Literature: Diaries of the Disaster
Diaries of the Disaster
is a name that has come into use referring to a series of short stories dealing with The End of the World as We Know It
. Contributed to by a number of different authors, it begins with "The Lonely Void"
, in which a backyard tinkerer manages to make it off the planet Earth after it explodes…and then runs with it from there.
The Earth explodes, and Backyard Bob, who was laughed down when he predicted it
, escapes. Meanwhile, the other survivors try and make for the Moon. Not all of them make it, and even fewer of them survive the resulting chaos. A posse of idealists leaves for Mars (the already-extant colonies of which get obliterated by a large chunk of Canada while they're traveling). Over the course of a few years, a small group of survivors manages to cobble together a generation ship. They launch, and it looks like Alpha Centauri is going to become the new home for mankind, almost three centuries hence.
…except that It Gets Worse
. A group decides that they want to hoard resources for themselves, so they fake an inefficiency in the resource reclamation systems and end up causing the deaths of about three-quarters of the population on the ship for recycling…and they are perfectly willing to kill to keep their secrets.
In the middle of all this, there is another development. As it turns out, there actually were
other survivors, scant and scattered though they be, in the Solar System, and the generation ship might not have needed to have been built in the first place. The story forks off on this tack, detailing the progress of the Martian terraformation project, thus ending up with two threads running in parallel.
This series presents examples of: