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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!

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, here you go:

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 “Crossing into Cambodia”
The Ice Schooner
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”
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
11 Comments leave one →
  1. Barnesm permalink
    October 30, 2009 9:42 am

    That’s an impressive piece of work, and I for one appreciate having such a list, though like you I fear I will only ever manage to read a small fraction.


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