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John Knouse
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2005 - 07:23 pm:   

Plaudits for the Paolo Bacigalupi’s story “The Calorie Man” in the Oct-Nov 2005 issue of F&SF. Overlooking a few improbable but minor flights of fancy (such as the cheshires), this story reasonably extrapolates from existing sinister trends in our current society to a cynical Orwellian future. Yes, the Agribusiness companies have been pushing sterile seeds onto the world markets to the extreme detriment of native farmers; yes, Agribusiness has been viciously pursuing its proprietary patents, even suing innocent farmers who want nothing of the patented breeds but who have unwillingly had patented pollen polluting their own seed stock; yes, Agribusiness has been pushing massive monocultures of restricted genetic range; yes, Agribusiness has been consolidating globally to create massive new corporate entitities, and so on and so forth, and all indicators are that these trends are intensifying. Bacigalupi’s vision of a new energy economy is potentially clairvoyant, and nothing short of brilliant. Thank you for publishing this important story.

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