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Environment

Out-of-This-World Eats

April 6, 2015 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 93, ISSUE 14

I read the piece about J. Clarke Anderson’s projectile pet food with much interest and amusement (C&EN, Jan. 5, page 40). Immediately, it rang a bell.

In 1996, the science-fiction writer James White published the novel “The Galactic Gourmet: A Sector General Novel.” Chapters 5 through 7 narrate the galactic gourmet’s efforts to devise a nontoxic, edible projectile mechanism to enable members of a species called the Chaldars to chase their food even when confined to an artificial environment. Anderson’s idea is wacky and wonderful, as C&EN noted, but hardly new.

Dean Meyer
Winder, Ga.

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