by Aldous Huxley

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I read lots of dystopias, mostly teen fiction, but I'll read adult ones from time to time.  I rarely read older books, though.  This one was published in 1932!  

In Huxley's future, humans are reproduced artificially, personal attachment and intimacy are verboten,  drug use is rampant and required, and sex with multiple partners is encouraged.  A class system is formed through drugging embryos as they develop, so there will be appropriate numbers of Alphas, Betas, Deltas, Epsilons, etc.  Happiness and commerce are the great goals, the only goal for civilization.  Art, empathy, love, passion, pain, hatred -- all emotion -- is forbidden.  Innovation and recreation are encouraged only for commercial gains.  

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