"Z for Zachariah" is a science fiction book that really resonated with me. The main character named Ann is the sole survivor in a radioactive free pocket of land on the East Coast after a nuclear war. The narrative is written from her perspective and very believable. Another survivor wearing a hazmat suit stumbles onto the uncontaminated land and because of his terrible character and a series of horrible experiences drives her off.
The end is Ann stealing the hazmat suit and looking off into the sky where some birds had been seen. The antagonist is considered redeemable but my thought was Ann should have just offed the guy. The author had died before he finished the book and his family wrote the ending. Ann when first seeing the man in walking in the distance struggled on what to wear to greet him. She decided on nice pants and hiding in a tree. How heartbreaking is that?
A lot of science fiction is based on some sort of good and evil conflict. I like the blog topic of science fiction as it is great to read it for escape from our dull routines. The low hum of evil thwarted by just as mysterious forces of good. What I love is in great science fiction how the characters meet evil forces and how it changes their lives. For instance in the book "1984", which I read over 40 times in a row during my third year of art school while declaring either business or American History as a major, while helplessly getting an Art degree against my will. Was that Julia after being tortured by big brother loses all traces of her sexuality. When Winston sees her one time after they both have been 'found out', exposed, he notices her once slim waste is thickened.
That brings me to the latest comments about torture in the USA news. First of all I really love and admire deeply John McCain. The facts of the torture of prisoners under the George Bush administration will be a black light on our nation for many years. Very very disheartening the support for torture by our leadership during 2000-2008. We have a lot of experience with crime fighting and other ways are effective to get information like plea-bargain and interview seems to work. Osama stayed hidden 2000-2008, that is a fact.
What did seem to happen was a lot of men screamed in the abyss. I believe that this is a very dark period in the USA history. Although being very pro-military and very pro-business and extremely against criminal activity, I am not for institutionalized sadism. Nor do I support the death penalty. Although I must admit I do feel a bit of good cheer when a very bad person croaks. Sometimes good luck happens even to us mortals. I have no fantasies that evil exists and we always must be vigilant. To pretend otherwise is just plain stupid. Human history lends plenty of examples.
The low hum of evil is trying to rape someone when the social conventions are gone as in post nuclear war as in the book "Z for Zachariah", or Julia's thickened waste after torture in the book "1984". It is torture to simulate the experience of drowning. The other day I was relieved that the USA system was able to elect a good person with 'good lights' with the election of Obama. I respect science fiction writers for their quest of observing and recording the low hum of evil.
On a less dramatic side note I will have been blogging for six months, May 20th to be exact, and to be honest am thinking of taking a hiatus for the summer. Just because my blogs equal a book and it has got me thinking that this effort could have easily been another book. I like blogging. I find it fun. Perhaps taking time off and revisiting the blog from time to time?