The Dead Outnumber the Living

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The Dead Outnumber the Living

Post by circumspice » Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:41 am

"How many people have ever lived on Earth? That question, it seems, has a long shelf-life, according to scientists at the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) in Washington, D.C., who say they often get information calls with that query."

http://www.livescience.com/18336-human- ... aphic.html


:lol: I recall reading a sci-fi book many years ago that used the opposite premise, that the number of people currently alive outnumbered all the people who had ever lived before them.
People were then being born without minds and/or souls... It was pretty cheesy, but entertaining nevertheless.
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Re: The Dead Outnumber the Living

Post by dannan14 » Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:44 am

circumspice wrote: :lol: I recall reading a sci-fi book many years ago that used the opposite premise, that the number of people currently alive outnumbered all the people who had ever lived before them.
People were then being born without minds and/or souls... It was pretty cheesy, but entertaining nevertheless.
Grrr, i can't believe that author you're talking about, whatever his name is, stole one of my best ideas! And if by many, you mean more than 38 then he even was rude enough to steal it from me before i was born.


Anyway, do you remember the title or author? If someone is going to be thinking like me i might as well read it :P

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Re: The Dead Outnumber the Living

Post by circumspice » Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:52 pm

dannan14 wrote:
circumspice wrote: :lol: I recall reading a sci-fi book many years ago that used the opposite premise, that the number of people currently alive outnumbered all the people who had ever lived before them.
People were then being born without minds and/or souls... It was pretty cheesy, but entertaining nevertheless.
Grrr, i can't believe that author you're talking about, whatever his name is, stole one of my best ideas! And if by many, you mean more than 38 then he even was rude enough to steal it from me before i was born.


Anyway, do you remember the title or author? If someone is going to be thinking like me i might as well read it :P

:lol: I wish I could remember... I read so much, sometimes the book titles and author names quickly recede in my memory.

What I can remember of the story is that when it became apparent that ALL the newborns had no minds/souls, the present world government embarked on an ambitious time travel
scheme... Since they were able to look to the past, they would pinpoint the final moments of past large disasters such as airliner crashes, oceanliner sinkings, etc. and transport a
crew to the disaster to kidnap the soon to die passengers, leaving the mindless bodies behind so as not to arouse suspicion... Like I said, it was a cheesy but entertaining story. :lol:

I'll try to dredge up the book title or the name of author from my memory...
"Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, and, without sneering, teach the rest to sneer." ~ Alexander Pope

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Re: The Dead Outnumber the Living

Post by circumspice » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:04 am

dannan14 wrote:
circumspice wrote: :lol: I recall reading a sci-fi book many years ago that used the opposite premise, that the number of people currently alive outnumbered all the people who had ever lived before them.
People were then being born without minds and/or souls... It was pretty cheesy, but entertaining nevertheless.
Grrr, i can't believe that author you're talking about, whatever his name is, stole one of my best ideas! And if by many, you mean more than 38 then he even was rude enough to steal it from me before i was born.


Anyway, do you remember the title or author? If someone is going to be thinking like me i might as well read it :P
:oops: I admit it... I had to cheat and search the internet for the title and the author's name... Also, I have apparently confused this sci-fi story with another... This one makes no reference to
the number of living people exceeding the number of all who have lived before them. I'm stumped, I can't remember who wrote that one. I'll keep trying to remember. :shock:

Millenium by John Varley - This one has the disaster victim kidnaping senario.
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Re: The Dead Outnumber the Living

Post by dannan14 » Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:16 am

No worries, but if it ever comes to you let me know!

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