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"I realized there was a heavy-duty change coming in biology, and I could write a really compelling novel about catastrophic evolution, punctuated equilibrium."
- Greg Bear

Food Tablet  
  All of your nutrients in one easy-to-swallow form factor.  

Early instance of the "food tablet" idea.

"These elements are then synthetically combined into food tablets for those of us who are yet alive."
From John Jone's Dollar, by H.S. Keeler.
Published by Black Cat in 1915
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Compare to the somewhat tastier food bricks from the 1971 novel Ringworld by Larry Niven and to the compact food pastilles from the 1879 short story The Senator's Daughter by Edward Page Mitchell.

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