Emerging three months later, she learns of her genetic heritage and sets off to search for others of her kind. As the descendants of the few survivors of the nuclear holocaust that leveled the earth struggle to rebuild a vanished civilization within the walls of The Home, savage barbarian trolls plot to plunder, ravage, and destroy their nascent world. If you thought that 29 books in the Endworld series were too few, then look no further. This is a spin-off series consisting of another 13 books.
A story of two feuding families isolated in the last fertile valley of North America after the world's oceans have turned toxic and the lands grey with total death. Destroy most of the humanity, but then are thwarted. Wells ate The War of the Worlds and vomited the half digested contents, this book will come out. David Weber is way better writer than this. Start with On Basilisk Station instead. An otherworldly invasion is incoming.
Only way to save humanity is to get high on a drug called Soy Sauce. Italy is on the brink of collapse: Armed gangs of drug-fueled youth rampage through the countryside as the nation descends into chaos. Their return to Los Angeles had been bleak. The boat basin was deserted and cluttered with debris.
Their neighbors in the swank bay community hadn't bothered to welcome them home. Now Connie stood at the big living room window starting, shocked, at a machine-gun platoon of young soldiers digging foxholes in her front lawn. She had no way of knowing that she was one of only adult female survivors in the area or that her body was in danger of being violated by thousands of sex-starved men….
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Full synopsis is required to justify the title: Harve Rackham, bounty hunter, race-car driver. His best friend is a hunting cheetah. Harve has turned his California home into a survival shelter. He intends to pull through. Shar McKay, Harve's little sister. She intends for her husband and kids to all pull through.
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He has the knowledge and skills to save his family. With his help they'll all pull through. Kate Gallo, runaway, forger, a tough street survivor. She's trouble-but when real troubles come down, Kate will always pull through. What should people do if the machine we call civilization stops--or blows up?
From blackouts to crop diseases, from chemical spills to multikiloton liquid natural gas blowouts, famed science fiction writer-turned-survivalist Dean Ing explains how to live through it--when others do not. This is how you turn into John Goodman from 10 Cloverfield Lane. As the Soviet menace collapses, China and India join forces and launch a devastating nuclear attack on America. Namaste and Ciao, buddy. The Naoli came to Earth as conquerors, while the last men skulked so typical through the ruins of their civilization.
The two races, Human and Naoli, were the most powerful intelligences in the galaxy -- and destined to be immediate and perpetual enemies. The adult Hulann met the boy Leoand each became a traitor to his race. For it was only through treason that the future of each race could be assured. A young man's struggle in a post nuclear world. Jake Turnet's overdose of the drug PBT had opened the psychic doorway into a world where nuclear disaster had happened in a much earlier century - a world where sorcery had replaced science.
Earth's crust shifted mightily changing the landscape drastically. The old world was gone The stories told that before the Blank men possessed marvels almost unbelievable; it was even said that the old people had conquered the skies - and, in whispers, space itself. And then a would-be master of the world uncovers a trove of pre-Blank treasures, and once more the world turns toward all-consuming war.
American Southwest in the aftermath of biological apocalypse. The dead have arisen, ravenous for flesh, and the landscape is so blasted and fierce that only a few pockets of human survivors remain. A loner named Hitch rides a Harley and swings a meat hook on a chain hell yeah. He is a zombie, but he can think. And he can order other zombies to do his bidding. Fiskadoro presents the tale of the survivors of a devastating nuclear war and their attempts to salvage remnants of the old world and rebuild their culture. A comet is about to hit the earth. Once the cat was out of the bag, things began to happen.
A plot to overthrow the Government, Panic, riots, street fighting. London under martial law. Fire, flood and tempest: An old book that is still mildly popular. This is one of my favorite PA books.
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The year is The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct. The half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind. But the last remains of civilization have already become a distant memory, the stuff of myth and legend.
More than 20 years have passed since the last plane took off from the earth. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms. Mutated by radiation, they are better adapted to the new world. Man's time is over. A few score thousand survivors live on. They live in the Moscow Metro - the biggest air-raid shelter ever built.
