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Questions 550: The Tech Before The Fall

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Ed asks: Would the level of technology before an apocalypse affect the aftermath? In what ways?

Resources Mentioned
Mad Max (film)
The Science of Gassification lecture, Jim Mason of All Power Labs
Jericho: TV series and comic books
Jeremiah TV series and comics

Question 545: Writing For Children

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Robert asks: “Are there hard rules for different age ranges of children’s books? Can they be broken?”

Resources Mentioned:
The Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope (this was called “The Boxcar Children” in the episode, but that was an error)
Charlotte’s Web by EB White
Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon
Tom Swift by Victor Appleton II
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by EL Koenigsberg
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
1984 by George Orwell
Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol
Goosebumps by RL Stein
On Faerie Stories by J.R.R. Tolkien (essay  in the collection Tree and Leaf)

Questions 544: Genre and Pacing

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Robert asks: “How would you go about subverting the expected pacing of a genre and still make it work?”

Resources Mentioned:
One Shot by Lee Child
Trevayne: A Novel by Robert Ludlum
The Hunt For Red October by Tom Clancy
Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy
Coma by Robin Cook
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
24 Hours by Greg Iles
Code to Zero by Ken Follett
Breaking Bad
Leonard Bernstein: Grammar of Classical Music