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of that SF novel where it turned out mass murder was the solution?
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Date: 2019-02-09 08:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kedamono
Starship Troopers?
Ender's Game?

Date: 2019-02-09 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
I think I remember that one! I believe it had people in it.

Date: 2019-02-09 08:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drplokta
I seem to recall that it was written by a middle-aged white man, which should help to narrow it down.

Date: 2019-02-09 08:39 pm (UTC)
affreca: Cat Under Blankets (Default)
From: [personal profile] affreca
Was it by David Weber? Or Jerry Pournelle?

Date: 2019-02-09 08:57 pm (UTC)
philrm: (Default)
From: [personal profile] philrm
Ringworld Engineers?

Date: 2019-02-09 08:57 pm (UTC)
philrm: (Default)
From: [personal profile] philrm
Not for long!

Date: 2019-02-09 09:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jhetley
The Bible?

Date: 2019-02-09 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
The mass murderers don't kill _themselves_: that would be silly!

Date: 2019-02-09 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Asimov had it down to only a few hundred people in the original Foundation trilogy - a surprisingly low count.

Date: 2019-02-09 09:18 pm (UTC)
jessie_c: Me in my floppy hat (Default)
From: [personal profile] jessie_c
If This Goes On...

Date: 2019-02-09 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I don't know, but it was published by Baen.

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
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Date: 2019-02-09 09:46 pm (UTC)
redbird: closeup of me drinking tea, in a friend's kitchen (Default)
From: [personal profile] redbird
Well, no, but it turned out that crops don't grow and harvest themselves.

Date: 2019-02-09 09:57 pm (UTC)
autopope: Me, myself, and I (Default)
From: [personal profile] autopope
I know! I know! The Genocides by Thomas M. Disch! It even says so, right there in the title! /s

Date: 2019-02-09 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Warp Speed by Travis S Taylor.

Date: 2019-02-09 10:26 pm (UTC)
timgueugen: (Default)
From: [personal profile] timgueugen
Half the sci fi novels ever written it often seems.

I can think of two off-hand

Date: 2019-02-09 10:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ed_rex
The Fountainhead, by (of course), Ayn Rand. More recently, Neal Asher took Rand's relatively cerebral bloodlust and produced a work that is almost nothing but a purely pornographic splatterfest in The Departure.

I'm sure there are plenty more.

Date: 2019-02-09 11:14 pm (UTC)
dragoness_e: Living Dead Girl (Living Dead Girl)
From: [personal profile] dragoness_e
No (In Weber, mass murder is what the bad guys do, as one might expect).
Yes. (The Mercenary)
Edited Date: 2019-02-09 11:17 pm (UTC)

Date: 2019-02-09 11:16 pm (UTC)
dragoness_e: Living Dead Girl (Living Dead Girl)
From: [personal profile] dragoness_e
by Jerry Pournelle, one of the John Christian Falkenberg mercenary stories--perhaps The Mercenary. Put me off the chararcter permanently. Unfortunately, I was too young to realize the problem was the author, not the character.

SPOILERS

Date: 2019-02-10 12:06 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
James White's UNDERKILL does this.

It is the aliens' solution to Earth's ecological situation. We aren't consulted. We don't get to stop it.

Michael Moorcock's hero Corum cut a deal with the terribly powerful Lost Gods, according to a wiki (I dimly remember the book), to destroy the more evil gods in his universe, the Lords of Chaos. But they decided to wipe out the Lords of Law also. Oh, well.

Robert Carnegie

I keep forgetting to put my name in here.

Date: 2019-02-10 12:07 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Robert Carnegie

Date: 2019-02-10 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
Well, some do forget the robots.

http://angryflower.com/348.html

Date: 2019-02-10 12:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elusis
The Expanse novel where OPA offshoots decide to hurl meteors at the Earth, which I recall really put you off that one, even though it was not exactly positioned as a heroic act.

Date: 2019-02-10 12:18 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
When an author creates a purely evil and menacing alien race with which it is impossible to communicate, so extermination is the only Option, is the problem with the aliens, or the author?

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