Brave New World

by: Aldous Huxley

Companion Texts

Radiolab, “The Primitive Streak”,

In this podcast, scientists and researchers discuss the history and current practices of developing human embryos in a lab. Like the Hatchery in Brave New World, the scientists have control over creating human beings. The scientists discuss the ethical questions and ramifications of their work.

“Charles Darwin: Evolution and the Story of Our Species”,

This timeline provides an overview of Charles Darwin's life, research, and writing. His ideas about human evolution and natural selection had an enormous influence on Aldous Huxley's writing of Brave New World.

Sigmund Freud, Civilization and its Discontents,

A detailed synopsis of Sigmund Freud's best-known work, this site provides backgrounds on ideas about psychoanalysis, conditioning, individuality, and conformity that Huxley wrestles with in Brave New World.

Aldous Huxley, “Brave New World Revisited,

This link provides the full text of an essay Huxley wrote almost thirty years after Brave New World was published. In it, he considers to what extent his predictions about the future have come true.

Naomi Alderman, “Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future”,

This article from The Guardian connects science fiction that deals with gender roles and reproductive rights, of which Brave New World is an early example, with policy debates and developments surrounding these issues in the contemporary world.

PBS Frontline, “Making Babies”,

This episode of Frontline considers the ethics of current developments in genetic technology for those who cannot have children on their own.