Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Flu Season


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)

What if viruses are a message from another set of peoples (aliens, perhaps) or from another time?

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  1. If they are, I don't like the messages they are sending of sickness, not feeling well, etc. I think I would find a way to stop those messages from coming.

    betty

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    1. But what if the messages weren't meant to make us sick? What if the only problem was with the delivery system?

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  2. I was going to say what Betty said. If that was the way some other culture communicated then they need to take some classes in communication.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  3. Well then they're getting hung up on an awful lot!

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  4. I'd say their messages are not well-received!

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    1. Well...no... But if you've ever had a well-meaning text or phone call go awry...

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  5. I'd like to know what kind of messages they are sending when I fell like crap...especially the ones when I throw up. They obviously have a poor way of communicating

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  6. Viruses are living things, so why stop with them? Maybe every set of DNA is a message saying something else!

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  7. Perhaps viruses are interstellar terrorism? If, instead, this is their way of saying "take me to your leader", it is a big cosmic fail. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. But why are we assuming that they mean it in a bad way? How many well-intentioned attempts at communication go bad?

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  8. Viruses from Aliens? Hmmm. It seemed the viruses always hit the well-behaved students in my classrooms.

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  9. Hmm. So then do different types of aliens send different strains of flu? And I'm not sure we're getting the messages!

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  10. Well, they are, except those creatures trying to communicate are so small that they can't effectively communicate and we end up having to purge or kill them. Right?

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  11. Liz, you know I think some viruses are sent by other people, but not the supernatural kind. I think they are engineered by our own government and hostiles alike. Some viruses aren't deadly, but bad enough to send a flag up that says, "The Virus X strain affects target group as planned." Call me paranoid, but I believe scientist are secretively finding ways to test society for terminate the weakest people. Interesting question!

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  12. I think I'm good skipping that message even if well intended. lol

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