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Nebula Nomination for Best Short Story 1991. "I’m honored that this often shows up on the internet. Here’s the correct version, as published in Omni, 1990." -- Terry Bisson Nebula Nomination for Best Short Story 1991. "I’m honored that this often shows up on the internet. Here’s the correct version, as published in Omni, 1990." -- Terry Bisson


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Nebula Nomination for Best Short Story 1991. "I’m honored that this often shows up on the internet. Here’s the correct version, as published in Omni, 1990." -- Terry Bisson Nebula Nomination for Best Short Story 1991. "I’m honored that this often shows up on the internet. Here’s the correct version, as published in Omni, 1990." -- Terry Bisson

30 review for They're Made Out of Meat

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    "Thinking meat! You're asking me to believe in thinking meat!" Says one alien to another, in disbelief. A very short story about intelligent life in the universe, that demotes human beings on planet earth, to mere lumps of meat. Quite amusing. "Thinking meat! You're asking me to believe in thinking meat!" Says one alien to another, in disbelief. A very short story about intelligent life in the universe, that demotes human beings on planet earth, to mere lumps of meat. Quite amusing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣

    "We're supposed to talk to meat." After reading The Egg by Andy Weir, GR had some nice recommendations for me. So, I came upon They're Made Out of Meat. This is a very short story (only 5 pages long) that was a Nebula Award Nominee for Best Short Story in 1991. You can read it here. It consists of a short briefing between two aliens regarding the human race. And it might as well be the reason why we think we're alone in the Universe. If you have 5 minutes to spare, I recommend this. I've just "We're supposed to talk to meat." After reading The Egg by Andy Weir, GR had some nice recommendations for me. So, I came upon They're Made Out of Meat. This is a very short story (only 5 pages long) that was a Nebula Award Nominee for Best Short Story in 1991. You can read it here. It consists of a short briefing between two aliens regarding the human race. And it might as well be the reason why we think we're alone in the Universe. If you have 5 minutes to spare, I recommend this. I've just discovered that even short stories can touch you in the most unbelievable ways.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Orient

    What an entertaining little read, I'd love all my space stuff to be so 😆 Read this short anti-ode to meat on http://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page... My thoughts before reading it: My thoughts while reading: My thoughts after reading: P.S. Don't let the baby and the confusing title on the cover discourage you from reading this book like it was to me at first!!!!!!!! 😉 What an entertaining little read, I'd love all my space stuff to be so 😆 Read this short anti-ode to meat on http://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page... My thoughts before reading it: My thoughts while reading: My thoughts after reading: P.S. Don't let the baby and the confusing title on the cover discourage you from reading this book like it was to me at first!!!!!!!! 😉

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sid

    "And why not? Imagine how unbearably, how unutterably cold the Universe would be if one were all alone .." Thought provoking ! "And why not? Imagine how unbearably, how unutterably cold the Universe would be if one were all alone .." Thought provoking !

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sr3yas

    You're asking me to believe in thinking meat! As a matter of fact, we are! Spare two minutes and read this hilarious Nebula-nominated short story here -----> http://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page... You're asking me to believe in thinking meat! As a matter of fact, we are! Spare two minutes and read this hilarious Nebula-nominated short story here -----> http://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    "That's ridiculous. How can meat make a machine? You're asking me to believe in sentient meat."This Nebula-nominated short story is a conversation between two aliens, one of which CANNOT BELIEVE that intelligent beings can be made out of ... meat. It’s very short and funny, but with a bite to it. I love the creativity of the concept. Free online here on Terry Bisson’s website: http://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page... "That's ridiculous. How can meat make a machine? You're asking me to believe in sentient meat."This Nebula-nominated short story is a conversation between two aliens, one of which CANNOT BELIEVE that intelligent beings can be made out of ... meat. It’s very short and funny, but with a bite to it. I love the creativity of the concept. Free online here on Terry Bisson’s website: http://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Richard Derus

    "You know how when you slap or flap meat, it makes a noise? They talk by flapping their meat at each other. They can even sing by squirting air through their meat." I have nothing to add to that. Excellent short read if one is in need of a thoughtful belly-laugh tranquilizer. "You know how when you slap or flap meat, it makes a noise? They talk by flapping their meat at each other. They can even sing by squirting air through their meat." I have nothing to add to that. Excellent short read if one is in need of a thoughtful belly-laugh tranquilizer.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pooja

    If you think you've never read and loved Sci-Fi, READ THIS ONE! It is merely ten minutes read. You will not regret it. It's super hilarious. Can't stop laughing and thinking and staying amazed by its concept... If you think you've never read and loved Sci-Fi, READ THIS ONE! It is merely ten minutes read. You will not regret it. It's super hilarious. Can't stop laughing and thinking and staying amazed by its concept...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    ". . . I told you, we probed them. They're meat all the way through." ". . . I told you, we probed them. They're meat all the way through."

