Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was known for blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction, and that is exactly what he does in this little gem of of a story from 1962. In the chronology of his works, it came between
Mother Night and
Cat's Cradle. The title is pronounced "2 B R naught 2 B" and references the famous phrase, 'To be or not to be" in Shakespeare's
The story takes place in a future when diseases and aging have been eliminated and, as a result, the government has taken measures to insure population control.
Vonnegut always makes me glad I bothered.