A couple of things are noteworthy still about the book, aside from it being a classic, Huxley's use and his idea of "Feelies" which predates virtual reality by half a century, and "Soma" predicts the use of drugs as a technique of social control. He believed that drugs would be overtly used by governments to make us chemically happy. This prediction isn't entirely accurate, but one can see how much the current large pharmaceutical industry has grown in our lifetime, and also the growth of illegal drugs to see Huxley wasn't too far off that extrapolation. He also described a caste system, with a dictator at the top, but mostly it was a book about change, and how radically our own world would change. I'd say he was correct about that. Who could have predicted the internet, cell phones, and such was on the horizon?
He wrote a follow up, nonfiction book, Brave New World Revisited in 1958. It is a series of articles telling us what has happened to the world since 1932, and attempts with some success to predict the future.
I wanted to share a site where I found of a recording of Brave New World. The CBS Radio Workshop was an “experimental dramatic radio anthology series” that aired between 1956 and 1957. And it premiered with a two-part adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s now classic 1932 novel, Brave New World. Huxley himself introduced and narrated the program, and now this classic radio drama has resurfaced online.
You can find it: here, in parts one and two or you can listen to both parts online as well.
I also found a BBC production of a Brave New World on Youtube: here.
It stars Julie Cobb, Bud Cort, Keir Dullea, and others. It's a three hour movie.