If you are interested in looking at other examples of this type of story you should read Nevil Shute's On the Beach which was turned into a film in1959 starring Gregory Peck and Ava Garnder.
The computer game series Fallout, of which Fallout New Vegas is the most recent installment, is another example of post apocalyptic fiction. If you feel this image is in violation of our Terms of Service, please use the following form to have it manually reviewed by a staff member. I’m working on a paper for an Apocalypse conference in Romania the details are fuzzy, but I wanted to make some notes to come back to later.
Of course we could go back earlier, when theorists were actually still talking about real, political revolution.
Things seem to come together in Slavoj Zizek, who’s writings on revolution (even the justification of violent terrorism) are well thought out and linked to the thinkers who came before him.
What they all have in common is a totalitarian government who controls humanity, often through lies about the past and ritualistic sacrifices (Agamben’s Homer Sacer). Surprisingly, these 15-16 year old heroines (they are mostly girls in YA dystopias) will soon start killing people. Of course, we can’t really imagine any setting that lionizes contemporary heroic rebels (like Anonymous, or Occupy Wall Street) because we are still in the system, we are still controlled by the power structure. But what all these really reminds me of, as a would-be Milton Scholar, is Satan’s struggle in Paradise Lost. In exactly the same terms and conditions, with much of the same language, Satan seeks a space outside of God’s totalitarian order where he can think and speak freely, make his own choices, and be free. The truth is that widespread belief in a westernized, infallibly benevolent God demands from us a place to put evil and sin. Allowing ourselves to see in Milton’s Satan the exact same revolutionary tendencies that are now accepted and glorified through the popularity of YA post-apocalyptic novels would be to remove that stone, and it is weighted in place by centuries upon centuries of tradition and hundreds of millions of believers. If you're interested in Christian history and whether or not Jesus really existed, don't pass up my book, Jesus Potter Harry Christ.
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Besides supporting notable literary and publishing efforts, we also regularly produce in-depth, well researched articles on religious history, spirituality and sociology, as well as lighter (or darker) rants and tirades. About me"I now know thee, thou clear spirit, and I now know that thy right worship is defiance. Here’s a chart of the top Post-apocalyptic science fiction books, and when they were published.
In the 1950s, people worried about communism and nuclear war, and science fiction reflected those concerns. Around 1980, it was plague and danger from space, and science fiction reflected those concerns. In a ruined and toxic future, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep.
A high-altitude nuclear bomb detonates above the US, and the resulting electromagnetic pulse (EMP) fries the entire power grid and nearly every electronic device. A nameless son and father wander a landscape blasted by an unspecified cataclysm that has destroyed most of civilization and, in the intervening years, almost all life on Earth. An indie (read: self-published) list entry, The Atlantis Plague is actually book two of a series, but its popularity and reviews are strong enough to warrant inclusion. Some reviewers have complained about Howey’s over-complicated plots, stereotypical femme fatales, and long-suffering housewives. Instead of fencing off his world and characters, Hugh Howey has actively encouraged fans to write and publish their own fan fiction.
When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. John Lennon was given a copy of Alas, Babylon in 1965 and spent all night reading the book, fueling his anti-war fervor and causing him to envision the people of the world attempting to crawl their way back from the horrors of a nuclear catastrophe.
It does, however, feature the effects of genetic engineering, climate change run wild, and primitive semi-humans. Without warning, giant silver ships from deep space appear in the skies above every major city on Earth.
Unrelated to the Silo series, Sand left some reviewers felt the ending was a little rushed.


