Author Dustin Thomason just completed a kind of behind-the-scenes look at his new suspense/sci fi novel 12.21, discussing the book’s plot, his research process and what he plans to do when December 21 rolls around. I love these kinds of short videos because it gives you a sense of the person behind the book. (I know that people say “Never meet your heroes” but I’ve had very few run-ins with authors that were anything short of pleasant.)
Research continues on the Mayan calendar and its much-debated end, with archaeologists, New Agers, and religious thinkers of all stripes jockeying for position on the field of public discourse. There are some – okay, a lot of people – who say that nothing at all will happen when the date arrives (many scientists believe that even the calendar’s “end” is debatable), and even those who consider the date to be that of a world-changing event can’t seem to agree on what that might be: Some kind of planetary alignment? A natural disaster? Alien invasion? Who knows? Ultimately there’s no way to know until 12:01 AM December 21. (I personally think the smart money is on “not a darned thing” – check Wikipedia for a nifty list of prior historical predictions of the end of the world.)
No matter what your opinion on the “Mayan apocalypse” is, I think that you’ll enjoy 12.21. It’s a fast-paced thriller that incorporates ancient prophecy and modern science, and is a perfect read in these final months before December 21.