Episode 2 of the podcast, and I’m sharing the story that made my fianceé punch me: The Good People.
Inspired loosely by the ambience of The Road, the episode tells the story of Arch, one of the residents of a ramshackle settlement called, you guessed it, Desolation.
One of the biggest variables in the post apocalyptic genre is the length of time elapsed since the world-ending cataclysm, ranging from a matter of minutes (something like The Death of Grass explores this well), to thousands of years (A Canticle for Leibowitz springs to mind). The Good People is set somewhere between the two: long enough for lone survivors to band together and form communities, but not long enough for those communities to really thrive.
The people of Desolation find themselves beset by disaster on a near daily basis, whether it’s a band of roving wolves, wildfires, or the collapse of one of the town’s lean-to’s. With that in mind, it’s unsurprising that the people of Desolation latch on to any diversion that comes their way: including the food and companionship offered by The Good People.
But in tough times, true philanthropy is hard to find – and as Arch discovers, if something seems to good to be true, it probably is.