I've been writing a 'novel' for some time now that, to put it simply, requires so much research because I want it to be as real as possible. Now, I don't like to do research, but I like my story enough to. The problem is, there really isn't any book or website or paper that answers my questions.
Here's a little set-up: Everyone in the world is gone. Just gone, up and disapeared like *poof*. All but, one person, of course.
Now, what exactly happens when there's suddenly no one to control anything. See my problem? You can check out book and go to website about dams, airplanes, electric companies, nuclear powerplants, but, none of them tell you what would happen if there was no one there to run everything. And then how everything is connected...
Surprising, I've actually managed to get quite a few answers. I even had to go to the zoo once and frankly, scare a keeper with my questions ^^
Anyway, I'll go ahead and space my questions out over time. So, here are just a few to start with:
1) Airplanes obviously have autopilot, so what would happen if there was no one to control the airplane? Would it go to the airport and circle until it ran out of fuel? Simple fall from the sky?
2) Dams, I've been told need human supervision to constantly change the waterflow or the dam will break. True or not? And how long before it did break?
3) Nuclear powerplants: I'm hoping they can take care of themselves since I don't want my story abruptly ended ^_- But, I'd like to know what would happen if there was no one there to control it.
Okay, I think that's enough for now. Thanks so much in advance, and thanks to the people who made this place!