Post by Lynn McGuire
Dilbert: "Reducing Headcount"
"Dilbert is a documentary", but do you have a specific
science fiction application in mind?
In _Brave New World_ people are produced by laboratory
in required numbers, but since the society is carefully
planned, there are no superfluous units to be disposed
of - until they become old and unable to work, of course.
A recent _Red Dwarf_ episode portrayed spaceship crew
printed while the unmanned ship is travelling when a
crisis arises, to deal with it. These copies are
temporary by design. Worse, the printer is liable to jam...
is an unfortunate case of over-production, if you can
call 578,000,000,000 people "minor characters".