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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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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.

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