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Post-apocalyptic fiction: the definitive list.

October 16, 2009

It’s not like you had any other reading to do, right?

It’s a constant work in progress, but this is the most up-to-date version of my list of fiction about the end of the world. This post is going to get updated a lot – I’m going to try to link to the full text when I can, or links to their wiki.  On some links, I’ll have info or commentary in the rollover.  It’s currently clocking in at 423, mostly novels with some short stories and poems. I’ve read a very, very small fraction of these books, so I can’t attest to how apocalyptic they all are, so feel free to add, subtract, or change as you see fit.  UPDATE: Currently, every short story on the list which has the full text online somewhere is linked to, so you can start reading now!

Major update: BEFORE YOU GO ANY FURTHER, for the most up-to-date version of the list, go here.  I’ve made a wiki page so everyone can add to the list if they see something that’s missing.  With any luck, crowdsourcing it out will make this list the last word on post-apocalyptic and apocalyptic literature!  Everything below, including the docs file, will be slightly out-of-date – still over 400 works, but not everything.

This link should take you to the Google Docs file, which includes the publication years.  You can also download it there, if you’re so inclined.  If that doesn’t work, the list also follows below, complete with hyperlinks to the available texts.

UPDATE: Because people have been asking, I’m going to add an explanation of the guidelines I used when compiling this list.

Basically, for a book/poem/story to be included on the list, it had to be

  • published by a “real” publishing house, not a vanity press or self-published (nothing against these books – they just artificially inflated the volume of recent years)
  • not manga, comic, or graphic novel (partly because they are a recent development, and partly because the addition of images changes the game a bit – as in, explosions tend to make for a more dynamic look than a blank empty landscape)
  • be find-able on the internet (so I could independently confirm their existence/apocalyptic-ness)
  • have the literal apocalypse in its universe, not just be an expression of apocalyptic anxiety (because that’s pretty much every book ever made at some level)
  • by necessity, they also ended up being mostly books written in English or books so popular that they were translated.  I wish that wasn’t the case – one question I’m really interested in is how the American mind intersects with apocalypses, but I can’t do much comparing if I don’t even know if other countries have a post-apocalyptic canon (if anyone knows, btw, that’d be great).

Again, I’m not pushing those I cut out as somehow “not worthy” – it’s just information for a different chart!

