Here’s a snippet of some of the stuff I’m writing for Status: Refugee. It hasn’t been okay’ed by Aidan yet so details may change. But it should give you an idea of what we’re working on. I want to bring several themes on board: themes of salvation, themes of alienation, of being a stranger in a strange land, of being an immigrant in a new world of opportunity.
Astronomers take note of unusual stellar seismic reports from Barnard’s Star, a dim red dwarf in the Constellation Ophiuchus, the Serpent Holder — west of Cebalrai or Kelb al Rai (Beta Ophiuchi). Though ancient, Barnard’s Star had always experienced flare events, though this flare was twice as hot as the normal temperature of the star. This was not fully analysed until 2002 and the results not public until 2006.
Astronomers describe an object travelling at 12% of the speed of light entering the solar system. As it passes within the orbit of Saturn, it disappears. Due to lack of evidence, it was not reported to higher authorities.
First Contact. Humanoid simulacra of alien origin approach more than half of the world’s governments. They bring data, projections and propose a solution. Within a decade, they claim, the Earth will become a barren wasteland. All mammalian life on the planet will be extinguished. The seas will boil. The plants will burn. Life will continue on Earth, but it will not be human.
Leaked documents from the First Contact cause widespread panic across the world. Major cities experience riots, demonstrations and looting of businesses and personal homes. People start to hoard food and water, sunscreen sells out everywhere.
The North American Repatriation Act is passed into United States federal law.
Barnard’s Star explodes into a supernova. It will be six years before the effects are felt on Earth.
Official End of the United States of America as a nation.
Estimated date for first effects of the Barnard’s Star detonation to affect Earth’s biosphere.
Gamma Rays induce a chemical reaction in the upper atmosphere, converting atmospheric nitrogen and depleting the ozone layer leaving the surface open to harmful solar and cosmic radiation.
So that’s it. In a decade we lose the greatest treasure we own: The Earth.
You might want to checkout Charles Sheffield’s ‘Aftermath’ and ‘Starfire’. They’re about the effects of a sudden (and unexpected) supernova of Alpha Centauri and how it affects the Earth.
Or, if you’re willing to wait I could bring ‘Starfire’ over in July…
It would be good to meet up in July if you’re over. When are you about?
In July 21st, out August 11th. Lots of appointments and family stuff – but a meet-up is a must. I’ll keep ya up-to-date on things.
I’m going to be unavailable after July 31st.
I’ll keep that in mind when firming up plans – sadly no promises can be made – unless a skinny bloke dressed in natty 50’s clothes gives me his little blue box as a loaner…
I take it something ‘good’ is happening after July 31st?
Well, it involves a 2 week cruise.