I recently went to London, and had some time on the coach to think (side note: I’ve always hated my travel sickness as it means I can’t read during journeys, but I suppose it is a blessing in disguise…). I was thinking about Isolation & Connections. Reminder: I’m working with a post-apoloclyptic world, humanity mostly wiped out, post-robot revolution.
First line of thought: the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs…what exactly happened? What was the effect? How long did it last? What would it do if it happened now?
Answers: v. large asteroid, causing tsunamis, volcanic erruptions and general chaos. It threw a lot of dust into air, so sunlight blocked for over a year but the algae was getting back to normal after a century, so the effects didn’t last forever; wildfires also helped with the dust quota. The temperature sank for a year but then heated up due to the greenhouse effect. Most surface life was wiped out due to lack of photosynthesis. If it happened now, the lack of food supplies would be the big killer and about 25% of the human population would likely perish, plus however many others from the tsunamis, wildfires, plagues and whatever else. Sounds fun, huh?
Second line of thought: space elevators. That was quite a fun half-hour spent examining a map! Based on The Fountains of Paradise, with a whole bunch of real-life innovation and theory thrown in.
Third line: gender identities, genetics and society. If you had a small, isolated community, I would expect one of their major long-term concerns to be genetics and in-breeding. This would likely translate to a concern with children, sex and motherhood. What would happen if you threw someone with gender issues (of whatever type) into that mix?
I’ve started writing, so it’s slowly coming together. As always, I lik looking at the characters rather than the plot, but in this case I think it works quite well. We shall see!