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A Song for the End of the World [Aug. 10th, 2012|10:53 am]
Roy Janik
Awesome dream last night, mainly because it was set in a sub-sub-genre of science fiction that I love... the quiet apocalypse. You know, those stories where everyone knows the world is ending, and can see it coming, but it's not quite here yet? Most recently, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (which I haven't seen yet) is in that vein. Also the lovely "Last Night". I'm sure there are others.

I can't remember much of the details now.

I have no idea what the impending doom was, but either it would be a slow process or the lead up would crumble civilization, because we were preparing for some serious end-times action. I know that I and a few other people had a fortified, sprawling complex ready to go and over-stocked with supplies to hold out as long as possible.

Our attitudes were the most interesting things. We weren't horribly concerned. We were more curious how stuff would shake out. How long we would last, how we would die, etc.

Also, it wasn't entirely clear that everybody believed it. I think like 80% of the world did. The newspapers were oddly silent on the subject, as if being in denial.

I should say that this is one of those dreams that lingered a bit, so that for a few moments after waking, I took the premise as simple truth, and had to have a conscious realization that the world wasn't ending (that I know of). So that's nice.
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[User Picture]From: clashandburn
2012-08-10 09:46 pm (UTC)
The quiet apocalypse. I feel the same way, but I didn't realize it's a thing.
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[User Picture]From: ueyfeuor
2012-08-16 02:41 pm (UTC)
Seriously do watch Seeking a Friend, I love the way that it does exactly what you describe - just takes into account how different people act to face a very definite end. It is one of those nice psychological science fiction stories that focuses entirely on the human dynamic. It was similar in that way to The Man from Earth, which also did not have giant death-ray spewing super robots (sorry, spoiler).
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