Things can always be worse and you can rely on novelists to put that phrase into cold, hard words on the page.
The enduring Cold War tensions ensured these novels kept on coming but the last 10 years has also seen notable novels like The Road by Cormac McCarthy, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and the popular City of Ember young adult series by Jeanne DuPrau. The concept of the apocalypse and what comes after is not limited to make-believe and pretend, either - several non-fiction books predicted a global catastrophe in December 2012 when the Mayan calendar came to an end.
More apocalyptic than post-apocalyptic, this catastrophe novel is so significant because it was written in a world lacking nuclear power, atomic bombs and other man-made methods of mass destruction. Famous for his nature writing, Jefferies penned this early science fiction novel where an unknown disaster has decimated England’s population and nature reclaims the land amid the chaos and conflict. Originally titled Star Man’s Son, this science fiction classic is set 200 years after a nuclear war in a radioactive world with a handful of humans. This novel crosses into several genres (including zombies and vampires) but its protagonist, Robert Neville, appears to be the sole survivor of a viral pandemic that turns humans into vampires. Fifty years old and still going strong, Alas Babylon is a post-nuclear war novel about the struggle for survival in a small Florida town called Fort Repose. The Devil’s Children is the third book in a trilogy where a strange noise causes humanity to hate and destroy machinery and technology with society reverting to pre-industrial times. In a post-apocalyptic world, a drifter called Gordon Krantz discovers and starts wearing a US Postal worker uniform. The vessel is USS Nathan James, a warship on patrol in the Barents Sea, and the catastrophe is a full-scale worldwide nuclear war. This novel is worthy of consideration even though it doesn’t detail a global disaster. This lengthy novel concerns a huge earthquake that hits America causing widespread destruction and misery. Ember is the only city in a world of complete darkness and Ember’s power supplies are running low. Bizarrely, an Oprah Book Club pick in 2007, this novel describes the journey of a father and son after some unknown disaster has destroyed the majority of life on this planet. Set in the years following a terrible global flu outbreak, this novel centers around the survival homestead of two men, and a dog named Jasper.
An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. Eighteen-year-old Darcy lives on the island of America Pacifica—one of the last places on earth that is still habitable, after North America has succumbed to a second ice age. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem.
As per usual, those outside of comic book fan circles may be confused by what they saw after sitting through all those end credits, but we’re here to help explain. The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki showed humanity had the tools for global self-destruction.


Even Oprah Winfrey turned her legion of followers on to post-apocalyptic fiction when she named The Road as a book club pick in 2007.
Readers could encounter a plague, global nuclear war, biological weaponry, a comet collision, or a blinding meteor shower followed by flesh-eating plants. Firstly, lights from a meteor shower blind anyone who watches it (and that’s most people) and the visionless society completely breaks down.
Holed up in his Los Angeles hideout, Neville fights for his survival at night while trying to find a cure during the day. The fallout is advancing toward Australia but a Morse code signal emerges from the United States. The monks in a Catholic monastery in an American desert are attempting to preserve books that could save humanity. The Weathermonger (1968) and Heartsease (1969) complete the trilogy, which was written in reverse chronological order. Unlike Cliff Clavin from Cheers, Krantz becomes a symbol of hope for those surviving in the ruined world. Left without a home, the ship and its crew explore the world’s devastation and encounter a nuclear winter, but they also struggle with internal strife as the pressure builds upon the sailors.
A nuclear holocaust destroys life and two female survivors in Oregon struggle on amid the nuclear winter and plagues. Saramago’s acclaimed story deals with an epidemic of blindness, like Day of the Triffids, in a single unknown city and how everything swiftly falls to pieces.
The two men, Hig and Bangley, are an unlikely pair, certain to never mix in the world before the pandemic.
But it turns out to be at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Written in vignettes as a journalistic study of the aftermath of The Great Panic (and zombie war), the book explores every aspect of survival from military tactics via land, air and sea, to personal, intimate stories of escape, to stories of humanity both triumphing and crumbling, to unusual tactics such as using the seasons against the undead.
But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl—and risks everything to save her. Education, food, and basic means of survival are the province of a chosen few, while the majority of the island residents must struggle to stay alive. Just as The Wolverine helped set the stage for what to expect in Days of Future Past with a buzz-worthy button clip, a post-credits tease in DoFP prepares the way for the next film, X-Men Apocalypse.Our discussion is going to be full of SPOILERS from here on out – not just for Days of Future Past, but every X-Men movie that has come so far – along with select X-Men comic book story lines.
The 1950s was a decade where the end of world could be found on the end of our bookshelves. Isherwood Williams, an ecologist, is one of the survivors and the novel examines how several generations adapt. This is an upbeat novel with hope for the future even though Norton is spot on in terms of understanding the horror of radiation.
Written before radiation sickness was properly understood, the book does show a functioning government attempting to help survivors.
Miller was part of a bomber crew that helped destroy the Monte Cassino monastery in Italy during World War II and that experienced served as an inspiration. Small enclaves of survivors are established – some seeking to hold civilized society together and others completely abandoning it for mayhem.


