As I’ve been assembling thoughts for the next episodes in the Child Champs environment of our world in 2112, a surprising thought came to mind: Zardoz, the 1974 movie by John Boorman featuring Sean Connery as he was exiting his Bond persona. It has some rich world elements in it worth exploring.
The movie itself is idiosyncratic and has not been terribly memorable over the years. But I think that is because the barbarian side and the mind-tripping sides were so hokey. The life-inside-the-dome side, as I now recall, had some interesting exploring of the TES (Total Entitlement State) environment I am now trying to envision and write about.
This inside-the-dome life featured:
o some fairly decent human-computer interfacing. I recall a human arguing with the computer about how to expend computing resources
o immmortality through cloning and conciousness transferring with memories maintained in cyber
o a crisis about what people should be doing. There was a lot of hipster-style activity, and many people were falling into deep apathy
o conflict and exile: people who lost serious disputes were punished by aging with its accompanying enfeeblement, not death, because everyone in the dome was immortal.
And that’s just what I recall from seeing it decades ago. This is worth revisiting!