The Blast Furnace by Eric A. Gehlin
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Ok, I’m going to come out and say it for the world to know.
1. I’m writing a series of post-apocalyptic novels.
2. I’ve written an alternate history, decided on the events and nature of my apocalypse and all the players are in their places. I’m writing the first two novels together because the events in these opening installments are so intertwined that they will set the stage for rest of the series.
3. I’ve decided that my apocalypse will be a catastrophic act of nature with some man-made mini-disasters thrown into the mix to make it really interesting. I’m not saying exactly what it is for now but I’ll formally announce the series in the next few weeks when I have some concept art to share with you.
Some have argued that the genre of the post-apocalypse has been done to death. That its potential to surprise and thrill has been exhausted. Well, I wouldn’t be tackling it if I wasn’t convinced that I had a strong concept that will intrigue and entertain my readers.
So I’d like to know what you would do if you decided to write a post-apocalyptic novel. Which type of apocalypse would you choose?
Natural Catastrophe: An asteroid collides with the Earth(or maybe the moon). A monster solar flare fries the atmosphere. Tidal waves, volcanoes, global warming (or cooling)…
Man-Made Disaster: Atomic war. Disease. Disease that creates undead zombies (ugh!!). Maybe an atomic war that creates a race of mutant zombies (double ugh!!!). A technological disaster. Industrial pollution that causes global warming (or cooling). How about an invasion from outer space? Ok, that last one wasn’t man-made but I didn’t know where to put it.
A Combination of Both: Asteroid collides with Earth causing a mass extinction with tidal waves and earthquakes. The survivors clash, causing an atomic war that creates a race of mutated zombies(ugh!) which are then invaded by aliens from outer space.
I’m having a bit of fun here and I want you to join in.
If you had the chance, what would be your favorite disaster for a post-apocalyptic world.
Don’t be shy. Leave a comment and share your ideas!!!