Kurt Vonnegut’s 2BR02B on Project Gutenberg

A short story by the late, great Kurt Vonnegut, originally published in a magazine in 1962, is now available at Project Gutenberg, since it’s copyright wasn’t renewed. I’ll have my thoughts up about it soon (I haven’t read it yet), but here’s an excerpt:

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.

Hmm…free, intriguing scifi, written by a legend. Are you still reading this?

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