The Shift

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
The story of the present day Earth falling to turmoil and destruction after a drilling excursion goes horribly wrong. While using a flame drill, one of the tectonic plates is cracked, causing a massive fissure deep within it. This causes the crust of the Earth to shift, instantly toppling anything and everything on the surface rooted within it.
The story starts with an unknown, confused man with no memories. It’s an estimated 13 months after the Shift, and the world is very different now. Lack of food, water, animals to hunt, and safe places to live are just the start of the problems. The planet’s weather is drastically effected, and the inhabitants aren’t friendly. It’s kill or be killed in many parts of the world, and survival is the only thing we as humans have in common. The main character quickly learns this and has to adapt, becoming a new person. Someone with no past, and nothing to live for but the hopes of civilization. Little does he realize that everywhere has been effected, and he’ll have to fight his way tooth and nail to overcome what humanity has be reduced to. Animals. Will he become one himself? Doomed to a life of misfortune, our main character, “Kenny Rogers” must overcome fear, desperation, solitude, and even insanity to prove to himself that the world is not lost.

Setting: Earth, present day. Eastern USA.
Style: Dystopian, dramatic, comedy.
Main Character: “Kenny Rogers” - Former M.D. and Professor. In his late 30’s, and about six feet tall. Well spoken, thin man. White, but presumably not American. Not a physically strong man, but resilient and determined. Good at heart, but a realist in every way. Paranoia and schizophrenia begin to set in nearing the end of the story, along with a multitude of physical problems.

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The Shift

Submitted: August 17, 2011

The story of the present day Earth falling to turmoil and destruction after a drilling excursion goes horribly wrong. While using a flame drill, one of the tectonic plates is cracked, causing a massive fissure deep within it. This causes the crust of the Earth to shift, instantly toppling anything and everything on the surface rooted within it.
The story starts with an unknown, confused man with no memories. It’s an estimated 13 months after the Shift, and the world is very different now. Lack of food, water, animals to hunt, and safe places to live are just the start of the problems. The planet’s weather is drastically effected, and the inhabitants aren’t friendly. It’s kill or be killed in many parts of the world, and survival is the only thing we as humans have in common. The main character quickly learns this and has to adapt, becoming a new person. Someone with no past, and nothing to live for but the hopes of civilization. Little does he realize that everywhere has been effected, and he’ll have to fight his way tooth and nail to overcome what humanity has be reduced to. Animals. Will he become one himself? Doomed to a life of misfortune, our main character, “Kenny Rogers” must overcome fear, desperation, solitude, and even insanity to prove to himself that the world is not lost.

Setting: Earth, present day. Eastern USA.
Style: Dystopian, dramatic, comedy.
Main Character: “Kenny Rogers” - Former M.D. and Professor. In his late 30’s, and about six feet tall. Well spoken, thin man. White, but presumably not American. Not a physically strong man, but resilient and determined. Good at heart, but a realist in every way. Paranoia and schizophrenia begin to set in nearing the end of the story, along with a multitude of physical problems. Read Chapter


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