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April 8th, 2010 (08:24 am)

Idea: a world where it's possible to transfer a wound from one person to another. If a product injures you, the court forces the manufacturer to take the damage. Liability insurance companies have a lot of cannon fodder on the payroll. Don't work for a company without insurance.

Variant: the injury can be transferred retroactively, so that the plaintiff never gets the pain and suffering at all. You wake up one morning with a broken arm, and know that you're going to lose a lawsuit.

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Posted by: metahacker (metahacker)
Posted at: April 8th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
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Interesting!

Nowadays this is done with financial injuries and criminal liabilities, which makes your idea a good starting point for social commentary.

Reminds me a bit of the magic in "Magic to the Bone" (et al.) where spells exact a price, but that physical injury can be visited on an involuntary victim. There's a resulting class of PIs whose job is to figure out the source... including, of course, the protag.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: April 8th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)

Nowadays this is done with financial injuries and criminal liabilities

Right. The "make it didn't happen" variant has the advantage of actually preventing harm; but it has the problem that you're punishing someone for something they would have done. Like Minority Report, except with a court in the loop.

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