Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Up in Smoke
At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements 😉
I'm writing this Monday afternoon. I had a whole different post ready to go for today, but I'm changing it for a more timely question.
Around noon today I noticed a distinct odor in the air. "Where's the wildfire?" I asked. Turned out it's about a half hour away. (We discovered this after turning on the TV.) As the afternoon progressed, the light got darker and darker (and more orange-tinged). As the news crews watched, houses burned. (The firefighters were on scene doing their best.)
And we began speculating about the residents. How many of them had left home to go to work and now have no home to come back to? So, now you know what the question is...
What if while you were at work your house burned, and you lost everything?