Growing On Me

The “End Day” movie was interesting! There was a very clear message depicting the various events that may occur during the beginning of the end time in various locations. Showing the beginning of a new day framed each new situation and location. It is reminiscent of the movie “Left Behind” depicting the occurrence of the Rapture without the depiction of the calamities. It also is suggestive of Armageddon as depicted in a 20/20 Special “Last Days On Earth.” I can’t really say that I like or dislike the movie, but I can say that it is a reminder that life on this earth as it is, is not eternal and is ripe for destruction. I’m not sure how I would have reacted but I would like to think that I would (am) prepared mentally and spiritually for the end of the world and not be so frighten by events (or not be here for them like in “Left Behind”.)

Apocalyptic SF appears to have some aspects of prophecy associated with it as expressed by the very first sentence with “dominate site for the expression of visions of apocalypse and catastrophe” which is exactly what is prophesized in the Christian faith in the Book of Revelations. Routledge is contrasting the various aspects of the genre with the application of the then and now “scientific progress” and “technological utopianism” entwined throughout the stories. Given that I don’t read or watch these types of genres, I can say that is something that I learned. The reason is because, I realize that when I am developing my story, I will need to be aware of the scientific and technological progression enough to make my story viable.

I chose several excerpts to read. However, H.G. Wells, “War of the Worlds” is one Apocalyptic story that I really like. I like the way that it builds to the climax. The skeptics’ curiosity turning to disbelieving horror! The subtle invasion and then the full waged invasion. However, the conquering hero of the story is disease. To me that’s humorous. But, then again, what other way can a pompous, unprepared group of people conquer Martians without the help of divine intervention via bacteria infections to which the Martians have no immunity?

Overall this was good because it is interesting. I’m looking forward to more of the class adventure into this theme. I think perhaps my mind is changing regarding this genre of literature. I said earlier that I did not like this type of literature, but, hmm, I think it may be growing on me.


A Zombie Question

The question was asked, “In the event of a zombie apocalypse, would you rather be turned into a zombie or have everyone you love turned into a zombie? Why?”

Neither, because I would want to be whatever my family and friends are. That way, I would not feel lonely, out of place, or scared of them or they of me.


The question was asked, “In the event of a zombie apocalypse, would you rather be turned into a zombie or have everyone you love turned into a zombie? Why?” My answer is neither because I would want to be whatever my family and friends are. That way, I would not feel lonely, out of place, or scared of them, or they of me. With that said, I encourage you to reflect upon the following.

Are zombies only bad? Is there such a thing as a good zombie? What makes a zombie anyway?  Okay, so one must die first then be reanimated to live in such an auspicious manner. Who expects to awaken from the grave, anyway? Then suddenly, BAM! a zombie you are! Why not be reincarnated instead of reanimated? Apparently, the choice is not yours. But just because you may be reanimated as a zombie instead of being reincarnated as a loving pussycat, does that necessarily make you a bad being?  Why are people always running away from zombies? Somewhere along the line, I personally think that zombies became and still are misunderstood. My philosophy is this…if a zombie is bad, then the person that died and was later reanimated must have been a bad person upon death. I mean, really. Think about it. Do you really think that a person who was loving, compassionate, helpful, and in possession of so many other attributes would be reanimated as a bad zombie? I think not! And, what about the zombies’ relatives like ghosts, vampires, mummies, etc.? All ghosts are not bad. Remember Casper? So why would one assume that are all zombies are bad? Shucks! They, along with their relatives, even have their own song and dance called the monster mash. Now, do you really think that any zombie who likes to party would be all that bad where fright should overtake you? Just something to make you go hmm.

Monster Mash Song and Dance

Surviving ds106 Apocalyspe


I’m Janice Riley, aka, GrandmaJ (GmJ)

I’ve made it through my first week of ds106! It was a struggle, but thankfully I made it. I’m not very proficient in using Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, especially from my phone. I cried out a lot and got great help! Thanks to all four of you!!!!  I at least got all of my assignments completed and posted and enjoyed doing them.

What is your own personal relationship with apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic fiction?

-Are there particular stories (from books, TV, movies, etc.) that have resonated with you? Why?

– What genre of the apocalypse (zombie, alien invasion, plague, etc) seems particularly interesting to you? Why?

My answer to both of the questions posted about the apocalypse is ‘no’ because I’ve never, ever liked science fiction. It either scared me or was so unbelievable to me that I never developed an interest in it. Although the Apocalypse in and of itself is not science fiction, it is portrayed as such in movies. For those who believe in the apocalypse for religious reasons it is very real and unsurvivable except for the afterwards provision made for the believer. I hope to survive in the afterwards because I am a believer.

I’m looking forward to this class so very much.  I wish you all well!