Re: Vegetarianism & the Transhuman condition

Michael Butler (
Fri, 24 Jan 1997 10:28:35 PST

Eliezer sez:
it could be the basis of a great future-shock story.

I seem to recall a story by either Silverberg, Sturgeon or Farmer
that dealt with almost precisely that--only it was a "universe next
door" story, not a future shock story. But they weren't grown without
brains--just bred for stupidity and had their tongues surgically
removed (at weaning?). Protagonist falls in love with a heifer, has
to deal with the fact that, nature or nurture, she's got a
single-digit IQ and nothing he can do will change that now.

Oh, and human dairy products are a commodity, too.

A stirringly grotesque story, which is why I think Farmer wrote it,
but it's about misplaced love, which is why I think of Sturgeon.
Silverberg is a candidate because for a while there in the 60's he
was as outrageous as anyone at the time.

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