On ‘Billion Man Rapture’

This blog post is in relation to a novel I am working on called ‘Billion Man Rapture’. You can read the pilot chapter here.

So the inspiration for ‘Billion Man Rapture’ came while watching Skyfall. I was watching the Shanghai scenes, and due to a series of mental mixups and jailbreaks, the idea dawned on me. Remember the scene where James Bond was following the assassin? Well, somehowI got the impression that James Bond was in the same car as the assassin in the backseat, kinda like if the assassin was his taxi driver or something. Don’t laugh! I was tired! Anyway, after I realized how absurd my notion was, especially given that James Bond – a secret agent I assure you – is always ID’d by his targets as soon as he is seen, I started to think, ‘Would China even allow foreign taxi drivers?’ So I’m also noticing how, to me, unrealistically empty Shanghai seemed to be, and that thought ran head-on into my question about China and taxi drivers. ‘Maybe they have foreign taxi drivers because Shanghai doesn’t have any Chinese…wait…what?’ An idea was born.

The idea is of great interest to me because of something that would be hard for any human in the world to ignore: China has managed to become something like an MVP of countries. It reminds me of a meme I saw floating around on the Internet, ‘In the Beginning, God made the Heaven and the Earth. The rest was Made in China.’ So I started to imagine what would happen if China suddenly became a non-factor because all its inhabitants just disappeared into thin air. I wasn’t even concerned about the perpetrators behind the phenomenon. Many books could be written solely on the premise that the world suddenly lost its second (many predict it will be the largest in a few years) economy. What the hell would happen to humanity as we know it?

As I started to think of all the possible consequences, I realized just how deep this story could be, and admittedly I wanted to take an easy way out. I was thinking, what if I posted the scenario and got the opinions of different people. But no. I say I want to be a writer and I have a premise that  has so much material I could write about. Of course it’s a work of fiction (at one point I was actually considering writing a paper on the subject…still considering it) so I don’t want it to read like a thesis. I haven’t decided yet what format I will follow for working on the idea. I’ve thought of novellas, episodic content, a big novel. I decided to write a ‘pilot’ chapter to get some feedback; I am nowhere near pleased with what I’ve posted.

Some of the questions that could be asked are:

How do humans, both individually and as a whole, deal with the disappearance of 1 billion plus people? This would be a totally illogical event to us. Do we go batshit crazy?

How do we respond to the fact that there are millions of square kilometers of land left open for exploitation?

What happens to all the weaponry that was left there unguarded, just waiting to be carted away by anybody?

Who did it? Why? Does it even make sense to fight them? Now this question I may take quite a while to answer. There are quite a few angles to the story that could be told aren’t there?

Any help that can be given to me would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance guys!


8 comments on “On ‘Billion Man Rapture’

  1. L. Rowan McKnight says:

    Wow, that is a seriously fascinating concept. And seriously deep, you’re right. There are so many directions you could take this.

    • Thanks! Right at this very moment I’m trying to iron out some details to make the concept as interesting as possible! On one hand the whole idea feels like it should be related in documentary form and on the other hand it could be related in normal story form complete with dialogues and subplots. So…brain’s overheating trying to make the better choice. Lol. Thanks again.

      • L. Rowan McKnight says:

        Hmmm, documentary form has some serious possibilities. Sort of “World War Z”ish, only actually frightening.

        • Hmmm are you saying World War Z wasn’t really frightening? I haven’t watched it yet. But I was thinking of having a look at it to get some inspiration.

          • L. Rowan McKnight says:

            Haven’t watched the movie yet. Loved the book. However, the thought of more than a billion people just disappearing suddenly, inexplicably and overnight, a phenomena confined solely within the borders of one immense country, well, THAT is truly frightening, my new friend. How did it happen? Why? IS there a why? Who notices first, and how? What happens when one of the largest economies in the world, one so inter-tangled with everyone else, vanishes? And, as you mentioned, the weapons, all up for grabs by whoever can get there first. Oh, PLEASE write this book. I SO want to read it. Haven’t had a chance to read the first installment yet, but that will happen this weekend, and as an avid, lifetime reader, I’ll happily tell you what I think. Don’t ask for sugar coating, though 🙂 I’m an honest reader.

            • Lol. That’s good! Honesty is what I need! Well I’m rewriting the first chapter. A friend and I were having a few discussions at length about the concept and I realized how bad my first posted chapter was. I’m not taking it down, so it will be there if you still want to read it. And thanks for the encouragement. 🙂

              • L. Rowan McKnight says:

                My pleasure 😀

                • I’ve been working on this ONE chapter for the past few days now! A friend told me he hopes that what I’m working on is like a first draft. I have to laugh at that because the amount of effort I’m putting into it, it better be the real deal. I hope to finish and post it tomorrow, if not tonight.

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