Pre-Apocalyptic Fiction


Posted On Sep 25 2013 by

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I’m a fan of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction. Which is a struggle, since I find apocalyptic difficult to type. Books like The Stand and On the Beach, to name a few, have always fascinated me. The intriguing thing about the genre is that the odds of a happy ending are pretty much 50/50. And when there is a happy ending, there’s an asterisk attached. The hero survives!*

* But everyone else in the world has been eaten by zombies…bummer.

Like most new authors, my choice of genre has been a bit eclectic. I started with supernatural suspense. Then a certain group of ladies convinced me to write a romantic suspense (which I rather enjoyed, to be honest). Then I went for the straight mystery. That’s my latest, Murder on the Side, which I’m currently editing for submission.

But we always come back to our roots, don’t we? I read all sorts of genres as well, but the books and movies I gravitate toward the most are of the apocalyptic nature. And why not? Yeah, it’s all tragic, but what other genre allows the common Americanus Shopsalotus to start all over with a whole new world? Dude, let’s start a country!

Yes, millions are dead. But, you know, stuff happens.

My problem with the genre is that it doesn’t lend well to my Christian side. See, I know that the real apocalypse is coming. Maybe next week. Maybe in a thousand years. But no matter what we go through right now, it’s probably just the warm up for the Big Show. But I still believe there’s a big shake up coming. Especially for America. It’s always the fattest and happiest that fall the farthest.

So I decided to call my next novel a work of Pre-Apocalyptic Fiction. Without giving away too much, the way I see this thing going down is that America will revert to its pre-Constitutional roots. Every state and community for itself. Some will be nasty. Some will do well. Eventually, leaders will emerge. Much like the leaders who emerged in 1787, when the infant nation was breath from total collapse and takeover by at least three other nations.

What will America be like after all of us have lost faith in our government, the dollar, and our allies? Personally, I think we’ll see hundreds of millions of people return to the faith that made them great to begin with. America, or what was America, will prepare her people for the final coming of our Lord. It will be a long, hard road, much like it was in the 18th century, one wrought with every sort of danger and evil. But it’s a road worth traveling. And one definitely worth writing about.

I hope you’ll join me on my journey.

What about you? What do you think will happen to America in the next fifty or one-hundred years?

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Last Updated on: September 25th, 2013 at 11:34 am, by Ron


Written by Ron

Just about everything I believe has been shaped by the written word. But books don't force a belief; they stir the imagination so that you, the reader, eventually draw your own conclusions. We grow richer in spirit when we read, deeper in our understanding of the universe and our role in it. That's why I read. That's why I write. To offer you a bit of myself. Come along on my journey, won't you? There's plenty of room.


8 responses to “Pre-Apocalyptic Fiction

  1. The cool thing about post-apocalyptic fiction is that the apocalypse doesn’t have to be The Apocalypse, nor does it have to affect the whole entire world the same way.

    Christians everywhere know that there’s gonna be a whole lotta disaster happening just before the Second Coming. Those disasters are going to be pretty apocalyptic in their own scale.

    So, a pre-Apocalyptic apocalypse? Absolutely, it can work. Especially if you say it can.

    • My thoughts exactly, Heidi. Christians know that the true apocalypse is coming in God’s due time. But the world is doing a good job of bringing about birth pangs on her own. It seems logical that God would bring nations to their knees before the final judgement, bringing about repentance in order to save as many souls as possible. In my pre-apocalyptic America, life will be hard, but people will continue to live on. There will be mystery, suspense, and even a little romance going on.

  2. I have also been fascinated with pre/post apocalyptic fiction. I also believe that there will be a “day of reckoning”. I too, have a story to tell. With no real formal writing education, I have been using YouTube and Google to study the craft. That’s how I was fortunate enough to come upon your webpage.

    • Thanks, Maya. I’ve been a bit slack in posting the last couple of weeks. Editing one book and starting another. Thanks for visiting. Hope to see more of you!

  3. What happens to this great nation in the next fifty years depends in a very large measure on the way that we conduct ourselves, person by person, family by family, community by community. It depends on the choices we make when we buy food (as opposed to the plastic, chemical products that’s being marketed as food), when we vote (get to know your lawmakers!), when we educate our children, when we read the news and stay informed, when we take care of our bodies and minds. There is no great Messiah or Savior who’s going to come flying in on a white horse and save us all (nor, by that measure, a Dark Knight).

    Above all, let us keep in mind and heart all of the other faiths that the people of the United States hold. Tolerance and respect, honor and integrity toward one another regardless of the religions we practice.

