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I think that looking at the history of farming in science fiction might be a fun way to show ideas about what cheap nfl jerseys the future might look like, tease out ethical questions, and see if predictions about farming came true. I am especially interested in visual culture, and stuff that would be citeable. Novels with illustrated covers, movies, comics, action figures, toys, would all be interesting. I am especially interested in 19th century America to the present, but if there is something good from the rest of the world that would be fun too.
I found examples of farms on the Tales of Future Past website, but there were no sources. Do any examples come to mind? Thanks for your insight!Not exactly what you're looking for, but Heinlein has a book called Farmer in the Sky about farmers colonizing a moon of Jupiter. It's got an illustrated cover. It's been a while since I read it, but there are a few ethical questions in there, about owning the land and such.
posted by losvedir at 6:35 PM on February 12, 2009 [1 favorite]
There's a 1952 story called "The Space Merchants," by Frederick Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth, which describes what may be the first example of vat meat, a huge chunk of chicken breast that eats processed algae that poor laborers harvest from ponds in long, poorly paid shifts. It's a lot like the jobs Tom Joad takes on in The Grapes of Wrath, and the workers are apparently in that position because of debt they accrued in a consumerist culture.
I'm not sure if the story details futuristic agriculture anymore than this excerpt. I haven't read the story, I only heard of the concept. Probably right up your alley.
You might also mention the Lars homestead in Star cheap jerseys Warsthey're farmers of a sort.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 6:46 PM on February 12, 2009
In Saberhagen's Berserker universe, there's a story about a captured farmer using his skills to kill a Berserker. I'm pretty sure it's called "Pressure" and is in the collection, "The Ultimate Enemy." It doesn't really deal too awfully much with the future of farming though.
Pohl's Jem might be more in that direction. The food producing nations are a bloc much like OPEC is IRL and, later on, I think aliens are enslaved as food producers on an alien world. Pohl's Gateway also series mentioned farming from time, usually in form of either fish farms or yeast grown on petrochemicals, until it was made obsolete by the mining of the Oort cloud for allpurpose CHON, Carbon/Hydrogen/Oxygen/Nitrogen, that could be turned into foodstuffs.
Star Trek in "The Trouble With Tribbles" also mentioned farming; those cheap nfl jerseys damned tribbles ate genetically modified seed that was being shipped to a farm planet.
I feel I should, at this point, mention I have kissed girls and don't live in my parents' basement.
posted by codswallop at 6:54 PM on February 12, 2009
In the Dune series, people farm spice.
And in the PC game Alpha Centauri, there are two types of farm you can research as you settle the planet. Tree Farms and Aqua Farms.
posted by Effigy2000 at 6:58 PM on February 12, 2009
You would love The Millennial Project: Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight Easy Steps, though it's more like speculative engineering rather than fiction. The cultivation of algae, both on Earth and in the bubblemembranes of space colonies, is what solves the problems of poverty and resource scarcity that's holding people back from space colonization. Then, most of the 'farming' is basically converting space ore to useful materials through robots and such water being the most important, since it enables respiration of the colonies and feeds people. The solution to just about every engineering problem is "fill it with more water." Very aquacentric.
The book has illustrations in black and white throughout and a big fullcolor ultrautopian artist's illustration inset in the middle (See 1, 2, 3, 4).
posted by cowbellemoo at 6:58 PM on February 12, 2009
I'd add my recommendation for Silent Running, as cheap nfl jerseys Admiral Haddock mentions above. I sobbed like a little girl when I saw that movie; of course, I was a little boy with perhaps an inordinate fondness for robots at the time, but my neuroses aside, it's a damned good flick.
posted by infinitywaltz at 7:17 PM on February 12, 2009
The protagonist of Gateway by Pohl works in, if I remember correctly, a slime or algae mine of some description, and then gets a job as, essentially, a gardener.
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