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A Little Something From Reddit

I have to confess, I’m not really plugged into Reddit at all, but I came across this gem of a thread:

http://www.reddit.com/r/writing/comments/m2ejo/broke_1000_in_one_day_for_the_first_time/

My, my, my this one has people either dancing or moaning in the aisles.  People such as yours truly cuts the rug, whereas those who are mired in the old traditional write-agent-publisher mindset are off to one side muttering tut-tut. I don’t know who this writer is, and I don’t even know for a fact he/she is telling the truth, but my gut read is that the kimono has been thrown open on this one. Check it out and decide for yourselves.

Ah, The Rising Horde…I’m at a tipping point. While McDaniels, Gartrell, and a bunch of Rangers, SEALs, Special Forces, and even Air Force guys backed up by an armored cav regiment secure SPARTA, I have the dead moving on the last holdout in Southeast Asia, that lovely gem of the orient called Singapore. I haven’t decided if the Lion City is going down for the count, or if they’ll be able to hold off the legions of the dead coming over from Malaysia. What do you guys think? Let the city-state take a powder, or have mercy on all the sarong party girls?

Here’s what the Singapore Armed Forces have at their disposal to ward off the stenches: the SAR-21.

  1. zombiemutts
    November 9, 2011 at 10:02 am

    “haven’t decided if the Lion City is going down for the count, or if they’ll be able to hold off the legions of the dead coming over from Malaysia”

    Let it fall IMO. No offense Lion City but one aspect of the apocalypse is that the entire world changes and is reborn in a million other little areas as pockets of survivors rebuild. Large cities, IMO, will be useless to hold and fight for as you’re basically battling for a populated land that produces a never ending stream of new enemies. Would you rather hold out in Houston or Bay City?

  2. November 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Yeah, but the Singaporeans have a couple of things going for them:

    Singapore (the island) is only about 25 miles across.

    The entire Singapore Armed Forces number over 350,000.

    Singaporeans, while diluted by ah beng and ah lian cultural drawbacks, still embrace kiasu! They’d descend on the zeds with clubs, axes, and frozen rice snacks.

    • Nathan
      November 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

      I would think that the high-density population mean that the virus would spread faster. Even through a disciplined society.

  3. Nathan
    November 9, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Let the world burn. The Lion City included!

  4. zombiemutts
    November 9, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Stephen Knight :Yeah, but the Singaporeans have a couple of things going for them:
    Singapore (the island) is only about 25 miles across.
    The entire Singapore Armed Forces number over 350,000.
    Singaporeans, while diluted by ah beng and ah lian cultural drawbacks, still embrace kiasu! They’d descend on the zeds with clubs, axes, and frozen rice snacks.

    Hmmm….but still…why waste resources? What is the benefit to trying to hold a large city just because it’s there? Pull out the military…pound the city with air strikes with no regard to civilian casualties then come back in with troops. That seems like a nightmare ground battle. Boots on the ground in any large city from terrorists to zombies seems like the worst case scenario.

    • November 9, 2011 at 11:35 am

      The prob is, where are 3.5 million people going to go? Malaysia’s been overrun, and Indo is in the same boat. Think about the displaced SPGs, man!

  5. zombiemutts
    November 9, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Tell you what tho….no matter what….a fascinating battles could be had on those amazing bridges they have..

    • November 9, 2011 at 11:48 am

      Oh yeah. As a matter of fact, when the Malaysian military went dark, the SAF blew up all the causeway bridges and isolated the country even further.

  6. zombiemutts
    November 9, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Stephen Knight :The prob is, where are 3.5 million people going to go? Malaysia’s been overrun, and Indo is in the same boat. Think about the displaced SPGs, man!

    I was speaking of a purely cold hearted military withdrawal and letting the civilians fend for themselves, That’s 3.5 million possible zeds that have to be taken down with a head shot. It would be like a video game where you kill one swarm but the waves never end. What is the possibility of even staying alive for a week in such a situation let alone trying to save anyone? Fascinating decision to be dealt with. I would think the Sing military would be as useful as US city police who would be overrun along with the rest of the first responders fairly fast. Sure some will survive but I couldn’t see their military structure surviving long.

    Will there be any US tomahawks sitting off shore for strikes? If not….seems like it should fall.

    • November 9, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      Well, they have compulsory national service, so they actually have the capability to surge lots of troops to wherever they need to go. And a first class transportation system. And Singaporeans are particularly aggressive when it comes to their neck of the woods, seeing as how they’re surrounded by potentially hostile folks–the Malays hate them, and the Indos aren’t that fond of them either, especially since they have a penchant for killing Chinese.

      US military is pretty much tied up elsewhere, so the SAF is on its own. I wonder if they have several million bullets for their assault rifles?

  7. zombiemutts
    November 9, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Good Lord I can’t wait to read this now…

    So hurry up eh?

    • November 9, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      Goes to the editor on December 5, so it’ll be out before Christmas!

      Though now I’m starting to think that a follow-on book in Singapore might be pretty cool, too…haven’t been there in a few years, so might as well take the big tax deduction and visit for a couple of weeks!

  8. zombiemutts
    November 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Stephen Knight :Well, they have compulsory national service, so they actually have the capability to surge lots of troops to wherever they need to go. And a first class transportation system. And Singaporeans are particularly aggressive when it comes to their neck of the woods, seeing as how they’re surrounded by potentially hostile folks–the Malays hate them, and the Indos aren’t that fond of them either, especially since they have a penchant for killing Chinese.
    US military is pretty much tied up elsewhere, so the SAF is on its own. I wonder if they have several million bullets for their assault rifles?

    Ah I see…I had no idea about that. Makes much more sense.

    hmmmmm…what an interesting scenario this is.

    Still tho…so compact…a ragtag military that is trained for body shots and rusty…maybe they could indeed get a stalemate and this would be nobody won issue where it would be a forever “civil war” type deal where the city could survive block by block with uncontrolled areas in between but the city is generally ruined. The building in book one would be a microcosm of what Singapore would end up like I think. Ruined but still useful in certain areas that could potentially fall at any moment without constant vigilance.

    Fascinating to think about.

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