Writing Glitch #287

Today’s glitch:


First, the corrections: The first sentence of the second paragraph needs either an added word (add and before so) or a comma and an added word (add it after so) to make sense. I went with the second option, but either would work. The em-dash in the next sentence needs to be changed to a comma, and 50 needs to be changed to fifty.

Earth is threatened by a new ice age, promising to freeze the planet solid for thousands of years.

Humanity cannot look to the stars for asylum, so it decides instead to move underground. Governments from all over the world come together and pool both money and resources to create underground cities for the time of the ice age’s arrival, which is estimated to be within the next fifty years.

This is, in my opinion, a highly unrealistic scenario (despite making for pretty good fiction if handled properly). Earth is threatened by a new ice age, although it probably won’t be a Snowball Earth situation where the ice sheets join at the equator. But do you see governments from all over the world doing much of anything to prepare for the problem, since, y’know, they’re not doing much of anything to prepare for the problem? Can you honestly imagine most people donating money and other resources to build shelters for someone other than themselves — and only themselves?

Also… ice ages really can come on a lot faster than you may think. Remember that movie The Day After Tomorrow? Remember how nearly everyone said how unrealistic it was because the ice age came on in just a few weeks? There is strong evidence that it can happen even faster than that, though: mammoths have been found frozen upright with food still in their mouths, for example.

(WordPress’ spell check wants me to change pool to pull, making it pull both money and resources. *shakes head* But yeah, keep telling me how computer programs do everything better than any person can…)



About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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One Response to Writing Glitch #287

  1. The result – going underground to survive – reminds me of Brian Aldiss and his Helliconia series. Also, there was a recent early article about the superwealthy taking action to survive social meltdowns and natural disasters by building private communities. Many are focusing on New Zealand.

    Therein lies a novel. Cheers

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