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slightly of topic: Re: Vampire dialogue again

From:Andrew Chaney <adchaney@...>
Date:Monday, January 29, 2001, 16:16
On Monday, January 29, 2001, at 09:37 AM, John Cowan wrote:

> On Fri, 26 Jan 2001, Nik Taylor wrote: > > > > Certainly the "bitten by a vampire, become a vampire" > > scenario is illogical - if that were so, then the number of vampires > > would increase exponentially (since everyone who becomes a vampire must > > then drink the blood of others), until the entire world consisted of > > nothing but vampires who would then starve to death. > > [snip] > But even if vampirism is not contagious, it is difficult to impossible > to maintain if victims are simply killed, as in Anne Rice. > [snip]
But (from what I've been told about them from people who have read the books) Anne Rice's vampires would have a death rate of virtually zero. They don't seem to starve and don't die of old age (in fact they get stronger as they get older). The only causes of death are accident and violence. Thus even with very low birth/induction rates, the population remain steady or even grow. Apparently Blade's vampires work a bit differently... Andy