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The Edict by Max Ehrlich
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2018-07-11 06:32:22 UTC
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The Edict" by Max Ehrlich:

Earth is so crowded and short on food (with everyone limited to just a few hundred calories a day) that births are banned for 30 years. In an effort to satisfy women's maternal instincts, the World Government provides them with mechanical babies so realistic that they will accept feedings (which would
seem to defeat the food saving purpose of the Edict!). Even then, the women have to undergo psychonarcosynthesis to make their subconsciousnesses believe that the babies are real. However, the psychonarcosynthesis doesn't always hold, and the women awaken from their fantasy and become revolted by the fake babies. Some couples have babies in violation of the Edict. If they are caught, they are suffocated. The protagonists, Russ and Carole Evans, have a baby and must hide it from everyone. When their neighbors George and Edna Borden find out, Edna insists on partial custody of the baby. Edna takes
greater and greater control of the baby, so Russ and Carole must escape to an island off shore.
Robert Carnegie
2018-07-11 20:09:45 UTC
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Earth is so crowded and short on food (with everyone limited to just a few hundred calories a day) that births are banned for 30 years. In an effort to satisfy women's maternal instincts, the World Government provides them with mechanical babies so realistic that they will accept feedings (which would
seem to defeat the food saving purpose of the Edict!). Even then, the women have to undergo psychonarcosynthesis to make their subconsciousnesses believe that the babies are real. However, the psychonarcosynthesis doesn't always hold, and the women awaken from their fantasy and become revolted by the fake babies. Some couples have babies in violation of the Edict. If they are caught, they are suffocated. The protagonists, Russ and Carole Evans, have a baby and must hide it from everyone. When their neighbors George and Edna Borden find out, Edna insists on partial custody of the baby. Edna takes
greater and greater control of the baby, so Russ and Carole must escape to an island off shore.
I presume the message of the story is about contraception?
TB
2018-07-12 00:43:43 UTC
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Earth is so crowded and short on food (with everyone limited to just a few hundred calories a day) that births are banned for 30 years. In an effort to satisfy women's maternal instincts, the World Government provides them with mechanical babies so realistic that they will accept feedings (which would
seem to defeat the food saving purpose of the Edict!). Even then, the women have to undergo psychonarcosynthesis to make their subconsciousnesses believe that the babies are real. However, the psychonarcosynthesis doesn't always hold, and the women awaken from their fantasy and become revolted by the fake babies. Some couples have babies in violation of the Edict. If they are caught, they are suffocated. The protagonists, Russ and Carole Evans, have a baby and must hide it from everyone. When their neighbors George and Edna Borden find out, Edna insists on partial custody of the baby. Edna takes
greater and greater control of the baby, so Russ and Carole must escape to an island off shore.
I presume the message of the story is about contraception?
Everyone has an abortion machine.

Carole got pregnant on purpose, due to her strong psychological need for a REAL child.

I think the main purpose is to warn of the dangers of overpopulation & environmental degradation (Birds & bees gone, cats, dogs, cows, flowers, trees almost gone).
Ignatios Souvatzis
2018-07-12 12:09:32 UTC
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Earth is so crowded and short on food (with everyone limited to
just a few hundred calories a day) that births are banned for 30
years. In an effort to satisfy women's maternal instincts, the
World Government provides them with mechanical babies so realistic
that they will accept feedings (which would
seem to defeat the food saving purpose of the Edict!). Even
then, the women have to undergo psychonarcosynthesis to make their
subconsciousnesses believe that the babies are real. However, the
psychonarcosynthesis doesn't always hold, and the women awaken from
their fantasy and become revolted by the fake babies. Some couples
have babies in violation of the Edict. If they are caught, they
are suffocated. The protagonists, Russ and Carole Evans, have a
baby and must hide it from everyone. When their neighbors George
and Edna Borden find out, Edna insists on partial custody of the
baby. Edna takes greater and greater control of the baby, so
Russ and Carole must escape to an island off shore.
I know that plot! Later (or earlier) made into a 1970's movie ...
--time passes--
earlier. Ehrlich based the novel on the screenplay Frank de Felitta and
himself wrote, which was the base for Z.P.G.(1979).

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Ignatios Souvatzis
2018-07-12 13:26:12 UTC
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Earth is so crowded and short on food (with everyone limited to
just a few hundred calories a day) that births are banned for 30
years. In an effort to satisfy women's maternal instincts, the
World Government provides them with mechanical babies so realistic
that they will accept feedings (which would
seem to defeat the food saving purpose of the Edict!). Even
then, the women have to undergo psychonarcosynthesis to make their
subconsciousnesses believe that the babies are real. However, the
psychonarcosynthesis doesn't always hold, and the women awaken from
their fantasy and become revolted by the fake babies. Some couples
have babies in violation of the Edict. If they are caught, they
are suffocated. The protagonists, Russ and Carole Evans, have a
baby and must hide it from everyone. When their neighbors George
and Edna Borden find out, Edna insists on partial custody of the
baby. Edna takes greater and greater control of the baby, so
Russ and Carole must escape to an island off shore.
I know that plot! Later (or earlier) made into a 1970's movie ...
--time passes--
earlier. Ehrlich based the novel on the screenplay Frank de Felitta and
himself wrote, which was the base for Z.P.G.(1972).

-is
--
A medium apple... weighs 182 grams, yields 95 kcal, and contains no
caffeine, thus making it unsuitable for sysadmins. - Brian Kantor
Joy Beeson
2018-07-13 00:22:15 UTC
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. . . everyone limited to just a few hundred calories a day)
that births are banned for 30 years.
Ain't nobody going to get pregnant nohow, unless she gets more than
her share of calories.
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2018-07-13 05:21:03 UTC
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. . . everyone limited to just a few hundred calories a day)
that births are banned for 30 years.
Ain't nobody going to get pregnant nohow, unless she gets more than
her share of calories.
Russ was a guard at a natural history museum that was one of the few areas of open space left! As such, he & his partner (marriage had been abolished, since the reproductive purpose of marriage had been outlawed) got extra calories! They lived in an actual house at the museum, so could grow vegetables in their garden.
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2018-07-13 05:25:47 UTC
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Earth is so crowded and short on food (with everyone limited to just a few hundred calories a day) that births are banned for 30 years.
I suspect that on a few 100 calories a day people aren't going to live for 30 years.
It's almost always well over 1000 calories a day to maintain weight.
The book does say that 90% of deaths were from malnutrition!

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2018-07-13 02:03:55 UTC
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Earth is so crowded and short on food (with everyone limited to just a few hundred calories a day) that births are banned for 30 years.
I suspect that on a few 100 calories a day people aren't going to live for 30 years.
It's almost always well over 1000 calories a day to maintain weight.
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