The Internet for Nuclear War

“It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that the Internet has evolved into a force strong enough to reflect the greatest hopes and fears of those who use it. After all, it was designed to withstand nuclear war.”
Denise Caruso

Found this on a site today. Would the Internet withstand nuclear wars? I doubt we could still use it. Likely it would be a government and military service only at that point. Or, maybe like short wave radio, a few people would be able to access it on an emergency or partial basis.

Do you still think about nuclear war? Or have you moved on to other options like biological warfare? There are so many options, thanks to science and the governments controlling the science and how it is used and distributed.

Write a short story about surviving in a war. Don’t make it too fictional. Base it on your own life, where you live, who you know, etc. But don’t get depressed over the writing of it. Remember science fiction, is fiction.  Have some fun too. What would you like to see happen? How successful would you be at surviving and making do with what you have?

Fairy Tales and Sub Genres

This is a great list. I haven’t heard of all of these, most of them, but not all. As a reader do you like to pin down your style of fiction or does it matter more when you are writing it?

  • Cyberpunk

  • Dystopian

  • Erotica

  • Spy Thriller

  • Southern Gothic

  • Satire

  • Urban Fantasy

  • Space Horror

  • Space Opera

  • Young Adult Contemporary

  • “Grimdark” Fantasy

  • Psychological Horror

  • Hard Sci-Fi

  • Slasher Film

  • Ecothriller

  • Sword & Sorcery

  • Lovecraftian

  • Zombie Apocalypse

  • Superhero

  • Detective

via Flash Fiction Challenge: Fairy Tales, Remixed « terribleminds: chuck wendig.

A Twist to an Old Tale

I’m watching Face Off, the final challenge is a fairy tale theme with a twist. The twist being they had to pick a style: haunted, industrial, psychedelic, outer space, or post apocalypse. I thought it was an interesting way to re-create a traditional fairy tale, to give an old tale a new spin.

Pick your favourite fairy tale (Hansel and Gretel, The Frog Prince, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White…) and add each of the styles to it. What kind of twists can you come up with in each theme?

SyFy: Face Off
Wikipedia: Face Off

Interesting Groups Found on GoodReads

Dystopias and Social Critiques

The Alternative World

Apocalypse Whenever

Hard SF– Where the reality of the science counts.

Urban Fantasy

Cozy Mysteries

Dragon and Magic Lovers – For those who like books that include dragons.

Wicca and Witchcraft – Discussing Paganism and books about Wicca and Witchcraft.

Witches Brew – Books with Witches in them.

Do you use GoodReads? I joined awhile ago but haven’t done much with, just too many social sites to keep up with. I took another look at it today and will set up the widget and see if I can login at least as often as I start a new book.

Do you Have a Zombie Survival Plan?

Neil Slorance has plans for a loft apartment and a bat. Not sure how great that will work out. His drawings made me laugh. Have a look and think up your own zombie survival plan. Or do you want one? It would simpler to just go with the flow and become a zombie along with everyone else. Still, I don’t think it would ever be my first choice.

Toronto Zombie Walk – A local event I’d never heard of before.

What are your thoughts on the whole zombie thing? Do you have a zombie apocalypse survival plan?

Would It be Better if it Were Nature’s Fault?

“Some will see this as the apocalypse while others see this as natural evolution.” – Joe Laszlo

If all civilization ended, all of our man-made creations were to crumble and finally the planet itself explodes into just rock and gas floating around in space…

Would you feel better if the world/ the planet itself came to an end  due to natural causes versus something we did to blow ourselves up? Would it seem just that much better if it were nature’s fault? If we (though we would all be gone) were not entirely to blame?

Attention Game Developers

My nephew and I were talking one day after school this week, we want a game that is a combination of StrongHold and Fallout. A game where the world has gone through an apocalypse and is being rebuilt. But rather than being just a basic shoot them all, we want it to include building towns, villages and be about gathering straggling civilization back into order again. We want to rebuild the world from it’s own ruins. A game where you gather resources, likely have to fight off other survivors and others who are rebuilding in their own way (possibly with a conflicting philosophy to our own).

Also, this game must be playable on the PC as well as PS3 and gaming media.

That is your challenge, game developing and designing people.

What would your ultimate game be if you were designing or developing a game of your own? A new board game, not a computer game at all? What would the rules be? Is it cutthroat or more about learning and building things?

So far the ultimate game to me has been Carmageddon.  But, I also like Stronghold, Caeaser and it’s international variations, Civilization and The Sims. Others, but I can’t think of them right now. Mostly city building type games. I like the challenge of making it all work and then, if they dare to defy me, I kill them all. (End the game, quickly and not in a nice way).