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"Science fiction and science have always danced around each other. Science fiction is the subconscious of science."
- Greg Bear

Pseudoflesh  
  Meat (protein) that is produced apart from an animal; great steaks without rumination.  

I don't know whether the vegetarians would be satisfied with this or not. It does not require killing an animal, so maybe their long fast might be over. If you skipped the cow and just grew the steak, would you still be a carnivore?

"Where would they get a real steer?"

"There are some around for story props in the various entertainment media, that sort of thing. A few of the outback planets where they haven't the technology for pseudoflesh still raise cattle for food."

From Whipping Star, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Galaxy Publishing in 1969
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In the universe of Whipping Star, the universal economy is so advanced that no one needs to spend any time farming at all. The separation from the agrarian past of all species is complete. But until then, try Kobe Beef, the best steak you ever ate (an unsolicited testimonial!).

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