Skip to comments."Alas, Brave New Babylon" new fiction by Matt Bracken
Posted on 08/26/2013 6:20:36 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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Bump for later reading.
Have read two of your books so far and they are excellent.
Merry Christmas, Matt!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year back to you.
Thank you once again, Matt. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
And a very happy new year!
Seems a clever take from “Dies the Fire” by S. M. Sterling.
In that series, all modern technology quits by magic, and magic itself seems to make a comeback, with multiple gods.
In that series, it is liberals who survive,while conservatives die off because they will not “cooperate”.
99%+ die off.
It is popular among liberals, I understand. I like your take better, because technology still works, it is just not being used.
Too hard for me to suspend disbelief, though. May you attract many of the readers of Sterling’s series.
The plot has holes, and in reality i think the militia type action by some fed-up patriots as well as looting could be used to justify an increasingly militaristic police type, encouraging and using technology to keep tabs, while it would be incongruous not to have China expanding its territory possible to here, in the end, it is the same unredeemed fallen nature that takes its course.
And there won't be any soft landing with a 19th century level of tech. That tech is gone too. Our collapse will just keep on collapsing. The outcomes will resemble either Mad Max anarchy, or North Korean totalitarian govt rule.
You are correct, of course, if the power goes out and stays out for a considerable period, over the whole world.
I do not find that a likely situation, though it is not impossible.
Shortwave radio receivers are ubiquitous, and even transmitters are widely available that run on very small amounts of easily produced power.
We might not know exactly what happened, but power production and electronic communication are such enormous force multipliers that I find it unlikely that individuals and organizations all over the globe would not be vigorously working on getting systems up and running.
I dig the anarcho-punk fashion and the multicolored mohawks, so I am hoping for this scenario.
Excellent piece Matt. Unfortunately, even if the libs and statists read it, they will give it no mind.
Keep up the good fight and thanks.
New Bracken, a must read!
We save seed potatoes. However potatoes really do have seeds. They appear as if the plants had grown clusters of tiny green tomatoes. I don’t know if they will grow true to the original plant, and I don’t think the quality is as good.
Matt, just read this again after a lapse of a year.
Still a great read.
Yep, this may be how it ends.
bump for later
Not sure why no comments past October.
Allow me to say thanks for readdressing what all should be concerned with. Lots to consider and especially the need for a moral culture to preserve what little remains of life as it should be. Nevertheless, all should be about doing good as long as we have life within us.
A worthy read.
It reads like a prose version of Rudyard Kipling’s masterpiece with which you are no doubt very familiar, the last lines of which I am pasting below;
In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.”
Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.
As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;
And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!
Of course, Kipling published this almost a century before the current date, he apparently saw the seeds of the current harvest being planted. I knew of the poem for a long, long time before I ever even had any idea what was meant by copybook headings. Now I return to it regularly and marvel at the greatness of Rudyard Kipling.
He was indeed amazing.
Pournelle posted snippets of that repeatedly on his day book, typically along with a news item that supported the wisdom and prescience of the Gods of Copybook Headings.
reading this again on this leisurely day.... alas! Alas the self-destructive trends and thinking has continued since the August 2013 date on your writings
So excellent. Has left a shard of fear in the pit of my stomach. Didn’t see this in 13, glad to be pointed to it now.
Thanks. I can see a vortex pulling us in that direction if the power goes out for more than a week.
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