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"Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World is a novel written in 1931 by Aldous Huxley and published in 1932. Set in London of AD 2540 (632 A.F.—"After Ford"—in the book), the novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that combine to profoundly change society. Huxley answered this book with a reassessment in an essay, Brave New World Revisited (1958), and with Island (1962), his final novel.

In 1999, the Modern Library ranked Brave New World fifth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.[1] In 2003, Robert McCrum writing for The Observer listed Brave New World number 53 in "the top 100 greatest novels of all time",[2] and the novel was listed at number 87 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.[3]

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  • David M.

    Greatly enjoyed the conversation at our table. Looking forward to chatting with those of you I didn't get to meet at a future event.

    1 · July 3, 2014

  • judy

    a big thanks to our host Michael for his amazing preparation, challenging questions and keeping everyone on their toes. A great group!

    June 30, 2014

  • carol h.

    Wonderful evening! I think we really experienced this book, as a group AND individually--unlike what Huxley warns us about. It was a fascinating discussion with lots of humor and insights.

    June 30, 2014

  • Vincent C.

    A pleasure as always.

    June 30, 2014

  • Michael K W.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight!

    June 29, 2014

  • Steve M.

    I was out on Long Island and chanced upon Soma Street (see link). Perhaps the community developer envisioned a dystopian future there.

    1 · June 26, 2014

  • Michael K W.

    Sigh. It looks like there is a pdf version (I just repurchased a Kindle Version). If anyone hasn't gotten a copy yet:

    May 19, 2014

    • Steve M.

      There's also a free ePub version, which can be viewed in any eBook reader. There are a ton of typos and odd line breaks owing to the barely-edited optical character recognition, but it's free, and you get what you pay for.

      May 19, 2014

    • Steve M.

      Here is a link to a free ePub and .mobi (Kindle) files. This edition appears to be of a better quality than the one I originally downloaded elsewhere.

      May 20, 2014

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