January 31, 2013
ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Where Are The Bicycles In Post-Apocalyptic Fiction?
I think it depends on what you read. They’re very present in William Forstchen’s One Second After. Also in Steve Stirling’s Change novels — though the heroes in those always ride horses because, let’s face it, horses are cooler. Good science fiction writers tend to work out the economics in their worlds pretty carefully. Bad writers just assemble a melange of cliches.
If I were prepping for a truly post-apocalyptic world, I’d certainly lay in some bikes. And a whole lot of tires and puncture-repair kits. Hey, they’re cheap.
Of course, for the immediate post-apocalypse world, you’ll probably want to have emergency underwear dispensers scattered about.