DAY 29

It all keeps coming back to books.  Ever since people developed written language, they have been writing things down.  All the knowledge humans possess is written down somewhere.  Computers made accessing that knowledge a bit easier, but as I have learned the hard way, computers are pretty useless without electricity.  Getting information out of books doesn’t require power, even at night.  The hard part now is getting to the information.  I know that before the pandemic, there were a lot of people who were preparing for something like this, stockpiling food and weapons and building special shelters.  I wonder if any of them were stockpiling books?  My guess is that most of these survivalists overlooked that.

I went back to the mall.  The man was still lying dead on the staircase.  Back in the bookstore, I got a book on raising pigeons, one on basic carpentry, one on edible and medicinal plants, one on chemistry, one on auto repair, and just as I was deciding to wrap things up, I spotted a book on ham radios.  I wanted a way to try to communicate with other people, but I completely forgot about radios; not the kind that just play music, but the ones people talk to each other on.  I have no doubt that most children have never even heard of ham radios, and I’m not sure where the hell I’m going to find one, but the book I found also covers building your own.

The rest of my day was spent finding vehicles near my building with keys in them that I could use to block the windows in front of my building.  It was a tedious, and sometimes scary process trying to find the cars, then lure zombies away, then get the cars in place, and then do it all again, but I did get it done.  I still want to stack the cars up, so my priority tomorrow is going to be finding a way to do that.  My evening is going to be spent reading.  I hope those assholes are having as much difficulty with all of this as I am.




(To see how the pandemic began, and to meet more survivors, check out my novel, The Immortal And The Dead on The Immortal And The Dead)



About scottamehlman

Scott A. Mehlman was born and (mostly) raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Having earned both a BS and an MBA, Scott has tried his hand at a variety of jobs without finding one that truly satisfied or engaged his creative impulses the way writing does. He has published his first novel, The Immortal and The Dead, which is the first book in The Immortal Virus trilogy and continues to work on the JAEGER e-book series.

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