As opposed to post apocalyptic. Have you read anything that takes place in and around the actual apocalypse, rather than in its aftermath? I’ve read World War Z, and Tomorrow When the War Began, and maybe Taronga back in school, but that’s about it. What are some good ones?
I think my current plan is to self publish my sci fi series (when I ever finish any of it HOHOHO!) but write a “during the apocalypse” style series aimed at attracting an agent… Or would I be better doing it the other way around? What’s more marketable at the moment: space pirates or the end of the world?
I started thinking about all this because of a particularly rad and interesting book I picked up: The Knowledge – How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch. It’s non fiction, and is a fascinating tour through all the tech we’d need to rediscover to get back from nuclear winter cavemen, right up to the age of computers and espresso (the real pinnacle of human development). How many people know how to make soap? What about steel? Glass lenses? Yeah we only know how to search Google and open the fridge, so we’d be back to the Stone age in fifty years, tops.
In non-writing news, I’ve cleared the garage (only took a year and a half) and put everything on new shelves, which allows me to do two things again: hang a punching bag (hook is rigged up from a metal pole I slung across), and setup the archery backstop at the far end.
I’ve been down there shooting arrows and bashing away. My wrists, fists and back muscles are glowing red right now. I feel more prepared for the zombie apocalypse already…