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After this both took separate routes. Memmie took the path to Songi as the other one went back to the river. The local governor took him to his castle and tried to raised him up, but the boy eventually escaped and ran back to the forest. Later, numerous folk tales developed around his character, depicting him as a "half fish, half human creature" who lived in a nearby lake. Ramachandra s and s — First reported in in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh , at roughly 12 years old, and as living an amphibian lifestyle in the Kuano river.

He was rescued in and taken to a nearby village. He only partly adapted to a conventional lifestyle, still preferring raw food, walking with an awkward gait, and spending most of his time alone in nearby rivers and streams. He died in after approaching a woman who was frightened by him, and who badly scalded Ramachandra with boiling water. Historian Mike Dash [33] speculates that Ramachandra's uncharacteristically bold approach to the woman was sparked by a burgeoning sexual attraction coupled with his ignorance of cultural mores and taboos.

Cambodian jungle girl — Alleged to be Rochom P'ngieng, who lived 19 years in the Cambodian jungle. Name Unknown, Uzbekistan , — Found after eight years. Ng Chhaidy, Theiva near Saiha , Mizoram , India — She went missing in a jungle aged four, returning 38 years later. Vicente Caucau — Chilean boy found in a savage state at age 12, allegedly raised by pumas. The historian Herodotus wrote that Egyptian pharaoh Psammetichus I Psamtik sought to discover the origin of language by conducting an experiment with two children.

Allegedly, he gave two newborn babies to a shepherd, with the instructions that no one should speak to them, but that the shepherd should feed and care for them while listening to determine their first words. The hypothesis was that the first word would be uttered in the root language of all people. Thus, they concluded that the Phrygians were an older people than the Egyptians. She was last spotted at age 17 in Genie — Discovered in Los Angeles. Confined to one room and abused by her father for 13 years.

Danielle Crockett, Plant City, Florida , United States — — Dani had been locked in her room and deprived of human interaction for the first 7 years of her life. She was found and adopted and is currently undergoing efforts to acclimate her to human conditioning including learning English and effective communication.

Vanya Yudin, "Russian bird boy" , Russia, — A seven-year-old boy was found who spent his entire life living in a tiny two bedroom apartment surrounded by birds. His mother never spoke to him and treated him as a pet, and when found he was unable to communicate except for chirping and flapping his arms like wings. Natasha, Chita, Zabaykalsky Krai , Russia — A five-year-old girl who spent her entire life locked in a room with cats and dogs, and no heat, water, or sewage system. Sujit's mother committed suicide when he was a toddler and his father left him confined under the house to live with the chickens.

He could not speak and his only verbalisation was clucking; his only interaction with people consisted of outbursts. Isabelle was almost seven years old when she was discovered. She had spent the first years of her life isolated in a dark room with her deaf-mute mother as her only contact.

Only seven months later, she had learned a vocabulary of around 1, to 2, words. She is reported to have acquired normal linguistic abilities. Anna - Anna was six years old when she was found, having been kept in a dark room for most of her life. Her mother had tried to give Anna up for several months but no agency was willing to take the financial burden, as this was during the Great Depression. Anna was kept in a store room at least until she was five and half, out of the way of her disapproving grandfather, who was infuriated by her presence.

Her mother also resented her, considering her troublesome. She was tied to a broken chair which was too small for her, and is believed to have also been tied to a cot for long periods of time. She was mostly fed milk and was never bathed, trained, or caressed by anyone. When she was found, she was suffering from malnutrition as well as muscle atrophy.

She was immobile, expressionless, and indifferent to everything. She was believed to be deaf as she did not respond to others later it was found that her deafness was functional rather than physical. She could not talk, walk, feed herself, or do anything that showed signs of cognition. Once she was taken away and placed in a foster home, she showed signs of improvement. At the age of nine she began to develop speech. She had started to conform to social norms and was able to feed herself, though only using a spoon. Her teachers described her as having a pleasant disposition. Anna passed away in August of hemorrhagic jaundice.