It is humanity's last refuge. An ecological crisis has worn away the world and on the horizon looms the devastation of all civilization. The story of Gan Moondark of the Dog People and the nation he forged in the post-apocalyptic Northwest. It was the day of The Iron Rain, when the whole planet was battered and buffeted and almost destroyed by millions of meteorites. Mara and Dann is set in Africa called in the book as Ifrik but several thousand years in the future. It is a strange and powerful parable concerned with both mankind's usual foibles and great shifts in the environment, any of which might spell doom for the human race.
In a beleaguered city where rats and roving gangs terrorize the streets, where government has broken down and meaningless violence holds sway, a woman - middle-aged and middle-class - is brought a twelve-year-old girl and told that it is her responsibility to raise the child. Presented as a compilation of documents, reports, letters, speeches and journal entries, this purports to be a general study of the planet Shikasta, clearly the planet Earth, to be used by history students of the higher planet Canopus and to be stored in the Canopian archives.
For eons, galactic empires have struggled against one another, and Shikasta is one of the main battlegrounds. Johar, an emissary from Canopus and the primary contributor to the archives, visits Shikasta over the millennia from the time of the giants and the biblical great flood up to the present.
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The aliens invade and make slaves of the humans. An air force officer is on leave in an isolated cabin in Vermont at the outbreak of an all-out nuclear war. A year later, having survived the fallout, he is hunted by the new totalitarian regime as an enemy of the people. A forgotten classic of the genre. As far as anyone knew, all mankind lived in The City. The City, a self-enclosed towering single building, had always moved generation by generation across the vast empty landscape.
Brann Adelbran met destiny when his family sector found itself at Tailend. Already the Structors were planning to dismantle his ancestral apartment high on an upper floor of that colossal metropolis. Brann would have to make the pilgrimage to Frontend to re-establish his family there for the generations to come. But when tradition was suddenly shattered, Brann was forced to flee, not on the established routes and hallways, but down the forbidden shafts into the lost chambers, corridors and basements which even legend had forgotten. Louisiana, , 43rd year of the Kurian Order.
Possessed of an unnatural hunger, bloodthirsty Reapers rule the planet, sucking out human blood and souls. Starting in revenge for the loss of his parents, on to fellow soldiers, Lieutenant David Valentine intends to fight back in this western-style frontier. The book is particularly notable for predicting new technologies such as instant messaging and the internet. The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness. This is another classic. Davy is set in the far future of our world, in the fourth century after the collapse of what we describe as the twentieth-century civilization.
In a land turned upside-down and backwards by the results of scientific unwisdom, Davy and his fellow Ramblers are carefree outcasts, whose bawdy, joyous adventures among the dead ashes of Old-Time culture makes this book a treat to read. It's after the Holocaust when the almost-barren world has reverted to animal primitivism and the law of the hunter is the only recognized order. One night three men accidentally converge at a desolate farm where a blind woman and her daughter, Eve, live.
The men surprise surprise all fall in love with Eve. Eve, before deciding on which of the men she wants to bang she sends them out into the world again to test them, to have them bring back answers to her questions: It is a time when man, struggling to rise above the ashes of nuclear holocaust, has returned to the simpler values and lifestyle of medieval times.
Demetrios, the storyteller, is revered among men for his captivating tales of the Old Time. But he is also feared—for one storyteller with a head full of ancient truth can be dangerous. So Demetrios is forced to flee, with six compatriots, and together they embark on a journey full of unexpected sorrows, and unimagined delights, a journey through realms of fantasy, philosophy, and rich human possibility. The world is conquered by alien invaders from the moon and the hero Julian, champions the earth's struggle for freedom, peace, and dignity.
This novel describes the shocking experience of a group of ordinary people catapulted by a mysterious explosion into the terrifyingly strange world of a million years hence. Due to a sharp rise in the suicide rate in London, over the next ten years, the radiation-triggered impulse to self-destruction gradually eliminated all but the Transnormalscreative artists, eccentrics, psychopaths phew!
These survivors now found themselves in a depopulated world where civilization had dissolved and man had reverted to savagery. It was forbidden to enter the tower. From the tower flowed the energy and intelligence that kept alive the city of Noi Lantis, the sole vestige of civilization left on Earth. The Earthling, Kymri, and the beautiful invader-girl, Mirlana, already had violated a great and terrible taboo by daring to fall in love.