The survivors make a number of cross-country journeys, and camps of good and evil are established. The plot does not paint a heroic picture of the survivors and even blames them for preventing recovery from the disaster. Turned into a movie in 2008, Blindness helped earn Saramago the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998. The inspiration for the book was the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes that rocked Louisiana with a so-called Mega Quake.
They may not see eye to eye or even like each other much, but they've come to an understanding designed to keep them both alive at all costs. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the elusive Oryx whom they both loved. A revolution is unfolding, and everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans—everyone except Katniss. The characters exhibit acceptance of their fate – suicide is preferred to the desperate bid for survival seen in most post-apocalyptic fiction.
The book is divided into three parts – the virus which is called Captain Trips, the journeys and the final confrontation.
Civilization came to an abrupt halt 200 years earlier thanks to something called the Blast.
The City of Ember, which became a movie in 2008, was followed by three more novels in this popular young adult series. Even though most of our discussion will be speculation, a lot of it could be considered FUTURE SPOILERS for X-Men: Apocalypse. The camera aims down, where thousands of Egyptian men and women bow in reference, chanting “En Sabah Nur,” as the cloaked boy waves his arms and begins assembling the Great Pyramids by moving massive stone chunks into place through telekinesis. The camera then pans to his face – grey skin, blue lips, with red eyes – before circling around to four mysterious figures on horseback perched on a cliffside to the boy’s left.–Who is En Sabah Nur?While this young and slender version of super villain Apocalypse, aka En Sabah Nur (a name which means “The First One”), might not be immediately recognizable to comic book readers that are only familiar with his augmented and armored form, the character’s backstory actually begins in ancient Egypt.
As the first mutant, Nur was born and subsequently orphaned in Akkaba, an ancient settlement on the outskirts of the Egyptian Empire. After facing rejection by society and the destruction of his people at the hands of Pharaoh Rama-Tut (who was actually the 30th century time-traveler Kang the Conqueror), along with his warlord Ozymandias, Apocalypse used his powers to overthrow the Pharaoh, enslave Ozymandias, and take control of Egypt – where the people worshiped him as a God.Through the ages, Apocalypse acquired alien tech (from a group of cosmic beings known as the Celestials) that enhanced his appearance and existing powers – providing him with a host of additional  (and menacing) abilities. Beyond standard super villain characteristics like increased intelligence and strength, Apocalypse can control his body at the molecular level, allowing him to form weapons from his own limbs, suspend aging, as well as heal fatal wounds – while also controlling objects in the outside world through telekinesis, and networking with technology.
He also is a master of genetic enhancement, able to radically alter mutant and human physiology.Who are the Four Horsemen?Apocalypse’s  ability to modify mutant and human genetics is especially important and instrumental in the presence of the Four Horsemen – a super villain team enslaved to the will of Apocalypse.
While the identities of the four characters cannot be determined based solely on the clip, various well-known and obscure mutants have been indoctrinated (and augmented) by Apocalypse over the years to fill the roles of Death, Famine, Pestilence, and War. The presence of the Four Horsemen as well as the use of telekinesis would suggest that Apocalypse could be using some alien technology at this point – though he has yet to fully augment his own physique.



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