The Submarine Effect
The planet has never been in any danger
from us. We as a species can not destroy the earth. What we can destroy is the environment required to support life and on
September the fourteenth, twenty seventy-three we came very close to doing just that.
The United States and Canada are the
only bastions of free thought left in the world. An electromagnetic pulse fired from two hundred miles above the North American
continent leaves us deaf, and blind to what comes next.
A biological missile attack killed
ninety-nine percent of the population. The architects of our destruction were certain they had eliminated the last pocket
of resistance to world domination. Like many who came before them they underestimated our willingness to defend our way of
Following the attack surviving members
of our military buried deep underground shielded from the effects of the pulse, and protected from the virus, turned keys
and pushed buttons. This did not launch an immediate retaliation. What it did do was send a flash message to our submarine
commanders at sea. The message began “The Submarine Effect is activated.”
Three days later our submarine fleet
launched a nuclear attack that left most of the planet buried under the fall-out generated by forty-three hundred warheads.
In anticipation of this eventuality,
twenty-five years earlier steps were taken to insure our survival. Time has no meaning for Mother Nature as she works her
miracles and hundreds of years later our descendants will rise from the depths to face a world that has been transformed
into something very different and very, very lethal.
Our adventurers will now risk
everything in an attempt to reconnect with the surface the birthplace of their ancestors. Can we learn from our mistakes when
given this second chance? The true test will come in many forms the least of which will be mankind's willingness to coexist.
The first time around our unwillingness to recognize the right of others to live within their own believes very nearly caused
the extinction of the human race. Has this been a lesson learned? Only time will tell.
Norman Ray Fitts
Screenwriter and Novelist