A little about Best Selling Author Nicholas Sansbury Smith


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Nicholas Sansbury Smith has got to be the busiest author I’m aware of at the moment. He is a USA Today bestselling author and has several popular book series under his belt. He wrote a six-book apocalyptic series called “Extinction” in less than 4 years.  The premise of the series was that mankind tried to protect itself but ended up destroying itself. Literally. Most of the humans on Earth died from a virus made by the U.S. government. It was two viruses that were blended into one. The results were horrific. If it didn’t kill you, it would change your DNA into something completely inhuman. Only a small percent of humans remained unaffected by the virus itself. The mutated humans used the remaining humans for food.

The first book of the series, “Extinction: Horizon” was released in December 2014. The last book, “Extinction: Aftermath,” was just released this year.

Each book in the Extinction series is rich with well-developed and likable characters that you find yourself rooting for throughout every book. It’s the main reason it was such a success. Smith knows that without well-developed characters, you can’t write a good story.

It was such a beloved series that now the Kindle World program and Smith have teamed up with other writers to continue the series. These new and talented writers fill in back stories for characters that we haven’t learned a lot about or create new ones who live in the same universe.

“Hell Divers,” another sci-fi post-apocalyptic novel, was released in March 2015. It is expected to be a trilogy.  This one takes place two centuries after World War 3 had destroyed planet Earth. The only survivors are on airships that are breaking down.  The only thing keeping them afloat are the team of Hell Divers who plummet to the planet and search for ship parts. They also hope to find an inhabitable environment.

His latest work titled “Trackers” will be released shortly. I’m personally very excited about this series because it involves an attack with the use of an EMP. An EMP is an electromagnetic pulse that can fry anything electronic. No cell phones, cars, electricity, and anything else that relies on electronics is destroyed. Thus, our country’s entire infrastructure is destroyed.

I first read about  EMPs in the book “One Second After.” It was written by William R. Forstchen and the forward was written by Newt Gingrich. I believe this book kickstarted the public’s fascination with EMPs. I highly recommend this one because it scared me in ways that I couldn’t even imagine were possible. It takes place in a midsized town in a southern state. In one moment of time, everything stops. Cars, phones, lights and all electronics are rendered useless. We read as this town tries to keep order, avoid disease, and keep outsiders from invading to take what they have created.

So why am I telling you all about Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s books in the first place? They are well written, character driven, frightening, page turning and cover my favorite genre – apocalyptic fiction. I read a lot of books in this genre and his are some of the best that I’ve read. And I also highly recommend “One Second After” if you are interested in EMP storylines.

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Also, click Once Second After for more on this book.


“Welcome to Wiloughby” – A Twilight Zone Episode that is Still Relevant and Why I Hate Cell Phones


I never really appreciated this episode of the original Twilight Zone. It’s about a man who is tired by the pace of modern life (in the late 1950s). His boss is a jerk, he’s overworked and his wife is a rather cold, uncaring wife who cares more about money than her husband. He repeatedly dreams of a town called Willoughby, where he learns that you can move at a “peaceful, restful pace, where a man can slow down to a walk and live a life full measure.”

After a breakdown at work and when his wife leaves him, he finds himself on a train and eventually arrives at a town named Wiloughby, which is exactly like the one he dreamed about. It’s a 19th-century town where time was slower, people were nicer, women wore corsets (not feeling that part) and he feels at peace here. SPOILER: It turns out he died in his sleep and Willoughby is the name of his funeral home.

I have friends who outright refuse to talk on the phone. Only through text or facebook. A family member (gen x) doesn’t call me. He only emails or uses facebook. I have to be set on fire for another family member (gen x) to call and one of my friends returns most voice messages with a text.

Why won’t anyone talk to me? I know it’s not me. I’m super fun to talk to. It’s this new technology that has people completely disconnected. I’m writing right now to people I’ll never meet in real life. Why does the price of technology that saves lives and creates jobs come at the cost of social isolation, emojis and social media interaction only? No wonder we are depressed, socially stunted and lonely.

I almost ran over a man last week because he was looking at his phone and not at oncoming cars. I’m disgusted by all of it.

I’m also reminded of a quote by Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of television, who said that he thought his invention would “wipe out misunderstanding.”

I wouldn’t mind living in a place like Willoughby sans the corsets and the dying part. Where cell phones didn’t exist. Where I can sit at a restaurant and look at someone and have a conversation without them checking their phones every 25 seconds.

I’m not an old lady saying this. I’m 33, a millennial, and even my mother, a babyboomer, is addicted to her phone. She’s so addicted that you have to yell at her to get her attention off of it. And no, it’s not a hearing problem.

Am I the only one seeing this? Am I the only millennial who literally hates the cell phone?