When That Time Comes

A short novel by David F Pennant

A Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator in a sleepy road does virtually nothing - he puts round two or three news sheets a year and sends out the odd email - until one day the world's computer chips stop working, everything changes and he has to fight to keep the residents from death.

He reckons the malfunction was caused by a flare from the sun. Five days after I web-published, the opening discussion on Radio 4's Material World (27.8.09) was about the severe solar flare of 1859 and its damaging effect on power cables, melting a transformer, etc. and that we are overdue for another flare. You have been warned...! Horizon (BBC1) had a similar programme in March 2012, a time of unusually large solar flares. The sun has an eleven year cycle. How dependent will we be on computers by 2023?

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Pdf file 1-99 (order here). Read the opening pages here . . .

Thankyou, David Pennant