Brave New World vs 1984

Part Six of Advanced Science Fiction & Fantasy: writing the 21st century myth

The twentieth century produced two great visions of dystopia. George Orwell’s 1984 is still the most terrifying depiction of totalitarian control ever depicted, a nightmare future of surveillance, torture and mind control.

Aldous Huxley’s dystopia shows us a future of pleasure and beauty that many would call utopia. But beneath the glittering surfaces of this Brave New World are levels of control terrifyingly similar to our 21st century reality.

The sixth part of Writing the 21st Century Myth explores the political modelling that powered Orwell and Huxley’s classics of science fiction.

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Part Six

Brave New World vs 1984

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Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.

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