Q: With the sea of post apocalyptic YA books that are currently on the market, what do you think makes The Farm & The Lair stand out among the herd? yeah I know you want to throw some dung at me with my lame jokes. *maniacal laughter*
Emily McKay: Oh that’s a tough question! Especially since there are so many great books out there. It’s a good herd to be in! :-)
I guess if I have to find an answer to that, I’ll say that they’re different from a lot of post-apocalyptic books, because in The Farm and The Lair the apocalypse happened recently–like in the past year. In most post-apocalyptic fiction, the apocalypse was decades ago or even generations ago. For example, Katniss has no knowledge of modern day America (or very little). Aria and Perry (from Veronica Rossi’s fab Under the Never Sky series) are only vaguely aware of our world and lives. My character’s Mel and Lily are of our world. They’re us but thrust into an unimaginable situation.
What does it all mean? Not that these figures will once actually appear as described on earth. On the contrary, the apocaylptical riders symbolise recurrent aspects of earth’s existence, characteristics of world-evolution with the incidents that mark it. They do not gallop that one ultimate hour through history, but again and again. Whenever certain events take place, it is they, the horsemen, who ride over the world.
Apocalyptical riders — what, exactly, does the adjective signify? Not merely something predicted, but something suggestive of the sense of our transitoriness in the face of eternity, of what becomes of temporal existence when eternity rises to replace it.
From our own human outlook we are apt to feel that existence is complete in itself; that it is the primary, natural, self-understood reality which is the point of departure for all things. Behind it is nothing. Once the natural explanation for a thing has been given, it seems comprehensible and proper. The eternal, on the other hand, is apparently secondary, a mere backdrop that can be sensed, hoped or feared; never definitely known, for its existence is too uncertain. One may take it or leave it. It is possible to say — perhaps even with conviction — that it is non-existent, that the temporal is everything.
In the realm of the Apocalypse, the eternal stirs, swells to a tremendous power that pushes in our neat little doors. The temporal, which only a moment ago seemed so self-sufficient and safe, begins to totter. Its very ‘naturalness; vanishes, and it reveals itself as it is: transitoriness in revolt, existing as though God were non-existent. Ripped from its self-complacency and suddenly strange and terrified, its profound questionableness becomes evident. The apocalyptical is that which reveals temporality’s true face when it has been demasked by the eternal.
”—Romano Guardini, The Lord, Trans. Elinor Castendyk, 502. (via thirstygargoyle)
What would such a timeline look like for a Rapture-prophecy “ministry” like TKIC?
1963: Predicted the Rapture would happen very soon. We were wrong. 1964: Predicted the Rapture would happen very soon. We were wrong. 1965: Predicted the Rapture would happen very soon. We were wrong. 1966: Predicted the Rapture would happen very soon. We were wrong. 1967: Predicted the Rapture would happen very soon. We were wrong. 1968: Predicted the Rapture would happen very soon. We were wrong. 1969: Predicted the Rapture would happen very soon. We were wrong. 1970: Predicted the Rapture would happen very soon. We were wrong. 1971: Predicted the Rapture would happen very soon. We were wrong. 1972: Predicted the Rapture would happen very soon. We were wrong. … 1973: Predicted the Rapture would happen very soon. We were wrong. 1974: Predicted the Rapture would happen very soon. We were wrong. …
Jehovah’s Witnesses’ prediction of 1914 as the date of Christ’s return will have its 100th anniversary next year. I wonder how they’ll deal with that?
Oh, wait … They’ve already decided it happened “invisibly,” thus playing the Harold Camping Prophetic Failure get-out-of-jail card.
“I’ve had a mustache since 2011. When I was writing my final book of complete world knowledge, it was founded on the principle that the world was going to end at the end of 2012, just as the Mayans told us. It was founded on these theories because, 1) I’ve always been fascinated about apocalypse theories, and 2) When you turn 40 years old, the apocalypse becomes pretty comforting. It tells you that even though you’re going to die, you’re going to take the world out with you. This confirms the narcissist view that you’ve had of yourself since you were 12 years old. The world can’t go on without you.”—John Hodgman Q&A on SF Gate.
The institutions of our ruling world have a powerful stake in the mad momentum of climate change — the energy system that’s producing it and the political stasis that sustains and guarantees it — so powerful as to seem unbreakable. Don’t count on them to avert the coming crisis.
Believers are giving away their earthly goods; disbelievers are scoffing. I have a different problem. I worry about what to wear. I have not been to rapture before and I want to fit in.
Unfortunately, I don’t know which group I’ll be assigned to. As I understand it we’ll be divided into two groups. One group leaves earth to meet The Lord in the air. The other group is left behind.
Were I in the “meet The Lord in the air” crowd I should dress warmly. I’m not sure how high in the air we meet but it must be above interference of commercial air traffic, so it will be cold.
But would warm dress this could bespeak a lack of faith? An omniscient Lord must know it freezing up there and can presumably make provisions. But even so what provisions? He might find anywhere between 45 and 85 degrees Heavenly.
Dressing in layers could be the answer: I am thinking of a blue windowpane sports jacket (double vented) over a dark heather quarter-zip merino wool cable knit over a blue and red tattersall button down shirt. This should work for temperatures between 45 and 85. Even better this outfit would receive Devine approval so long as the Lord is Episcopalian.
But if The Lord isn’t Episcopalian? What if He’s Muslim? For all I know in the Islamic world a dark heather quarter-zip merino cable knit is an emblem of virginity. I do not want to be one of the 69 virgins awarded to a jihadist martyr.
Perhaps I should wear multi-layered flowing robes and sandals. This should be acceptable for the Lord-in-the-air crowd but what if I am left behind? I would be dressed like a Hare Krishna wannabe while everyone else looks a member of Hell’s Angels. I could be an abject of ridicule.
Could dress itself influence my group assignment? Would be dressed like Mad Max would impede an invitation to meet The Lord in the air? This raised a more difficult question—which group did I want to join? Do I want to spend eternity with a bunch of fundamentalist wackos or with those thugs, who the Lord, after supernaturally removing the righteous from the earth, left behind. Do I really want to stick around and watch real estate value plummet as the righteous depart and those left behind cannot get a mortgage due to poor credit ratings?
Neither sounds compelling, so I will wear a blue windowpane sports jacket (double vented) over flowing saffron robes. For footwear I am undecided between sandals and wingtips.
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Faith in God’s plan needs to be grounded in the experience of God’s grace. Herschel’s hope needs something more concrete if it’s to endure, and if it’s to become contagious.
"Contagious" faith? Like the zombies are contagious? Like the super-duper-deadly-flu is contagious? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, but I’ll certainly read more.
“If doomsday should arrive, then apparently I would have little more than a week or two before I starved to death or was killed by desperate neighbours scavenging for baked beans. I took the “Doomsday Preppers” online test and, with a lowly score of 14. I’m clearly not taking the threat of the end of the world as we know it seriously enough.”—“A TV Viewer’s Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse,” by Michelle Smith at News International.
Hmmm … I thought the only Armageddon the Scientologists were concerned about was that volcano that Xenu threw people into, but according to Curbed Los Angeles, there’s a super-duper-top-secret Armageddon compound in Southern California where the writings of L. Ron Hubbard will be preserved in the event of a nuclear holocaust.
Oh, and apparently high-ranking celebrity members have bunkers there, too.
Whatevs. Now that everybody has a bunker, it’s not such a big deal.