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This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but with a whimper.
—T.S. Eliot, "The Hollow Men"

The year is 1985...

It has been two years since the Cold War went hot, beginning with a worldwide shooting war under Autumn Forge '83 and ending in a deadly nuclear exchange between the world's superpowers.

This is a story about those left after the collapse of human civilization and the nuclear holocaust that brought about this collapse. This is not a happy story. This is not a light-hearted tale. This is a story about survival and the human condition.

This Is the Way the World Ends was inspired by a set of recurring dreams of mine. Each dream fleshing out the storyline as I slept. I envisioned This Is the Way the World Ends as being a test of what it means to join a cause that is hopeless, only to be left behind and forgotten. The story envisions what it would be like to be a soldier fighting in the Cold War turned hot. It envisions what humanity would look like after a mass extinction event. It also envisions what it means to go home, after home has been obliterated by a nuclear fire.

My plan for This Is the Way the World Ends is quite simple—at least I hope it turns out that way. I plan on publishing a new chapter, something between 1,250 and 3,000 words in length, each Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, starting 06 November 2019, until the conclusion of the narrative itself. I have no grandiose plans as far as word count is concerned. However, I envision this being a lengthy adventure, one that will require some time to tell. With that said, this is merely a rough draft version of the text, something that will grow with audience engagement and revision and editing over time.

I hope you all enjoy what comes out each week, starting in November. If you have any questions about characters, historical details, or even geography, consider reaching out to me in the comments for each installment of This Is the Way the World Ends. I welcome any commentary, suggestions, or questions, as this is how web serials are supposed to work.


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