Now they were about to commit the most fearful transgression of all. London is governed by Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill, populated by young people called 'fragiles' and others called 'drybones' because they don't bleed. The young fragiles come to realize that they're the last of their kind--whatever kind that might be.
The Civilizations of the First and Second Man have been destroyed by the products of their own technology Windows phone strikes again. Now the world is emerging from a new dark age into the dawn of the second Middle Ages. Britain is dominated by the Luddite Church and by the doctrine that all machines are evil. Into this strange world comes Kieron, an artist's apprentice who is inflamed by a forbidden dream - to construct a flying machine which will enable man to soar through the air like a bird. Yer a bird, Harry. A comet slams into the asteroid belt. A meteor, a giant chunk of the asteroid Orpheus, is ripped loose and flung towards the Earth.
Can the inhabitants of Earth find a way to divert the missile of destruction? They have just 6 days to try. Someone call Michael Bay. Trapped in a London laboratory during a worker uprising in , ex-artillery officer and physics instructor Jeremy Tuft awakens years later in a neo-medieval society whose inhabitants have forgotten how to build or operate machinery. Tuft decides that post-civilized life is simpler, more peaceful.
That is, until northern English and Welsh tribes threaten London, at which point he sets about reinventing weapons of mass destruction. Only a handful of humans remain in the City, the final stronghold of science and technology in a war-ravaged world. Forged from genetic materials stolen from the Outsiders, Elisa is the first of a new race--endowed with the remarkable power of rejuvenation.
In a world where unemployment is obliterated by putting all jobless people in the military to maintain the endless ongoing warfare, Warrant Officer Viveka Vanachek finds herself in a weirder place yet. Captured, raped, and interrogated, she is finally exiled to a remote snow-bound prison camp where she is placed in solitary confinement. But her weird dreams tell her there is more to her prison than there seems to be and soon her delusions and reality start trading places. The Last Days -- some say; the First, say others.
The climate has altered irrevocably, the cities have imploded into vicious shards and the stars haven't been seen for months. The sky is a glimmering wash of reds and greens and golds, the result of global warming Amid the ruins of a once great city, a girl and her beautiful long-lost twin brother are drawn to the seductive voice of a green-eyed boy whose name is Death. Together they must journey through a poisoned garden filled with children who kill and beasts that speak--all the while resisting the evil that compels them to join in a nightmare ritual of blood that will unleash the power of the ancients and signal the end of humanity.
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On a sunny spring morning the settlement of Kahukura in Tasman is suddenly overwhelmed by a mysterious mass insanity. A handful of survivors find themselves cut off from the world, and surrounded by the dead. One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. One of the most popular PA books right now. Mika and Ellie live in a future behind a wall: Solid concrete topped with high-voltage razor wire and guarded by a battalion of Ghengis Borgs, it was built to keep out the animals, because animals carry the plague.
At least that's what Ellie, who was kidnapped as a child, has always been taught. Global warming has taken its terrible toll. The seas have dried up and deserts cover much of the Earth's surface. Humankind has been annihilated by drought and the nuclear and biological conflicts following the Great Breakdown. Ronin was the finest swordsman of the Freehold. As the ancient city faltered, Ronin alone refused to pledge himself to any of the powerful Saardin who ruled the crumbling underground world of levels. As the ravings of the Magic Man foretold doom, Ronin and his lover, K'reen, were swept into a maelstrom of treachery, violence, and sudden death.
Their only hope lay in the lost scroll of the Ancients. And the desperate search led Ronin down into the very bowels of the earth, and up again, to the barrier of Freehold, where the endless ice began. War left Earth a smoking ruin, but remnants of civilization survived by retreating in opposite directions. Some burrowed beneath the rubble, striving to maintain pre-War technology in underground enclaves. Others fled aloft aboard Windriders, massive airships fitted up as colonies in the clouds. Elizabeth Bull should be Emma Bull.
In the year global warming is a reality, the biosphere has collapsed, and year-old environmentalist Ty Tierwater is eking out a living as care-taker of a pop star's private zoo when his second ex-wife re-enters his life. The free humans lived underground, secretive, like rats. Above, the world was a fearsome place for them - the open sky a terror, the night so black, and the striding machines from space - so laser-flame deadly. A tale set years after the civilization ended.
