Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Chapter One A SQUAT grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY. The enormous room on the ground floor faced towards the north. Cold for all the summer beyond the panes, for all the tropical heat of the room itself, a harsh thin light glared through the windows, hungrily seeking some draped lay figure, some pallid shape of academic goose-flesh, but finding only the glass and nickel and bleakly shining porcelain of a laboratory. Wintriness responded to wintriness. "And this," said the Director opening the door, "is the Fertilizing Room." Bent over their instruments, three hundred Fertilizers were plunged, as the Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning entered the room, in the scarcely breathing silence, the absent-minded, soliloquizing hum or whistle, of absorbed concentration. Meanwhile, it was a privilege. Responds by budding. Mr.
Never Let Me Go (novel) The novel has three acts, each chronicling a phase of the main characters' lives through first person accounts and reflections of Kathy, the protagonist. However, not each act is strictly chronological. The setting for this act is Hailsham, a fictional boarding school in England. It is clear from the peculiar way the teachers, known as "guardians," treat the students, as well as being told many times that keeping themselves healthy is extremely important, that Hailsham is not a normal boarding school. The curriculum focuses on encouraging the students to produce various forms of art, an education model that teaches no life skills. Miss Lucy reveals the destiny of all "students" of Hailsham. Ruth and Tommy enter into a romantic relationship and are still together when they leave Hailsham. In the second act, the characters, now around age 16, have moved to "The Cottages," a residential complex vastly inferior to Hailsham where they begin contact with the outside world.
Campaigning against camera surveillance in the UK & beyond » No CCTV Apology of Socrates A. These notes summarize the interpretation of parts of the Apology that I worked through with you in class. You should know that this interpretation is controversial. Many readers of the Apology would agree with it in whole or part. But many others would disagree. 1. a) What is irony? (1) When we speak or write ironically what we mean to convey to audience is different from what we literally say. b) The central dispute about this text is whether Socrates speaks ironically to the judges. (1) Did Socrates truly think himself innocent or guilty of the charges? (2) Did Socrates truly believe in the gods? c) To establish that Socrates speaks ironically only makes sense if we address not just what tells us, but why he speaks ironically. d) I shall try to address both what he says and why he says it in an ironic manner in these notes. B. C. A. B. C. A. 1. B. 1. (1) Perhaps, also, he says that he will not use the common legal phraseology. b) Yet (1) He speech is clearly orderly and even beautiful.
The Last Man The Last Man is an apocalyptic science fiction novel by Mary Shelley, which was first published in 1826. The book tells of a future world that has been ravaged by a plague. The novel was harshly reviewed at the time, and was virtually unknown until a scholarly revival beginning in the 1960s. Characters Lionel Verney The Last Man. Adrian, Earl of Windsor Son of the last King of England, Adrian embraces republican principles. Lord Raymond An ambitious young nobleman, Raymond becomes famous for his military efforts on behalf of Greece against the Turks, but eventually chooses love over his ambition to become King of England. Perdita Lionel's sister, and Raymond's wife. Idris Adrian's sister, and Verney's wife. Countess of Windsor Mother of Adrian and Idris, an Austrian princess and former Queen of England. Evadne A Greek princess with whom Adrian falls in love, but who loves Raymond. Clara Daughter of Raymond and Perdita. Alfred and Evelyn Sons of Verney and Idris. Plot summary
I Have Seen The Future, And Its Sky Is Full Of Eyes Allow me just a little self-congratulatory chest-beating. Four years ago I started writing a near-fiction thriller about the risks of swarms of UAVs in the wrong hands. Everyone I talked to back then (including my agent, alas) thought the subject was implausible, even silly. Well, it’s not like I’m the next Vernor Vinge — it always seemed like a pretty blatantly obvious prediction to me — but I am pleased to see that drones and drone swarms have finally become the flavor of the month. In the last month, the Stanford Law Review has wrung its hands about the “ethical argument pressed in favor of drone warfare,” while anti-genocide activists have called for the use of “Drones for Human Rights” in Syria and other troubled nations; the UK and France declared a drone alliance; and a new US law compels the FAA to allow police and commercial drones in American airspace, which may lead to “routine aerial surveillance of American life.” Terrified yet? Image credit: Bee swarm, doubleagent, Flickr.