Following the disclosure by Belgian newspaper Le Soir [54] that the bestselling book Misha: Although there are numerous books on these children, almost none of them have been based on archives; the authors instead have used dubious second- or third-hand printed information. Myths, legends, and fiction have depicted feral children reared by wild animals such as wolves , apes , monkeys , and bears. Roman legend has it that Romulus and Remus , twin sons of Rhea Silvia and Mars , were suckled by a she-wolf.

Rhea Silvia was a priestess, and when it was found that she had been pregnant and had children, King Amulius , who had usurped his brother's throne, ordered her to be buried alive and for the children to be killed.

The servant who was given the order set them in a basket on the Tiber river instead, and the children were taken by Tiberinus , the river god, to the shore where a she-wolf found them and raised them until they were discovered as toddlers by a shepherd named Faustulus. He and his wife Acca Larentia , who had always wanted a child but never had one, raised the twins, who would later feature prominently in the events leading up to the founding of Rome named after Romulus, who eventually killed Remus in a fight over whether the city should be founded on the Palatine Hill or the Aventine Hill.

Legendary and fictional children are often depicted as growing up with relatively normal human intelligence and skills and an innate sense of culture or civilization, coupled with a healthy dose of survival instincts. Their integration into human society is made to seem relatively easy. One notable exception is Mowgli, for whom living with humans proved to be extremely difficult. The Wild Boy , US: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For a video game, see Wolfchild.

For a Silver Convention album containing the song of the same name, see Summernights. For the East Prussian orphans, see Wolf children. For other uses, see Wild child. List of fictional feral children. Retrieved February 20, American Journal of Sociology. Retrieved 4 November The Child and Childhood in Folk-Thought. Season Three webisodes including The Talking Dead webisodes and the Fear the Walking Dead web series , and numerous parodies and spoofs.

World War Z is an apocalyptic action horror film based on the novel of the same name by Max Brooks. The film focuses on a former United Nations investigator who must travel the world to find a way to stop a zombie pandemic. The Last Ship is an American action-drama television series, based on the novel of the same name by William Brinkley.

The Rain TV series is a Danish post-apocalyptic web-television series. After a rain born virus is released over the region of Scandinavia causing a Pandemic Simone Andersen played by Alba August and Rasmus Andersen along with their mother and father must make it to an underground bunker. Things soon go astray when the father must leave to find a cure and the children are forced out of the bunker due to lack of food in search for their father.

Mary Shelley 's The Last Man , published in , is set in the end of the twenty-first century. It chronicles a group of friends, based on Lord Byron , Percy Bysshe Shelley and others, moving through Europe as a plague kills most of the world's population. The Scarlet Plague by Jack London , published in , is set in San Francisco in the year , sixty years after a plague has largely depopulated the planet. Written in by George R. Stewart , Earth Abides is the story of a man who finds most of civilization has been destroyed by a disease. Slowly a small community forms around him as he struggles to start a new civilization and to preserve knowledge and learning.

Empty World is a novel by John Christopher about an adolescent boy who survives a plague which has killed most of the world's population. Originally published in , Stephen King 's The Stand follows the odyssey of a small number of survivors of a world-ending influenza pandemic, later revealed to be the man-made superflu "Captain Trips". It was eventually adapted for a miniseries of the same title starring Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald.

Gore Vidal's novel Kalki also involves an apocalyptic event caused by a man-made pandemic. Written in , the novel Emergence by David R. Palmer is set in a world where a man-made plague destroys the vast majority of the world's population.

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The novel was nominated for several awards and won the Compton Crook Award. It was adapted into the film Blindness in Published in by Margaret Atwood , Oryx and Crake is set after a genetically modified virus wipes out the entire population except for the protagonist and a small group of humans that were also genetically modified. A series of flashbacks depicting a world dominated by biocorporations explains the events leading up to the apocalypse.

This novel was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. A sequel, The Year of the Flood , was published in followed by MaddAddam , in , the trilogy's conclusion. Richard Matheson 's novel I Am Legend deals with the life of Robert Neville, the only unaffected survivor of a global pandemic that has turned the world's population into vampire zombie -like creatures. The novel has been adapted to film three times: Its two sequels, Plague War and Plague Zone , deal with a cure that allows return to an environment that suffered ecological collapse due to massive increases in insects and reptiles.

