I heard about him through the film Harrison Bergeron. It was on late one night on BBC2, probably about five or six years ago. The first 10 minutes or so caught my attention, and I sat riveted for the next hour and a half as the story played out.
A film that deals with a society in which all are equal. Equally unintelligent. Purposely kept not too bright by electrical devices worn in headbands. A mediocre society that deliberately is lacking creativity, initiative and any risk of surprise.
The film’s tagline sums it up nicely:
“Welcome to the future. It’s a no-brainer.”
Harrison Bergeron is too bright, and he doesn’t dull down when the devices are tuned up and up. A lobotomy beckons. Until he gets into trouble, and is offered a second chance. To join the ruling elite, society’s government who are unhampered by intelligence-limiting.
He joins up, but isn’t impressed or happy with what he finds.
It’s a fine, thought-provoking piece of sci-fi, and better than it’s made-for-cable tag suggests.