What are the facts?
"The times and instruments of national judgment are in the hands of God."
From The Biblical Illustrator, re: Jeremiah 1:11-16
Can a catastrophic solar flare--a pulse--really happen?
It already has. In 1859, Richard Carrington, a British amateur astronomer witnessed an enormous solar flare. According to history.com,
"That night, telegraph communications around the world began to fail; there were reports of sparks showering from telegraph machines, shocking operators and setting papers ablaze. All over the planet, colourful auroras illuminated the nighttime skies, glowing so brightly that birds began to chirp and labourers started their daily chores, believing the sun had begun rising. Some thought the end of the world was at hand, but Carrington’s naked eyes had spotted the true cause for the bizarre happenings: a massive solar flare with the energy of 10 billion atomic bombs. The flare spewed electrified gas and subatomic particles toward Earth, and the resulting geomagnetic storm—dubbed the “Carrington Event”—was the largest on record to have struck the planet..."
So PULSE is not broad science fiction like, say, War of the Worlds. The United States government is concerned that a grid-down event could occur, due to either a solar flare of the right intensity, or a terrorists' bomb. A strong enough solar flare (which becomes a tidal wave of electromagnetic energy as described in the book) or a terrorists' nuclear weapon, striking at the right distance from earth over the center of the country, could take down most or all of the electric grid of the nation. Both (sun flares or bombs) can cause a PULSE of energy, a powerful electromagnetic force that travels along our own grid structures, wiping out most electronic components--including the huge transformers that the country depends upon to power our system. These would likely be the first to go. If cell phones and tablets or computers are protected during the event (such as in a Faraday cage) they may survive intact--but there won't be much use for them when everything else is toast.
Except for a passing reference to an alien invasion, I think this video by Samuel Feinberg is smart and accurate, quickly explaining what happens in my series to cause the grid down event. (I think he may have read my book. Who knows?) It's a TeDX talk, and not long. And he's talking about how this can happen TODAY.
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGan5NwJ-LM&t=16s
July 29, 2015 (An older article, but unfortunately things haven't changed much!) "Earth Will Only Have Twelve Hours to Prepare for a Massive Solar Storm."
"Potential to Cause Wide-Ranging Impacts."
Archive of Severe Solar Weather
While PULSE is a work of fiction, the possibility that the United States could sustain such an event or a a similar catastrophe (such as a terrorist attack) is a real one. PULSE was written primarily as a wake-up call to the Church, but anyone who reads it can heed the call to be prepared. Like Lexie's family in the book, it is possible to be ready to face many disasters. (And you don't have to live on a farm.) For information on how to prepare for a large-scale disaster, check out the following blogs.
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Survival Preparedness for Women--you'll love the difference Jane brings to the usual survival or prepper sites.
Serious articles and less bells and whistles takes down the "overwhelm" factor on this one. The page of recommended resources is a one-stop-shop for any serious prepper. Downside: Blog archives are not available except for paid options. Subscribe for the daily update and download the articles that you find valuable.
This one's a great how-to blog with instructions for doing all sorts of D-I-Y projects, including food storage.
PREPARED CHRISTIAN: Being Prudent in Today's World
Chris Ray has all kinds of great information and good links on his site. He stopped updating it, but the information is still relevant.
Rev. Coverstone has a You Tube channel where he shares prophetic dreams and visions. He does not claim to have word-for-word divine inspiration, nor is he adding to the revelation of scripture. I like this guy. He's balanced. Check him out HERE.
Gotta love Lisa Bedford; this lady's got spunk--as well as a ton of great information and instruction on how-to-do all kinds of useful skills. Three cheers for Mom power!
Has all kinds of homesteading hacks and miscellaneous articles, as well as prepping and food storage info.
(What does SHFT mean? I call it, "When the STUFF Hits the Fan," meaning when it all goes down, when the disaster strikes,etc.
This one's nice because it's not popping with annoying ads, and has useful articles.
Articles on all manner of issues relating to current events and government, and how it relates to those with a survival/prepper mindset. Lots of interesting links to click away on, but also plenty of ads.
Wilderness survival "College" with courses, articles, useful tips, and more.
This isn't a pretty page, but in the spirit of the Drudge Report (the old Drudge--it has gone down in quality and credibility since engaging in censorship like many mainstream media counterparts.) you'll find all kinds of prepper and survival headlines and links.