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End-of-the World Scenarios?

Discuss the January 2017 Book of the Month, We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson.

End-of-the World Scenarios?

Post Number:#1 by Gravy
» 02 Jan 2017, 18:30

Which of the different scenarios was your favorite? Which one(s) do you think could be plausible? Which one was the most disturbing, or the funniest?
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Re: End-of-the World Scenarios?

Post Number:#2 by Julie Ditton
» 04 Jan 2017, 12:36

My favorite scenario was the nanobots. The asteroid scenario sounds the most plausible and ctrl-alt-delete is the most humorous.
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Re: End-of-the World Scenarios?

Post Number:#3 by hsimone
» 05 Jan 2017, 05:04

Hm...I think the most plausible one was the asteroid of even the bees one. I feel bees (even though they freak me out) do help a lot in pollinating, so if they slowly died out, then the food we get from the ground would slowly begin to fade.

The scenario where eventually everyone wouldn't need to leave their houses because everything can be accessed there could also be plausible. Though traveling would be challenging, right now we have a lot that we can access in our homes (internet, cell phones, etc.), so all we need is a bit more technology and we might be there. Scary :shock:
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Post Number:#4 by gali
» 05 Jan 2017, 05:30

hsimone wrote:Hm...I think the most plausible one was the asteroid of even the bees one. I feel bees (even though they freak me out) do help a lot in pollinating, so if they slowly died out, then the food we get from the ground would slowly begin to fade.

The scenario where eventually everyone wouldn't need to leave their houses because everything can be accessed there could also be plausible. Though traveling would be challenging, right now we have a lot that we can access in our homes (internet, cell phones, etc.), so all we need is a bit more technology and we might be there. Scary :shock:


Well said and I agree! :tiphat:
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Post Number:#5 by Erik
» 05 Jan 2017, 06:17

I'm getting tired of 'end of the world/collapse of society/zombie apocalypse' plots. It has been done far too much lately. So many movies, books, TV shows, games in this genre out in the past 10 years. It makes me wonder if fans of this genre actually want society to collapse, at some level, and I find that disturbing.
Why is this so popular, when if it were real, it would likely mean the death of every fan out there?
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Post Number:#6 by katiesquilts
» 06 Jan 2017, 22:18

Erik wrote:I'm getting tired of 'end of the world/collapse of society/zombie apocalypse' plots. It has been done far too much lately. So many movies, books, TV shows, games in this genre out in the past 10 years. It makes me wonder if fans of this genre actually want society to collapse, at some level, and I find that disturbing.
Why is this so popular, when if it were real, it would likely mean the death of every fan out there?


I think some people are fascinated with those plots because they actually believe that they might happen. I mean, look at all of the Doomsday preppers out there! If they believe in it, it gives them something to prepare for/look forward to.
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Post Number:#7 by Gravy
» 07 Jan 2017, 02:24

I think it's have to say my favorite was Ctrl-Alt-Delete.
I agree that the asteroid and bees would be most believable.

I also liked the nanos.
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Post Number:#8 by Jennifer Allsbrook
» 08 Jan 2017, 00:43

Gravy wrote:Which of the different scenarios was your favorite? Which one(s) do you think could be plausible? Which one was the most disturbing, or the funniest?


Being a science geek, I absolutely loved the variety and creativity of these scenarios. From colony collapse disease to genetically modified roaches, the science was great. The plausibility of several scenarios rank up there. A meteor strike, the dimming of the sun, CCD of bees, "superbugs", the fixers...all feasible. Scientific advancements have the potential to make or break society. Just consider the Manhattan Project!
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Post Number:#9 by Julie Ditton
» 08 Jan 2017, 11:53

I was also impressed by the science in this science fiction book.

I also have great respect for you, Jennifer. Teaching takes a special type of person. I know; I tried it and quit. As a parent, I know how tough trends can be. Kudos to you.

-- 08 Jan 2017, 11:53 --

I was also impressed by the science in this science fiction book.

I also have great respect for you, Jennifer. Teaching takes a special type of person. I know; I tried it and quit. As a parent, I know how tough trends can be. Kudos to you.
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Post Number:#10 by Jennifer Allsbrook
» 08 Jan 2017, 12:30

Julie Ditton wrote:I was also impressed by the science in this science fiction book.

I also have great respect for you, Jennifer. Teaching takes a special type of person. I know; I tried it and quit. As a parent, I know how tough trends can be. Kudos to you.

-- 08 Jan 2017, 11:53 --

I was also impressed by the science in this science fiction book.



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Post Number:#11 by Amcdanel86
» 08 Jan 2017, 19:51

hsimone wrote:Hm...I think the most plausible one was the asteroid of even the bees one. I feel bees (even though they freak me out) do help a lot in pollinating, so if they slowly died out, then the food we get from the ground would slowly begin to fade.

The scenario where eventually everyone wouldn't need to leave their houses because everything can be accessed there could also be plausible. Though traveling would be challenging, right now we have a lot that we can access in our homes (internet, cell phones, etc.), so all we need is a bit more technology and we might be there. Scary :shock:


I agree the bees seem the most likely to happen. In 2016 bees were declared endangered

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Post Number:#12 by Gravy
» 08 Jan 2017, 20:59

:text-yeahthat:

Seriously.
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Post Number:#13 by hsimone
» 16 Jan 2017, 17:50

Amcdanel86 wrote:
hsimone wrote:Hm...I think the most plausible one was the asteroid of even the bees one. I feel bees (even though they freak me out) do help a lot in pollinating, so if they slowly died out, then the food we get from the ground would slowly begin to fade.

The scenario where eventually everyone wouldn't need to leave their houses because everything can be accessed there could also be plausible. Though traveling would be challenging, right now we have a lot that we can access in our homes (internet, cell phones, etc.), so all we need is a bit more technology and we might be there. Scary :shock:


I agree the bees seem the most likely to happen. In 2016 bees were declared endangered

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bee ... aafe0bb55d


I actually had no idea that some bee species were endangered. Wow, that is insane. Thank you for sharing.
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Post Number:#14 by Donnavila Marie01
» 18 Jan 2017, 00:33

I love End-of-the-World scenarios because they help me reflect. they encourage me to go back and review what I have done in the past. I become a better individual when I am reminded of the thought that end of the world may be true.
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Post Number:#15 by James Craft
» 31 Jan 2017, 15:23

Erik wrote:I'm getting tired of 'end of the world/collapse of society/zombie apocalypse' plots. It has been done far too much lately. So many movies, books, TV shows, games in this genre out in the past 10 years. It makes me wonder if fans of this genre actually want society to collapse, at some level, and I find that disturbing.
Why is this so popular, when if it were real, it would likely mean the death of every fan out there?


People make what sells, and it has consistently sold. I agree it is overdone but in general many alternative plots just don't sell enough to justify the big screen treatment.

You could compare it to the billionaire erotica/romance genre out there and how many thousands of those there are now. How many of 'The Billionaire and the Virgin' stories are enough? I guess until it stops selling (at least for a while until it makes a resurgence)
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