In Slate Christopher Hitchens (another incredibly prolific writer who I envy) reports that Sarah Palin attended a church where the preacher:
says that Alaska will be “one of the refuge states in the Last Days.”
Funny thing about that…
Over twenty years ago, while I was in high school, I thought I was going to be a writer (or a stand-up comedian – I am grateful YouTube did not exist then to record my “musings”). My primary themes and subjects revolved around baseball and science fiction.
I began a novel about a Senator from Alaska, who, being part Eskimo knew the tundra like Bedouins knew the desert. This Senator had determined that a global ice age was on its way. In those happy days we could still chose our apocalyptic scenario – ice age, global warming, nuclear, or alien invasion.
So my part-Eskimo Senator was going to pull Alaska out of the Union in order to use its oil wealth to develop a new society that could continue surviving the glaciers and thus save civilization. I envisioned it as a political thriller, with independent Alaska joining OPEC and forcing an oil boycott until the US set them free.
OK – so I was a really weird kid, and it is probably for the best that I did not end up trying to become a fiction writer. Still, somehow I was on to something.