Bernard Jarvis was waiting to die.
He wasn’t looking forward to it. He didn’t want it. But it was completely legal and he had to admit that he couldn’t argue with the practical aspects of it, so he did his civic duty and waited in line in the big, blank building colloquially referred to as the Kill Room.
Set in a dystopian world in which the government regularly executes members of society that are deemed least valuable, The Kill Room is a short story addressing our tendency to permit evil rather than actively fight it. Bernard, condemned to death, meets an old friend in what could be their last moments and begins to realize that what everyone has accepted as a necessary reality is actually an unspeakable crime.
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