Author Title
Adams, Douglas The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Adams, Robert The Coming of the Horseclans
Adrian, Jach & James Axlen Deathlands: Pilgramage to Hell
Aguilar, Grace “The Escape – A Tale of 1755”
Ahem, Jerry Survivalist: Total War
Aldiss, Brian Hothouse
Allen, Roger Macbride Supernova
al-Nafis, Ibn Theologus Autodidactus
Anderson, Kevin J. & Doug Beason Ill Wind
Anderson, Poul Vault of the Ages
Twilight World
The Winter of the World
Orion Shall Rise
Anthony, Piers Rings of Ice
Anvil, Christopher The Day the Machines Stopped
The Steel, the Mist and the Blazing Sun
Applegate, K.A. Remnants series
Armstrong, Jennifer & Nancy Butcher Fire-Us: The Kindling
Asher, Neal Cowl
Asimov, Isaac Pebble in the Sky
Asimov, Isaac & Robert Silverberg “Nightfall”
Atwood, Margaret The Handmaid’s Tale
Oryx and Crake
Auster, Paul In the Country of Last Things
Aylett, Steve “Gigantic”
Bacipalupi, Paolo “The People of Sand and Slag”
Bailey, Dale “The End of the World as We Know It”
Ball, Brain N. Night of the Robots
Ballard, J.G. The Wind from Nowhere
The Drowned World
The Drought (The Burning World)
The Crystal World
Bandy, Franklin Farewell Party
Barnes, John Mother of Storms
Barrett, Jr., Neal Kelwin
“Ginny Sweethips’ Flying Circus”
Through Darkest America
Prince of Christler-Coke
Baxter, Stephen Titan
Bear, Elizabeth “And the Deep Blue Sea”
Bear, Greg Blood Music
The Forge of God
Beaton, Alistair A Planet for the President
BeauSeigneur, James Christ Clone: In His Image
Benet, Stephen Vincent “Nightmare Number Three”
“By the Waters of Babylon”
Benford, Gregory Shiva Descending
Benson, Robert Hugh Lord of the World
Berman, Mitch Time Capsule
Blade, Alexander “The Brain”
Blish, James The Devil’s Day (Black Easter, Day After Judgment)
Bond, Nelson S. “Magic City”
Boulle, Pierre Planet of the Apes
Bourne, J.L. Day by Day Armageddon
Bova, Ben Test of Fire
Boyle, Michael Full Circle
Brackett, Leigh The Long Tomorrow
Bradbury, Ray “The City”
“There Will Come Soft Rains”
“The Visitor”“The Highway”
Fahrenheit 451
Bradley, Robert “Square of the Sun”
Brin, David The Postman
Brinkley, William The Last Ship
Brooks, Max World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Brooks, Terry Sword of Shannara (Shannara series)
Brown, Fredric “Answer”
Brunner, John The Sheep Look Up
Buchell, Tobias S. “Waiting for the Zephyr”
Budendorf, Deric R. Quentel
Budrys, Algis Some Will Not Die
Budz, Mark Clade
Budz, Mark Crache
Bulychev, Kir The Last War
Bunch, David R. Moderan
Burton, Levar Aftermath
Butler, Octavia E. Patternmaster
“Speech Sounds”
Clay’s Ark
Lilith’s Brood
Parable of the Sower
Butler, Samuel “The Book of the Machines” of Erewhon
Byron, Lord George Gordon “Darkness”
Cadigan, Pat Tea from an Empty Cup
Caidin, Martin The God Machine
Cameron, Kenneth M. Power Play
Capek, Karel R.U.R. (coined ‘robot’)
Card, Orson Scott The Folk of the Fringe
Carlson, Jeff Plague Year
Carmody, Isobelle Obernewtyn Chronicles: Obernewtyn
Carter, Angela Heroes and Villains
Christopher, John The Death of Grass (No Blade of Grass)
The World in Winter (The Long Winter)
The Ragged Edge (A Wrinkle in the Skin)
The White Mountain (Tripods trilogy)
Empty World
Clark, Simon The Night of the Triffids
Clarke, Arthur C. “The Nine Billion Names of God”
Childhood’s End
The City and the Stars
Songs of Distant Earth
Colander, Valerie Nieman Neena Gathering
Collins, Larry and Dominique Lapierre The Fifth Horseman
Cooper, Dennis “The Ash Gray Proclamation”
Cooper, Edmund The Overman Culture
Corin, Lucy “Sixteen Small Apocalypses”
Cowper, Richard The Twilight of Briareus
