Friday, May 11, 2012

"Tiny, Happy People"

When Daniel got home, he found Barry the Bacteriophage dancing in the living room.

"Once we ate meat! Used too much energy! We were too big!" The virus' anthropomorphized head scowled. "That's where I come in!" Its frown inverted. "Let's sing! Just a little prick, your DNA I'll fix! Planet strain, resource drain goes away!"

Daniel's daughter Tiffany watched the hologram transfixed.

Daniel found his wife in the kitchen. "Tiny, Happy People, Susan? Genemod propaganda for a four-year-old? What's next, documentaries on the no-growthers' euthapods?"

Susan pulled a kelp cake from the oven. "No. Those are certified thirteen and up."

Tiny, Happy People / Two-Front War by I Saw Lightning Fall

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ollwen said...

Hilarious! Believable, too, on some levels. Just read this yesterday, which ties in to the 'making us smaller' theme

Loren Eaton said...

Glad you liked it, Sam! I got the idea from a review of an academic article. In it, the academics argued that we should avoid trying to change the planet and should change people instead. Like, make them meat-intolerant the way some people are lactose-intolerant. Sounded kind of freaky.