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Marina Antunes [Cathode Ray Mission 05.05.15] scifi dystopic

I've been pining for this moment for years and now that it's here, I must admit I'm not really sure what to think.

Huxley's classic, published in 1932, is a master class in science fiction, creating a dystopia that has, since the book's original release, permeated down through various aspects of culture not to mention predicted much of both science and cultural norms.

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress...

The announcement that Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television will be producing the project for Syfy is welcome. It's a little shocking that it's taken this long for a new adaptation to get the green light but I also think there's a reason for that. The previous adaptations have been mediocre at best and haven't stood the test of time. It's going to require skill and care to get this new vision right. A limited series is definitely the way to go - take the time to tease out the story and the world. Now we just have to wait and see how the details shake out.

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