Science Fiction (Required Readings)

10 Harrison Bergeron

(1961)

Kurt Vonnegut

Coursepack iconKurt Vonnegut’s rare foray into sci fi/fantasy.

Research Notes

It was originally published The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in October 1961, and was republished in the author’s Welcome to the Monkey House collection in 1968.

Opening Paragraph

The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal.  They weren’t only equal before God and the law.  They were equal every which way.  Nobody was smarter than anybody else.  Nobody was better looking than anybody else.  Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.  All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.

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