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mohsin Maqbool

    EVEN though Terry Bisson's "They're Made Out of Meat" is a science-fiction short story, but it is more akin to theatre of the absurd. The only characters in it are two aliens from an unnamed planet who are arguing with each other about humans. However, they refer to humans as meat. "They made the machines. That's what I'm trying to tell you. Meat made the machines." "That's ridiculous. How can meat make a machine? You're asking me to believe in sentient meat." "I'm not asking you, I'm telling you. EVEN though Terry Bisson's "They're Made Out of Meat" is a science-fiction short story, but it is more akin to theatre of the absurd. The only characters in it are two aliens from an unnamed planet who are arguing with each other about humans. However, they refer to humans as meat. "They made the machines. That's what I'm trying to tell you. Meat made the machines." "That's ridiculous. How can meat make a machine? You're asking me to believe in sentient meat." "I'm not asking you, I'm telling you. These creatures are the only sentient race in that sector and they're made out of meat." "Maybe they're like the orfolei. You know, a carbon-based intelligence that goes through a meat stage." I was immediately reminded of the absurd dialogue going on between Vladimir and Estragon in Samuel Beckett's play "Waiting for Godot". The story's absurdity is what makes it funny and interesting. How I wonder what would happened to the aliens had they seen meat eating meat and meat killing meat! Mr Bisson's short story had first been published in the science-fiction magazine Omni in 1990. It was a Nebula Award Nominee for Best Short Story (1991).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ahmed Ejaz

    "Yes, thinking meat! Conscious meat! Loving meat. Dreaming meat. The meat is the whole deal!" This is the first story, in my experience, which doesn't have any background description. It contains just Dialogues, Dialogues and Dialogues. OVERVIEW This is the story about Us! I mean humans. There are two aliens (I suppose, because author didn't tell us who were talking) who capture some humans (they call human a piece of 'meat') and study them and find they born and they die also. Author de "Yes, thinking meat! Conscious meat! Loving meat. Dreaming meat. The meat is the whole deal!" This is the first story, in my experience, which doesn't have any background description. It contains just Dialogues, Dialogues and Dialogues. OVERVIEW This is the story about Us! I mean humans. There are two aliens (I suppose, because author didn't tell us who were talking) who capture some humans (they call human a piece of 'meat') and study them and find they born and they die also. Author describes that in this way: "They're born meat and they die meat." You can just say that author describes human race in little hilarious way. I loved this story. Great! I recommend this short story to everyone! Just spare 5 minutes. You will enjoy! Click below to read: http://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page... Point out my mistakes if there are any. I would be happy to see that. Thanks for your attention! ^__^ 11 Oct 2016

  12. 5 out of 5

    Archit

    Humor can't get better than this. Deep realization engulfs you when you realise that everything is centred around meat! Will anyone listen to Calvin's prayers? Humor can't get better than this. Deep realization engulfs you when you realise that everything is centred around meat! Will anyone listen to Calvin's prayers?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brian Yahn