The book is a collection of individual accounts of desperate struggle during and after a devastating global conflict against a zombie plague, narrated by an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission. It also describes the social, political, religious, and environmental changes that result from the plague. John Mandel 's Station Eleven takes place in the Great Lakes region after a fictional swine flu pandemic , known as the "Georgia Flu", has devastated the world, killing most of the population.

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Clarke Award in May James Dashner 's The Maze Runner trilogy —11 takes place after sun flares have scorched the earth. As a result, the governments of the world released a virus to kill off some of the world's population to save resources. The virus turned out to be highly contagious, and it made you lose control of your mind until you were an animal inside your head.

This led to it being nicknamed, "The Flare". The third in the series, The Death Cure is set to come out in The Nemesis Project takes place in after the United States has been almost wiped out by a deadly plague. The disease started on the east coast, and communication with the west coast ceased within 72 hours. The last few groups of survivors stopped broadcasting after six days, and the overwhelming majority of the country's population has been wiped out.

The player leads a team of eight genetically altered supersoldiers to defeat an infestation of a global genetic plague which slowly turns into a superorganism. The Left 4 Dead series first released in is set in the days after a pandemic outbreak of a viral strain transforms the majority of the population into zombie-like feral creatures.

The games follow the adventures of four survivors attempting to reach safe houses and military rescue while fending off the attacking hordes. The PlayStation 3 title The Last of Us revolves around the premise of a mutated cordyceps fungus spreading to humans, resulting in the deterioration of society within the United States. Virtue's Last Reward takes place years after a virus outbreak exterminated almost the entire human civilization. Apocalypse Survival Simulation is set during an ongoing Apocalypse, after a Hellgate opens on Earth and a host of demons enter the world.

The player controls a group of survivors that found a base to fight back and find a way to repel the invasion. Metro is set in the ruins of Moscow following a nuclear war, where the survivors are forced to live in underground metro tunnels. Players control Artyom, a man who must save his home station from the dangers lurking within the Metro. The Microsoft Windows exclusive real-time strategy game They Are Billions is also an example of a post-apocalyptic future, in which players must establish, manage and defend colonies amidst a zombie apocalypse.

Tom Clancy's The Division takes place in a pandemic-ravaged New York City that's become overrun by escaped prisoners, gang-members and a faction of 'Cleaners' that are determined to end the epidemic by incinerating anything that might possibly be infected. Ghosts is set in a near future that follows the nuclear destruction of the Middle East. The oil-producing nations of South America form the "Federation of the Americas" in response to the ensuing global economic crisis and quickly grow into a global superpower, swiftly invading and conquering Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

In the movie, England is reduced to rubble by a prolonged conventional, chemical, and biological war. Survivors are depicted living under the rule of a local warlord who raids his neighbors in an attempt to get his fleet of rotting fighter planes in the air again. At the same time, surviving engineers create a technological utopia. The film Panic in Year Zero! It was partially remade in in the film 12 Monkeys. In the BBC produced The War Game , but it was considered too horrifying to broadcast at the time; it was only in that it was shown. It portrays a nuclear attack on Great Britain and its after-effects, particularly the efforts of the Civil Defence system.

Genesis II television film, created by Gene Roddenberry. Dylan Hunt, a NASA scientist, begins a multi-day suspended animation test right before an earthquake buries the underground laboratory. This television pilot, if picked up, would have followed Dylan and a PAX team as they reach out to the remains of humanity in a post-apocalyptic world by means of a long forgotten underground sub-shuttle rapid transit system that spanned the world right before the Great Conflict.


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    The Terminator film franchise first introduced in depicts an artificial intelligence called Skynet becoming self-aware in and trying to exterminate humanity by instigating nuclear war between the United States and Russia, which results in the death of three billion people. Many of the survivors eventually band together to destroy Skynet and its army of robots called "terminators". The series follows resistance leader John Connor and his mother, Sarah Connor , and their adventures before and after the nuclear strike called "Judgment Day" in the film series.

