Aldous Huxley's satirical novel Brave New World, with its blend of science and literature, painted a grim picture of the year 632 A.F. ("After Ford," automaker Henry Ford, that is). Its theme, as Huxley himself described it, was not the advancement of science as such, but the advancement of science as it affects individuals. In the book, human embryos, all alike, are developed in bottles in the Central London Hatchery and conditioned to be passive. Electric shock treatment is administered to produce the desired effect.
The following passage describes a scene in which some bottled embryos pass through a tunnel:
"Heat conditioning," said Mr. Foster.
Hot tunnels alternated with cool tunnels. Coolness was wedded to discomfort in the form of hard x-rays. By the time they were decanted (born) the embryos