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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Thanks for posting. Bump for later.
Excellent story. THANK YOU. I will share with others.
Awesome! Bump for later read. (At some point I’d love to know the wheres, whats, and whys of that tower...)
Alas, Brave New Babylon new fiction by Matt Bracken
"When the ad hoc town council voted that cannibalism would not be considered a crime if the body was already dead when found, I took it as my cue to leave for deeper in the mountains.
"How had it happened so fast?"
Powerful story. Check it out.
Thanks, Travis McGee
[Also see #13.]
Thought you should see this
You can stack tires and grow potatoes that way, it might increase the calories per square foot
Billions of people believed that Homo sapiens had achieved a permanent higher station since the retreat of the last great ice age.
In the end, we smote ourselves with our hubris, believing that we were replacing Gods wisdom with our own.
We believed that we had created a Brave New World, where candy-cane lies and Santa Claus promises could trump hard reality at the election booth every two years. But if all good things must come to an end, how much sooner must the corrupt and the unreal collapse into rubble and tears? Imbalances so great, in a machine running at such a high speed, could only result in calamity when the connecting struts gave way and the beast flew apart.
The new Babylon was where mankind gorged its morbidly obese body and deconstructed spirit on endless food and limitless pleasure, grew like a maggot fattening upon the bloating corpse of Western Civilization, and then burst and devoured itself in a final death-feast.
The primary lesson I have learned over the past three years is that it is much harder to build and sustain a stable and functioning civilization (even an admittedly imperfect one) than it is to destroy a pretty damn good civilization in the name of establishing utopian perfection by government decree.
In my humble opinion, Matt, you are indeed a great writer, developing. At my age, it has been a great pleasure to watch your writing become all the more expressive and spot on with our epoch. Would that our fellow Americans could absorb the nuggets you offer to us so freely.
Great story! I’ll be looking for your others later today.
Awesome story Matt/Travis ;)
Pretty much how it will happen. Now watch it get around and the ‘oh no thats just a redneck fantasy’ crowd try to pooh pooh it off.
Except if anyone thinks about it for more than 2 min, there’s not one thing in there that wouldn’t happen exactly as described.
McGee BTT, as always.
I’m planning on trying some sort of vertical development next year.
Good luck. I enjoy your work.
How can you download to Kindle?
On the off chance that no one has pinged Alas Babylon! to this thread...
Same here...I’m going to build mine after the fall this year while I am building a composting “heap”..
Ping for later read. I love Matthew Bracken fiction.
Hopefully it will stay fiction and not become reality in the near future. But I wouldn’t bet on Bracken’s stories not becoming true.
That was incredible. I can always count on you to tell it like it is in a mesmerizing fashion. Thank you for the story. Thank you for the truth. MWM
A scary possible future history.
Interesting. Although I saw mention of AM radio, I think it would have been neat to have an amateur radio character in the story with a shortwave radio and police scanner. Being a ham myself, when something happens, first thing I reach for is my police scanner and/or shortwave radio. I noticed your main character has a problem with keeping his batteries charged, one idea is if he is technically inclined and/or knows someone who is, you can make a basic crystal radio for AM reception. If you have a long enough antenna you can pick up far away signals at night. I talked to someone in the UK that made one and at night he can pick up Israel, Syria and Egypt. BTW, crystal radios can be made to receive longwave (good if you live in Europe and some parts of Asia) and even shortwave. A side note, I’d be scanning everything I can think of from the public safety radio bands to VHF/UHF air to even government bands. Some is encrypted for the latter but you’d be surprised how much is in the clear too.
Well done Matt. I will spread it around.
Another good read. Thanks.
Within the following statement you make a chilling observation about the transistion in the general character of law enforcement.
Even more so because we can see it taking place in real time before our eyes:
"Big-government socialists, including most law enforcement, battled the libertarians and conservatives."
Back two generations or so most people would never have believed that law enforcement and other "first responnders" would be unionized, let alone engage in extortion via union strike tactics to the detriment of their job responsibilities.
But now it is no surprise to see law enforcement follow the same pattern that corrupted other public service sectors, especially within the nations schools.
And now the conversion of the military to an agency for socialism is well underway.
God help us all.
Absolutely chilling... brilliant...and prescient.
Thank you, brother. You captured it perfectly.
May it never come to pass, and if it does, God grant us the mercy to survive and the strength to be able to stand.
