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

Kurt VONNEGUT, JR. (1922 - 2007)

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. (Summary by Phil Chenevert)

Genre(s): Science Fiction, Short Stories

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 1 - 2 B R 0 2 B Phil Chenevert
00:19:26
Play 02 2 - The Big Trip Up Yonder Phil Chenevert
00:27:10