Crace, Jim The Pesthouse
Crowley, John Engine Summer (in Otherwise omnibus)
David, Elliott “So We are Very Concerned”
David, James F. Footprints of Thunder
Delany, Samuel R. Dhalgren
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
Derby, Matthew “Kraftmark”
Dever, Joe Highway Holocaust (Freeway Warrior series)
Dick, Philip K. “Second Variety”
“The Last of the Masters”
The World Jones Made
“To Serve the Master”
The Penultimate Truth
Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Dick, Philip K. & Roger Zelazny Deus Irae
Dickson, Gordon R. Wolf and Iron
Disch, Thomas M. The Genocides
Doctorrow, Cory “When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth”
Douglas, Ian Star Corps (Legacy trilogy)
Drum, D.B. First, You Fight (Traveler series)
du Maurier, Daphne “The Birds”
DuBois, Brendan Resurrection Day
Dunsany, Lord “The Last Revolution”
DuPrau, Jeanne The City of Ember
Eckery, Allan W. The HAB Theory
Elliott, Janice The King Awakes
Ellis, Mark Exile to Hell (Outlanders series)
Ellison, Harlan “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream”
“A Boy and his Dog”
Elson, Ben The Other Eden
Emshwiller, Carol “After All”
England, George Allan Darkness and Dawn
Evenson, Brian “An Accounting”
Federbush, Arnold Ice!
Fleischer, Richard Make Room! Make Room!
Florman, Samuel C. The Aftermath: A Novel of Survival
Forster, E.M. “The Machine Stops”
Frank, Pat Mr. Adam
Frank, Pat Alas, Babylon
Gaiman, Neil “When We Went to See the End of the World…”
Galouye, Daniel F. Dark Universe
George, Peter Red Alert
Glynn, A.A. Plan for Conquest
Goldberg, Jeff “These Zombies are Not a Metaphor”
Goldin, Stephen Caravan
Goonan, Kathleen Ann Queen City Jazz
Goss, Theodora “The Rapid Advance of Sorrow”
Graham, David Down to a Sunless Sea
Grigg, David Rowland “A Song Before Sunset”
Hamilton, Edmond The Metal Giants
Hand, Elizabeth Winterlong
The Glimmering
Harrison, Craig The Quiet Earth
Harrison, M. John The Committed Men
Hart, Marcus Alexander The Oblivion Society
Hautman, Pete Hole in the Sky
Hawthorne, Nathaniel “Earth’s Holocaust”
Heine, William C. The Last Canadian
Heinlein, Robert A. The Puppet Masters
Farnham’s Freehold
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Herbert, Frank The White Plague
Legends of Dune triology
Herbert, James ’48
Herberts, James Rats Quadrilogy
Hill, Douglas Galactic Warlord (Last Legionary series)
Hoban, Russell Riddley Walker
Hodgson, William Hope The Night Land
Hoover, H.M. Children of Morrow
Horowitz, Anthony Raven’s Gate (Power of Five series)
Horvitz, Leslie The Dying
Hohl, Jared “Fraise, Menthe, Et Poivre 1978”
Hoyle, Trevor The Last Gasp
Hubbard, L. Ron Battlefield Earth
Hughes, Edward P. The Long Mynd
Masters of the Fist
Huxley, Aldous Brave New World
Ape and Essence
Ing, Dean Pulling Through
Jackson, Basil The Night Manhattan Burned
Jackson, Shelley “The Hook”
James, P.D. The Children of Men
Jefferies, Richard After London: Or, Wild England
Johnson, Adam Parasites Like Us
Johnson, Scott A. Deadlands
Johnstone, William W. Out of the Ashes (Ashes series)
Jones, Dennis Feltham Colossus
Judson, Theodore Fitzpatrick’s War
Kadrey, Richard “Still Life with Apocalypse”
Kavan, Anna Ice
Keene, Brian The Rising
The Garden Where My Rain Grows
Conqueror Worms (Earthworm Gods)
Dead Sea
Key, Alexander The Incredible Tide
King, Stephen “Night Surf”
The Stand
The Mist
The Gunslinger (Dark Tower series)
“The End of the Whole Mess”
Kirkman, Rober & Tony Moore The Walking Dead
Knight, E.E. Way of the Wolf (Vampire Earth series)
Koontz, Dean The Taking
Kornbluth, C.M. The Syndic
Kress, Nancy “Inertia”
