This question came about because the group was reading a little scifi I’d written wherein the characters were (GASP!), eating.
One character had lunch (a turkey sandwich, light mayo). Next, he had dinner with a friend:
Dinner turned out to be a Mexican Sushi place in one of the smaller domes attached by a small tube to the Military Dome. Carter had the guacamole tuna tataki, minus the cilantro, while the Master Chief ordered this thinly cut grilled rib eye and asparagus rolls with a chipotle-teriyaki glaze that the chef called, asugyu. This was followed by an entree of thinly sliced jalapeno rolled over grilled manchego cheese with tempura shrimp, chipotle sauce and avocado. Everything was better than anything he had eaten in recent weeks, and quickly devoured.
Another character woke to the scent of bacon cooking. After, she had lunch with her aunt:
Gloria steered them into a little cafe. They sat on the patio, ordering both water and drinks before taking in the menu.
“Soup, I think,” Belle told the waiter. “The clam chowder. Extra crackers.”
“Cheeseburger,” Gloria told the man. “Mayo on the side, no onion.”
Lastly, there were some raw recruits chowing down in the mess hall:
The line moved quick enough and soon they were seated at a table with other members of their platoon. Uly looked at the food with a critical eye. Used as he was to fresh vegetables straight from the fields behind his house, the mushy mounds piled in the sections of the tray were less than appealing. With a stomach grumbling, however, he didn’t see much choice in the matter. He sniffed it before he ate it. All he could smell was a hint of potatoes, and that came from the orange-ish stuff in the upper right hand corner of the tray. He slid his fork into that pile and shoved it into his mouth, chewing mechanically.
These moments stood out to some, and I want to say it’s because of something I’ve talked about before; there’s no food in science fiction. Or rather, very little. A running joke about the Enterprise was that they never showed a toilet, but I always thought it was odd how fantasy books portray people eating quite often, whereas science fiction books tend to not.
So my brain wonders if these scenes stood out to the readers because they are unusual in scifi…
Thoughts about food in scifi?