Skip to comments.One Second After
Posted on 09/06/2009 7:04:14 PM PDT by immadashell
I have just finished reading William R. Forstchen's new novel One Second After. Briefly, it is about the instantaneous breakdown of American way of life as the result of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) which disables the nation's electrical grid as well as all sophisticated electrical components in cars (they stop), planes (they crash), telecomunications of every sort, etc. leaving the population in a world similar to that of the Eighteenth Century. Shortages of every variety create societal strains, chaos, death and destruction in a matter of weeks and months. Forstchen's book (with a forward written by Newt Gingrich), while fiction, creates a scenario which can happen to us today, since the technology already exists. The possibility of this devastation has been largely ignored by our politicians and media, and, to a lesser extent, by the military. Only a very small proportion of our citizens has ever heard about EMP. Even fewer have taken measures to deal with it. Experts on the subject have no doubt about whether we will have to eventually face such an attack. They only question when it will occur.
After reading this book, my first thought was we spend billions (potentially trillions) of dollars preparing for a hypothetical calamity we are powerless over like global warming and yet ignore preparing for this ultimate weapon of asymmetrical warfare.
I highly recommend this very frightening but readable new book. It is science fiction (#1 on Amazon) today but could be reality One Second After.
I don't think that would be so likely. The devices thought most vulnerable to EMP would be semiconductor junctions. And actually, if I were a semiconductor device and knew an EMP were coming, I couldn't be much more safe than if I were connected right in the middle of that coil winding, .
So... I guess having the ability to MAKE the bullets would be very valuable.
Aahh.. I really enjoyed the TV show based on this book. It was called ‘Dark Angel’ and it starred the incredibly hot Jessica Alba. I was sorry it only lasted a couple of seasons (if that).
This book was first published and released March 17, 2009. Dark Angels was a TV show back in 2000 about genetically altered children. I doubt there is any connection.
IMHO...a CME is what this country/world really needs to be concerned with. This scenario WOULD happen if the 1859 event were to happen today.
The first season begins ten years later in 2019, as it follows the life of the now 19-year-old Max as she struggles to search for her Manticore brothers and sisters. In a United States which is now barely more than a Third World nation...
Maybe the book is based on the TV series?
ICBM complex at Koblas.
A solid metal box (no holes) blocks electromagnetic radiation.
I bet tinfoil works, too.
I’m kind of curious what the power companies are going to do with less than 30 minutes warning?
Not to mention almost every vehicle’s computer fried, every domestic and commercial gizmo fried, etc.
We probably could harden things, but it’d take some effort.
After your post, I started researching IH 4x4s.
Can you give me any info about them?
What’s the difference between the model numbers (1100 and 1110, for instance)?
I like the Travelall. Did any of the models have a better or worse reputation than the others?
I’m seriously thinking this may be a good bug-out vehicle to have. I’m taking it that the early ones (early 70’s) are the ones that will still run if there is an EMP. Will the later ones too?
Any good websites for info?
Thanks for the tip and additional info!
Im kind of curious what the power companies are going to do with less than 30 minutes warning?Pull switches and unload some boilers begin to start peakers (peaker plants) for starters ..
They already have plans that are put in effect when geomagnetic storms begin to rage due to a very similar effect (when induced currents begin to flow in the high voltage transmission lines on so-called 'tie lines' between large generation and load-centers that comprise "the grid".)
Not to mention almost every vehicles computer fried, every domestic and commercial gizmo fried, etc.NOW you're buying into the hype. Do you WANT to panic and fret about something QUITE remote and OVERBLOWN (testing of consumer/commercial equipment doesn't reveal NEAR the susceptability some would have you believe)?
Slim Pickens. And you'd find it a whole bunch rougher than that. The wind would slam you away from the bomb instantly, even if it didn't kill you at the same time.
The first happens here often enough in winter. The second never happens here (see my tagline).
High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) ...
Updated July 21, 2008
The effects of HEMP became fully known to the United States in 1962 during a high-altitude nuclear test (code named Starfish Prime) over the Pacific Ocean, when radio stations and electronic equipment were disrupted 800 miles away throughout parts of Hawaii.and this entry on Wicked-pedia entry:
Starfish Prime :
About 1445 kilometers (897 statute miles) away in Hawaii, the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) created by the explosion was felt as three hundred street lights failed,Here is a paper presenting an analysis of the Street lights that 'failed' that day. Turns out, they were series-strings of lights in an unusual topology not seen in much use today (near as I can determine):
Did High-Altitude EMP Cause the Hawaiian Streetlight Incident?
Sandia National Laboratories.
by Charles N. Vittitoe
Have you never heard the term 'temporary upsets' before?
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If emp is not a problem why is the military and government hardening their systems? If they are not effective why did the military contemplate using one over Iraq? Finally why are you dismissing all the know studies of the effects of a emp being set off?
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