Kunstler, James World Made By Hand
LaHaye, Time & Jerry B. Jenkins Left Behind (Left Behind series)
Langan, John “Episode Seven: Last Stand…”
Lanier, Sterling E. Hiero’s Journey
Laumer, Keith Catastrophe Planet
Lawrence, Louise Children of the Dust
“Extinction is Forever”
Le Guin, Ursula K. “Some Approaches to the Problem of the Shortage of Time”
Lebbon, Tim Naming of Parts
Leiber, Fritz Gather, Darkness!
“A Pail of Air”
Lem, Stanislaw “The Cyberiad” series
Lesser, Milton “Slaves to the Metal Horde”
Lessing, Doris Memoirs of a Survivor
Mara and Dann
Lethem, Jonathan Amnesia Moon
“How We Got In Town and Out Again”
Lin, Tao “I Am ‘I Don’t Know What I Am’ and You Are Afraid…”
Link, Kelly “Miss Kansas on Judgment Day”
Levine, Stacey “Sweethearts”
Levitin, Sonia The Goodness Gene
Livingstone, Ian Freeway Fighter
London, Jack The Scarlet Plague
Long, Jeff Year Zero
Lovecraft, H.P. “Nyarlathotep”
Lutz, Gary & Deb Olin Unferth “I Always Go to Particular Places”
Macaulay, David Motel of the Mysteries
Macbeth, George “Bedtime Story”
MacCreigh, James “Let the Ants Try”
Macmillian, Ian Blakely’s Ark
Mano, D. Keith The Bridge
Martin, David Lozell Our American King
Martin, George R.R. “Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels”
Matheson, Richard I Am Legend
Mayhar, Ardath The World Ends in Hickory Hollow
McAuley, Paul White Devils
McCammon, Robert R. Swan Song
McCarthy, Cormac The Road
McDevitt, Jack “Never Despair”
Eternity Road
McGann, Oisin Small-Minded Giants
McIntyre, Vonda N. Dreamsnake
McMullen, Sean Souls in the Great Machine (Greatwinter trilogy)
Mcnaughton, Janet The Secret Under My Skin
Meier, Paul The Third Millennium
Merle, Robert Malevil
Merril, Judith Shadow on the Hearth
Messac, Regis Quinzinzinzili
Mieville, China The Tain
Miller, Walter M. Canticle for Leibovitz
Mills, Steven Burning Stones
Mitchell, David Cloud Atlas
Moody, Rick “The Apocalypse Commentary of Bob Paisner”
Moore, Alan Watchmen
Moorcock, Michael
The Cornelius Quartet
The Ice Schooner
Some Reminiscences of the Third World War sequence
Morrow, James This is the Way the World Ends
Murphy, Pat The City, Not Long After
Nahmlos, John Survivors
Nelson, O.T. The Girl Who Owned a City
Nemett, Adam “The Last Man”
Niven, Larry Ringworld
“Inconstant Moon”
Flight of the Horse
A World Out of Time
Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle The Mote in God’s Eye
Lucifer’s Hammer
Niven, Larry, Jerry Pournelle, & Michael Flynn Fallen Angels
Nix, Garth Shade’s Children
Nolan, William F. & George Clayton Johnson Logan’s Run
Norton, Andre Star Man’s Son
Novakovich, Josip “The End”
O’Brien, Michael D. Father Elijah: An Apocalypse
O’Brien, Robert C. Z for Zachariah
Oates, Joyce Carol “Apoca Ca Lyp Se: A Dip Tych”
Oliver, Chad “Transfusion”
Oltion, Jerry “Judgment Passed”
Orwell, George Nineteen Eighty-Four
Palmer, David R. Emergence
Pangborn, Edgar Davy
The Judgment of Eve
The Company of Glory
Still I Persist in Wondering
Parker, Daniel January (Countdown)
Paulsen, Gary The Transall Saga
Pellegrino, Charles Dust
Pellegrino, Charles & George Zebrowski The Killing Star
Percy, Walker Love in the Ruins
Phair, Colette “The End of the Future”
Poe, Edgar Allan “The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion”
Pollock, Frank Lillie “Finis”
Pournelle, J.E. & John F. Carr There Will Be War
Pratt, Fletcher “The War of the Giants”
Prochnau, William Trinity’s Child
Rand, Ayn Anthem
Atlas Shrugged
Raspail, Jean The Camp of the Saints
Reaves, Michael & Steve Perry Dome
Reeve, Philip Mortal Engines (Mortal Engines Quartet)
Rein, Harold Few Were Left
Reisig, Michael The New Madrid Run
