The Brave New World vs 1984 debate

Michael Cook
BioEdge

Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is a touchstone for much commentary on contemporary bioethical debates, from moral enhancement to genetic engineering to assisted reproduction. Published in 1933, its vision now seems prophetic – at least in some circles. The rival prophecy of a totalitarian future is George Orwell’s 1984, which projects the logic of Stalinism into the distant future.

A fascinating letter recently resurfaced on the Letters of Note website in which Huxley explains to Orwell why his vision of the future is more likely.

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