Casey Bralla on 10 Oct 2009 13:24:08 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] OT: Sci Fi Background Advice Needed

Good ideas, but unfortunately, not in keeping with the background of the 
story.  These aliens don't even consider humanity to be sentient.   They kind 
of think of us like the cliche'd ranchers thought of wolves in the old west.  
We are a "pest" at best, and nothing more.

If you were eradicating a particularly nasty infestation of field mice, how 
would you go about finding the physical weaknesses of those mice?

On the other hand, you could give the chief field mouse a Nobel Peace Prize, 
then....  <grin>

On Saturday October 10, 2009 3:23:24 pm Eric S. Raymond wrote:
> Doug Stewart <>:
> > What about social engineering factors; i.e., how can they make us kill
> > ourselves and save themselves the cost/trouble?
> Very efficient suggestion.  Your aliens could simply encourage the
> formation of the peculiar institutions known as "governments".  These
> are far, *far* more lethal than any natural or engineered
> disasters. For extra fun, they'll get to listen to the victims sing
> about how wonderful the thieves and sociopaths murdering them in ton
> lots are, and watch them participate willingly in their own
> oppression!


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