Long ago, wars of ancient Evil ruined the world and forced mankind to compete with many other races - gnomes, trolls, dwarfs, and elves. The above mentioned pages are inclusive of the first 3 books. A virus has wiped out 95 per cent of the world's population in just a few weeks, leaving the remaining five per cent to stay alive in a world devoid of the most basic amenities.
Written with Neil Gaiman and mentioned times daily on Reddit , this is a funny book about a fussy angel and a demon that have got too fond of their lifestyle on earth to look forward to coming Rapture. A young boy and a girl start to forge a new nation after the boy is washed up on an island where he is the last surviving member of his old nation. Set several hundred years in the future when the world's population has been decimated by biological weapons.
This book chronicles the Alexander-like rise and fall of Fitzpatrick the Younger. The world's cities have been reduced to cinder and ash and alien plants have overtaken the earth. Disch is a really underrated writer. One morning, the world does not wake up. People lie dead in their beds, killed by their own nightmares. Blind bat-like creatures have ascended from the caves.
They hunt by sound. Only way to survive is to keep the silence. In a nuclear-ravaged California, a humble musician sets out on a dangerous quest to rescue his lost love from the clutches of a soul-devouring religious cult. The air begins to thin out and a team of top researchers learn that humanity's military and technological madness has tipped the world's ecological balance disastrously out of kilter.
In a far-future, post-holocaust Earth, a young healer named Snake travels the world, healing the sick and injured with her companion, the alien dreamsnake. But she is being pursued. A mammoth effort trying to recreate the experience of The Stand and Swan Song , but sadly falls a bit short.
An exceptional post-apocalyptic book that spans thousands of year. From the ruins of the civilization to space age. A future world where humans are dying and their salvation lies in the hands of a suicidal android. A world where Bermuda grass is running out of control, choking out every other plant and destroying the food supply of animals and humanity alike. Co-authored by James Kunetka. Think World War Z , but without the zombies and after a nuclear war. Similar to Warday , but this time the apocalypse is ecological.
Basis for the tv-series, The Last Ship follows the life of those onboard the last ship after a global war. Humanity is nothing but tiny vermin to the giant aliens. Pretty underrated book, a must read. When Corporal Gary woke up he was on the wrong side of the river, the bombed and contaminated side. A viral outbreak causes a zombie apocalypse.
Sadly, the author committed suicide at the young age of Came here for Soft Apocalypse. This book crept up on me. I still have paranoia periodically about it being the beginning of the end without us recognizing it. A feminist dystopia in a post-apocalyptic world. All life is sacred until it is born. A woman's place is to submit, to obey. A woman's place is to give over her newborn for exposure on a hillside if the child is flawed in any way, even if it is born the wrong sex. A woman's place is not to decide these things.
A group of American bombers armed with nuclear weapons is streaking past the fail-safe point, beyond recall, and no one knows why. Their destination - Moscow. Co-authored by Harvey Wheeler. Vampires have overrun most of the cities of the earth and now they are spreading to the countryside. In Bloodring, an urban fantasy, Faith Hunter portrays a near-future world, caught in the throes of an ambiguous apocalypse, where a woman with everything to hide finds her destiny revealed.
A man, after the murder of his family, unleashes a terrible plague upon the human race, one that zeros in on women. Okay, I may have made the rehab bit up. An intelligent life force called the Yrr takes form in marine animals, using them to wreak havoc on humanity for our ecological abuses. This book was a sensation in Germany. A giant black cloud comes towards Earth and sits in front of the sun, causing widespread panic and death. A select group of scientists and astronomers engage in a mad race to understand and communicate with the cloud, battling against trigger happy politicians.
The passing of thousands of years left the planet Earth a series of broken lands, a mutated world of distant alien empires and near-at-hand rapacious satraps. The hunted common people were sustained by one last legend - that some day one would come who would "rise the Elephant" and thereby bring back the Golden Age. When Comet Sicara brushed near enough to strip the ozone layer form the Earth's atmosphere, civilization effectively ended, in fact, life on Earth was nearly extinguished.
But the underwater cities survived, and some heavily protected land enclaves as well. But an alien threat is looming in the near future. Another classic of the genre. It tells the story of Armon Jarles, living amidst the disputes of two rival powers at large in the world. The new rulers over the masses of humanity are the techno-priests of the Great God, endowed with scientific knowledge lost to the rest of humanity. Jarles rises to become a priest of the Great God. He knows the gospel propagated by the priests to be a fraud, based on illusion and trickery.
