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2 B R O 2 B by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
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2 B R O 2 B

by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

227 ratings, 59 reviews

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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Darlene DeFoor

March 25, 2014

A great short story set in a distopian future.

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Cooper Cheng

February 12, 2014

I feel that the book was a little spooky, but still fun to think about.

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Blerta Haliti

February 06, 2014

Love it! 😍

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Nathan Nathan

December 01, 2013

Awesome book. Interesting story which I would never of thought of!

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Jonathan Cannon

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. . .

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Pearlie Scrumpkin

October 13, 2013

At first, mr wehlings had a revolver, then he had a pistol

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Angel Jimenez

October 04, 2013

it is too shortt

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Venessa Hudson

October 01, 2013

Is this a novel or a short story??

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Everardo Reyes

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.

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Jason Jenison

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?

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M Gradaille

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.

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Lori Hade

August 23, 2013

Wayyyyy to short. Could have been a great story.

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Cyndy Cooper

August 17, 2013

Very interesting read, would make a good short film.

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Dominic Boston

July 08, 2013

Interesting! Left me with a lot to think about.

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Margaret Freestone

June 20, 2013

Worth reading.

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Penny Taylor

June 16, 2013

A very interesting read....short and to the point!

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Adel Bulpitt

June 16, 2013

Too short, was left wanting a bit more

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Megan Daniel

June 12, 2013

Short read but very interesting

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Michele Wieser

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.

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Julie Osborn

May 15, 2013

I just love Vonnegut.

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Brenda Gerdes Mathes

May 11, 2013

I was impressed. It's written well, and it's a story that makes you think.

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Charlotte Temple-Camp

May 04, 2013

Thought provoking short story. A quick but stimulating read, something that will stick with me for a while.

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Helen Warner

May 03, 2013

A short, short story which is intriguing and leaves you wanting more.

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Kyle White

April 22, 2013

Very sad

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Keri Michelle

March 14, 2013

Dark, satirical, and the kind of sad you just can't stop reading. Perfect glimpse of Kurt Vonnegut

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Zuzana Forrest

March 07, 2013

Wow. Just WOW.

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Curtis Salisbury

March 05, 2013

Very thought provoking.

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Rachel Leduc

February 26, 2013

Very interesting and sad. Is something that people would say could never happen but in all reality it very well could

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Monica Mede

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).

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Phuong Nguyen

February 17, 2013

Good to read!

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Ignacio Gonzalez

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.

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Angela Boyer

February 05, 2013

Very good short story. Gives one much to ponder.

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Kevon Lakeman

January 20, 2013

Interesting, i really enjoyed reading it.

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Douglas Chetcuti

January 09, 2013

Short and sweet

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Con Massey

December 01, 2012

Rather sophmoric for an author who is supposed to be deep.

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Michael Steinheiser

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

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Minnie Mouse

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.

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Gina Jarvi

October 10, 2012

This is more like a study for a novel. Nice title. Interesting idea.

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Alyshia Ward

October 08, 2012

Is anyone out there

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Martin Bes

October 06, 2012

Interesting. Reminded me of "Brave New World".

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Carey Mulcahy

October 05, 2012

Short story... Not sure?!?!

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Philip Miller

October 05, 2012

Pure K.

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Ashly Blanchard

October 01, 2012

Hey

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Nathalie Thompson

September 29, 2012

Ummm.. Its short and confusing :(

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Kyle White

September 28, 2012

Hurry up

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Morgan Randal

September 27, 2012

Whats your reply to that

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Paula J

September 27, 2012

Awakens something during the read. Very vonnegut.

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Nick Parker

September 23, 2012

Not worth bothering with.

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Karma Kennedy

September 19, 2012

That was a good read, if slightly depressing.

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Shruti Bardia

September 12, 2012

Really good short story. I wish it was longer though. A novella would have been so good!

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Yasmin Stein

September 11, 2012

I was really getting into it, I was hoping it would be longer!

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Chris Dumas

September 03, 2012

Amazing short story

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Deb G

August 29, 2012

Great quick read..

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Jennifer Lee

August 27, 2012

Brilliant, classic K.V. A great short piece.

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Raed Rasheed

August 07, 2012

Lovely classical work

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Christian Scibetta

May 12, 2012

So it goes

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Larry Daly

January 24, 2012

That is the question... So Vonnegut.

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Dennis Ineman

January 19, 2012

Kurt was the man...

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Justin Kitman

December 08, 2011

Classic Vonnegut. Not so obscene and too short for anything special.