Publisher Description

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.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
January 1
Public Domain
Public Domain

Customer Reviews

LeRoi Paris ,

2BO02B, that is the question, isn’t it?

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!

CeriseFern ,

Not Perfect,,,

It’s by no means a perfect story, and given the option I would have rated it a 4.5.
However I did very much enjoy it. Though predictable I give that to it’s age, and my biggest complaint is how overly explained 2BR02B is as if the reader is stupid.
It’s short and simple, it conveys its message clearly and it kept my attention.

ethan0331baxter ,

Pretty dark

A suitably quick ending to such a short story. I’d say it’s a good read with some good insight on human nature.

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