Wow! I read this thread back when it only had a few replies. I just found it again, and I am surprised at how much it has grown.
Thanks to all of you for your comments and criticisms. I really appreciate them. I am working on cleaning this story up and fixing some of the problems that have been pointed out.
This is my first real attempt at writing, and I have been very pleased with the overall reaction to it. I know it needs a lot of work, and hopefully the rewrite will correct all of the problems. If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to post them here, or email them to me. My email is email@example.com
. Please put "Lights Out" in the title so I don't think it's someone trying to sell me Viagra or wanting me to buy some stock guaranteed to make me rich in just one week.
To answer a couple of questions, yes, I did research EMP. There is not a lot of hard data out there as to the effects of a high altitude nuclear explosion. There are many theories, but not many proven facts. From what I can tell, the experts either don't know or are not talking. The batteries being in or out of a device really have no effect on whether it will be harmed or not. Simple electric motors, such as a car starter, are not thought to be vulnerable to the EMP effect. It is mostly sensitive electronics, like computers, and items that have longs runs of wire to act as EMP antennas that we have to be concerned about. I wrote the story using a “worst case” scenario to make the story more dramatic.
That said, there are many things wrong in the original version. The characters knowing off the bat that it was an EMP is changed in the rewrite. Also, the radio in the desk is knocked out. Several other inconsistencies have also been fixed thanks to people helping me with their critiques.
I feel that the writing improved substantially after the first twenty chapters. I know that is a lot of bad writing to wade through to get to the better stuff, but I thank you if you stuck with it.
In addition to cleaning up Lights Out, I am writing a new story called "Lost and Found". It is posted in the Survival Forum at AR15.com. I would appreciate any comments on it as well as "Lights Out".
Just an aside, I have fallen prey to the Zombie phenomena, and I am outlining a Zombie novel that I plan to start once I finish "Lost and Found". I hope it lives up to the high standard you all have come to expect. Once done, someone owes me lunch money, I think.
Thanks again, I really appreciate all the help.