Is that disaster post-apocalyptic? My family is really big into speculation on the imminent collapse of social structure, everything from an abrupt and permanent stoppage in the supply of gasoline (disastrous especially for cities), to full-out nuclear war. We've done a lot of theory-crafting and run over several scenarios.
Anyway your story might not have anything to do with that, but if it does I'd be glad to give it a read through and give my two cents.
Like your family, I am also interested in the post-apocalypse. I have read Cormac MaCarthy's, "The Road" and James Kunstler's, "A World Made By Hand." Found them both interesting. If you are writing on this area, I would be happy to review it.
Welcome to Hatrack, amigo! I love THE ROAD. Sucks you right in. I'm a post-apocalyptic fan myself. I focus on the fantasy elemet of it, though. The ms I'm working on now is about faeries and humans on Long Island 200 years after the death of earth. There's zombies and vampires, too. It's just a death fest...lol
Good luck with your writing. Most people around here write spec fic, but you may find another realist around here somewhere.
Greetings, have some pre-apocalyptic pumpkin pie!
And yeah your going to be pretty hard pressed to find mainstream crime stories or the like here. In a year I've seen maybe 4 or 5 non-speculative pieces go by. Hopefully you'll pick up the taste, what with speculative being better and all :-)
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