He is about to be thrown headlong into the middle of the greatest holy war the world has ever seen. He lands in what he believes to be Canada to reclaim family mining interests. He discovers Canada is now N. Texas and what remains of civilization in N.
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America is ruled by primitive, backslapping, bigger than life anti-intellectual "good ole boys" convinced of their own moral superiority. A disillusioned scientist, a Native American and a beautiful girl set out to end civilization. Shortly after a limited nuclear exchange, a large asteroid crashes into the Earth which is followed soon after by the shifting of the Earth's axis. Co-authored by Judith Reeves-Stevens. Six precisely placed nuclear warheads buried 2, feet beneath the ice detonate in sequence, shearing the Ross Shelf from the underwater rises that anchor it.
An alien race of winged conquerors rules the Earth. Humans are kept in rigid isolation from each other, except for controlled mating. Only two dare to join forces in an illicit bond of love and revolt. Fairly popular YA novel. In a futuristic urban wasteland, evil Overlords have decreed that no child shall live a day past his fourteenth birthday.
On that Sad Birthday, the child is the object of an obscene harvest resulting in the construction of a machine like creature whose sole purpose is to kill. The mysterious Shade, once a man, but now more like the machines he fights, recruits the few children fortunate enough to escape. Growing up in the wasteland of war has made year-old Cody Pierce wise in survival skills, and now he's the White Fox, rebel leader of the children's barracks in a CCR prison camp.
It is the tale of young Severian, an apprentice in the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy toward his victim - and follows his subsequent journey out of his home city of Nessus. A classic of the genre and while a bit difficult to follow, worth it in the end.
A new technology called Air is arriving. But an initial testing of Air goes disastrously wrong and people are killed from the shock. New York City - the end of the 3rd millennium. Monumental buildings in ruins. Central Park a jungle peopled by savage sub-humans. Civilization has vanished along with humankind. A scientist triggers a solar eclipse and plunges our world into a new Ice Age. I have to ask, who the fuck is still reading Wilds Cards and how can we make them stop? Anyway, this is an anthology and retirement project of our beloved author.
Just after World War 2, over New York City, an alien virus transforms human genetics and goes recessive to create super heroes and villains. Most victims die, others experience physical or psychic changes: She is bound to another man, and to a dying planet that is trapped in twilight. A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. The Drowning Towers is an exploration of the effects of climate change in the not-too-distant future.
An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions. This is actually the 3rd book of the Galactic Empire trilogy. Earth is a backwater, just a pebble in the sky, despised by all the other million planets of the Empire because its people dare to claim it's the original home of man.
Earth is poor, with great areas of radioactivity ruining much of its soil, so poor that everyone is sentenced to death at the age of sixty. Following the energy crisis of the late twentieth century, America has been abandoned. Now, a century later, a small group of European explorers return to the now climatically mutated continent. Set in year , the novel imagines a future in which solar radiation and global warming have melted the ice caps and Triassic-era jungles have overrun a submerged and tropical London.
A super-hurricane blasted round the globe at hundreds of miles per hour burying whole communities beneath piles of rubble, destroying all organized life and driving those it did not kill to seek safety in tunnels and sewers. Drought tells the story of the world on the brink of extinction, where a global drought, brought on by industrial waste, has left mankind in a life-or-death search for water. Only ten people of every 3, would be taken to Mars to begin a new colony.
For the rest, there awaited only death. It has been 60 years since the great Red Death wiped out mankind, and the handful of survivors has established their own civilization and their own hierarchy in a savage world. Arriving on the moon to initiate the first moonbase, Vice-President Charlie Haskell must fend for his life when the comet Tomiko heads straight for the moon. After finding a Roadmaker artifact - a book called A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court — the protagonist embarks on a journey to find a hidden sanctuary called Haven, where the secrets of old civilization might still be found.
One of my favorite PA books. One of my favorite authors, Jack Vance is one of the pioneers of the dying earth trope. Check out his other books too. When a giant meteor crashes into the earth and destroys all life, small groups of human survivors manage to leave the barren planet and establish a new home on the moon.
