Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron" (short story, satire, free): An extreme version of the idea of "equal opportunity"
What if everyone was made equal by
- Dumbing down the smart,
- Weakening the strong,
- Uglifying the beautiful,
- ... ?
I can see something familiar in this very beautiful dark satire. And I guess readers from other countries will, too.
- William Tenn's "Null-P": Another political satire where everyone is an intellectual equal.
- Ted Chiang's "Liking What You See: A Documentary": What if you can no longer see either beauty or ugliness in a human face?
Fact sheet.First published: F&SF, October 1961.
Download full text from West Valley College, or from ToDay's MeNu. [first link via Best Science Fiction Stories]
Movie adaptations: Chandler Tuttle's "2081" (2009); Bruce Pittman's "Harrison Bergeron" (1995, TV); Patrick Horne's "Harrison Bergeron" (2006, short film).
Related: Stories of Kurt Vonnegut.