, borrows a few details from Welcome to the Monkey House (or maybe the other way around).
February 17, 2013
Good to read!
February 10, 2013
Interesting idea, very short, and thus not too deep, only 12 pages. But it certainly deserves the short time it takes, and as good sci fi should be, gives one much to think about. Could have been something larger.
February 05, 2013
Very good short story. Gives one much to ponder.
January 20, 2013
Interesting, i really enjoyed reading it.
January 09, 2013
Short and sweet
December 01, 2012
Rather sophmoric for an author who is supposed to be deep.
October 21, 2012
Pretty good story, if you're looking for a quick dark read check it out, but it doesn't hit very deep
October 20, 2012
Excellent idea and very memorable; one of the many influences on the stellar Rush album Clockwork Angels and specifically the songs BU2B and BU2B2.
October 10, 2012
This is more like a study for a novel. Nice title. Interesting idea.
October 08, 2012
Is anyone out there
October 06, 2012
Interesting. Reminded me of "Brave New World".
October 05, 2012
Short story... Not sure?!?!
October 05, 2012
October 01, 2012
September 29, 2012
Ummm.. Its short and confusing :(
September 28, 2012
September 27, 2012
Whats your reply to that
September 27, 2012
Awakens something during the read. Very vonnegut.
September 23, 2012
Not worth bothering with.
September 19, 2012
That was a good read, if slightly depressing.
September 12, 2012
Really good short story. I wish it was longer though. A novella would have been so good!
September 11, 2012
I was really getting into it, I was hoping it would be longer!
September 03, 2012
Amazing short story
August 29, 2012
Great quick read..
August 27, 2012
Brilliant, classic K.V. A great short piece.
August 07, 2012
Lovely classical work
May 12, 2012
So it goes
January 24, 2012
That is the question... So Vonnegut.
January 19, 2012
Kurt was the man...
December 08, 2011
Classic Vonnegut. Not so obscene and too short for anything special.