Monday, November 16, 2009
“2 B R 0 2 B” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
“2 B R 0 2 B” is a brief glimpse into a utopian-esque future, where a peaceful planet is happily beyond the necessity of death, and population control helps everyone have the space they need. Yet, one father-to-be is about to have triplets, and his stay in the waiting room is fraught with anguish, because his children will die if he can’t find three volunteers to die in their place.
Vonnegut shows his powerful writing skills in this brief story of a utopia that may not be. The length is diminutive, but for the very small cover charge, this is a very good pick-up for a short burst of thought-provoking science fiction from a literary master.
[NOTE: Luke Reviews doesn’t give short stories individual ratings. “2 B R 0 2 B” is a short story, and thus receives no numerical rating.]