Review of chapter "3" from Prometeus
Okay, I can see that Giles' advice is a lot more sensible than my knee-jerk reaction assumed. However,
> Then what would happen when the source of the miracle drugs is suddenly cut when you someday die, and the pharmaceutical industry has been brought to ruin by your potions. Suddenly, the world would find itself vulnerable to diseases, with nobody to provide medicine. It would only take a single epidemic to destroy civilization as we know it.
is a total fucking ball of crap. For several good reasons. 1) there are bound to be medical conditions which healing potions can't cure. 2) with a generally healthier population and without hospitals to spread infections, healing potions would probably *eradicate* many infectious diseases *forever* and those would never come back. 3) 100 years of progress in human biology, medicine and economics would change the game completely. Genetic tests and AI alone would change the medical industry completely. And that progress would continue since there would always be conditions that are too expensive to cure using healing potions (eg, you need one healing potion every day to survive), one of which is old age. And of course, the allure of pure knowledge.
Yes Xander would utterly destroy the pharmaceutical industry and most of the biomedical industry. This is a GOOD THING. It would free up vast armies of trained personnel and treasure for a century, to work on OTHER areas of research.
You may want to consider the http://richardkulisz.blogspot.com/2007/05/social-implications-of-technology.html
and the fact that healing potions are very, very cheap compared to traditional diagnostics, treatments and surgery. And cheap is good, expensive is evil.
Also, due to the way that public corporations work, once healing potions are released to the world on a global scale, cheaply, then the stocks of those corporations would plummet right through the floor and they would be immediately acquired in a hostile takeover. The new owners of those corporations wouldn't really care who had ruined them or why, they would be too busy dismantling them. And the old owners, though bearing a grudge, would probably not have the resources to pursue their grudge. And if they weren't totally ruined they would be too busy scrambling to recover.
So it's a game that with a little planning ahead of time, Xander could win decisively.
The same thing goes double for military takeovers of Xander since what nation would permit some other nation to subvert him? No, Xander's soldiers would immediately become private citizens or under a UN mandate.
Again, a little stockpiling and going for broke on a global basis would yield Xander the win.
And I want to note that *precisely* because of the massive inconvenience it would cause if Xander died, the entire world's medical industry would be focused on making him immortal. When you have a trillion dollar a year global industry depending on the continued survival of one man ....
Finally, in the long term Cordelia is far too greedy and vain to miss out on the opportunities afforded by healing potions. Especially if she starts making them herself.
Review By [Prometeus
] • Date [2 Jan 11] • Not Rated