's fifth novel
, written in 1931 and published in 1932. Set in London of AD 2540 (632 A.F. in the book), the novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology
that combine to change society. The future society is an embodiment of the ideals that form the basis of futurology
. Huxley answered this book with a reassessment in an essay, Brave New World Revisited (1958), summarised below, and with his final work, a novel titled Island
In 1999, the Modern Library
ranked Brave New World fifth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.
Brave New Worlds ironic title derives from Miranda's
speech in Shakespeare's The Tempest, Act V, Scene I:
This line itself is ironic; Miranda was raised for most of her life on an isolated island, and the only people she ever knew were her father and his servants, an enslaved savage and a spirit.
Bokanovsky's process is one of the major instruments of social stability!
They say somebody made a mistake when he was still in the bottle--thought he was a Gamma and put alcohol into his blood-surrogate.
One hundred repetitions three nights a week for four years, thought Bernard Marx, who was a specialist on hypnopædia. Sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth. Idiots!
Community, Identity, Stability.
No social stability without individual stability.
Christianity without tears — that's what soma is.
All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects.
But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.
In fact, you are claiming the right to be unhappy.
Bottle of mine, it's you I've always wanted! Bottle of mine, why was I ever decanted? Skies are blue inside of you The weather's always fine; For There ain't no Bottle in all the world Like that dear little Bottle of mine.