Apocalypso: Let’s Go on a Holiday to the End of the World
I want to write a post-apocalyptic adventure story. Yeah, yeah, that’s very new. Gosh the imagination involved in coming up with that idea, I must be wild.
But how about this: what’s it actually like to live in post-apocalyptia?
Thinking about how to approach this story, I started to wonder. Of course there is plenty of speculative fiction on the topic, from Battlefield Earth to Adventure Time, but what about actually living it? I thought about games, like the Fallout series, where raiders and bandits lurk the radiation-drenched ruins of cities, making their hideouts in the wrecks of old subway stations and supermarkets. And then there’s the Bus on a Strange Loop approach where the government cycles through periods of control and total discord. I thought about the kind of inventions people would come up with to sustain themselves – vehicles and machines and new ways of doing things.
It all really boils down to two things: 1) the type of apocalyptic event which has occurred, and 2) first-hand experience.
The type of event I’d like to explore is the old hat of rising sea levels. Google and NASA provide a great map to see what the world would look like if the polar icecaps completely melted and the sea level rose by a massive 60 metres. Also some less drastic rises: http://flood.firetree.net/
And of course if the ice caps have melted, the temperature is warmer.
But aside from that? I don’t really know. I’ve never lived in post-apocalyptia, despite what the Mayans might say about it. What kind of things would people make? What lengths would you go to? Perhaps it would be similar to living in the time before electricity was commonplace, or perhaps it would be totally different.
What can we do, but experiment and see?
So right now I’m planning a two week survival trip, which will be spent in solitary aside from my dog. No phone, no electricity, no government regulations, and fitting the canon of this particularly watery flavour of catastrophe. The trip will probably be taking place around March or April, when the weather has cooled down from 40 oC every day, and bushfire season has passed. I don’t like to shirk a challenge, and will likely have a radio on me for emergencies (and that seems pretty canon), but without a car I don’t want to unnecessarily burden fire fighters or other emergency service personnel.
That’s a lot of planning, and if you have any suggestions of good places – huts or camping grounds – to hole up for a couple of weeks in the New South Wales and Victoria regions – even South Australia or Tasmania – then please! Go ahead and suggest. In the meanwhile, the preparations of resources and figuring out the exact canon will go ahead. Also planning some recipes – nuclear chicken, anyone?
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Posted on October 17, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged apocalypse, disaster, expedition, fiction, first hand experience, nuclear, planning ahead, recipes book, research, researching a book, researching apocalypse, rising sea levels, spam, stories, survival, surviving rising sea levels, wilderness survival, writing, writing apocalypse. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.