Rickert, M. “Bread and Bombs”
Roberts, Adam The Snow
Robertson, Pat The End of the Age
Robinson, Kim Stanley The Wild Shore (Three Californias series)
Roessner, Michaela Vanishing Point
Rogers, Mark E. The Dead
Roshwald, Mordecai Level 7
Ruskin, Ronald The Last Panic
Russell, Eric Frank “Dear Devil”
Ryan, Thomas J. The Adolescence of P-1
Saberhagen, Fred Berserker series
Sagan, Nick Idlewild
Sarrantonio, Al Skeletons
Self, Will The Book of Dave
Service, Pamela F. Winter of Magic’s Return (Winter series)
Shapiro, Eric It’s Only Temporary
Sharpe, Matthew Jamestown
Sheffield, Charles Aftermath
Sheldon, Alice B. “The Screwfly Solution”
Shelley, Mary The Last Man
Sherriff, R.C. The Hopkins Manuscript
Shiel, M.P. The Purple Cloud
Shute, Nevil On the Beach
Siegel, Barhara & Scott Siegel The Burning Lands (Firebrats series)
Silverberg, Robert Time of the Great Freeze
After the Flames (Allied Stars, vol. 11)
At Winter’s End (New Springtime series)
The Alien Years
Simak, Clifford D. City
Cemetery World
The Visitors
Simmons, Dan Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos)
Smith, Mitchell Snowfall (Snowfall trilogy)
Starhawk The Fifth Sacred Thing
Stern, D.A. Black Dawn
Stewart, George R. Earth Abides
Stirling, S.M. The Peshawar Lancers
Dies the Fire (Emberverse series)
Strieber, Whitley & James Kunetka Warday
Nature’s End
Svoboda, Terese “’80s Lilies”
Swanwick, Michael In the Drift
Swindells, Robert Brother in the Land
Taylor, Justin “Pole Shift”
Teasdale, Sarah “There Will Come Soft Rains”
Tepper, Sheri S. The Gate to Women’s Country
The Visitor
Tevis, Walter S. Mockingbird
Tilley, Patrick Cloud Warrior (Amtrak Wars series)
Tillman, Lynne “Save Me from the Pious and the Vengeful”
Tucker, Wilson The Long Loud Silence
The Year of the Quiet Sun
Ice and Iron
Ure, Jean Plague 99
Van Pelt, James “The Last of the O-Forms”
Summer of the Apocalypse
Vance, Jack The Dragon Masters
Varley, John “Bagatelle” (Eight Worlds series)
“The Manhattan Phone Book (Abridged)”
Vaughan, Brian K. Y: The Last Man
Vincent, Harl “Rex”
Vonnegut, Kurt Cat’s Cradle
Waller, Nicholas “Enta Geweorc”
Wells, Catherine The Earth is All that Lasts
Mother Grimm
“Artie’s Angels”
Wells, H.G. The War of the Worlds
In the Days of the Comet
(When) The Sleeper Awakes
The Shape of Things to Come
“The Star”
The Time Machine
Westerfield, Scott The Uglies (Uglies trilogy)
Whittenberg, Allison “Think Warm Thoughts”
Wilhelm, Kate Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
Williams, Diane “What is it When God Speaks?”
Williams, Michael The Mind Machine
Williams, Paul O. The Breaking of Northwall (Pelbar Cycle)
Williams, Walter J. The Rift
Williamson, Jack “With Folded Hands”
Willis, Connie Doomsday Book
Wilson, Daniel How to Survive a Robot Uprising
Wolfe, Gene The Book of the New Sun
Wren, M.K. A Gift Upon the Shore
Wright, S. Fowler Deluge
Wylie, Philip Tomorrow!
The End of the Dream
Wylie, Philip & Edwin Balmer When Worlds Collide
Wyndham, John The Day of the Triffids (Revolt of the Triffids)
The Kraken Wakes (Out of the Deeps)
“No Place Like Earth”
Re-Birth (The Chrysalids)
“Time to Rest”
Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn False Dawn
Zelazny, Roger Damnation Alley
Aguilar, Grace “The Escape – A Tale of 1755”
Ahem, Jerry Survivalist: Total War
Aldiss, Brian Hothouse
Allen, Roger Macbride Supernova
al-Nafis, Ibn Theologus Autodidactus
Anderson, Kevin J. & Doug Beason Ill Wind
Anderson, Poul Vault of the Ages
Twilight World
The Winter of the World
Orion Shall Rise
36 Comments leave one →
  1. drommarnasberg permalink
    October 17, 2009 7:21 am

