As I said elsewhere:
VERY well done. You have given me a focus of survival techniques and items to acquire as well as a series of things I should read. Additionally — to those who are news-unaware and culture-oblivious — you have given them something to mull over.
I can honestly say you have ‘suited up and shown up’ much better than most, certainly much better than me. The best I have done in my writing efforts have been to reinforce what the like-minded already believe. if this gets in front of the other side, you might just sway a few minds.
Of that, we can only hope. I feel the shortness of the story is it’s brilliance. I, personally, find it much harder wading through a whole book. That, plus the high signal-to-noise ratio, have made this the singular most important thing I have read in 2013. That ain’t no bull(feces), neither, and for me to say that is a big deal.
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.