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message 1: by Arthur (new)

Arthur Weissmann How do you think our society would be if there was another intelligent species that enjoyed eating humans, and we negotiated a truce to only feed them criminals?


message 2: by Martin (new)

Martin Wilsey | 29 comments I like the idea for a story. Lots of plot directions possible.


message 3: by Angel (last edited Mar 29, 2018 06:03AM) (new)

Angel | 7 comments Interesting. Very Interesting.


message 4: by Martin (new)

Martin Wilsey | 29 comments We'd be delicious!


message 5: by Angel (new)

Angel | 7 comments Ideas are brewing.


message 6: by Faith (new)

Faith | 124 comments Maybe as a short story or Twilight Zone episode. It would take a lot to flesh this out into a book. Seems like the food source might run out pretty quickly unless we redefined "criminal".


message 7: by Angel (new)

Angel | 7 comments Hmm, that does take it into a different direction.


message 8: by Cindy (new)

Cindy | 22 comments We would redefine criminal, as we always do when prosecution is profitable. Many now defined as criminal would make poor food sources due to disease, substance and alcohol abuse, and major organ damage.

The young would be tender, as in most food species, so perhaps redundant children would be criminalized.

I don't see this heading anywhere good... they'd be better off raising specific domesticated lines of humans and lobotomizing them to make raising them for food easier until intelligence and aggression could be bred out of them.


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Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 2228 comments "V" the TV miniseries did something like this. We didn't feed them criminals, though.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V_(1983...

I thought Larry Niven's Known Space series handled the redefinition of criminal that Cindy mentions pretty well a couple of times. Draconian laws fed the body part banks. One short story had a guy facing state sponsored death & dismemberment for getting 3 speeding tickets.


Saul the Heir of Isauldur (krinnok) | 91 comments They'd probably die of poisoning, haha. Humans as of now have so many chemicals in their bodies we might well be inedible


message 11: by Charles (new)

Charles | 35 comments Go for it. Sounds like a truly good premise. Full of intricate twists.


message 12: by Alan (new)

Alan Denham (alandenham) | 146 comments Saul wrote: "They'd probably die of poisoning, haha. Humans as of now have so many chemicals in their bodies we might well be inedible"
For a substantial period during the '50s and '60s, Americans were unfit for human consumption - due to DDT.


message 13: by Alan (new)

Alan Denham (alandenham) | 146 comments Charles wrote: "Go for it. Sounds like a truly good premise. Full of intricate twists." And that's just the intestines!


message 14: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 2668 comments Arthur wrote: "How do you think our society would be if there was another intelligent species that enjoyed eating humans, and we negotiated a truce to only feed them criminals?"

You mean sort of like how the ancient Romans fed criminals to lions? Just add the twist that the lions were actually sentient and were in control of the arenas. But you have a real-world sort of example there that can be extrapolated from :)

Saul wrote: "They'd probably die of poisoning, haha. Humans as of now have so many chemicals in their bodies we might well be inedible"

The scary part is that this is true of most of the food we in fact eat right now. Fish full of mercury, plants full of pesticides, beef full of steroids and antibiotics. If you wanted to explore that further can just look at what is actually happening to us now and extrapolate that one more level up the food chain.

Definitely a lot of ethical dilemmas to make for an interesting story. I'm actually reading Tooth and Claw right now, where there are only dragons, but the higher ranking members of the society have the right to eat (yes cannibalize) the weak of the lower levels, with the reasoning that it "strengthens the species". Again, could swap out the idea of a separate species with someone who was from another social class.

Religion would certainly start playing a role. Where the criminals were damned due to their sins. Or it could be viewed as a great sacrifice and those who are eaten could be redeemed. Any time people are stuck under some oppressive regime they can't get out of they might start to rationalize their situation as somehow divinely dictated. If you are without sin, you have nothing to fear, but if you are bad, you're lunch!


message 15: by Robert (new)

Robert Edward | 39 comments Faith wrote: "It would take a lot to flesh this out ..."

Pun intended?


message 16: by Faith (new)

Faith | 124 comments Robert wrote: "Faith wrote: "It would take a lot to flesh this out ..."

Pun intended?"


:)


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