    It’s a great list! An I love lists. Good job.


  2. October 29, 2009 5:30 pm

    This is great; I appreciate the effort it took to put together a list like this.

    Just curious, does your list incorporate the information on the Wikipedia list of post-apocalyptic fiction ( or did you compile yours interdependently?

    Ideally, I’d like to see a centralized repository of PA fiction information. The question is just which list to use as the “base” and work on expanding and filling out.

    Great work so far though, I’ll be keeping an eye on it.

    • phnuggle permalink*
      October 29, 2009 5:43 pm

      yup, the wiki list was my jumping-off point! you caught me. I googled everything on the list and culled the self-published titles. I also had a little notebook that I carried around everywhere, and I’d write down titles from the scholarly articles I was using for research or titles (esp. for poetry) that one prof or another mentioned.

    • April 28, 2011 1:44 pm

      Great list. It doesn’t look this thread has been commented on for awhile, so I’m probably talking into empty ether here, but just want to pass along that I’m a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, too, and I’m glad to find your website. Thanks. I have to save this list somewhere.

  3. October 29, 2009 5:32 pm

    Oh this is wonderful! Wow, what a list, thanks so much for taking the time to put it here 🙂

  4. Glen permalink
    October 29, 2009 5:53 pm

    Add to the list works by George Turner (one of Australia’s best science fiction writers, who died in ’97), especially works “Beloved Son”, “Drowning Towers” and “The Sea and Summer”. These involve a dystopian future, where the world has been severely damaged by global warming…

    • phnuggle permalink*
      October 29, 2009 5:57 pm

      cool. I’ll look him up and do so! The list is frustratingly biased toward british and american authors, so I’ll jump at any opportunity to even it out a bit.

  5. Jackie permalink
    October 29, 2009 6:45 pm

    I came this way via your piece in io9. I’m a big fan of PA fiction so your list was a welcome reference.

    Three more additions:

    Stephen Baxter (he’s really good at offing the Earth):

    Moonseed – moon rocks contain some really nasty buggers that pretty much destroy the earth

    Flood – exactly what it says. Water. Lots and lots of water.
    Ark – the sequel to Flood (which I just started to read).

    • phnuggle permalink*
      November 3, 2009 3:46 pm

      thanks for those! If you think of any more, I’ve made a wiki page so you can make the adds themselves:

  6. October 29, 2009 9:28 pm

    Longest list I’ve seen compiled!

    I recommend changing the Moorcock entry from Crossing Cambodia to The Cornelius Quartet

    More Suggestions:

    In Viriconium by M. John Harrison (Collects The Pastel City, A Storm of Wings, In Viriconium, and Viriconium Nights)

    The Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse: A Novel by Victor Gischler

    The Cities of the Red Night by William S. Burroughs

    Armageddon: The Musical by Robert Rankin

    Vellum by Hal Duncan
    Ink by Hal Duncan

    I would even go as far as to suggest Finnegans Wake by James Joyce, which I believe to be the mother of apocalyptic fiction, and almost all religious tomes with ragnaroks, revelations, yugas, and so forth. Do you consider graphic novels as fitting into this list as well?

    • phnuggle permalink*
      October 30, 2009 4:49 pm

      Nice additions – I’m going to add these and the ones from other comments to the list later today. As far as graphic novels: the short answer is sometimes – like with Watchmen, when it’s so popular with a mainstream audience that I’d be amiss to exclude it. I’m going to add those to the post, because a few people have been asking about them – hopefully, that’ll explain the logic behind the graphic novels.

      • October 31, 2009 9:03 am

        A prime example of a non-mainstream graphic novel is Apocalypse Nerd by Peter Bagge.

        You (or somebody) should also put together a definitive list of Post-Apocalyptic movies, music, and video games. Your blog has pretty much become the definitive to go place if one wanted to get the gist of this phenomenon.

      • phnuggle permalink*
        November 3, 2009 1:28 pm

        I made an abbreviated attempt at making a list of apocalyptic movies but got overwhelmed and gave up. I’m going to have to give it another go sometime soon, cause I’d really like to see what it looks like!

  7. John permalink
    October 30, 2009 2:40 am

    Just out of curiosity are there any stipilations on the stories you are including in your list beyond being P.A., the reason I ask is I have read several good one from but they include varying degrees of erotic content.

    • phnuggle permalink*
      November 3, 2009 3:50 pm

      Everything on the list is published by publishing houses, not vanity presses or online-only – I’ve put the guidelines in the post, as a few people have been asking. But even if they don’t qualify you can add some links in the comments (with a NSFW warning, probably!) and people can check them out if they are so inclined.

  8. October 30, 2009 5:13 pm

    Can we add There Will Come Soft Rains, the poem by Sarah Teasdale and the inspiration for the Ray Bradbury story, from 1920?

    • phnuggle permalink*
      October 30, 2009 10:27 pm

      good catch – I would have sworn I had that on the list, but apparently not. fixed!

  9. MikeN permalink
    November 1, 2009 1:50 am

    Wonderful! Some for consideration:

    “Among the Dead” by Edward Bryant; 1971 short story: Nuke war survivors live off the frozen dead in a cryogenics depository- until the power goes out.

    “Adam and No Eve”, by Alfred Bester. Short story where a scientist invents a rocket drive that “catalyses iron”. He takes off, only to return to a world where the exhaust from his drive has wiped out all life.

