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Started re-reading Alas Babylon last night. It's been several years. I am struck by the similarities between our recent news from the middle East and that described in the first few chapters of the book. I'd say it is worth a reading if you haven't and a re-read if you have.
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Dang I haven't read that since the late 1960s.
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I had never even heard of that book.
When I get off GBO I'll go look at amazon kindle.

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I had never even heard of that book.
When I get off GBO I'll go look at amazon kindle.
It was published around 1959, or 1960, written by a Pat Frank I think I remember that. It's a post apocalyptic novel. But I don't remember much about it.
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Although I have a copy, I first checked it out first from the library.
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I read it some time ago..an interesting read. It is a bit different, in that the survivalist novel takes place in Florida.

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I read it some time ago..an interesting read. It is a bit different, in that the survivalist novel takes place in Florida.
It's kinda like On the Beach. But that took place in Australia. The survivors were on a submarine.

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Each time I re-read it, I see something new. For instance, I hadn't taken note of the running of piping to supply water to the hero's home. This time it reminded me that since we only live a hundred yards from a wild & scenic river with a fair gradient, it would be possible to have running water if we have enough pipe to run up the river a bit to pick it up. Eliminating the need to carry it in buckets. Just a little fore thought in having enough pipe on hand.

It was well researched and thought out. It's not a hand book, but has some good ideas to consider and, perhaps, adapt to ones own situation.

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Odd that Alas Babylon and On the Beach both came out around the same time. Amid the fears of a nuclear holocaust during the Cold War days. The differance was at the end of On the Beach, no one on this planet survived the radiation and the fallout. Not even the submarine.
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[QUOTE=gene_225;2055877410]Each time I re-read it, I see something new. For instance, I hadn't taken note of the running of piping to supply water to the hero's home. This time it reminded me that since we only live a hundred yards from a wild & scenic river with a fair gradient, it would be possible to have running water if we have enough pipe to run up the river a bit to pick it up. Eliminating the need to carry it in buckets. Just a little fore thought in having enough pipe on hand.

It was well researched and thought out. It's not a hand book, but has some good ideas to consider and, perhaps, adapt to ones own situation.[/QUOTES


Gene, i take it you would hqve the lead in to the pipe somewhat upstream of the teminal end to create somewhat of a siphon effect, plus the current. I saw plans once for a gravity powered gold suction dredge that worked on that sort of principle. It was for a four inch dredge, you started with 50 feet of 6 inch pipe or hose, then reduced to the 4 inch for.another 50 feet. At that point it ran into a venturi to create the suction on the dredge nozzle, which then ran into a hewder box and out through the sluice
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