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"Alas, Brave New Babylon" new fiction by Matt Bracken
Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | August 26, 2013 | Matthew Bracken

Posted on 08/26/2013 6:20:36 AM PDT by Travis McGee

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To: Lazamataz

My goal was to keep it at under 11K words. It’s a quick arc of story, with a fast windup and delivery into the message phase.


101 posted on 08/26/2013 11:23:19 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

“How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,That has such people in’t! “

Shakespere’s “The Tempest” Act V, Scene 1

Kipling predates Huxley, though... 1919.


102 posted on 08/26/2013 11:23:42 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: don-o

There’s a lot of exits it could be, but that part of I-81 put him close to the Appalachian Trail, giving him every possible survival advantage, including his trail supplies and a month of freeze-dried food. Water is so plentiful in those hills you barely need a canteen or water bottle.


103 posted on 08/26/2013 11:25:28 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Many thanks, Travis. Outstanding, as usual. :^)


104 posted on 08/26/2013 11:25:36 AM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Travis McGee

Thanks TM!


105 posted on 08/26/2013 11:26:13 AM PDT by Batman11 (Obama is not American.. he has no clue what it is to be American.)
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To: MestaMachine

Thanks, I spent more time on this story than any other short piece ever, including two road trips to the NC/SC/GA border area and the Appalachian Trail.


106 posted on 08/26/2013 11:27:50 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

I noticed that myself a few years ago.

The poem was published in 1919; the book in 1932.

I don’t know when the phrase originated.


107 posted on 08/26/2013 11:28:44 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

#102


108 posted on 08/26/2013 11:29:26 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: LucyT

Thanks, Lucy.


109 posted on 08/26/2013 11:29:33 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee
I just noticed that Kipling’s “Copybook” contains the phrase brave new world. I wonder if it came before or after Huxley?

Before - Huxley wrote the novel in 1931, Kipling the poem in 1919. It's a reference to a line in Shakespeare's The Tempest.

110 posted on 08/26/2013 11:31:39 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: MHGinTN

I’m trying to set my literary bar high enough with pieces like this that even liberals and LIV’s will find it compelling. The plot in the first 2/3 is just a windup, to get the reader up in the tower with the historian, looking back. My target audience is not our choir, but the other side. As soon as I see that Salon or Daily Beast etc is mentioning “Alas,” I’ll put the .99 cent anthology in the Kindle free run for five days to encourage maximum downloading by the folks who need to read it the most.


111 posted on 08/26/2013 11:32:24 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Norm Lenhart

If nothing else, I want people to think about how 100% dependent our entire system and society is on a freely running electrical system, forever with almost no prolonged, widespread stoppages. A simple “Carrington event” solar flare could trigger everything described in the story.


112 posted on 08/26/2013 11:33:56 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Marcella

No, you don’t eat the berry. You let it ripen and harvest the seed, dry it and plant it.

You don’t eat the seed potatoes, either, once they turn green.

As for the Jerusalem artichoke, I’ll take your word for it. The ones here were highly touted to the farmers and the back-to-the-landers in the 70s by the local Extension as an alternative food. I’ve never dug them up. I vaguely recall someone giving us some tubers once, back in the day. Tasteless. Sort of like water chestnuts, IIRC.

I have them lining my drive. Pretty flowers.


113 posted on 08/26/2013 11:36:15 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Travis McGee

It is fragile. But at this point, even if we could do something to revert to a more lotec way, most would refuse. And your scenario happens anyway.

You are a great and vivid writer Matt. Keep it up. Someone will listen. And maybe survive because of it.


114 posted on 08/26/2013 11:37:16 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Nowhere Man

I wrote and rewrote this story so many times, I had mentioned ham radios etc in other versions, but the story grew too long, and my primary objective was brevity. Before, I had the narrator mention that if anybody was running ham or HF radios on their own power, he had no way of knowing it. It didn’t really add much to the story, so I dropped it. But yes, hams could still be operating, if they wound up in a safe location, with food, and could make their own power. But to non-hams, they might as well not exist, unless some rumors were passed along. In time, hams might develop their own news programming based on the reports they heard and shared.


115 posted on 08/26/2013 11:37:23 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Thanks for sharing it; my goal is to get the other side to read it.


116 posted on 08/26/2013 11:43:31 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Iron Munro

Yep, the military is falling fast too. Witness Hasan and Manning, two soldiers in good standing until their treasons.


117 posted on 08/26/2013 11:47:09 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee
I wonder, what are the chances that in remote locations (and we have many in the foothills of the Appalachian chain) small communities could set up sustainable settlements that would increase defensible survival techniques? I've been preparing myself for such a possibility, by teaching myself gunsmithing and extensive tool use.

If enclaves are to survive and re-establish civilization on this continent there will have to be conscious efforts to gather the skilled together, for survival and improvements.

The kids of today are often very surprised by the machinery our founders had for use, run by pedal or water wheel energy output.

Many electrically driven tools can be rigged to work via an exchange of driveshaft, to accommodate a water driven driveshaft.

An old old mill near me once had seasoned black oak drive shaft running the grinding, until an iron one could be purchased in my grandfather's youth. The location is even IDed as Flourville! The same wheel driving the grinding shaft-drive can be used to run machinery like lathes, drills, and saws.

Enclaves would lend to gathering various technical skills together to thrive as a community, which would eventually lead to forms of government and law enforcement.

118 posted on 08/26/2013 11:47:12 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Marcella

I don’t know what a potato seed looks like, but I’ve got some seed pods that are green and about 1/2” in diameter - like an unripe grape tomato.


119 posted on 08/26/2013 11:47:14 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Marcella
If you are talking about saving part of a potato, how do you preserve it until the next year?

Cold and dark.

I've heard suggestions putting them in a brown paper bag also helps.

120 posted on 08/26/2013 11:48:45 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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