    Don’t know if these qualify, but Alice Sheldon’s “Houston, Houston, Do You Read” and Wyndham’s “Consider Her Ways” are about futures where all males have been wiped out.

    And how do Heinlein’s “Moon Is a Harsh Mistress” and Niven’s “Mote in God’s Eye” qualify as post-apocalyptic?

    • phnuggle permalink*
      November 3, 2009 9:49 pm

      thanks for those additions – I’ve made a wiki here so you can add any more you think of yourself
      As far as heinlein and niven: I’ve not read either, so tell me if this is accurate, but according to the wiki article, there is an indication in Moon that Earth had experienced a nuclear war; in Mote, there was some kind of interstellar war that destroyed the “first empire of man” – presumably, the one we are currently in. It does appear as though neither are major plot points, though.

  10. MikeN permalink
    November 1, 2009 1:58 am

    And you have Frederic Brown’s “Answer”, but how about his famous Shortest Science Fiction Story Ever, “The Knock” (December 1948 Thrilling Wonder Stories) here in its entirety:

    “The last man on earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door….”

  11. Peter permalink
    November 1, 2009 1:06 pm

    Will you be posting your thesis online at some time in the future?

    • phnuggle permalink*
      November 3, 2009 1:25 pm

      sort of – I’ve just posted my thesis presentation here, which is pretty much just a condensed version of my thesis – I’m not sure if my full thesis is really ready to be read by the world!

  12. Ron C. permalink
    November 2, 2009 1:12 am

    Brian Hodge had a good one with DARK ADVENT.

  13. Ron C. permalink
    November 2, 2009 1:17 am

    A few more:

    Stephen Laws, CHASM.

    Joe Lansdale, THE DRIVE-IN (vols. 1, 2 and 3)


  14. Ron C. permalink
    November 2, 2009 1:24 am

    Okay, a few more:

    Yvonne Navarro, AFTERAGE

    Phillip Nutman, WET WORK

    F. Paul Wilson, NIGHTWORLD

    Mark Morris, THE DELUGE

    • phnuggle permalink*
      November 3, 2009 3:50 pm

      thanks for all of these! if you think of more, I’ve made a wiki page: so you can add them yourself right away.

  15. Nelson Steelberg permalink
    November 2, 2009 4:09 pm

    Great list! I thought Make Room! Make Room! was written by Harry Harrison? The book is advertised as the basis for Soylent Green.

    • phnuggle permalink*
      November 3, 2009 1:23 pm

      good catch – don’t know what happened there!

  16. November 3, 2009 7:57 pm

    I appreciate the criteria for the survey, thanks. That helps get a sense of the scope of the project.

    As far as looking for a non-American apocalypse, I can reccomend Rene Barjavel’s RAVAGE (under the English title ASHES, ASHES), where in 2052some Parisians have to hightail it out of the city after the power is cut, thanks to a nuclear war between the US and Africa. Sadly, it’s out of print, so you may need to go as far as inter-library loan to get a copy.

  17. December 15, 2009 11:48 am

    Out of the blue I realized I neglected to include my hands down favorite post-apocalyptic fiction to date… LIBERATION: Being the Adventures of the Slick Six After the Collapse of the United States of America, by Brian Francis Slattery, also author of the notably apocalyptic (it’s happening, it hasn’t ended, but it’s about to, the world is at one big party) Spaceman Blues.

    There’s also the sensitive The Beast of Heaven by Victor Kelleher, which carries you nice and soft through the narrative to a stunner of a twist.

    What about apocalypse as viewed through a solipsistic perspective? The wake of any personal catastrophe ranging from a lost credit card to the death of a family member could be world shattering to the character spewing the narrative.

  18. June 3, 2012 10:06 pm

    I’ve created a apocalyptic book list here currently have almost 2000 book listed.

    The wiki list is pretty dirty.

    • phnuggle permalink*
      June 7, 2012 10:05 am

      I actually found your site last December when I was updating my research for an article I wrote! It’s awesome. So awesome. Very extensive, too. We don’t have exactly the same criteria for what counts as post-apocalyptic (I don’t count space-based civilizations, for example) but that’s just personal preference. I spent so much time getting rid of the self-published authors on the wikipedia list, I wish I’d found your site earlier…probably would have made the process much faster!


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