Sunday, June 18, 2006

Know your Sci-Fi

US transplant patients are increasingly looking to China as a source of healthy organs, available without a wait at a hefty price. CNN is reporting that these organs are taken from executed prisoners, often without consent, and reliable eyewitnesses suggest that the prisoners aren't always dead when their organs are harvested. LoveToKnow SciFi points out that this chain of events, in almost every detail, was predicted in Larry Niven's 1967 short story, Jigsaw Man.


At 4:59 PM, Blogger Lilly said...



Disturbingly Prophetic!

Soylent Green is People!!!!!

At 5:38 PM, Blogger jj mollo said...

Larry Niven is one of the best. I hope he's right about the Ring World too. We're going to need the space -- unless, of course, the Chinese decide to do their organ farming wholesale.

Prisoner parts are very strange, either way. Maybe you get something from a Tiananmen Square kind of person, which would be sad and distressing. Or maybe you get something from an axe-murderer, which would be creepy.


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