Truth Stranger Than (My) Fiction: The Good Humor Man

With the e-book reprinting of The Good Humor Man, or, Calorie 3501 by Ridan Publishing drawing closer, I thought it might be an appropriate time to round up whatever Food Police, Food Fascists, or GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) food terrorist stories are bouncing around in the news and blogosphere. After all, what fun is it to be a Cassandra if you can’t shout from your blog, “I TOLD you it would happen!”

Here’s a selection of headlines that could be torn straight from the first third of my novel:

The Growing Ambitions of the Food Police

Invasion of the Food Police

Food Police Planning Next Attack

LA Food Police Ban Burger Joints

Fighting the Food Police

But wait, there’s more!

Washington bureaucrats work to have Tony the Tiger Placed on the Endangered Species Act

about to do the perp walk

McDonalds’ CEO Jim Skinner, confederate of Emmanuel Goldstein, subjected to “Two Minutes’ Hate” for daring to defend corporate spokes-clown Ronald McDonald

Rather creepy stuff — British school bureaucrats secretly open students’ lunchboxes, photograph contents, calculate nutritional values, then send threatening notes home to parents if contents are not up to approved nutritional standards

And on the genetically modified foods front:

Farmers sue Monsanto over GMO seeds

In East Flanders, members of the Belgian Field Liberation Movement [FLM] destroy field of genetically modified potatoes meant to withstand potato blight, while in Chicago, the Organic Consumers Association protests their local Whole Foods store

October 16, 2011 will be Millions Against Monsanto World Food Day (and there’s still time to read The Good Humor Man, or, Calorie 3501 before the big day!)

Eco-terrorists suspected in chop-down of genetically modified papaya trees in Hawaii (in my book, it was genetically modified bananas that caused all the ruckus, but if Elvis had been fond of fried peanut butter and papaya sandwiches, I might’ve used papayas instead)


  1. Jill Roberts says:

    Scarily real, Andy – you *did* tell us so, and you were so right!

    • Andrew says:

      Good to hear from you, Jill! I hope you and the terrific folks at Tachyon Publications are all doing great. Congratulations on all your recent award-winning books. Keep up the super work!

  2. Adam Burton says:

    You know, I don’t even need these articles to be convinced. When I read Good Humor Man last year, I thought to myself, “this is fiction, but it’s definitely not speculative.” The fiscal woes of the nation have just added fuel to the fire of this wave of morality enforcement that began with the whole anti-smoking faction, whose neo-nazi sentiments I see as a model for the “food police.”

    Jeez, where will it all end, Andrew? I definitely fear for the future.

    Good Humor Man was outstanding, by the way!

    • Andrew says:

      Adam, thanks so much for your kind comments. I’m really glad you enjoyed The Good Humor Man. I’ll continue posting links to real-world Food Police/Food Fascist news as it pops up. There certainly doesn’t seem to be a shortage of it!

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