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Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Apocalypse Panel

So, here's a new thing I'm doing. The Apocalypse Panel. I and six other authors who like to write about end of the world type stuff (alien invasions totally count!), are getting together once a month to answer a question related to the apocalypse.You can meet the rest of the panel here. Links to all of our responses will be posted on Randy Lindsay's blog each month, so we can all discuss ideas together.

This months question is:

Which situation or event that is currently happening do you think most easily could result in the apocalypse?

Alien invasion, of course!

Not really. Despite what I like to write, I believe there is a 0% chance of alien's actually invading earth. There are plenty of ways to end the world that are more realistic (and keep me up at night if I think too hard about them). I'm going to go with an oldie but goodie (or baddie):

Global Thermonuclear Warfare.

Did you know there are more than 17,000 nuclear weapons on the planet right now? That's just insane. And it's not like world governments are all that stable. *shudder* I'm sure I don't have to outline all the effects a nuclear war would have on the planet. We've seen enough movies, TV shows, etc. to already know.

I don't really think nuclear war is imminent or anything, but I do think it is the most likely way to trigger the apocalypse.

Go check out the rest of the apocalypse authors answers over on Randy's blog!


Carolyn V said...

That is just scary!

Terry W. Ervin II said...

A relatively recent post apocalyptic novel you might be interested in reading is One Second After by William R. Forstchen.

It's about a small town in North Carolina struggling to survive in the aftermath of an EMP attack upon the United States. It's a scenario that is quite possible...a troubling thought and eye opening, and in many ways so is the story.

Angie said...

I know, Carolyn! I try not to dwell n it. Terry, I have heard good things about that one. I will check it out.

Randy said...

I sort of like the alien invasion scenario, even if it seems less likely. And maybe that's what makes those kind of stories so much fun. Because we know all along that an invasion from space is extremely unlikely.

That makes me wonder what is more important to fans of apocalyptic stories, scary realism or wild and speculative fun?

Angie said...

I'm in favor of the speculative fun! I don't lose so much sleep that way. :)

Daron D. Fraley said...

A very real possibility! And the sheer number of nukes out there certainly don't give me any warm fuzzies.

Angie said...

I know, right? Thanks for stopping by, Daron.

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