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Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 7:44 pm
by jerico
Hi everyone, I just joined and I look forward to sharing in these forums!

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 8:06 pm
by Bmat
Hi, Jerico! Welcome to Speculative Vision!

Tell us about yourself? What are your interests? :)

Let me toss in here that no age reference is permitted.

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 8:56 pm
by jerico
Bmat wrote:Hi, Jerico! Welcome to Speculative Vision!

Tell us about yourself? What are your interests? :)

Let me toss in here that no age reference is permitted.
Well, I'm currently in the process of writing a novel. It's a post-apocalypic story. I would love some suggestions on any post-apocalyptic novels that would be worth reading - they seem far and few.

Why is no age-reference permitted? Legal reasons? just curious?

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 9:04 pm
by Bmat
I can't think of any post apocalyptic novels that I remember. Maybe someone else will know of some to recommend.

I mentioned the age thing because sometimes new members quite naturally give their age.

It is a legal matter, but also it is to protect the younger members from predators. If only older members are permitted to give ages, then it singles out those who can't give ages, so the site policy is no age reference.

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 1:35 am
by The Master
Welcome Jerico! I hope you enjoy the site.

Yeah, thank the US congress for a stupid law where I have to jump hoops if I "knowingly" collect any information from someone under know, like the email you have to enter to join. Its stupid, but that's government for you!

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 6:18 am
by Mikira
Hi Jerico,

I don't recall reading any post-apocalyptic novels. I've seen movies based on that idea. I'm sure you know a few of them if not all. So I suggest checking to see if any of those movies are also novels. (For starters)

I also suggest reading: Writing the Breakout Novel (I'm halfway through reading it and it's a very insightful book.) It also has an acompanying workbook.

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 7:23 am
by Ariel
:flower: Welcome Jerico!

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 7:51 am
by Grand Evander
Welcome to SV, Jerico! :D

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 1:39 pm
by Bmat
I am trying to remember the name of a post-apocalyptic story I read a while back. Some aliens preserved a few humans and moved them to another planet, I think. I remember that the aliens gradually altered the humans to be an alien/human hybrid.

It was a good story, I wish I could remember what it was.

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 1:43 pm
by Qray
HiHo, Jerico. Welcome to SV.

Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov, and Richard Matheson's novel, I am Legend (later turned into the movie "The Omega Man") are the only ones I can think of.

There is The Armageddon Blues by Daniel Keys Moran. I'm not sure if it's what your looking for. A review I dug up follows...

Jalian has been fascinated by the Big Road all her life (The Big Road is in fact the remains of a Super Highway - Q.) It is a left over remnant of a civilization that killed itself off with nuclear power - The Fire. Her Clan is special - their founder lived through radiation poisoning and now they have silver eyes and are very strong. In their matriarchal society Jalian is the daughter of one of the stronger women who later becomes an elder, Ralash.

Georges was born in the 1700's and appears to be immortal. In World War I a German soldier cut off his head with the bayonet. Yet it reattaches itself. Soon Georges is fighting again with a slight scar to show where the bayonet had invaded his body. He is the antithesis of entropy.

Jalian's community is part of First Contact from an alien race. Jalian is young enough she understands them and their language, becoming one of the first intepreters for the Corvichi spacetime gypsies. She develops a close friendship with them.

When that friendship is threatened, Jalian does the unexpected. She travels in time back to the 20th century, before the Fire and the Burn. She will attempt to prevent Armageddon from happening. The first person she allows herself to meet is Georges as he is traveling along the Big Road. They begin a companionship that combines to try to stop Armageddon.

I'm sure Daniel Keys Moran must have sat down and challenged himself. "How can I take the apocolypse, genetic mutation, time travel, and immortality and combine them together?" His result is The Armageddon Blues, an intriguing novel. But it's hard to follow in the beginning. He jumps around to the different eras - early twentieth century, hundreds of years after Armageddon, and late twentieth century are the focus time periods. He jumps between the characters. The story doesn't pull them all together until a third to half way through. It is rough getting started in the novel.

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 6:16 pm
by jerico
Thanks for everyones greets! It's always a sign of a good forum when you get several sincere welcomes (and even some early suggestion!)

Qray - that sounds like an intriguing novel - I'll definitely look for it. While there are many novels that cover the theme of an expended Earth and the inevitable move to another world - I'm always looking for novels where the survivors stay on Earth and rebuild.

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 8:16 pm
by Tath
Welcome to SV!

There's too much to do here >.>