Pass the Salt
Once again, salt is controversial. Do we eat too much or not? Could salt become so dangerous it gets banned or controlled? That was the premise that got The Highest Frontier into hot water with ultraphytes (disguised as reviewers) before the book even came out (certain ARCs got shredded).
From a medical view, given that our bloodstream contains a precise concentration of NaCl, it would indeed be surprising if too much salt–or too little–did not cause major strain. A lack of salt is a big problem for most animals; hence their predilection for salt licks. On the other hand, even a high-school level knowledge of the kidney suggests why too much salt has to be a bad thing. And for those who can’t drink water free of sweetener, there’s double the trouble.
My next Frontera book has the ultraphytes still seeking salt–but also some other substance, something more mysterious. Any ideas? What do you think ultraphytes should be looking for?
BTW a shout out for Ray Bradbury, RIP.