Brave New World
Brave New World is Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley
Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. Best known for his novels including Brave New World and a wide-ranging output of essays, Huxley also edited the magazine Oxford Poetry, and published short stories, poetry, travel...

's fifth novel
A novel is a book of long narrative in literary prose. The genre has historical roots both in the fields of the medieval and early modern romance and in the tradition of the novella. The latter supplied the present generic term in the late 18th century....

, 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
Reproductive technology
Reproductive technology encompasses all current and anticipated uses of technology in human and animal reproduction, including assisted reproductive technology, contraception and others.-Assisted reproductive technology:...

 and sleep-learning
Sleep-learning attempts to convey information to a sleeping person, typically by playing a sound recording to them while they sleep....

 that combine to change society. The future society is an embodiment of the ideals that form the basis of futurology
Futures studies is the study of postulating possible, probable, and preferable futures and the worldviews and myths that underlie them. There is a debate as to whether this discipline is an art or science. In general, it can be considered as a branch under the more general scope of the field of...

. 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
Island (novel)
Island is the final book by English writer Aldous Huxley, published in 1962. It is the account of Will Farnaby, a cynical journalist who is shipwrecked on the fictional island of Pala. Island is Huxley's utopian counterpart to his most famous work, the 1932 novel Brave New World, itself often...


In 1999, the Modern Library
Modern Library
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 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
Miranda (Shakespeare)
In Shakespeare's play The Tempest, Miranda is the beautiful daughter of the old Duke Prospero.Cast away with her father since she was three years old, she has lived an extremely sheltered existence. Though she has received a well-rounded education from her father, she is desperately lacking in real...

 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!

A reference to the importance that the World State attaches to human cloning.

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.

Rumor as explained by Fanny Crowne as to why Alpha-Plus Bernard Marx looked and acted odd.

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!

Bernard Marx's comments on the preceding slogan and an analysis on the effects of state-sponsored sleep teaching.

Community, Identity, Stability.

The motto of the World State.

No social stability without individual stability.

Refers to mass use of soma to create "stable" citizens who conform to societal norms.

Christianity without tears — that's what soma is.

Mustapha Mond's summarisation of the hypnotic, revered drug soma.

All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects.

Another summarisation of the drug soma.

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.

John's interpretation of social norms being restrictive, denying him the opportunity to experience the human condition.

In fact, you are claiming the right to be unhappy.

Mustapha Mond's response to the previous quote.

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.

Lyrics of a popular computer-generated song referring to how babies are artifically gestated.