Name that sci-fi short story (aliens discussing humans)
December 31, 2013 2:39 AM   Subscribe

Do you remember reading a short science fiction story where aliens were regretting their decision to exterminate humanity?

In the story there was some conversation from the POV of two aliens, something about a missile sent through space, and a description about humanity evolving from squabbling warmongers to civilized beings with potential.

I think I heard about it from this site even (it's similar to Terry Bisson's "they're made out of meat"), but I can't seem to find it anywhere. I wanted to read more by the author or with this setup. Thanks!
posted by ana scoot to Media & Arts (3 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
 
Perhaps this?
posted by eotvos at 7:00 AM on December 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Marvin Minsky wrote Alienable Rights which has a similar premise but more of an investigation of the nature of consciousness.
posted by bfootdav at 10:35 AM on December 31, 2013


Thanks! That is the story. I managed to find the other discussion where it was posted:

http://www.metafilter.com/47580/The-concept-of-the-Transhuman-human-the-self-consciousness-and-their-effects-on-the-law#1141166

Turns out "Meat" was actually written by Terri Bisson, published in Omni, 1990.
posted by ana scoot at 7:35 PM on September 9, 2014


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