2 B R 0 2 B - Kurt Vonnegut

2 B R 0 2 B

By Kurt Vonnegut

  • Release Date: 2007-01-01
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 1,502 Ratings


It is a science fiction short story by Kurt Vonnegut, originally published in the digest magazine Worlds of If Science Fiction, January 1962, and collected in Vonnegut's Bagombo Snuff Box (1999). The title is pronounced "2 B R naught 2 B", referencing the famous phrase "to be, or not to be" from William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. In this story, the title refers to the telephone number one dials to schedule an assisted suicide with the Federal Bureau of Termination. Vonnegut's 1965 novel God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater describes a story by this name, attributing it to his recurring character Kilgore Trout, [1] although the plot summary given is closer in nature to the eponymous tale from the short-story collection Welcome to the Monkey House.


  • Pretty dark

    By ethan0331baxter
    A suitably quick ending to such a short story. I’d say it’s a good read with some good insight on human nature.
  • 2BO02B, that is the question, isn’t it?

    By LeRoi Paris
    Interesting story, as are all of Vonnegut’s. Has a good point. I recommend everyone reads at least Welcome to the Monkey House, then you’ll be hooked on Vonnegut and learn a very different perspective on, well, everything!
  • 2BRO2B

    By Double-play ball
    I love a story that makes you think this one does.
  • LACnjt

    By grdgfqkrgwmfete
  • Do you know what a drupelet is?

    By Octafoz
    A great snapshot of Vonnegut, and another fantastic usage of drupelet. Also, a speedy read.
  • Grissly irony

    By brandwisdom
    It’s vintage for the time it was written, and thankfully, short. But Ive read much better Vonnegut.
  • Quick, thought-provoking read

    By tbiscut
    Vonnegut presents a future dystopia in which rapid population growth has been controlled. However this facade of ideality comes at a cost to the everyday person. This short story discusses the decision one must make between the individual and the collective, providing insights on the value of a human life.
  • A nice Vonnegut Intro

    By JetSetBenny
    My wife has been begging me to read some of Vonnegut's work, this was an interesting short story. Going to have to read again and dwell on it awhile, oh, what it means to be human.
  • Short, Grim and candid

    By Like mixing bleach and ammonia
    Fun little read on how future societies could be.
  • Very good short story.

    By Playing to relax
    Intellectually scary.