Department of Parts

Governments Deceptively Promote Euthanasia to Seize Your Organs

Although science fiction generally has a spotty record on predicting the future, there is one field of technology where its predictions have been regularly turning into real-world headlines—particularly at the horror end of the spectrum. That is the technology of organ transplantation.

Joseph Murray performed the first successful liver transplant in Boston in 1954, and Christiaan Barnard the first successful heart transplant in Cape Town in 1967. Science fiction writers quickly speculated on the next likely developments. Larry Niven suggested that this new medical capability, if expanded, would either create a tool for horrifying oppression by a ruling class (A Gift from Earth, 1968) or result in a booming...


is a professional translator, missionary, and writer living in Germany, where he works with several different ministries, and lives in a Christian intentional community. He has written academic articles on medieval literature and culture and has published essays in Salvo, First Things, and Boundless. He is a native of Indiana.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #55, Winter 2020 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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