In the in-progress dystopia novel there is an old man who is taken away for criminal activity. He was caught re-using plastic in his own home, rather than putting it through the recycling centre and buying new recycled plastic items. What a terrible man.
So he gets taken away and I wondered, what would such a State do with old people when they have an excuse to dispose of them? Recycle them as food?
Nah. Soylent Green already did that. I needed something bizarre, something different, something horrible and cruel and yet slightly credible.
So I thought 'What if they cremate all bodies to save on landfill space and use the heat from cremations as a power source?' Sounds good. A crematorium power station would need a regular supply but that can be arranged and it'll save on pensions too. Yes, that's a useful plot device.
As always, I had to check whether such a thing could be made believable in the modern world because while I want this story to be at the bounds of sanity, I still need it to be credible enough to be scary.
So I checked. I looked around, not really expecting to find much and...
Oh, come on!
Give a writer a break here.