The future is now! While the meal-in-a-pill commonly appears throughout science fiction, we march towards this reality every day. Soylent, a nutritionally-complete drink (touted as a meal replacement) has exploded across circles of
“food hackers"—people looking to transform and consume food in non-traditional ways to make both sustenance and pleasure more efficient.
Across the universe, depictions of alien cultures are often grounded with food—whether it’s strange, wriggling critters, or extragalactic goops and sponges. Food allows us to relate to said aliens, while at the same time emphasising that they’re not quite human. Strangely enough, many meals in science fiction also seem to involve slurping up noodles: Rick Deckard in Blade Runner, and more recently Prometheus. It seems like the future is a globalised one, where white people have no trouble using chopsticks. Where else could you have noodles other than the Far East today? New York, or any major city comes to mind.