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Chaos Machine

Updated on August 27, 2011

Excerpt From a Novel in Progress

This is an excerpt from a novel I have been working on titled Chaos Machine. I wanted to share and get honest feedback on if this sounds interesting to you. Here we go...

The Tsunami

95,321. And this was just the first reported number. Although not the most human loss during a natural disaster in the past few decades, this number was nonetheless staggering. Climate changes had been clear regardless of the cause, and the global population had increasingly suffered from it. The arguments had slightly morphed over the years, but the fact was it hardly mattered whether the cause was global warming from pollution or the natural cycle of the earth. What mattered was the end result.

Around the world television networks were quickly changing to emergency programming, with no time taken for the typical fact-finding and added flare. The most dramatic aspects of the recent catastrophe continued to be the catastrophe itself, and it was as if all the news anchors were reading from the same teleprompter. They all had the same message. A large earthquake struck several miles off the Southern California coastline at approximately 12:03PM PST. This massive earthquake was measured at 9.8 and seismologists immediately and fervently issued warnings that went unheeded by most citizens, although in reality there had been no time to evacuate.

The earthquake itself was off the charts and left an unknown number injured or dead. The California population had been steadily growing more accustomed to the larger and more frequent quakes, as well as the following warnings regarding Tsunamis and the occasional sinkholes. So while Tsunami warnings had been plentiful after this staggering quake, people stayed. There was the debate on whether they stayed out of shock or because they wanted to help who they could, but they stayed. When all was said and done, California was a place of quakes, and while people talked about how the scale was increasing as far as strength and number, no one thought that the massive Tsunami that hit the Southern California coast at 12:51PM PST would ever actually happen. They never thought the death toll would be at 95,321 and rising.


Thank you for reading! I appreciate your feedback!


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      6 years ago

      Krazikat, Ohh , this is ging to be good , I've no dought this could be a bestseller! Good luck! ....of course you know when your book comes out ,you'll have to smile for the picture of you on the back cover! lol Just kidding.....:-} ^

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      Ophelia Madden 

      7 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      You are right - there are many end of the world type of stories out there- each one of my excerpts is from this same story so if you are so inclined, please check them out and let me know if you think I am heading in the right direction?! Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment...I really appreciate it!

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      7 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      apocalyptic, not peaceful or visual, but current and realistic; a very believable plot for a modern day science fiction novel. For now I vote interesting, and would be interested in seeing where it goes from here. perhaps at risk of being a bit generic, but that all depends on you; originality is key; give us something we have not seen before!


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