After a millennia, the descendants of the original refugees travel back to earth, to try to rebuild the civilization. An account of a near future on a barren earth where women are kept in underground cages guarded by uniformed groups of men. Pilgrimage to Hell Deathlands 1 , total books in the series so far , are you fucking kidding me? Survival in a post-apocalyptic America after the nuclear war. I want to know if anyone has read all the books in the series. Both humans and birds have evolved.
Birds have evolved into telepathic beings seeking to exterminate their main rivals: An arms dealer hires a black magician to unleash all the Demons of Hell on earth for a single day. The sequel is good too. In a post-apocalyptic world, kids are dropped into a Maze to fight for survival. Not against each other though. When a freak natural phenomenon dissolves the boundaries between yesterday and today, the world is transformed into a patchwork mixture of the present and the distant past.
In a post-apocalyptic world years from now, humans are a dying species. A man gets a survival suit for her daughter after signing an admission of complicity in starting World War III. A white-hot protoplanet as large as the Earth is emitted from Jupiter, which is hurtling sunwards that will obliterate civilization.
Solar flares have triggered a series of gargantuan natural disasters. Earthquakes and hellfire rock the globe. Across the hellish strip of Western Europe known as The Zone, super tanks armed with tactical nuclear weapons, lethal chemicals, and fiercely accurate missiles roam the germ-infested terrain. Patriots is a narrative depicting fictional characters using authentic militaristic survivalist techniques to endure the collapse of the American civilization.
I have no idea why the author includes a comma in his name. An alien greeting has spread a terrible virus throughout the world's population, and now the survivors are wary of any further contact with the off-worlders. Written with Robert Kirkman, this book tells how The Governor became the man he is, and what drove him to such extremes. One of my favorites of the genre. Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. But now, the lights are failing. Two children discover fragments of an ancient parchment, and they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember.
Read this one, but you can safely skip the rest of the series. I have read most of the deathlands series. The last half or so was not written by Axler, and the quality was a pretty serious drop. Outlamders is more conspiracy fiction with a theme of the month vibe to it. One of the few I guess who have completed most of the series. I admire readers who stay loyal to a long series even if quality drops, because I lack that kind of patience. Thank you for actually reading and replying to my inquiry in the post. The Road is probably as dark and grim as this genre goes.
I'd say it's the least good I was going to worst, but it's still damn good. Worth reading, it really keeps you guessing with the story. A lot of twists. This might be better in Google Doc format. Great idea but a little hard to follow with the length. Will provide the link tomorrow. It is in Reddit format right now.
I'll have to clean it up a bit. That's a better idea. Give me a few days then. It looks better than this, to be honest. A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" that spares no one. The author won the Nobel Prize in literature. One of the better written post-holocaust stories of an isolated community determined to preserve itself through a perilous experiment in cloning.
Kate Wilhelm is a must read author. The novel is set in the not-too-distant future, when a devastating drought in the American West and much of the rest of the world has caused economic and social collapse. Nanotech plagues decimated the population after an initial renaissance of utopian nanotech cities.
The Realm of Kiteworld has survived nuclear catastrophe and is governed by a feudal and militant religious oligarchy - the Church Variant. Co-authored by Doug Beason. A world without oil and plastic. An "oil-eating" microbe, designed to consume anything made of petrocarbons: A good concept, but not the best execution.
For the small Pacific Coast community of San Onofre, life in the aftermath of a devastating nuclear attack is a matter of survival, a day-to-day struggle to stay alive. This book, among other things is also an account of an apocalypse in which the invention of a new molecular arrangement of water, Ice-9, leads to the near obliteration of life on earth.
Know your thetan levels today! Just kidding, this book has nothing to do with that cult. Earth has been dominated for 1, years by an alien invader—and man is an endangered species. Co-authored by Jerry Pournelle. A giant comet strikes the Earth. A classic of the genre which covers all the aspects of the apocalypse — before, during and after. Two generations after destruction rained down upon America's cities, the population is scattered into small towns.
Cities are forbidden by law, as is scientific research but there are whispers about a town where science still thrives. The bombs fell, and a deadly virus claimed most of the world's men. Now, civilization's few surviving males are guarded by women warriors.
