I'm an avid reader of ... well, most things really, but I'm particularly fond of science fiction. Some of my favorite stories are the ones that make you wonder how you'd get on if there was a major catastrophe that wiped out most of the population, such as the deadly virus in Stephen King's The Stand or the gigantic comet in Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.
In one of my favorite series – The Tripod Trilogy by John Christopher – three young lads walk through the deserted city of Paris approximately 100 years in our future. Can you imagine what this would be like? All of the silent, empty buildings looking down on you ... it sends shivers down my spine just thinking about it.
Well, this evening sees the premier of a 2-hour program called Life After People (it starts at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 8:00 p.m. Central Time). As the History.com website says rather chillingly: Welcome to Earth: Population 0.
The idea is to imagine what would happen if the human race were to suddenly disappear. What would happen to the things we've built like our cities, bridges, dams, and so forth? Would abandoned skyscrapers become "vertical ecosystems" comprising birds, rodents, snakes, plant life, for example? How long would it take for the New York subways to become watery canals (the answer may surprise you, because it wouldn't be very long at all once the power stations shut down and the pumps failed).
The blurb on the History.com website says that Life After People uses feature film quality visual effects and top experts in the fields of engineering, botany, ecology, biology, geology, climatology, and archeology (to name but a few). I think this is going to be a corker of a program – I cannot wait!
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