NBC’s Revolution is a copycat show.

When I did read fiction, I loved to read nearly anything by ]]. (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.

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3 Replies to “NBC’s Revolution is a copycat show.”

  1. Just for the Hollywood writers, they ought to get their facts right. EMP will not affect guns. EMP only affects semiconductors which are not protected by the high volts/meter electric field strength (silicon junctions in the semiconductors do not like those high fields). The semiconductor circuits can be protected from EMP, but like everything else, it costs extra money, so commercial systems are not normally designed that way. The military have communication systems designed to survive EMP. Also, vacuum tubes are more resistant to EMP. The hot cathode and anode in them are mechanically huge compared to the narrow semiconductor junction, so there is no narrow junction to burn through in vacuum tubes. So if a large EMP strikes, it is more likely that we’d be headed back to the 1920’s, when there were plenty of tubes, and no semiconductors. Since EMP is produced via a high altitude nuclear blast, I’d be more afraid of the radioactive fallout of the nuke, and it’s effect on the environment. And your car will run perfectly well, if it is a 1960 mustang with points (coil and points would be unaffected). Your modern car with an electronic module, and its integrated circuits would probably get fried, and not work. So my conclusion, people in Cuba, and the Amish would be unaffected.

  2. You may have it backwards on Steve and cannibals – he was utterly flummoxed that middling large numbers of US students doing the lifeboat stories just assumed cannibalism was obvious, maybe an okay kink.

    Have you seen the work on how a number of physical constants, as we observe them, could not be varied (e.g., by a creator or a truly random process) without making life as we know it impossible? A rarified argument for God ‘s existence, probably driving alternate world imaginings where all the barzillion other values for the constants are out there. A number of sci fi authors assume changes in such constants, as a serious way to shake almost everything. Steve assumes a small, perhaps localized, set of changes rules-out just about all artificial energy (except very low efficiency steam power, making the mills even more daemonic as well as less productive).

    If you want scary, his Draka (slave holders on Nietsche, without race loyalty or even much concern for their kids by non-Draka moms) make most nightmares seem soft and fuzzy.

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