    The Tribe is a television series that deals with a mysterious virus which wipes out the adult population, leaving the children of the world to fend for themselves. The kids are divided into different tribes and war against each other for their survival. The show focuses on the tribe called the Mallrats, who take shelter in the city's mall to protect themselves from the dangers outside. Later in the series, the virus begins to infect the children and the Mallrats are forced to search for the rumoured antidote to virus that is hidden in government buildings.

    CBS produced the TV series Jericho in —, which focused on the survival of the town after 23 American cities were destroyed by nuclear weapons. The Cartoon Network series Adventure Time which began airing in takes place a thousand years in a future after a nuclear war referred to as "The Great Mushroom War" where once existent but eventually forgotten magic is recreated and humans are nearly wiped out with all kinds of creatures that had taken their place. Tom Hanks ' web series Electric City is a story based on a post-apocalyptic world.

    In this world, a group of matriarchs the "Knitting Society" impose an altruistic but oppressive society to counter the aftermath of a brutal war that brings down modern civilization. However, in time, even this new "utopian" order is ultimately called into question by the inhabitants of the new society.

    The CW Channel's The which began airing in is a television series based on a post-apocalyptic world. After a nuclear war, Earth was uninhabitable and the only survivors were those on space stations which eventually came together to form the Ark; 97 years later on an undeterminable year the Ark is dying and prisoners under the age of 18 are sent to see if Earth is now survivable. There they are faced with the challenges Earth brings and those who survived the nuclear war.

    The movie Zardoz is a surreal take on the genre, revolving around a post-apocalyptic future England where a warrior caste called Exterminators worship a giant, floating stone head known as Zardoz, which gives them weapons and ammunition. The movie The Book of Eli released in Starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman , a story of a lone wanderer trying to deliver a book through the wastelands after a nuclear apocalypse.

    Oldman runs a town with access to water and supplies and tries to take the book from Washington seeking its power. According to some theorists, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in has influenced Japanese popular culture to include many apocalyptic themes. Much of Japan's manga and anime are filled with apocalyptic imagery. Judith Merril 's first novel Shadow on the Hearth is one of the earliest post-World War II novels to deal with a post-nuclear-holocaust world. The novel recounts the ordeals of a young suburban housewife and mother of two children as she struggles to survive in a world forever changed by the horrors of a nuclear attack.

    Several of Ray Bradbury 's short stories of The Martian Chronicles take place before, during, and after a nuclear war on Earth. The people flee Earth and settle on Mars but have constant conflicts with the native Martians. Several of these stories have been adapted to other media.

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    Fors begins his Arthurian quest through a radiation-ravaged landscape with the aid of a telepathic mutant cat. He encounters mutated creatures called "the beast things", which are possibly a degenerate form of humans. Wilson Tucker 's novel The Long Loud Silence posits a post-nuclear holocaust America in which the eastern half of the country has been largely destroyed and its surviving inhabitants infected with a plague and barred from crossing the Mississippi River to try to find refuge in the unscathed western part of the country.

    A nuclear war occurs at the end of Bradbury's dystopian futuristic novel Fahrenheit , with the outcasts who had fled an unidentified American city to escape a despotic government which burned books in order control the public by limiting knowledge left alive to re-establish society. Re-Birth , set in a small community untold centuries after a nuclear holocaust not expressly told, but strongly hinted at with genetic mutations, glowing ruins, landscape baked to glass , tells the story of David, part of a small group of teens who share a limited form of telepathy that allows them to communicate with others who have the same talent.

    However, the fundamentalist society they live in, regards the slightest difference from the norm as a blasphemy and affront to God. The group attempt to remain hidden, then failing that, survive during a war between mutants and the fundamentalists while waiting for members of a distant advanced telepathic human civilization to rescue them. Poul Anderson 's Maurai series — takes place after a nuclear war, and his Hugo and Prometheus award-winning story " No Truce With Kings " takes place after a cataclysmic war.

