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2 B R O 2 B
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Createspace Independent Pub
Publication date October 16, 2015
Pages 28
Binding Paperback
Edition Large print
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781518639135
ISBN-10 1518639135
Dimensions 0.07 by 6 by 9 in.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock
Original list price $4.95
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: “Everything was perfectly swell. There were no prisons, no slums, no insane asylums, no cripples, no poverty, no wars. All diseases were conquered. So was old age.” So begins ‘2 B R 0 2 B’, a clever short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr, the author of far more famous works such as Slaughterhouse Five, Cat’s Cradle, The Sirens of Titan, Mother Night, and many others. The story first appeared in the January 1962 issue of the pulp sci-fi magazine Worlds of If. Its modest utopian beginnings quickly open up to an underlying dystopia: the only way to maintain the perfect balance on this seemingly perfect far-future Earth is to limit the population to precisely forty million souls. But old age has been beaten. To maintain eternal happiness, should birth control fail, one must acquiesce to either infanticide or suicide – choose your pleasure. Those few adults who decide they want to die are encouraged to call the Federal Bureau of Termination’s hotline at 2 B R 0 2 B (pronounced 2 B or naught 2 B) and make an appointment for euthanasia, thus opening the door for the birth of a new human. No one is forced into death, unless you count social pressure, although there is plenty of that in a society where the most admired man on the planet is Dr Hitz, “responsible for setting up the very first gas chamber in Chicago.”

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Large print edition from Createspace Independent Pub (October 16, 2015)
9781518639135 | details & prices | 28 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.07 in. | List price $4.95
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