Category Archives: Science Fiction as Allegory

Chernobyl

BBC photos of Chernobyl wilderness:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/14325323

In the early hours of 26 April 1986, one of four nuclear reactors at the Chernobyl power station exploded.

The disaster released at least 100 times more radiation than the atom bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

Despite the lasting contamination of the area, scientists have been surprised by the dramatic revival of its wildlife.

Wild horse, boar and wolf populations are thriving, while lynx have returned to the area and birds have nested in the reactor building without any obvious ill-effects.

BBC Guide to the Chernobyl Disaster:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/guides/456900/456957/html/nn1page1.stm

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Life After People

In ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’ we see Earth apparently devoid of human life.

Here are a couple of videos that explore the idea of what the planet would be like if the human race disappeared.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8CsBMCfu0s

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XDbcMND7fY

 

The closest place on earth that this has happenes to is Chernobyl:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A62au7Avq1E