    Both show the interactions among various kinds of societies that have developed in the centuries of recovery. Robert Heinlein 's novel Farnham's Freehold follows the story of a group of people that have survived a nuclear explosion. The group survives the attack in a fallout shelter but are taken to a future in which Africans rule. A film adaptation of the novel was released in It was adapted into a film of the same name as well as a companion graphic novel titled Vic and Blood.

    The weapons used were not nuclear, but ultra-magnetic that tore and submerged the continents. The story was adapted in the anime Future Boy Conan Russell Hoban's Riddley Walker , set in the English county of Kent around two thousand years after a nuclear war, also has religious or mystical themes and is written in a fictional future version of English. Johnstone wrote a series of books between and 35 books all containing the word "Ashes" in the title about the aftermath of worldwide nuclear and biological war.

    David Brin 's novel The Postman takes place in an America where some are trying to rebuild civilization after the "Doomwar". It was adapted into the film The Postman Paul Brians' Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction is a study that examines atomic war in short stories, novels, and films between and Since this measure of destruction was no longer imaginary, some of these new works, such as Nevil Shute 's On the Beach , which was subsequently twice adapted for film in and , Mordecai Roshwald 's Level 7 , Pat Frank 's Alas, Babylon , and Robert McCammon 's Swan Song , shun the imaginary science and technology that are the identifying traits of general science fiction.

    Others include more fantastic elements, such as mutants, alien invaders , or exotic future weapons such as James Axler 's Deathlands Jeanne DuPrau 's children's novel The City of Ember was the first of four books in a post-apocalyptic series for young adults. In the computer game Wasteland , nuclear war occurred in leaving a wasteland in its wake. The game centers around a player-controlled party of Desert Rangers.

    Its sequel Wasteland 2 was released in Fallout , an ongoing series of post-apocalyptic video games first published in , focuses on a world after a massive nuclear war between the U. S and China destroys most of the world in , following an extended series of resource wars since The games are usually based around "vaults," safe underground bunkers for long-term survival in reality social experiments created by the ruling elite of the pre-War United States , and exploring the outside wasteland, in locations such as California , Las Vegas , Washington D.

    The Fallout series is heavily based on retro s sci-fi, and the setting's technology is mostly frozen in midth century, with vacuum tubes and monochrome screens still being used in most electronics, despite being far more advanced in fields such as robotics and energy weapons.

    In Metro , a nuclear war occurs in late Russia was targeted with atomic bombs, causing severe radiation across Moscow, forcing the rest of the people to live underground in the metro stations away from the deadly effects of radiation. Many animals and humans left behind mutated into creatures known as the Dark Ones, who were left outside for the next 20 years.


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    The game is played from the perspective of Artyom, a year-old male survivor and one of the first born in the metro. The story takes place in post-apocalyptic Moscow, mostly inside the metro system, but some missions have the player go to the surface which is severely irradiated and a gas mask must be worn at all times due to the toxic air. Last Light was released in Nuclear apocalypse followed by a demon invasion is a recurring staple of the Shin Megami Tensei series.

    The anime and manga X by Clamp features a supernatural apocalypse. In it there is a battle over the end of the world between the "Dragons of Heaven" who wish to save humanity, and the "Dragons of Earth" who wish to wipe out humanity. The manga began in and has been on hiatus since It has been adapted as an anime film in [ citation needed ] and an anime television series between — A "Toxic Jungle" threatens the last of humanity. In Neon Genesis Evangelion , the story takes place on an earth shattered by the Second Impact referring to the dinosaur-killing Yukatan meteroid as the first impact in Antarctica, in which the security agency NERV tries to secure Neo Tokyo from a Third Impact , while holding back the real story of the Second Impact from the public and even the protagonists.

    In connection with Deckard's mission, the novel explores the issue of what it is to be human. Unlike humans, the androids are said to possess no sense of empathy. In post-apocalyptic in later editions , [2] after "World War Terminus", the Earth's dirty atmosphere leads the United Nations to encourage mass emigrations to off-world colonies to preserve humanity's genetic integrity, with the incentive of free personal androids: On Earth, owning real live animals is a status symbol , because of mass extinctions and the cultural push for greater empathy that has motivated a technology-based religion called Mercerism.

