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Brave New World
Printable Tire's review
Apr 14, 2007
Recommended for: anyone
I'm starting to hate "the mainstream's" fascination with dystopian novels. It's basically an education system marketing ploy dreamed up by the Media Lords in control of Orwell and Huxley's copyrights. Also academics and lay readers are ashamed to discuss science fiction these days so they have to fancy it up with genres like the dystopian novel. Brave New World is a pretty good dystopian yarn, fairly outdated (though not as outdated as 1984), fairly well written, fairly well executed. I hope it's not Huxley's best work (he is, I think, a little overrated himself) but it certainly can't be his worst. But I really believe dystopian novels are the lazy "mainstream" writer and reader's idea of slumming into "speculative" fiction (fancy name for science fiction). It's science fiction's own fault, really, as somewhere along the way it became primarily associated with BEMS and Jocks In Space and franchises like Star Trek (and nerds, don't forget the nerds). But there are some great science fiction writers that write more eloquently and acutely on "future-present" problems than this most famous of dystopian novels. Read something else for Christ's sake! Science fiction didn't end with the publication of Brave New World!
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