Nathan Wells (nathanwells) wrote in little_details,
Nathan Wells

Resources for a realistic and accurate world after people

 Hi all,

First post here.  I found this great community through the equally great TVtropes, and I actually joined LiveJournal for the sole reason of posting here.  I know I will be utilizing this resource constantly.  I haven't written much per say, but I have a boatload of ideas floating about in my head and on scraps of paper that maybe eventually I'll gather together into some decent short stories or novellas.

Anyway, at the moment I'm interested in doing some broad research regarding a world sans people - what would the world be like, what would happen to the buildings, the animals, the electricity, and so on.  Basically, how fast will things fall apart and how fast.

The tentative setting is a world where almost all humans have vanished through some sort of devious means...I'm thinking some sort of biological weapon, but that's for another post.  Anyway, there are no dead bodies either - no evidence of dead people.  There are just a few living people who are left around.  The main location is an unnamed and decently large urban center, located in the United States (probably in mid/northern California because, hey, I know the area).  But right now the setting isn't that important.

Right now, I'm just gathering all I can find on scientifically-based speculation on what would happen if people suddenly disappeared.  I've already gathered a wealth of knowledge and resources, listed below, and I just want to know if there is other stuff out there that I missed (in particular, websites).

Resources gathered so far:

Life After People
Life After People: The Series
Aftermath: Population Zero

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
The Earth After Us by Jan Zalasiewicz
The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Books (mostly just for fun)


Tags: #resources, ~catastrophes, ~worldbuilding

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