Throughout the five apocalypse scenarios (tsunami, asteroid, eruption, virus, and “strangelet”) I noticed how the main character got closer to his goal each time the day reset. Also, the strangelet cascade was the only apocalypse explicitly produced by man – every other apocalypse was natural. Perhaps the episode implies that, even if humanity survives all natural ends, we are destined to snuff ourselves out eventually. This is a neat idea, and provides some context to our day-to-day activities. One “progression” may undo all of our previous progress. What are we doing to help our survival, what are we doing to hinder it, and can we even tell the difference between them?
Overall, this video made me consider my own preparedness for any such apocalyptic event. Preparing some sort of go-bag wouldn’t take too much effort after the planning aspect. In terms of how I would react to these scenarios, evacuation is always the priority. Other than that, listen to the officials. In the event of the virus, I wouldn’t take any public transport, even if curfew/quarantine wasn’t mandated. Lastly, if everyone knew the world was going to end, I would spend the remaining time with my family and friends, and say goodbyes to some special individuals in my life.
Reading this piece made me realize that basically all modern tales of apocalypse lie in the science fiction realm. Older tales of end days that I can recall were told under mainly religious context.
This article dropped the names of many titles I haven’t heard of, but I learned regardless. Something that stood out to me is that much apocalyptic science fiction is labeled as sexist – I never thought of this, but it seems to make sense. In most survivalist situations, we see males as leaders and as the fittest, like in the most recent Jurassic Park, or in Terminator.
Besides this, the article gave good insight into some trends of apocalyptic fiction. In the 1800’s, The Last Man by Mary Shelly depicts a virus/plague apocalypse – this kind of end has stuck around to modern day, even if the effect of the virus has taken to different directions. This also makes sense as viruses are unseen, and easily transferred around a globalized society such as ours. Most people should know that bacteria and viruses evolve to resist our countermeasures to them. Bacterium of that strain that survive our countermeasures to them get to pass those genes on, thus they are resistant, and we must find new countermeasures in an endless cycle. It’s an even more complex relationship, considering some bacteria hold a symbiotic relationship with humans. I would be very surprised if we saw this narrative of disease ever disappear.
Novel Excerpt: Wool
I’m hooked! I read both the graphic novel and the textual novel version of this excerpt. I believe the graphic novel PDF was missing some pages because several of them were just black pictures, and there was a lack of context after the pictures started appearing normal again. That being said, the text novel was easier to follow, and I might even prefer it. The illustration in the graphic novel was great, but the text novel just provides much more context, so I may stick with that version.
Interestingly enough, the beginning of this book reminds me of the short story that I wrote for one this week’s assignments (which I wrote before reading this), so I feel an instant connection with this text. I may read a couple more excerpts, but I don’t feel it’s necessary. I know I’m going to read this book. It features conspiracies, mystery, underground people, strange tradition and culture, wanderlust, computer technology, and a love story. I can’t wait to see what else happens in this world that was built in the excerpt.