I have a few questions floating around my head. Before they decide to start a family inside my head, I’d like to let them out. Answer as many as you can– most will be opinions.
Firstly, a question about a technique in starting stories: “Bullets flew past my head… but how did I get here?” Personally, I don’t like this technique because it provides an all-too-convenient bed for an infodump. Who in their right mind soliloquizes about the events of the past week when they’re running from the villain’s Legions of Terror? However, when the true beginning to your story is too large for a prologue, can’t become a first chapter, and won’t be left out, you need to stick it in somewhere. If the next chapter is the ideal size for a snappy beginning, it seems perfect to switch the two, presenting the first part in a series of flashbacks and remembrances. It must be carefully done, however, to keep from infodumping. So, my first question: what are your thoughts on this technique?
Secondly, a slightly moral question: is it considered cannibalistic to eat a creature with the same cognitive development as yourself? Those who eat their own kind are cannibals, but what about other creatures with the same brain power? Let’s say cows suddenly gain human-style brains. Cows begin building their own civilization and consorting with humans. Would it be considered morally wrong to eat hamburgers, then? Similarly, if aliens landed and said, hi, our planet blew up, can we move in with you? What if someone realized that these aliens taste really good? Would it be wrong to eat alien a la king?
And lastly, what have I got in my pocket?