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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 04.29.09] post apocalyptic news book



For some reason we failed to to report of William R. Forstchen's new novel, "One Second After," when it was published last month but, since it's been gaining a lot of attention recently as an entertaining and intensely realistic look at what the world could look like after an EMP detonation, we thought, really, there's no time like the present. Here's what it's about:

a high-altitude nuclear bomb of uncertain origin explodes, unleashing a deadly electromagnetic pulse that instantly disables almost every electrical device in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. Airplanes, most cars, cellphones, refrigerators—all are fried as the country plunges into literal and metaphoric darkness. History professor John Matherson, who lives with his two daughters in a small North Carolina town, soon figures out what has happened. Aided by local officials, Matherson begins to deal with such long-term effects of the disaster as starvation, disease and roving gangs of barbarians.

The book is already being compared to some true classics of the genre, like "Alas Babylon" and "On the Beach" so yeah, it's now on our radar.

I guess Forstchen is the author or over 40 book and is considered quite an expert on the subject of international warfare and EMP's in particular. After the break we've got a video of him appearing on Fox news discussing the how plausible it is that a "rogue nation" could do this to the US. It all sounds a little 24 to me and, of course coming from Fox, a bit alarmist. But, an interesting discussion nonetheless.

You can order a copy of "One Second After" here.



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Bob Doto (10 years ago) Reply

Intro by Newt?

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sonaboy (10 years ago) Reply

LOL. sigh...Fox news. Start the story with a complete fabrication (N. Korea is capable of hitting the ConUS with a bomb so large it knocks out the country's electrical grid) and keep going until 90% of the civilian population is dead. What Chicken Little horseshit.

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2012 Guy (10 years ago) Reply

This guy is pretty much right on I did research on an EMP attack for a book I wrote. An EMP Blast at high altitude would fry most the electronics in the US, I said most two would be good three would do complete job. The fry the entire world? You would need a minimum of 12 I would like at least 15. How people would die is they would not die right away, food shipments would stop, AC would be gone, sewage would go, people with diabetes would not be able to keep there insulin cold, any body with Diabetes, Lupus, Heart trouble and a lot of other health issues would be dead in couple of years I would think most a lot sooner. 90% sure but it take years.

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Bob Doto (10 years ago) Reply

Problem with all this is that you'd need to have an administration that would actually like to bring on the retaliation for such an attack. Not by the victims but by the associated economies to the victims. It'd be hell.

That's not to say that it can't happen, it's just to say, hmm, who are the only people who've actually unloaded atomic death on civilians? Oh well, here's to creating common enemies elsewhere to mask our own right here.

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bad dog (10 years ago) Reply

I was wondering when you were going to get Fox "News" on your site. It is, after all, apocalyptic fiction.

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sonaboy (10 years ago) Reply

LOL - sure, big guy.
Just like when NYC threw itself into mass chaos and everyone began dying after the long term blackout in 2003. Right??

This EMP junk is just another apocalyptic theory that puts the spring in the step of fringe politicos and survivalist wack jobs.
FEMA CAMPS! JET TRAILS! RUBY RIDGE! EMP ATTACK!

I think I see a Red Dawn re-make happening, based on the EMP theory.

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ZOMBIE4PETA (10 years ago) Reply

Right, a EMP attack is about impossible? Just like no one would ever hi-jack 4 planes and fly them into buildings around the US.
And how would you launch a counter attack with no electricity? I guess our nukes have fuses we can light like bottle rockets.

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Anonymous (9 years ago) Reply

The emp stuff is NOT junk...we knocked out power in Hawii with our own test at high altitudes...these were small bombs..
google "starfish prime test"


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