Friday, November 24, 2006

Friday Free Fiction: Old MacDonald Had a Farm

As an appropriate post-Thanksgiving tale, I offer to you Mike Resnick's Old MacDonald Had a Farm, which was nominated for a best short story Hugo in 2002.
According to the glowing little computer cube they handed out, MacDonald and his crew spent close to three decades manipulating DNA molecules in ways no one had ever thought of before. He did a lot of trial and error work with embryos, until he finally came up with the prototype he sought. Then he spent a few more years making certain that it would breed true. And finally he announced his triumph to the world.

Caesar MacDonald’s masterpiece was the Butterball, a meat animal that matured at six months of age and could reproduce at eight months, with a four-week gestation period. It weighed four hundred pounds at maturity, and every portion of its body could be consumed by Earth’s starving masses, even the bones.
Do you know where your dinner came from?

Edit 03/07: The Beam Me Up podcast now has an audio version of Old MacDonald.



  1. Anonymous12:19 AM

    Wow, that was an extremely good short story, definetaly deserving of its award. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Anonymous12:23 AM

    Well, not award, darn trying to read fine print at 4 in the morning is a bad move. Sorry for the error.


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