In the last week, my provincial government shut down the province. The borders are closed, as are all public facilities except for hospitals, pharmacies and grocery stores and a handful of other essential services.
My household is also considering self-isolating for a month, just to help flatten the curve of demand upon the health system as Covid19 works its way through the population.
I hope that you and yours are healthy and remain so.
And I suspect that a lot of us will be doing a great deal cof reading/screen watching in the next little while.
As a science fiction writer who enjoys the occasional post-apocalyptic story (The Stand, anyone?), I have followed the progression of the virus from the earliest days when China first confessed upon the world stage that it had an outbreak on its hands. I have been thoroughly fascinated by the range of reactions I’ve witnessed.
In Australia in the last couple of days, a man knifed a grocery store employee–I have no details about that, but one can put the motives together easily enough. Then there is the extreme reaction of North Korea because, of course, they don’t have the virus in their country. They will not allow it.
But mostly, the calm, sensible responses from the vast majority of the world has surpassed my (admittedly cynical) expectations.
The other thing that struck me was the lack of preparation most of us have experienced.
My government has an entire website devoted to emergency preparations and openly encourages Canadians to have three days of food, water and supplies put aside, as well as a go-bag (that they very carefully fail to call a bug-out bag) in the trunk of one’s car. This is staid, sensible Canada urging its citizens to edge into prepper basics.
And now I know why.
The great toilet paper shortage of 2020 has demonstrated just how unpredictable civic disorder can be. I mean, really…did you ever imagine that in a global emergency, it would be paper rolls that everyone grabs?
Once this panic is over, I will be taking a few simple steps toward easing my reliance upon a supply chain delivering in a timely fashion.
And I might even grab a carton of toilet paper while I’m at it.
Speaking of extra reading time, Hammer and Crucible was released on Amazon last week. It’s book 1 of the Imperial Hammer series and early reviews are already in:
This was a fun, fast paced read full of action and humor.
I greedily read in this in one day. You will want to as well.
Lots of action and a boatload of twists and turns that grab your attention and won’t let go. It has kept me up way past bedtime!
He builds the scenes in a way that I feel as though I am actually walking long the ship’s corridors and I can totally relate to all of the characters.
I loved Hammer and Crucible! Couldn’t put it down.
The plot is fascinating; it is intricate as well as filled with surprises and action.
This is a read that really sucks you in!
Excellent characters, twists and turns throughout.
Written in such a natural hand that you can fully image the spectacular universe the author has created.
The book reached #3 on the Hot New Release list for Political Fiction, and the top #100 list for Galactic Empire novels, too.
The interstellar array which links worlds together wakes to find it has enemies…
The Fourth Carinad Empire stretches across hundreds of settled worlds and stellar cities, and thousands of light years. The Empire’s people and data are linked by a space-folding gates array controlled by the Emperor and his cohorts. When the array evolves into a sentient entity, it recognizes the Emperor as its foe.
Danny Andela, once known as The Imperial Hammer, withdrew from the Imperial Rangers decades ago, her reputation in tatters. She lives on her family’s star barge, waiting to die of a rare disease: old age. She would be the array’s perfect weapon against the Emperor, except she no longer gives a damn–about anything.
Then Danny learns that the military disaster which essentially ended her life might possibly have been arranged by the Emperor himself…
Available on Amazon and also Kindle Unlimited
Are you choosing to self-isolate for the next few weeks?
If you’re choosing to help flatten the demand curve upon our stressed health systems, and if you’re wondering what you’ll be doing for all that time it seems, well, timely to remind you that you can subscribe to Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service for free for the first thirty days.
Actually, breaking news: Amazon.com (US only) has extended that 30 day free trial to 60 days. Available until end of May, when it will revert back to 30 days free trial. — c.
You will get a lot of reading done in
thirty sixty days, while we wait out this crisis.
And you can always unsubscribe before Amazon takes your first month’s subscription fee. Theoretically, we should all be more or less back to normal by then (I hope!!).
You can enjoy KU even if you don’t have a Kindle reader. I don’t, for example — I read with the Kindle App on my computer, my phone and my tablet.
Get the Kindle Reading App here: (it’s free, too): https://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=16571048011
Free 30 day Subscription to Kindle Unlimited:
Amazon DE (because I know there are German-speakers reading this – Vielen Dank!)