The Doomsday Library - the Arctic World Archive
Reality really is stranger than fiction isn't it? I already knew about the Global Seed Vault which is the World’s largest collection of crop diversity that was built to be humanity's lifeline in case of major natural or man made disasters. It will most likely be due to the latter though, our hubris knows no limit. Babel anyone?
And yes, the reserves here could allegedly last for thousand l years... I think they may be suspending their disbelief a bit too much but let's hope we never have to find out.
The Arctic World Archive:
Sweet - by Comfreak - Pixabay.com, CCO
As trippy as it was when I first heard of it, the other day I found out that there a is similar concept out there, only this time it's all about literature.
Started in 2017 by a Norwegian company called Piql, the Arctic World Archive is a database designed to contain the World's most important literary documents, specially those that are historical and cultural in nature.
Just like the Global Seed Vault, the Arctic World Archive is designed to store our most precious sources of knowledge, inspiration and history in case we were to face a calamity of biblical proportions, or an existential crisis that would nearly wipe us all off the face of our planet.
Again, this vault is also in Norway as it's apparently one of the safest areas in the World. Vikings be so docile these days.
How they keep the stored the data itself secured is as follows;
Piql offers "a secure and future-proof way of preserving valuable digital data”—by transferring it to a specially-developed photosensitive, multi-layered analog film and storing it deep beneath the arctic permafrost, safe from both EMP and nuclear attacks."
Said Piql’s Katrine Loen Thomsen.
Although so far only Brazil and Mexico have been willing to hand over copies of their cultural and historical documents, Piql is open to any government, organization, company, or individual willing to participate. Yes, even individuals can submit their own documents or books.
Aside from the cultural and historical documents, of course there will be all those works that are considered classics. Even better, those classics will come in all genres, languages and from any region willing to share their history and most prized literary possessions.
Melancholic. - by Mysticsartdesign - Pixabay.com, CCO
It really is an interesting and ingenious venture, although sadly I hope we'll never have to find out how effective it would be.
But how about you? If you were to submit stories that you deem are worth surviving the next dark ages, which ones would you choose? Or would you rather submitting some of your own work?
Personally, I haven't read an actual full book in years so I'm drawing a blank right now. Still, I'd most likely submit this post just to show our survivors that I had foreshadowed it all.