One technology I'm not eager to bring back to Earth is food cubes. Sure, when you've got so many alien metabolisms to sustain you need a cheap
food source that's universally edible. But while these six-sided snacks
might make a lot of sense on paper, I suspect the paper would taste a
whole lot better.
As for their basic composition, I've managed to get a little info from Pilot and Rygel.
Pilot described them as "essential colloidal foodstuff." He explained
that the cubes are made from whatever surplus products are available
within a given system — animal, vegetable, or mineral — and are used
mainly for the daily sustenance of the Peacekeepers'
vast prison communities, able to keep 90 percent of all known species
alive and properly nourished. Unlike some other food we've brought
aboard Moya, the cubes never spoil, having an expiration date two weeks after the heat death of the universe.
Rygel proclaimed that food cubes are "the foul invention of sadistic
Peacekeeper nutritionists." It seems the Peacekeepers have developed
some means of processing raw material and extracting its "nutritional
potential." With this technology they could evidently turn sand into
sandwiches (or, at least, their dietary equivalent).
While the concept itself is amazing, the reality leaves a lot to be
desired. Food's a funny thing; it really puts your life in perspective.
I've traveled to stars totally unknown on Earth. I've seen mind-blowing
technologies that would cause quantum physicists to curl up in the
corner and cry. Hell, I've even made out with some of the Uncharted Territories' most-eligible alien bachelorettes.
But, honestly, right now I'd trade it all away for a double order of chili cheese-fries and a root beer.
Well, maybe everything except those make-out sessions.
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