THE END IS NEAR
The swine virus is here. And it’s frightening. In apocalyptic stories this is probably the number one thing that causes the world to come to the end. I know this because in my research for my upcoming novel The End Is Now I tried to read as many apocalyptic stories as I could. I’m not an expert, I just wanted to know the structure. So, I read The Stand, Alas Babylon, Good Omens, Left Behind, The Postman, as well as watched quite a few movies with apocalyptic story lines. What I discovered was there are about five primary things that bring on the apocalypse.
In no particular order:
1) The Rapture (Left Behind series, A Thief In The Night)
2) A Superflu Virus (I Am Legend, The Stand, Outbreak, 12 Monkeys)
3) Aliens (The Day The Earth Stood Still, Independence Day)
4) Nuclear War (Alas Babylon, Terminator Series)
5) Uncontrollable Force Of Nature (The Day After Tomorrow, Armageddon)
These fears can and have caused panic and predictions of "The End Of The World." This panic is one of the themes that I explore when in my new novel. Once you read the novel I’d love to hear what you think about this.
Still, this morning, I was getting a cup of coffee from Starbucks and I saw the USA Today headline about the virus. I thought this is how it begins. And my guess is I thought this only because this is how the end would begin in a movie or a novel. But are things really coming to an end? When something like this happens do you fear the end or just keep on doing what you’re doing?
I’m just curious.