Sunday, June 12, 2011
Top 10 Doomer Novels Number 2 - On the Beach by Nevil Shute (1957)
How the World Ends: Nuclear war destroys the Northern Hemisphere and the survivors in the Southern Hemisphere await the arrival of the radiation clouds that will ultimately spell their doom.
Scenario: How would you prepare to die? How would you live out your last months on Earth?
Coolness Factor: This is the dean of all classic nuclear war novels. The ending is perhaps THE all time best for end-of-the-world fiction. A timeless classic that is no less moving or powerful today than when it was written.
Likelihood of Scenario Coming True: 5 out of 10. As the world economy disintegrates, I put the chances of someone eventually touching off a nuke at 50-50.