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2 B R 0 2 B (version 2) & The Big Trip Up Yonder (version 5)

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These two stories by Kurt Vonnegut were written over a decade apart but they are definitely connected. The Big Trip Up Yonder, published in Galaxy Science Fiction January 1954 is a comical yet scary description of what over population was going to do to society after aging was conquered and a simple daily dose of "anti-gerosone" would keep you forever the same age. Would Gramps EVER take 'That Big Trip Up Yonder', or would his hordes of descendants be stuck with him forever in a tiny apartment!? 2 B R 0 2 B, published in Worlds of If, January 1962 takes this basic situation many years into the future and a solution has been found. The population of the US has dropped from 80 billion to 40 million. Not what everyone would call a pretty solution, or the best solution, but nevertheless a solution to the population problem. I believe this is the type of story it is best to listen to, not describe, so enjoy.

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2 B R 0 2 B

By Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Transcriber note: This etext was produced from Worlds of If, January 1962. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

Got a problem? Just pick up the phone. It solved them all and all the same way!

2 B R 0 2 B

by KURT VONNEGUT, JR.

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.

Death, barring accidents, was an adventure for volunteers.

The population of the United States was stabilized at forty million souls.

One bright morning in the Chicago Lying in Hospital, a man named Edward K. Wehling, Jr., waited for his wife to give birth. He was the only man waiting. Not many people were born a day any more.

Wehling was fifty six, a mere stripling in a population whose average age was one hundred and twenty nine.

X rays had revealed that his wife was going to have triplets... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - May 9, 2016
Subject: Well done
A well-read worthwhile quick listen.


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