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8/28/2003

Niven’s News

Filed under: — Posted by the Fantasist during the Hour of the Hare which is in the early morning.
The moon is Waxing Crescent

Larry Niven, that is.

One of my favorite Niven creations is in the news, after a fashion. Larry Niven, who resembles my father in law, incidentally, came up with the fascinating concept of “organ legging”. What that means is, essential, a black market for bootleg organs brought about as a result of demand that got out of control.
Now, in this article on YahooNews, they’re talking about organ legging, without actually mentioning it, but in the sense of preventing it. Frankly, the mere fact that someone is concerned enough to consider it’s prevention makes me shudder. That has to mean that someone has either tried it, or seriously considered it in a very real sense. Either way, it’s pretty freaky!

Consider what the world would be like if such a thing came to pass? What are all the implications?

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