Come to think of it, it is like a story of a modern version of the Tower of Babel. I thought that idea up with the NSA spying system where it depends on the use of computers, the internet, the phone system and the power grid. Kick out something in the latter and it will all fall down like the Tower of Babel. Interesting spot about the radio tower, the amateur radio operator in me would have loved to hook up a receiver to the antennae to see if I can pick up anything or if I had the equipment in working order, load up my transceiver to the antenna and try to make contact with Europe, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, The International Space Station, the next State over, anybody.
On the other hand, there are whole swaths of the globe where people are not reliant on the latest technology, and not part of the normal money economy. For them, good times is getting enough for your cash crop to afford a new chain saw; bad times you keep using the old chain saw. Good times you trade for a newer shotgun; bad times you fix the old one.
I was on a job in the jungle when the country was in an economic collapse (not infrequent in third world countries). The city folk had it tough; government employees hadn’t been paid in a while. The folks living out in the jungle lived like homesteaders always do. They didn’t notice one way or the other.
I'm a church going guy and I think if society where to break down to that point we would see the Second Coming of Christ.
A chilling, entirely plausible look into what may await us.
I've mentioned it before, but I'll mention it again. I have this bookmarked and refer myself and others to it often.
When The Music Stops – How America’s Cities May Explode In Violence
Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | September 4, 2012 | Matt Bracken
Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2012 7:37:03 AM by Travis McGee
I reviewed Matt’s first book and could tell his action thrillers with a conservative viewpoint were going to appeal to a lot of us on FR as well as horrify the gun=hating libs.
His username of Travis McGee is taken from a highly popular book series by John D. McDonald that celebrated an iconoclastic hero.
Or, you can plant Sunchoke Sunflowers that make tubers that taste like potatoes and they reproduce on their own. Plant them one time, and they make others underground with those tubers. Leave a few tubers the first time, and they will reproduce like crazy.
The problem with regular potatoes is, you need potato slips every year to grow more potatoes. In a SHTF situation, you can't buy or order more slips, so you have no more potatoes. The potato like Sunflower tubers, keep growing forever. Use the tubers exactly like a potato.
Not true...you can save potato seed to grow out the following year.
“you can save potato seed to grow out the following year.”
I’ve never seen a potato seed - what do they look like?
Great job Matt, as always. I'll do my best to push it out.
“you can save potato seed to grow out the following year.”
If you are talking about saving part of a potato, how do you preserve it until the next year?
My familiarity with the region you have based this story in caught my attention, and wouldn’t let it go. Still shaking off the goosebumps...will have my wife read this when she gets home.
Thank you for the ping, m’Lady.
Appreciate the ping ... I live in the area where the character starts his exodus toward the seashore. Out my front door I can see a ridge named ‘Indian Ridge’ which was an Indian highway along which tribal travelers would traverse from the lower Appalachian chain to the more Norther sections for great gatherings. Boone and others used these same ridges for their travels afoot.
No one I know who has tried to eat Sunchokes tried them more than twice: once boiled and once fried. Even the cows won’t eat them.
In my area, they have become a wild invasive species. Anyone who wants them can find them from Spring to Fall by the leaves and flowers. I never have seen them dug up, anywhere, in over 30 years.
detailed instructions with pics for storing seed potatoes
photo of potato berries. These are produced on the top of the stalks at the end of the season. The seeds are inside the berry. Potatoes and tomatoes are related.
Mature potato seeds and a place to buy them
Civilizations have fallen this hard before, naturally, including Babylon itself a couple of times. One of the reasons entire populations are put to the sword is that there isn't anything else to do with them. Assyria collapsed into its two principal cities which themselves fell and what was left was a bunch of Mesopotamian farmers looking over their shoulders for raiders and starving when the crops failed. Knossos never did bounce back.
But the tower of Babel was a nearly perfect metaphor for a society dedicated to a utopian aim that collapsed under its own weight when that aim proved to be illusory. Our own progressive aims are grander, taller, and their fall is likely to be even more catastrophic. You captured this nicely. Well done.
I just noticed that Kipling’s “Copybook” contains the phrase brave new world. I wonder if it came before or after Huxley?
The first thing I read is potato berries themselves can’t be eaten as they may be poisonous. I’ll have to study all that information and get back to you privately.
The Sunflower tuber I’m speaking of is the white tuber that looks like a Russet potato - not the kind with all the bumps on it. The bumpy ones are common but not the white variety. The white variety is grown for food.
I think most of them would go into shock and paralysis, waiting for govt rescue until they starved to death.
The bridge overpass in New Orleans a couple days after Katrina springs to mind.
Waiting there. Just waiting. Help has always come before. It’ll come now.
We just need to wait for it...
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