Fiction books are definitely the more entertaining style of literature, but how educative are they to us? In the survival-fiction genre(a more recently coined term, not used before the turn of the century), we can enjoy a good plot, strong characters and the authors idea of a post-collapse world. While, if one is looking for it and the author is skilled, we can learn from it as well. Take the Hatchet series by Gary Paulsen. We learn that choke cherries are poisonous, planes have survival kits, etc. And of course the more in-depth reader can see the morale of the story, which can sometimes prove useful to enhancing our survival knowledge. (In the case of Hatchet we learn that even when you do everything right, things can still go wrong. Lets look at Jean Craighead George's My side of the Mountain series. The protagonist, Sam, at some point makes an entire suit of tanned deer hide.(We can't verify the effectiveness of Sam's methods, but that's beside the point). He then goes into the nearby town, where he is given weird looks because of his attire. If we were to hyperbolize this into a post-collapse scenario, a deer skin suit would likely render the "gray man concept" irrelevant in most settings. So, knowledge can be gained from Fiction books, if you look at it as a learning implement, and if you are willing to think about what you read. Let us know what you think in the comments, and tell us what you've learnt from any piece of literature and how it can help us in survival or post collapse scenarios. We'll see you in the field!