“The Cannibal Variations – IV: Domestic Tranquility” / A Memorable Fancy #421

[The future: there’s not much left to eat but people.]

     There were arguments, in the early days, as to what stock-breeding should aim at. Some argued that health and vigor were paramount, to ensure the hardiness of the herd. Some said docility. Others, that transportability, i.e., the ability to move large numbers of hubes in boxcars without noticeable damage to their flesh and more days in transit before rotting, were most important in reducing transportation costs. But eventually there was general agreement on Flavor and Tenderness as the most important goals of the breeding program, along with the proper proportion of Fat to Muscle.

     Like cattle, careful breeding of hubes over the generations would produce a docile race, a grotesque parody of what they were, what they could be. “Domesticated” was the term used.

[To be continued …]

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