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of that SF novel where it turned out mass murder was the solution?

Date: 2019-02-09 09:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jreynolds197
Deep Sky by Patrick Lee.

The conclusion of the series had a mysterious supertech-thingie that could detect bad people (maybe 4% of the population) and painlessly kill them. Everybody else, free of these bad people, would be able to produce utopia.

[ETA: At current world population, that would be a mere 308 million people. A small price to pay for utopia!]

Counterpoint: "If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?"
--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Edited Date: 2019-02-09 09:47 pm (UTC)

Date: 2019-02-10 12:24 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dsrtao
I really liked it up until that.

Date: 2019-02-12 10:43 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
In real life it's proposed that psychopaths are a distinct and small-ish class of people, but nevertheless it's more likely that they will be the ones wiping out other people whose existence is inconvenient, not being wiped out themselves. Anyway, smaller goals are achievable; if I could just obliterate all spammers I'd be satisfied.

Robert Carnegie

Date: 2019-02-13 12:43 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I recommend you read Charles Stross' Rule 31.

Something I was just thinking about...

Date: 2019-02-16 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I may have just found something that Google is programmed not to do, which is to say: "Showing results for "Rule 34" when that isn't what you asked for." You know why.

I just haven't worked out yet whether I should read it as a warning, or for tips.

Reviews seem randomly to refer to "spammers" and "scammers" involved in the plot. These activities overlap, but my personal dream project involves people spreading a political or religious message. And steak knives.

Relatedly but perhaps not relevantly, I was curious about how to hold an e-book on a Kindle reader discreetly; my best idea at the moment (which perhaps you can't actually do generally) is to change the title (and maybe some chapters, and disable word search), ideally to something technical and dull. Something to try with Calibre, for instance. So, "Rule 31" it is. ;-)

Other possibilities are to delete a book to download again when you want it, or read in the device's web browser in private mode.

Robert Carnegie


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