Earth Abides tells the story of the fall of civilization from deadly disease and its rebirth. Stephen King has stated that Earth Abides was an inspiration for his post-apocalyptic novel, The Stand (which almost made it on this list, but just wasn’t science-fictiony enough). Unfortunately, the book dates itself with references to hippies, Black Panthers, and Women’s Libbers, and by not liking any of those groups of people. This is Miller’s first and only novel, but he didn’t hold back: it spans thousands of years, chronicling the rebuilding of civilization after an apocalyptic event.
Despite early reviewers that called Miller a “dull, ashy writer guilty of heavy-weight irony,” it’s never been out of print in over 50 years. Like all the best post-apocalypse stories, the famous and well-respected On the Beach examines ordinary people facing nightmare scenarios. In this case, a mixed group of people in Melbourne await the arrival of deadly radiation spreading towards them from the northern hemisphere following a nuclear war. Sequel to fellow list-member Oryx and Crake, in The Year of the Flood, the long-feared waterless flood has occurred, altering Earth as we know it and obliterating most human life. Reviewers have noted that while the plot was sometimes chaotic, the novel’s imperfections meshed well with the flawed reality the book was trying to reflect. The Day Of The Triffids is a classic, one of the cornerstones of the post-apocalyptic genre. Narrated by a ghost that watches over the million-year evolution of the last group of humans on the planet, Galapagos questions the merit of the human brain from an evolutionary perspective.
Emergence is one of the overlooked gems of science fiction with a small but passionate following whose glowing reviews nudged this relatively unknown book onto this list.
It follows a remarkable 11-year-old orphan girl, living in a post-apocalyptic United States. Author Hoban was known more for his children’s books when he published Riddley Walker. I loved World War Z by Max Brooks (son of comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks), but there wasn’t enough science in the fiction to warrant inclusion.
Yes, the movie was HORRIBLE; literally establishing the standard against which all awfulness will ever be measured again. The story is so good that, the first time I read it, I actually was sad that I had read it because I could never read it for the first time again. I agree whole heartedly, would also recommend David Robbins End World series, although I’ve only read a limited amount of the series because its not a very well known series.
Firelance by David Mace, I shall await your reading of such, and watch for a review…. Someone realy should have the Deathlands series on this list author James Axler, we love these books. I’ve included a few of these in my own round-up, and it’d be great if you could check it out and let me know what you think! Unlike Z for Zachariah (which examines the experiences of two survivors), Shute's novel describes the experiences of the inhabitants of southern Australia as radioactive fallout drifts toward them from the Northern Hemisphere.
Though the apocalypse in this film was a virus (rather than a nuclear war), the focus is upon the effects of isolation and the need to survive (just as it is in O'brien's novel). Australia Canada New Zealand EnglandApocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic FictionforumGet the forum going!
Unlike classic dystopian fiction like 1984 or even the more modern Never Let Me Go show a reality that can’t be escaped from. Hunger Games (Suzzane Colins), Divergent (Veronica Roth), Legend (Marie Su), Matched (Ally Condie) and Pure (Julianna Baggot).
In the beginning, they may only dream about finding a new space, a space beyond the walls, outside of the dome, away from the reaches of the power structure.
Sometimes their curiosity gets them into trouble with authorities whose unjust violence and power over their bodies can only be resisted. They may feel terrible about it, especially if they’ve had to shoot a friend or family member, or they may adapt to killing easily. He justifies his actions through appeal to God’s manipulations, lies, control and injuries. In seeking to go beyond the social order, Satan was acting precisely as God expected him to.


It can’t come from God, so there must be something else, somewhere else, where we can hide away the blame and the guilt and the shame. He is the necessary sacrifice, the dissident unjustly incarcerated, upon which the lie of Christianity can rest – he is the founding stone of the temple.
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Not even during the Cold War were science fiction books about the apocalypse and life afterward so popular.
War, viruses, natural global disasters, genetically modified humans, computers run amok, you name it. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. However, given his massive popularity, those issues (if they even exist) haven’t bothered too many people. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness. No nuclear war, no bizarro plague, no surly computers, and no genetic experiment gone haywire.
It traces the fate of the world after a comet shower blinds most of the world’s population.
Set in a remote future in a post-nuclear holocaust England (Inland), Hoban has imagined a humanity regressed to an iron-age, semi-literate state—and invented a language to represent it.
This is a science fiction story and, more accurately, belongs to a sub-genre known as Post Apocalyptic Fiction. The film is based on a 1959 novel by Robert Matheson and, as you can see from the Wiki page, there are several other film versions.
Resistance is really futile, if not only because systems of bio-power have nullified any possibility of Real Freedom. Often family members will be held as hostages, and as often die at the hands of the totalitarian state, proving it corrupt.
He feels, instinctively, that freedom is a natural right, that must be fought for if necessary.
Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.
The few with sight must struggle to reconstruct society while fighting mobile, flesh-eating plants called triffids.
Riddley is at once the Huck Finn and the Stephen Dedalus of his culture—rebel, change agent, and artist. That score probably doesn’t hold up to much statistical scrutiny, but it worked as a good starting place. A good starting point for finding out more about this type of fiction is the Wikipedia entry. They will gain followers and eventually triumph: a complete destruction of the social order. Les Miserables the dramatization of a failed revolution that is still heroic and glorified. This is our life, diving for remnants of the old world so that we may build what the wind destroys.
I’ve recommended it many times, often loaning out my ragged personal copy, and the reviews have been utterly singular in their ringing praise.
For a much more detailed analysis, check out Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction by Professor Paul Brians. Dozens and dozens of other examples to prove that our most cherished heroes are rebels who resist, refuse and bear arms against the police and the government.



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