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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I like it!
Have your other books on Kindle. Thanks for this.
Bumpitty bump bump!
I enjoyed the read, thanks for posting.
Thanks Kart - read it on Saturday ;-)
I put a review/comment of it on The Western Rifle site.
You can do a LOT more with potatoes if you go vertical.
Try this out some time. The neat part about it is you can peel away the base and start eating ‘taters while the top wrungs are still growing.
I’m at work now and only got to read the first part, unfortunately — it’s really good!! Well-written, scary but believable and most likely exactly what will happen when the economy crashes.
Will read the rest when I get home later and pass it along.
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.