Three small words:
By Aldous Huxley. Please, tell me you’ve read it. And if you haven’t, then get thee to the library immediately and check this novel out. Consider it a homework assignment.
To me, this novel opened up the world of spec fiction. Every concept in it challenged society, even back in the 80s when it came my way. And when was the book written? 1931. Um, wow.
Let’s see, there was:
1) Genetically engineered babies
2) Random sex (and birth control)
3) Reservations for people unwilling to change
4) No marriage
5) No regular births
6) A firm caste system
7) And no challenging the system
Oy, what else am I leaving out?
So what did I learn from Brave New World?
Push your limits.
Don’t be afraid to write something controversial. In fact, many times it’s the more controversial writing which will be remembered. (Now where is that work-in-progress of mine?)
Classics can actually be interesting after all (which up until this point was totally not the case to me).
Science fiction ROCKS!
I can’t say that I’ve read anything else by Aldous Huxley. Anyone else have something they want to recommend? Or is this one of those things better left untouched?
PJ Hoover at one point thought living in the world of Brave New World would be cool. Of course, that was assuming she would be an Alpha.