You’re probably already imagining me sitting in an attic—dimly lit, cobwebs at the corners of the slanted ceiling— so let’s just pretend that is where this interview took place. It seems like the appropriate setting for a chat about the end of the world. Only in this case, there weren’t two dudes, but one: Brittain of the speculative fiction blog Two Dudes in an Attic. As I did last week with Jennifer Brisset (author of P.K. Dick-award nominited novel Elysium), I asked Brittain to tell me how he saw himself faring at the end of all things.
BP: Do you think you would survive an apocalypse?
Probably. I’m exactly the kind of nerdy, completely worthless type who would get eaten in the first act. However, the story of my life thus far is things going horribly wrong, then somehow turning out better in the end. It’s very cinematic and I assume this trend would continue in case of disaster.
What kind of apocalypse would you prefer to experience?
Definitely alien invasion. I want to see first contact in my lifetime, even if it’s xenocidal bugs blowing the crap out of everything.
What would be the first thing (or two) you’d stuff in your bug out bag if shit hit the fan?
My sax. Gotta have music when the world is ending. (Note how heroic we all think of the string quartet on the Titanic.)
Hey, a sax might have good potential as a weapon…
This was the icing on today’s main 1000 Ways to End the World main column: a review of Gabriel de Tarde’s 1896 utopian end times novel The Underground Man, which you can read here.