Freedomain Radio > Free Books Universally Preferable Behaviour (UPB)A Rational Proof of Secular Ethics For thousands of years, humanity has attempted to enforce ethics through supernatural and secular punishments; this rabid aggression has been both necessary and ridiculous. It has been necessary because a rational proof of secular ethics has never been achieved; it has been ridiculous because it is impossible to imagine any scientific or mathematical argument being advanced in such a hysterical and violent manner. “Ethics” has been one of the great government programs of history; since kings and priests ruled mankind, only those philosophers who served their interests tended to get promoted to prominence, rather than imprisoned, poisoned or burned. Rigorous, analytical and challenging, “Universally Preferable Behavior” provides a solid foundation for secular ethics.
List of dystopian literature This is a list of dystopian literature. A dystopia is an unpleasant (typically repressive) society, often propagandized as being utopian. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction states that dystopian works depict a negative view of "the way the world is supposedly going in order to provide urgent propaganda for a change in direction."  It is a common literary theme. 18th century Gulliver's Travels (1726) by Jonathan Swift 19th century 20th century 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 21st century 2000s 2010s See also References Look who's watching: it's not the FBI, it's Facebook Even the most sophisticated security agencies could not have dreamed up something like Facebook ... "Your friends have a lot in common with you, it’s your friends who betray you." Photo: Bloomberg The CV you'd rather the boss didn't see Stored inside a series of ordinary brick buildings beside a sprawling wasteland on the edge of San Francisco Bay are intimate details of your life, relationships and opinions. This information repository is not the headquarters of the FBI or CIA, but Facebook Inc, Mark Zuckerberg's multibillion-dollar social networking behemoth with access to more than 840 million people, and their data. While full-body scanners and CCTV cameras often evoke Big Brother fears, the growing trend in surveillance is much closer to home. Advertisement Social media has become the latest way governments, police and corporations spy on their citizens, most of whom have no idea they are being watched. But it is not just governments and security agencies spying on cyber space.
Fifty Orwell Essays Title: Fifty Orwell Essays Author: George Orwell * A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook * eBook No.: 0300011h.html Edition: 1 Language: English Character set encoding: Latin-1(ISO-8859-1)--8 bit (html) Date first posted: August 2003 Date most recently updated: January 2010 This eBook was produced by: Col Choat firstname.lastname@example.org Production notes: Author's footnotes appear at the end of the paragraph where indicated. Italicised words are shown in upper case. All essays in this collection were first published during George Orwell's lifetime, and have appeared in a number of Orwell essay collections published both before and after his death. Details are provided on the George Orwell page at Project Gutenberg of Australia eBooks are created from printed editions which are in the public domain in Australia, unless a copyright notice is included. We do NOT keep any eBooks in compliance with a particular paper edition. Fifty Essays by George Orwell
A Clockwork Orange A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian novella by Anthony Burgess published in 1962. Set in a not-so-distant future English society that has a culture of extreme youth violence, the novel's teenage protagonist, Alex, narrates his violent exploits and his experiences with state authorities intent on reforming him. When the state undertakes to reform Alex—to "redeem" him—the novel asks, "At what cost?". The book is partially written in a Russian-influenced argot called "Nadsat". According to Burgess it was a jeu d'esprit written in just three weeks. Plot summary Part 1: Alex's world Alex skips school the next day. Part 2: The Ludovico Technique Sentenced to prison for murder, Alex gets a job at the Wing chapel playing religious music on the stereo before and after services as well as during the singing of hymns. Part 3: After prison Since his parents are now renting his room to a lodger, Alex wanders the streets homeless. Omission of the final chapter Title