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Writing science fiction; interview...

August 11, 2083

"Interview with Jemalia St. Gareth," conducted by CNN-Prime's Malcolm Ndebe
Protests at cyberdragon springtime fashion show

CNN-Prime:
Were you surprised by the riot that disrupted your spring show this year, Jemalia?

Jemalia St. Gareth:
Well, in the first place I wouldn't call maybe fifty demonstrators a riot, Malcolm. And in the second place, I wouldn't agree that they "disrupted" my show; the fedrobots had them all nicely stunned and netted and hauled away in ten minutes flat. And in the third place -- to answer the legitimate part of your question -- no, I wasn't surprised. I was sorry, but not surprised.

CNN-Prime:
Sorry, but not surprised... Could you elaborate on that?

St. Gareth:
That group of demonstrators -- the Humankinders, I mean -- has genuinely good intentions; they mean well. They just don't understand the real world.

CNN-Prime:
You're talking about this crazy campaign of theirs for a federal law making it illegal to own more than one cyberdragon?

St. Gareth:
Yes. It's not just craziness, though -- it's ignorance. It's stupidity. They claim they're working to benefit humankind and preserve this world, and yet they're blind to the fact that the more dragons a family has the better it is for all of us, and for the planet. A family can have ten dragons, or twenty dragons .... dragons use almost no resources at all. Children, on the other hand, they have to have water and food and clothing--

CNN-Prime:
Hey, Jemalia -- dragons have to have clothes! Let's not forget that you make a very good living designing those clothes!

St. Gareth:
But dragons don't outgrow their clothes, Malcolm. You buy one of my outfits, you have something that will last you years and years. It's not like that with kids; you have to keep buying more and more clothes all the time. And dragons, unlike children, don't have to be educated, they don't get sick--

CNN-Prime:
They don't die.

St. Gareth:
Right. They don't die. As for laws that would tell people what they can buy with their own money -- that is not the American way! Say you have a blue dragon; you'll want a pair of blue ones. Or you'll want one in every color .... a bronze, a scarlet, a green, a white ... maybe whatever is the newest color. It's like any other collection; you always want just one more. You know! And that's good. Good for the country, good for the economy ... I mean, think about what it was like even thirty years ago -- families with two kids, sometimes three kids, and a dog or a cat... all eating and drinking and needing medical care... There's no way we could have gone on like that!

CNN-Prime:
Of course, we want to remind our viewers that a family does need to have one child, at some point. To carry on the family names.

St. Gareth:
Of course. At some point.

CNN-Prime:
My wife and I... We have triplets. Three bronzes; perfectly matched.

St. Gareth:
And you love them with all your heart. I can hear it in your voice, how you love them.

CNN-Prime:
Oh, god... We love them so much; neither of us had any idea we were going to love them so much...

St. Gareth:
I know just what you mean! It's incredible! But of course you don't love them as much as you will love your child when the time comes to have one of those.

CNN-Prime:
Oh -- of course not! When the time comes.
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