23 April 2012

T is for Tsunami (A-Z Challenge)

T is for Tsunami

A really big wave caused by an earthquake is heading for my low-lying tropical oasis?  Oh man, there goes my day at the beach.  Tsunami is another of those ‘quick win’ apocalyptic stories – there are enough examples in recent history that you can poach some science from, and you’re going to be jumping into the action pretty fast.

Scenario:  You’ll need to work hard on the actual impact stages to not fall into a clichéd story.  Once you get past impact and survival, you’ll also have to do some rebuilding, or at least planning for it.

Characters: Potentially some scientists or government-drones, but average-Joe and especially families work well here.  Heart-strings pulled, anyone?

Location: A low lying area is pretty much the only possibility, but luckily (or unluckily) you are spoilt for choice here as the possibility of tsunamis is high in any costal location.  Globally is going to be a toughie in terms of the science, or if you don’t actually want to flood the WHOLE world.  If you want to delve into a realm normally reserved for non-fiction, you could also choose a dam collapse.

Series or stand-alone:  Tsunami is almost definitely in stand-alone territory, as it will be difficult to keep your readers interested over a series.

Recommended by Me

Rogue Wave by Boyd Morrison

Published: 30 January 2009

Pages: 416 (paperback)

A minor seismic disturbance in a remote section of the Pacific causes barely a ripple of concern for Kai Tanaka, acting director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu. But when an airliner en route from L.A. to Sydney vanishes in the same location, Kai is the first to realize that a mysterious explosion has unleashed a series of massive waves destined to obliterate Hawaii. In just one hour, Kai will lose all he has ever known—including his wife and daughter— unless he can save them from nature’s most destructive force.

1 comment:

  1. And someone could get washed out and have to survive on that trash island out in the Pacific.



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