    Poor people can only afford realistic-looking electric animals. Deckard, for example, owns a robotic black-faced sheep. Mercerism uses "empathy boxes" to link users simultaneously to a collective virtual reality of communal suffering, centered on a martyr -like character, Wilbur Mercer, who eternally climbs up a hill while being hit with crashing stones. The story also contains passing mention of "Penfield mood organs", which fill the role played by mind-altering drugs in other Dick stories.

    The technology can induce any desired mood in the people nearby, such as "an optimistic business-like attitude" or "the desire to watch television, no matter what is on". A passage in the opening chapter has Deckard and his wife, Iran, discussing what settings to use to start the day. She announces that she has scheduled six hours of " existential despair " for later in order to deal with their loneliness in an almost-deserted apartment building.

    Bounty hunter Rick Deckard signs on to a new police mission in order to earn enough money to buy a live animal to replace his electric sheep, seeking greater existential fulfillment for himself and his depressed wife, Iran. The mission involves hunting down "retiring" six Nexus-6 androids that violently went rogue after their creation by the Rosen Association, and fled Mars for Earth. Deckard visits the Rosen headquarters in Seattle to confirm the validity of a question-and-answer empathy test: Deckard is greeted by Rachael Rosen, who quickly fails his test.

    Rachael attempts to bribe Deckard into silence, but he verifies that she is indeed a Nexus-6 model used by Rosen to attempt to discredit the test.

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    Deckard soon meets a Soviet police contact who turns out to be one of the disguised Nexus-6 renegades. Deckard retires the android, then flies off to retire his next target: This android, however, has him arrested and detained at a police department he has never heard of by a police officer whom he is surprised never to have met. At this strange station, Deckard's worldview is shaken when an official named Garland accuses Deckard himself of being an android.

    After a series of mysterious revelations at the station, Deckard ponders the ethical and philosophical questions his line of work raises regarding android intelligence, empathy, and what it means to be human. Phil Resch, the station's resident bounty hunter, retrieves testing equipment to determine if his coworkers—including Deckard and Resch himself—are androids or humans. Garland subsequently reveals that the entire station is a sham, staffed entirely by androids, including Garland himself.

    Resch shoots Garland in the head and escapes with Deckard; together, they find and arrest the opera singer, whom Resch brutally retires in cold blood. Although Resch and Deckard are now collaborators, each still worries that he or his partner might be an android. Deckard administers the empathy test to himself and Resch, which confirms that Resch is a human being—if a particularly ruthless one—and that Deckard is also human, but with empathy for the androids. Only three of the Nexus-6 android fugitives remain, and one, Pris Stratton, moves into an apartment building whose only other inhabitant is John R.

    Isidore, a radioactively damaged, intellectually slow human classified as a "special. Roy and Irmgard Baty, the final two rogue androids, visit the building, and together they all plan how to survive. Meanwhile, Deckard buys Iran an authentic Nubian goat with his reward money. After quitting, Deckard is pulled back in after being notified of a new lead and experiencing a vision of the prophet-like Mercer confusingly telling him to proceed, despite the immorality of the mission.

    Deckard calls on Rachael Rosen again, since her own knowledge as an android will aid his investigation. Rachael reveals that she and Pris are the same exact model, meaning that he will have to shoot down an android that looks just like her. Rachael coaxes Deckard into sex, after which they confess their love for one another.

    However, she reveals she has slept with many bounty hunters, having been programmed to do so in order to dissuade them from their missions. After threatening to kill her, Deckard abruptly leaves. Isidore develops friendships with the three android fugitives, and they all watch a television program giving definitive evidence that Mercerism is a hoax. Roy Baty tells Isidore that the show was produced by androids to discredit Mercerism and blur the distinction with humans.

    Suddenly Deckard enters the building, with supernatural premonitions of Mercer appearing to both him and Isidore.