Brave New World

Happy Friday Reader! I hope your plans for the weekend are shaping up to be wonderful!

When I was in my early teens my younger sister found a book in the study that was a curious read. For reasons unknown to us, an uncle had left all his University books with us after he finished his Engineering degree, and this book was found tucked in one of the shelves that lined one wall of the study. The books was Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.

My parents had taken us to watch Star Wars when we were kids, so we were familiar with the science fiction genre. I remember enjoying the coloring books and trying to remember the nuances of R2D2’s ‘skin’. Picking up Brave New World was a completely different matter. It was an adult book filled with themes that were a challenge to understand, but I blundered through it and its darkness stayed with me.

In more recent history, I stumbled across Discovery’s Brave New World with Stephen Hawking. It was a sparkling breath of fresh air that was good to watch.  In the three part series experts in various fields look at the way creative people are improving our lives every day by building machines that make our lives easier, tackling new advances in medicine to help us live healthier longer and technological advances that are changing the way we live our lives. It puts a different spin on the phrase “Brave New World”, that I really like. I recommend it in every way.

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