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.
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Rogue Wave by Boyd Morrison
Published: 30 January 2009
Pages: 416 (paperback)