Brave New Worlds: Dystopian Stories

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    Post by Supernova on Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:50 pm

    Well, after a couple years I finally got around to reading this book that came out a few years ago, and am about halfway through. It has some classics, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, the Pedestrian by Ray Bradbury, Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, etc., but also a lot of newer stories, and these people take opposing viewpoints on the same topics.

    Two key elements that come up often in this book are people's reproductive and sexual rights: in one story gay men are locked away in basically concentration camps until they can prove they're not a threat like the violent criminals, police and soldiers who are brought in on the trains and killed. In another there is homosexuality, and hydrosexuality which is women going into a pool and releasing their eggs, and then the men coming in and releasing their sperm in the pool and from this children are born, but there is no heterosexuality since that is an act of animals.

    Likewise, in one story, the fountain of youth has been found in a drug called rejoo and since people live forever, children must be killed because they waste valuable resources for people already here, so it's illegal to be a mother and it's the job of police to find toddlers and shoot them in the head. But in another story, procreation is the only thing that keeps you alive and anybody found to be infertile, even new babies, must be killed immediately in the name of holiness.

    Definitely a lot of food for thought and some of them can be indigestion worthy, has anybody else read this book?

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