When I did read fiction, I loved to read nearly anything by S.M. Stirling. (Word of warning, if the lights do go out, please, if you are around this man, run. In every book of his, he has cannibals. Seriously, run). Anyway, one of his series involves an EMP blast which destroys all power sources (including guns). Strangely enough, there is a new series coming next Fall to NBC which sorta follows the same story line.
Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why? Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it? On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman’s life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously – and unbeknownst to her – had something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future.
One of the disappointing features is that it seems to lack the supernatural elements of Stirling’s work. Stirling has the old gods returning, although he makes room for Christians (not treated the best, except for Catholics).
Anyway, just call this post a rant against the lack of ideas in Hollywood and a suggestion that Hollywood is going to allow us an examination of ourselves through the medium of television of what happens with Civilization falls.