An aging astronomer and a mysterious child are alone at a remote outpost in the Arctic when the airwaves go silent. No, not your mom, the real whales. And before you say - no, not my mom either. Mounting radiation levels have brought widespread deformity and collapse of society in present day Britain. A deadly purple vapor passes over the world and annihilates all living creatures except one man, Adam Jeffson. He embarks on an epic journey across a silent and devastated planet, an apocalyptic Robinson Crusoe putting together the semblance of a normal life from the flotsam and jetsam of his former existence.
The Beginning of the End Apocalipsis Z 1 , total 3 books in the series. Suddenly the lights go off. Packs of pale crouched figures stalk the darkened subways, monsters prowl Times Square, and the people all around are changing into monsters. Co-authored by Barbara Hambly. Into this cold land comes shocking evidence that life might be flourishing elsewhere. One of the underrated gems. Perhaps one of the most popular post-apocalyptic books.
Genetic engineering has altered the earth forever. On a dying Earth, society retreats to enclosed, climate-controlled cities where lawbreakers are expelled to the Outside—the barren and ruinous world beyond the safety of the domes. As the new millennium approaches, it is the end of the world for John in more ways than one, for his wife and child are dead, and society lies in ruins as a plague devastates the world. When a pregnant young girl enters his life, he finds he has more to fight for than he imagined.
It chronicles the life of the last surviving human on earth, an ordinary middle-aged woman who awakens one morning to find that everyone else has vanished. An ancient holocaust devastated civilization and caused most of the world's water to evaporate, a new civilization has arisen--where sand ships cross the deserts between city-states, where bones are used to work magic of all kinds.
A world inhabited by people dehumanized by the daily threat of nuclear war and postwar survivors deformed by its results. Short stories, but I am including them here. The Solar System is about to pass through a cloud of cosmic dust that will incite the Sun to a paroxysm of fury. There can be no escape—except, possibly, for a very few. Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens.
An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Isn't it hilarious that after including all these books, I forgot one of the most popular ones? Earth's resources were exhausted. Man's last hope was Project Arcadia, the bizarre experiment submitted by a group of scientists.
A time storm has devastated the Earth, and only a small fraction of humankind remains. From the rubble, three survivors form an unlikely alliance: A tall alien race has invaded and enslaved the Earth. But one man will have to lead a rebellion to free the mankind from slavery even though he knows that failure is imminent.
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After the collapse of civilization, a scientist must make his way across a violent and lawless America, in search of a refuge where he can keep the spark of knowledge alive in the coming Dark Age and he has been adopted by a great Gray Wolf because again, why the hell not? This one bored me to tears by the end. The eponymous hero of Kalki, born and bred in America's Midwest, has established himself in Nepal and put out the word that he is the last incarnation of the god Vishnu.
An imminent apocalypse - ignited by Kalki's own actions - will end the current cycle of creation, clear the planet of overpopulation and pollution, and, most importantly, clear the way for a new human race with Kalki himself as a literal founding father. Earth is dying after nuclear wars. As a new arms race builds, an elderly leader of an Armenian mystic sect appears at a Palo Alto defense installation claiming to have data that will give Pan-America advantage over the other two main world blocs. After a nuclear war in , 21st century Scotland is one of the few places in the world where human beings still exist.
A nationwide famine has swept across America. A wheat farmer attempts to find out the source of the blight which has devastated the world. A favorite of many, but I am not a fan. Vergil Ulam has created cellular material that can outperform rats in laboratory tests. When the authorities rule that he has exceeded his authorization, Vergil loses his job, but is determined to take his discovery with him. Something is happening to Planet Earth, and the truth is too terrifying to consider.
Now this and its sequel are the books I like. Through widening holes of ozone depletion, the tropical sun burns human skin to a crisp. Powerful earthquakes and monstrous hurricanes wrack South America, exploding Ecuador's already anarchic instability. The alien Quarn struck suddenly at the heart of Earth's interstellar Empire; their weapon a deadly plague, which sent its victims fleeing back a million years to the safety of the ancestral caves. The swarm - a cloud of meteors and asteroids 50, miles across - was coming. Hundred of missiles put Earth under siege, forcing the world in a panicked hell of anarchy and catastrophe.
