Anybody read "On the Beach"? I thought the novel was absolutely horrible. Its not that the writing is bad, its that the writer had tunnel vision. Immediately after reading it I drafted an outline for "Off the Beach" with the premise that while the idiots committing suicide in "on the Beach" wasted their time, my hero was stocking and equipping a recently abandoned Australian mine shaft with all the air filtration equipment needed to maintain livestock and a human colony underground until the radiation subsided. There was no issue with cost since all materials were free for the taking because everyone else planned to die. Just pull up to a warehouse and load your truck. Convince a dozen people to fight for their lives by contributing to the labor and you just saved the human race. A year later they emerge to find a few other similar colonies in Switzerland etc. What utter stupidity to wait for death and make no effort to save yourself!