Survival training for the little ones

By “little ones,” I mean kids. Though I suppose it can mean anything else that could be called a little one. Obviously, survival is going to be a big deal after the apocalypse. If you don’t focus on your survival, you won’t survive. Period. For some people, survival might come naturally. For others, it might take some training. Either way, it’s probably a good idea to train everybody in your group. Even if you’ve got... Read more

The Apocalypse Is On, Do You Save The Dog?

Have you seen the post-apocalyptic movie A Boy and His Dog1? It was everything a wasteland movie should be and so much more. Though the message of the movie might be confusing on the surface, the take away wasn’t about the sex, violence, fanatics or even the crazy disparate cultures that came out of the life after the apocalypse. The take away was about the value of the relationship between a boy and his dog. About what one... Read more

How to make friends and influence zombies

There’s no doubt that friendships and networks will be important in the post-apocalyptic world. After all, people will need to band together for protection and survival. While making friends with other survivors may not be a requirement, it’s probably a good idea. Since there’s safety in numbers, you never know when you’ll need someone to watch your back. And, you know, finding a survivor group to join will probably be easier if people in that... Read more

Equal Rights After The Apocalypse: The Zombie Rights Campaign

Often we assume that after the apocalypse, we will be the good guys and everyone else will be the bad guys. But what about if we’re the good guys and the other guys are just misunderstood? We’ve allowed the genies to become children’s playmates of choice 1 , encouraged the hero worship of killer robots 2 and sat idly by at the romanticization of vampires 3 . All these creatures, once the stuff of nightmares, are now fodder for the diaries... Read more

The family bomb shelter: yay or nay?

During the apocalypse, you’ll have to consider how to protect your family. This is especially true if you have children. The apocalypse is sure to be filled with chaos (not to mention things exploding and people shooting at each other), and protecting yourself—let alone your family—could be difficult or near impossible. There will be tough competition for food, water, and shelter, so you’ll have to fight for basic necessities. You’ll probably also meet scary and... Read more

Apocalypse preschool: Developing a survival-based curriculum

In child development, the time between infancy and kindergarten is one of the most important. During this time, children learn the basics, like the alphabet and numbers. It’s also when they learn basic (but important) life skills, like how to go to the bathroom in a place other than their pants. This won’t change after the apocalypse. Those crucial early years will remain just as crucial, though the education system will probably change. I imagine... Read more

Love in the time of the apocalypse

Thinking about falling in love during and after the apocalypse may seem a little trivial, silly, or just plain wrong. But think about it: during times of extreme hardship and strife, human beings will generally either band together or try to kill each other. Since I have no doubt that anyone left alive after the end of world will try to kill anyone else left alive, I’d like to think that some people will team... Read more

Post-Apocalyptic Governance

Teamwork will be vital in the days, weeks and even months immediately following the apocalypse. Grab Tom, Dick and Harry and band together to eek out a meager existence. However, once the mutants are contained and the infected have died off, leaving only a population of survivors, you’ll need some sort or population organization system. Understand your options and the pros and cons they include. Read more

The Mythical Land of Safety and Security and Free Food

It’s in the North. Unless you’re from the North, then it’s in the East. Well if, like me, you’re in the Northeast, it’s in Canada or out West. Maybe down south in Florida. Wherever it may be, it’s a vague and general direction far from where you currently are. There’s someone in your party who wants desperately to go there. It’s the brand new Promised Land where fast food and hot showers still exist, who wouldn’t want to... Read more