    • Thanks for the reply, Birgitte. I respect everyone’s opinion, but I disagree. I spent plenty of years believing there was nothing past this life, that we all that controls what happens on this Earth. I was wrong. We have to come to terms with the fact that this world, this universe, should not exist. Science cannot explain how something comes from nothing. Nor can it explain order from chaos. Something much larger than our known universe must be behind creation and order. Which, of course, doesn’t answer the question as to which religion, or which god, is true. I chose Christianity because it’s the only one that made sense to me. Only the God of Christianity and Judaism humbled himself to come and live among us, suffer and die for us, and forgive us–forgive me–our sins with no expectations of repayment. I can do nothing to earn His forgiveness. But He forgives. In Christianity we ind a God who is equally loving and equally just. Yes, I respect other religions. I respect all people. But I will disagree when I believe they are wrong. And I will never stop speaking the truth. I know it’s not PC. I know I’ll be hated for it. That’s okay. No one was more hated than Jesus. In fact, that’s probably still true. But He didn’t stop loving us, even as the nails were being driven through His hands. The beauty of Christianity is its simplicity. One only needs to believe. Nothing more. The problem with Christianity is its simplicity. Most cannot accept a God who would forgive the worst of us. But that’s my God. I’m grateful He’ll forgive the worst of us, because that means He’ll forgive me, too.

      • How interesting! I wonder what makes you think that this world or universe “should not exist”? And who is to decide what should or should not exist? Just because our current science cannot explain something doesn’t mean it cannot be, that is, quite frankly, giving our species a little too much power—just look at the mess human society is (still) in. Centuries ago, if you were to tell people wi-fi, electromagnetic waves and fiber optics could exist, you’d probably be thrown into the looney house. Our science continues to evolve and learn, as should we. The moment we think we know it all, we’re done.

        And actually, order and chaos go hand in hand quite nicely as far as science and mathematics are concerned. One is a part of the other.

        Personally, I agree with you that some greater force is at play here. I marvel each and every day at the things and living beings I see around me, whether human, plant, animal, or natural. To me that is Divinity at its highest… or at least the highest that we know. Since we have not yet visited other planets, and other civilizations if they do exist, we really cannot opine in any definitive way on the state of the intelligent universe.

        I respect all faiths, being a deeply spiritual person. What I personally disagree with is all the wars, guilt, shame, and processes of “conversion” that religions have impressed upon one another throughout history. As an example, just look at what the Catholic Church did to the native peoples of South America (and are still trying to do—oppressing the Maya and other indigenous cultures to the point where they cannot learn in their own language, and co-opting their own prophecies, cultural icons, and practices to convert them. I know a thing or two about that).

        I respect your choice, not sure why bring up that you’d be hated (??)—my comment was not intended to suggest Christianity is a “false” religion in some way. I have many Catholic and Christian friends, as I do Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and others. I judge none of them based on their faith. Each and every one is free to practice the faith they wish. Where that freedom stops is when it encroaches upon that of another. Regardless of how “right” one might feel about one’s own religion.

        • Let me answer the “should not exist” question first. Since you’re not an atheist, this may be (if you’ll pardon the expression) preaching to the choir.

          We are given two choices to explain the existence of our universe:

          1. It has always existed. This theory is quickly dismissed because the universe would have had to reach a state of equilibrium in an infinite time spam. Same temperature. Life couldn’t exist. Even the the most stout atheist has trouble with that theory.

          2. It has a beginning. This makes more sense. Most agree that the universe is expanding and, therefore, must have a beginning point (often referred to as the Big Bang). Going with that assumption, any explanation for how the universe began would have to be beyond our capacity to understand. To say that God spoke the universe into existence is no less credible than to say that it “just happened.”

          But your comments suggest that you believe in a god. Or at least a spiritual level invisible to the naked eye. Your challenge is that all religions claim to be the one true religion, even those that are open to the existence of others. You cannot say they’re all correct because many state that other religions are false, including Christianity and Islam.

          If you say they’re all wrong, then you’re placed in the uncomfortable position of defining your own religion. A daunting task for a finite being. Though you are obviously intelligent, I doubt you can fathom the creation of a universe, nature, and science. You will, in essence, create a religion containing one member–you.

          I’m an engineer and a writer. Mediocre in both cases. So my ability to explain Christianity in depth is limited. I came to my decision after much reading, thinking, and more reading (of course…it’s what we do). I can’t summarize the long list of men and women who directed me to my conclusion. I only hope you’ll continue with your own research and soul searching.

          It’s not a decision to be taken likely. And I’m guessing you don’t, otherwise you wouldn’t have bothered to post your comments. See ya around.