    They're Made of Meat is about two aliens discovering life on earth, and talking about how absurd it is that we're essentially pieces of talking meat. It's short and sweet with a dash of hilarity. They're Made of Meat is about two aliens discovering life on earth, and talking about how absurd it is that we're essentially pieces of talking meat. It's short and sweet with a dash of hilarity.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    Alright! This was pretty hysterical. It might just be due to the fact that I'm a sick puppy; saw the cover and title and had Solyent Green thoughts, and then cackled my way through this short story. Want quick and funny? Winner. Bonus: Free. "Thinking meat! You're asking me to believe in thinking meat!" Unbelievable, but this was actually a GR recommendation. Shocking, I know. Alright! This was pretty hysterical. It might just be due to the fact that I'm a sick puppy; saw the cover and title and had Solyent Green thoughts, and then cackled my way through this short story. Want quick and funny? Winner. Bonus: Free. "Thinking meat! You're asking me to believe in thinking meat!" Unbelievable, but this was actually a GR recommendation. Shocking, I know.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Got two to three minutes? Feel like reading an entertaining, thoughtful SF short story that will make you chuckle? Lift your meaty paw, grab your mouse and click on this link: http://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page... Thanks to Sr3yas for introducing me to this one- it's a fun story that I had somehow never encountered, despite it being made into an acclaimed short film. Likewise I had never heard of Terry Bisson, and will now be seeking out his other work. If They're Made Out of Meat is any indicat Got two to three minutes? Feel like reading an entertaining, thoughtful SF short story that will make you chuckle? Lift your meaty paw, grab your mouse and click on this link: http://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page... Thanks to Sr3yas for introducing me to this one- it's a fun story that I had somehow never encountered, despite it being made into an acclaimed short film. Likewise I had never heard of Terry Bisson, and will now be seeking out his other work. If They're Made Out of Meat is any indication, he is an inventive writer with solid comedy chops - not something I've found to be common in SF outside the works of Iain M. Banks. P.S: Despite the title this story is vegetarian friendly and is is no way icky.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed Algarawi

    "Imagine how unbearably, how unutterably cold the Universe would be if one were all alone ..." *heart shatters into a million pieces* "Imagine how unbearably, how unutterably cold the Universe would be if one were all alone ..." *heart shatters into a million pieces*

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ammara Abid

    Short, smart and humorous write-up :D What an enjoyable read. Deep yet amusing. Thinking meat! Concious meat! Loving meat. Dreaming meat. The meat is the whole deal.

  18. 5 out of 5

    carol.

    It's made of meat, and I still prefer not to eat it. It's made of meat, and I still prefer not to eat it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the distracted librarian)

    A short story with dialogue between two characters but no dialogue tags. A fun sci-fi read not to be taken too seriously. Very clever xD You can read it here on MIT's website: https://www.mit.edu/people/dpolicar/w... Here's a short skit with Tom Noonan and Ben Bailey. Know there's one f-word in the skit to my friends who don't appreciate language https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tScA... A short story with dialogue between two characters but no dialogue tags. A fun sci-fi read not to be taken too seriously. Very clever xD You can read it here on MIT's website: https://www.mit.edu/people/dpolicar/w... Here's a short skit with Tom Noonan and Ben Bailey. Know there's one f-word in the skit to my friends who don't appreciate language https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tScA...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Efka

    Meet the Meat. Just don't eat the Meat. Meet the Meat. Just don't eat the Meat.

  21. 5 out of 5

    may ❀

    What did I just read? I'm not entirely sure. This short story is hilarious and very entertaining. I was smiling and laughing through all five pages. I gotta agree with the more intelligent life-forms, us Meat sure are some strange phenomenon. “Imagine how unbearably, how unutterably cold the Universe would be if one were all alone ...” 4 stars!! What did I just read? I'm not entirely sure. This short story is hilarious and very entertaining. I was smiling and laughing through all five pages. I gotta agree with the more intelligent life-forms, us Meat sure are some strange phenomenon. “Imagine how unbearably, how unutterably cold the Universe would be if one were all alone ...” 4 stars!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I just came across this book and read it because it doesn't really take much time to finish 5 pages long book. It is a humorous and amazing story.And it was surprisingly good! I just came across this book and read it because it doesn't really take much time to finish 5 pages long book. It is a humorous and amazing story.And it was surprisingly good!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Eesha Sajid

    "Thinking meat! You're asking me to believe in thinking meat!" "Yes, thinking meat! Conscious meat! Loving meat. Dreaming meat. The meat is the whole deal! Are you beginning to get the picture or do I have to start all over?" oh man!!! its one of the most interesting short stories you will ever come across... since you are a loving meat, believe me you will love it. and since our meat also has memory, you will always remember it... AND since i am a Bossy meat, i want all of you to read it... two "Thinking meat! You're asking me to believe in thinking meat!" "Yes, thinking meat! Conscious meat! Loving meat. Dreaming meat. The meat is the whole deal! Are you beginning to get the picture or do I have to start all over?" oh man!!! its one of the most interesting short stories you will ever come across... since you are a loving meat, believe me you will love it. and since our meat also has memory, you will always remember it... AND since i am a Bossy meat, i want all of you to read it... two minutes.. just Two minutes, thats exactly how long it will take you read it and still manage to affect your whole view point of your entire race... now be a reading and understanding meat and GO for it, or you are so Dead Meat.. xD http://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Milda Page Runner

