1. Published on Amazon? If you have a book, e-book, or audiobook available on Amazon.com, we'll promote it on WritingForums.org for free. Simply add your book to our Member Publications section. Add your book here or read the full announcement.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Dismiss Notice
  1. Zadocfish

    Zadocfish Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2016
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    31

    Aliens interested in humans for food...?

    Discussion in 'Science Fiction' started by Zadocfish, Feb 16, 2017.

    This is a sci-fi cliche that gets more nonsensical the more I think of it. Like... our meat has the same taste and consistency as that of pigs, which produce more meat, grow faster, have less strict nutritional requirements to reach eating age, and reproduce faster than humans. Besides that, any race advanced enough to bridge the space of stars to reach Earth must surely be advanced enough to produce their own preferred food in abundance! The only reason any alien race would be interested in us for food would be pure bloodlust, which isn't how most of the "to serve man" crowd is portrayed. It's just... silly.

    Just wanted to vent.
     
    Simpson17866 likes this.
  2. Wreybies

    Wreybies The Ops Pops Operations Manager Staff Contest Administrator Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    19,967
    Likes Received:
    11,466
    Location:
    Puerto Rico
    Given that we're talking about a race of beings evolved from a completely different lineage and set of events, I would be left to wonder how human flesh wouldn't be viciously poisonous to them.

    ETA: I would like to add that while, yes, coming to Earth just to eat us is silly, it's better than the more lurid trope of coming to Earth to have sex with us. :blech:
     
    Simpson17866 likes this.
  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    35,953
    Likes Received:
    2,071
    Location:
    Massachusetts, USA
    I'm inclined to believe that most aliens would find us at worst lethally poisonous, or at least non-nutritive. But there's always the possibility that life on Earth was "seeded" by a biologically compatible race as a future food repository, or as a hunting preserve. There is also the possibility that under similar conditions, the same general chemical and physical conditions would produce the same collection of basic chemical building blocks - not necessarily DNA/RNA, but the same amino acids, the fundamental building blocks of proteins (see the Miller-Urey experiment).

    Still, interstellar distance would make quite a high grocery bill. There would have to be easier ways to feed alien gullets. Most people, even science geeks, fail to grasp the scale of the universe. Interstellar travel would have to be very cheap indeed to make any resource worth pursuing even to neighboring stellar systems.
     
    Simpson17866 likes this.
  4. Iain Aschendale

    Iain Aschendale Unanimity requires compliance Contributor

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2015
    Messages:
    2,252
    Likes Received:
    2,210
    Location:
    Japan
    Exactly. It grows slowly, is dangerous to harvest, costs a shitload due to shipping costs, and may actually be poisonous. In other words, a delicacy reserved for the most discriminating (and wealthy, which is the same thing) gourmets...
     
  5. Shadowfax

    Shadowfax Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2014
    Messages:
    2,932
    Likes Received:
    1,649
    I'm led to believe that man-eating sharks only do so because their poor eyesight mistakes a wet-suit clad skin diver for their preferred food (near the surface, near the coast) seals/sealions. So, not even the preferred food source for an opportunist predator.
     
  6. Vandor76

    Vandor76 Contributing Member

    Joined:
    May 5, 2014
    Messages:
    266
    Likes Received:
    191
    Location:
    Hungary
    Have you seen the Predator movie?
     
  7. Dnaiel

    Dnaiel Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2016
    Messages:
    505
    Likes Received:
    320
    The technology they would need to build a vehicle that can exceed relativistic speed while avoiding the impact of interstellar gasses must be so far advanced that food security would be the least of their problems. Likewise, that intelligence and technology puts them so far above us that hunting humans would be like us stepping outside and intentionally stomping on worms while wearing armored boots.
     

Share This Page