C. G. McGinn


Ramblings about Books and Writing

Filtering by Tag: Ice age

Fall of the Nations. Raise of the Ice Breaker

Man did not anticipate just how cold the plant would get. There's was a generation indoctrinated on the notion of an ever heating Earth. When the planet refused to bend to the politics, the narrative changed to include any and all forms of inclement weather, yet the spirit of their message remained rooted on an idea that a depleted ozone was increasing CO2 and raising the temperature of the planet.
They were not prepared for the opposite of what they had been trained to believe.
Would they have survived, even if the flawed politics hadn't been so potent? Civilization still would have fallen. Perhaps not as fast.
The survivors took to the seas, onto ice breakers. These were the same heavily modified vessels that the reclamation crews had piloted in their futile attempts to repopulate New York and Boston. They were floating cities, nuclear powered behemoths that rivaled in size to the largest luxury liners.
Mobility was the new means of obtaining power in a world that was slowing to a frozen halt. The mission was to find the remaining pockets of vegetation and life. These pirate governments became the dominant society. Eventually all major population centers on the land reverted to their most base, primal urges.
The generations that no longer remember life on the land were not so naive to think that the earth would inevitably be scorched by their own hand. Their expulsion to the sea was the most damning proof that the planet imposed change despite the beliefs of man.

Expedition 1

What came to be known as the Modern-Day Ice Age, (a rather silly term considering the planet kept no concept of history, past or present), ushered in a number of expeditions and attempts to reclaim the land that had been lost. The most well publicized of these were the great excavations of Long Island and Boston. In the case of the island of New York, Nicolas B. Remington led his team of miners, former oil men, and 100 tons of hardware through the Lower Bay to the mouth of the Lincoln Tunnel. There they set up a base camp surrounded by walls of rock-hard ice that stretched countless miles up from the old Rt. 495 interstate.

The Remington expedition did not anticipate the density or the sheer amount of ice that had accumulated within the tunnel, and the Lincoln Tunnel site was deemed the most promising route to reach the island. The GW was considered unsafe, and underwater images showed that the Holland Tunnel was cracked and flooded. One carrier was lost on the ice, however a second was dispatched to rescue the crew of the first and deliver more drilling equipment to the Lincoln base camp.

The Remington expedition was seen as a tremendous success but was entirely forgotten in the shadow of the incidents and disastrous events that would follow. It opened the way for reclaiming lost patches of civilization, but also brought out the worst in humanity. Remington may have been responsible for providing the way, but he did not consider the consequences of those who would pass through the door, into the caves and hollow structures that had once been the skyscrapers of lower Long Island.

Up next: Expedition 2