    LOL This was fun. Just 5 pages and it's free. http://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page... Recommend. LOL This was fun. Just 5 pages and it's free. http://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page... Recommend.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Peter Tillman

    Short and sweet! OK, short and, um, we humans are just too unbearably icky. Added to the "Fermi Paradox" list. And there's an older PKD tale that I expect Bisson read in his youth, along these lines : "Beyond Lies the Wub." Dick's character was a talking pig, and that one is online at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/28554/... . His first published story! Planet Stories, July 1952. And another, by Dafyd ab Hugh, about a talking cat that the other animals call "Mr. Dinner"..... OK, here's Michael Swa Short and sweet! OK, short and, um, we humans are just too unbearably icky. Added to the "Fermi Paradox" list. And there's an older PKD tale that I expect Bisson read in his youth, along these lines : "Beyond Lies the Wub." Dick's character was a talking pig, and that one is online at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/28554/... . His first published story! Planet Stories, July 1952. And another, by Dafyd ab Hugh, about a talking cat that the other animals call "Mr. Dinner"..... OK, here's Michael Swanwick's homage/pastiche to this story: "They're Made of Carbon" https://web.archive.org/web/200601110... Very entertaining.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    3.3 ⭐ Cute little story on the nature of intelligent life in the universe. "Mostly harmless." 3.3 ⭐ Cute little story on the nature of intelligent life in the universe. "Mostly harmless."

  27. 5 out of 5

    Wayne Barrett

    Alrighty then... Well, if I had noticed that this was only 5 pages, and free, I would have read it last year when I first added it. Poor us... trying so hard and searching so far and wide. And if we could only understand that, after all, we are just meat. A little scary, a little interesting. Like I said, it's only 5 free pages. Just read it you frickin' piece of meat. Alrighty then... Well, if I had noticed that this was only 5 pages, and free, I would have read it last year when I first added it. Poor us... trying so hard and searching so far and wide. And if we could only understand that, after all, we are just meat. A little scary, a little interesting. Like I said, it's only 5 free pages. Just read it you frickin' piece of meat.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nigham

    Hahaha! Amusing, enjoyable and too funny for words. XD "No brain?" "Oh, there's a brain all right. It's just that the brain is made out of meat! That's what I've been trying to tell you." "So ... what does the thinking?" "You're not understanding, are you? You're refusing to deal with what I'm telling you. The brain does the thinking. The meat." "Thinking meat! You're asking me to believe in thinking meat!" "Yes, thinking meat! Conscious meat! Loving meat. Dreaming meat. The meat is the whole deal! A Hahaha! Amusing, enjoyable and too funny for words. XD "No brain?" "Oh, there's a brain all right. It's just that the brain is made out of meat! That's what I've been trying to tell you." "So ... what does the thinking?" "You're not understanding, are you? You're refusing to deal with what I'm telling you. The brain does the thinking. The meat." "Thinking meat! You're asking me to believe in thinking meat!" "Yes, thinking meat! Conscious meat! Loving meat. Dreaming meat. The meat is the whole deal! Are you beginning to get the picture or do I have to start all over?"

  29. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    A two pages lesson about ethics, which is almost forgotten these days: "One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated" or "Do to no one what you yourself dislike." If we want to be treated with respect, we should do the same. Otherwise, we may just get in return exactly what we give....This is what this story is about. Depressing thought... Or maybe it's just because I read it on a Monday morning? Well, I guess I'll never know, lol. A two pages lesson about ethics, which is almost forgotten these days: "One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated" or "Do to no one what you yourself dislike." If we want to be treated with respect, we should do the same. Otherwise, we may just get in return exactly what we give....This is what this story is about. Depressing thought... Or maybe it's just because I read it on a Monday morning? Well, I guess I'll never know, lol.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alina

    Wow! An amazing hypothesis on why (we think) we are alone in the Universe. You can enjoy it here :) Wow! An amazing hypothesis on why (we think) we are alone in the Universe. You can enjoy it here :)

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