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Kid-Based Post-Apacalyptic Story

Crumbly Writer

Was thinking about PA stories and thought of one I'd love to see: a worldwide apocalypse kills mostly adults, leaving young kids.

You could have a small handful of (young) adults, but the majority would be relatively innocent kids having to fend for themselves and trying to both grow up and figuring out how to preserve a civilization they never quite figured out.

Obvious bad guys: the few adults who 'lead' groups of kids for their own benefit, taking advantage of them.

Unfortunately for most SOL authors, the chances of a sex story are few (other than the few teen (14+) adults, but for a story like this, it would be natural for budding romances to blossom, but for the kids to be too 'scared' of taking it to the next stage. That means lots of romance and character development, but little explicit sex.

I'd write it myself, but I've about played out my PA stories, and I've already committed to writing yet another Apocalyptic story (featuring yet another telepathic dog). If anyone is interested, feel free to run with it, or even run the idea by me if you want further ideas.

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Lumpy

@Crumbly Writer

This is more or less the backstory of the show Jericho, if I remember. Although you don't see the 'kid run world', but the aftermath years after the apocalypse.

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Crumbly Writer
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@Lumpy


This is more or less the backstory of the show Jericho, if I remember. Although you don't see the 'kid run world', but the aftermath years after the apocalypse.

I hadn't considered that, not even remembering Jericho until you mentioned it. That's how they say a lot of copyright theft starts. Someone gets a great idea for a song, conveniently forgetting they just heard it on the radio without consciously thinking about it. I may have to go back and rewatch the series, though I remember, at the time, being disappointed in the series. :(

My idea is more playing off the kids' naivete and idealism conflicting with the bitter realities of surviving when unprepared to support yourself. It might deal with the how they struggle to overcome simple tasks: like trading for items or skills they don't have, trusting anyone older not to take advantage of them, while knowing enough to watch them like a hawk, and dealing with the emotional issues without a preexisting support system. Dramatic stuff, while still packed with a lot of the ol' "cute factor"!

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Joe Long

"Miri" a season one episode of Star Trek in 1966 (free on Amazon)

There's a worldwide disease that kills everyone when they hit puberty, so everyone on the planet is a kid. The main there is to see how society evolves when there's no adults around for guidance. That, and a teen girl (Kim Darby) getting the hots for Kirk (but somehow he avoids bedding her)

Blue Lagoon could also be a reference. Two kids ship wrecked alone on an island with no adult supervision. Eventually the boy does bed his cousin (15 year old Brooke Shields).

Those kids will still have hormones, just no one to explain to them what rules there are supposed to be.

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REP

@Crumbly Writer

I can't recall the title or Author, but there was a story about teenagers being trained for survival and then teleported to an uninhabited world. They were supposed to be on their own for several weeks and monitored by the home planet, but a solar storm broke the link and it was several years before the link was reestablished.

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Lumpy

@Crumbly Writer

Ohh, I know you're idea was different. The big thing is your idea is showing what happens when all the adults die, which the show skipped because that was "10 years in the past" so everyone was in their 20s. I remember thinking it was a good idea that would be worth seeing the actual aftermath.

Also, I got the name wrong. It was Jeramiah, not Jericho (that was a different post-apocalyptic show)

Crumbly Writer

Clearly, the idea isn't as original as I was hoping. It still has potential, if anyone is interested in a challenge. But then, PA stories aren't everyone's cup of tea, as they're hard to get just right (as opposed to other genre favorites).

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Capt. Zapp

@Joe Long

"Miri" a season one episode of Star Trek in 1966


The adults had tried to develop a vaccine that would slow aging. It worked for the children (Miri was supposed to be hundreds of years old). Unfortunately it killed all the adults and the children as they entered puberty.

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Ernest Bywater

hard to imagine a story where only young goats survived the apocalypse!

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Crumbly Writer

@Ernest Bywater

hard to imagine a story where only young goats survived the apocalypse!

It makes it easier climbing over the devastated landscape! 'D

richardshagrin

@Crumbly Writer

PA stories aren't everyone's cup of tea, as they're hard to get just right

Clearly they should be set in the great state of Pennsylvania. (abbreviation, PA)

On line there are 248 terms that get abbreviated PA. I liked "Perverted Ass" as I hadn't heard that one before.

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Ernest Bywater

@richardshagrin

I liked "Perverted Ass" as I hadn't heard that one before.


That's what they get when they use crazy horses in the breeding cycle.

AmigaClone

While it was avoided, towards the end of Preacher's Man the locations that produced the longevity drugs used in that society were destroyed in a civil war along with the most copies of the process for making these drugs. A side effect of these drugs was that once started, they had to be taken annually (especially after a certain age) otherwise rapid aging followed by death would occur.

Preparations were started to ensure that those who had not started taking those drugs would know what they needed to know in order to take care of the youngest children.

richardshagrin
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@REP

The author is Robert A. Heinlein. I can't remember the title, but it should be relatively easy to run it down on-line using him as author.

Ok, I did run it down.
"Tunnel in the Sky is a juvenile science fiction novel by American writer Robert A. Heinlein, published in 1955 by Scribner's as one of the Heinlein juveniles. The story describes a group of students sent on a survival test to an uninhabited planet, who soon realise they are stranded there. The themes of the work include the difficulties of growing up and the nature of man as a social animal."

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Crumbly Writer
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@richardshagrin

I'm not as interested in the "difficulties of growing up and the nature of man as a social animal" or what happens to children without parents once they grow up.

I was more intrigued by a group of young kids (pre-teen) who are thrust into a survival mode—especially if part of survival is avoiding the adults likely to use them for their own benefit (more a contrast between naive innocence vs. jaded practicality in a life-or-death situation).

But that's just me. I'm more interested in the human, interpersonal component than I am in 'social mores.

"Social Mores": that would be Roger Moore's socialist brothers.

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REP

@richardshagrin

That sounds like the one. I thought it might be Heinlein and the only title I could think of was Methuselah's Children which was a very different story. Thanks.

REP
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@Crumbly Writer

In this case, some of the kids started off by killing each other for the supplies and weapons the other kids had. A small group banded together for mutual protection. They then had to deal with their new environment, which included some fairly tame rabbit-like animals, Jackalopes, which became rapid killers that attacked everything in sight once a year. Then there was the interpersonal relationships pregnancy and other factors common to establishing a village.

Then there was the adults relocating the kids. The adults wanted to treat them as children and rescue them, while a component of the children wanted to remain behind on their new world.

AmigaClone

While not post apocalyptic, the A Planet is... universe centers around three male-female pairs of twins and the male of a fourth pair. The fourth girl was killed and eaten prior to the other seven being released from the capsules that grew them from a single cell to an age of 11.

rkimmelerre

The novel The Girl Who Owned A City by O.T. Nelson (I think) is set in the suburbs after everyone older than 12 or so has died. The main character is one of the only kids in her area who actually starts planning and working towards the future, and it's a damned interesting read.

Crumbly Writer

Guess it's already been done ... a LOT!!!

Joe Long

@richardshagrin

If you're from Pennsylvania, you'd know the abbreviation is Pa. (from before the post office's 2 letter state codes) and is pronounced pee-ay

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Joe Long

@Capt. Zapp

Hey, I haven't watched the episode for almost 50 years! (thanks for the correction)

richardshagrin

@Joe Long

pronounced pee-ay

Urine pee-ay.

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Joe Long

@richardshagrin

Yes I am!

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