For the Love of Chicken by D.D.H. Lee


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Post August 11, 2004, 10:06:30 PM

For the Love of Chicken by D.D.H. Lee

Ho-Ho! This is a good one, no doubt about it.

This is a delightfully farcical situation about clueless people from the future trying to get a real chicken sandwich, instead of the processed ones given to them by robotic kitchens.

These are endearing characters, especially Marty, who just wants a good sandwich. Togther with his friends, they are faced with an incredible challenge for their feeble abilities. They face their ever-building sub-problems as best they can, moving forward in their plot, and eventually reach a moment of truth. Truth goes sideways from there, but it's fun to read!

Excellent, and well done!

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Post August 11, 2004, 11:14:48 PM

Re: For the Love of Chicken by D.D.H. Lee

I've been waiting to comment on this one since June. I read it during the pre-production for the August issue. I laughed so much my girlfriend came back to my office to see what I was up to.<br>I got so engrossed in the characters and their dilemma that I never bothered looking at the set dressing or the background. I got swept along in the story and simply enjoyed the read.<br>This one was fun. Especially the tweak at the end.<br>Dan
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Post August 12, 2004, 12:46:43 PM

Re: For the Love of Chicken by D.D.H. Lee

Extremely funny!<br><br>On a somewhat related trivia item, chickens also roam wild in Hawaii. No one eats them, although it's more due to lack of desire than animal kinship. :-)<br>
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Post August 18, 2004, 11:55:00 PM

Re: For the Love of Chicken by D.D.H. Lee

At last, a story that shows the kind of world depicted in the Pohl/Kornbluth classic, The Marching Morons -- from the morons' perspective. Just kidding, folks -- the characters in this story aren't stupid, per se, just astonishingly ignorant. But then, Alan Funt (of Candid Camera, the great-grandsire of Punk'd and The Jamie Kennedy Experiment) once shot a film showing the spaghetti harvest in Italy, with happy peasants picking spaghetti from trees -- and a good many people thought it was real.<br><br>Although the story provides a satirical look at the 'expandio ad absurdum' (fake Latin alert: 'expandio' is almost certainly not a real word) result of animal rights movements taken to the (il)logical ultimate, it also gives us a sly commentary on the disconnect between what we eat and where it comes from. How many kids associate a dimwitted feathered creature with those McNuggets (TM, etc.) they're gobbling down? For that matter, how many adults picture a live tuna when they eat a tuna melt?<br><br>Funny stuff, indeed, occasionally suffering from some (to me) very odd turns of phrase and / or grammatical slips.<br><br>Robert M.
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Post August 24, 2004, 09:23:41 PM

Re: For the Love of Chicken by D.D.H. Lee

The opening scene reminded me of an eating place on Asimov's 'Trantor', everything processed/synthesised and automated.<br><br>A good satire of a real issue society faces which Robert touched on. We are in danger of losing all connection to nature and losing basic skills and knowledge. A friend of a friend once asked what flour was, ie where did it come from/what was it made of. Another friend of a friend (an Aussie) thought monkeys were native to Australia (the only placental mammals native to Australia are bats and rats, everything else is a marsupial). (incidentally, in a similar thread but of absolutely no relevance, another friend once asked at a football game how many quarters there would be in the game...)<br><br>I would agree there was some odd phrasing used in this story and occasionally what the narration emphasised seemed incidental. I'm not sure why bold was used in place of italics.<br><br>Marty appears to have a very interesting profession ;) ...
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