Riots and orgies best thing about an apocalypse rampaged in the rubble. Co-authored by William Rotsler. The Republic consisted of one underground city ruled by a weakling monarch and a power-hungry priesthood. This is the story of the showdown, one hundred years after Doomsday. It's and the earth has been devastated by tectonic shifts accompanied by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Then the aliens land but, White Queen, an anti-alien group, begins to undermine human trust.
More dystopian than post-apocalyptic, this classic YA novel tells the tale of 11 year old Amy who lives in a decaying underground city ruled by an authoritarian government. She befriends Axel, a strange boy who claims to have come from a mythical place called Outside, and things escalate from there. After an unfortunate murder two telepathic children, members of a primitive civilization are led to escape by a friendly, unseen voice. Written at the height of the Cold War, this is a story of humankind's last seven days on earth. A really uplifting short story for the Reddit bots of an AI controlling and keeping alive the last few remaining humans against their wish.
A story of a "perfect" State, founded on worship of the spirit of Man and dedicated to the mission of resettling the devastated areas of the world. I need a bath, brb. Aimed at young adults, this is a story of various parallel earths destroyed by an apocalypse. The name Turtledove gave me heartburn in my previous alternate history list. He also wrote Supervolcano: Eruption in this genre. Apocalyptic vision of the future where technology exists as a mere remnant of a destroyed world, conjoined twins are the norm and the orbit of the moon is decaying.
The Earth is long dead and the human survivors live in huge citadels beneath the Venusian seas, ruled by the Immortals, genetic mutations with a lifespan of years. Sam Reed was born an immortal, but was mutilated as a baby, and is determined to overthrow the immortals and lead the people of Earth off of the floor of the oceans of Venus.
Co-authored by his wife, C. Four adventurers find themselves at Carcasilla, earth's last citadel, a billion years from now. It is there that the mutated remains of humanity are making their final stand. Not as good as Fury. It is a dark time for the world. Humanity is just crawling out from under three hundred years of domination by the race of vampires known as the Nobility. Yes, this is a manga. And yes, now I know they are to be read from right to left. Humanity has been devastated by the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. I enjoyed the movie too. Shoddy science, bland characters, and zero motivation for them to go out and clean the fucking cameras.
Many other PA books get it right about what it means to live underground. For example, Metro and Level 7. This one does not. People live underground in a Silo after the apocalypse and everything is not what it seems. There are many following books. In the s, the Bureaucracy eliminated all knowledge of the past in the wake of a nuclear holocaust. In , a man discovers two metal boxes containing manuscripts, diaries, and other personal papers that have somehow survived and asks an old man, John Wellfleet, to use these documents to discover the past.
On the airwaves, all the talk is of the new blue planet - pristine and habitable, like our own 65 million years ago, before we took it to the edge of destruction. The nanotechnology was designed to fight cancer. Instead, it evolved into the Machine Plague, killing nearly 5 billion people and changing life on Earth forever. The book tells the story of a small Scottish community living through what people have begun to think is the end of times due to a freak winter.
The United States is now a lawless, scantly populated wasteland. Farmlands lie fallow and the soil is contaminated by toxins. Across the country, families have packed up their belongings to travel eastward toward the one hope left: As random citizens begin exhibiting unexplained murderous berserker violence, a Vietnam vet-turned-Catskills constable, is trapped as he strives to keep martial law in a world where there is no order. Co-authored by Daina Graziunas.
A worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion threatens to reduce civilization to ashes. A band of improbable heroes battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman. A strike to destroy an illegal Arctic weapons cache has a catastrophic side effect. In the middle of the Pacific, a gigantic hurricane thousands of miles across is forming, larger than any in human history. Seemingly random events simultaneously occurring around the world are in fact connected as part of Daybreak's plan to destroy modern civilization, a plan that will eliminate America's top government personnel, leaving the nation no choice but to implement its emergency contingency program drumroll … Directive Centuries in the future, after the world has been devastated by the Gene Wars, the scattered remnants of humanity struggle against both the spreading biological blight on the ground and the great airships that dominate the skies.
Controlled by feudal warlords, these mile-long dirigibles patrol their territories, exacting tribute from the ground communities. A hundred thousand years from now, Creohan the scholar discovers a star approaching Earth on a deadly collision course. If he can arouse everyone to the danger, there might be time enough to save the world.
Call it dystopian or apocalyptic. But Stand on Zanzibar is one of the best books written in science fiction, ever. Long and challenging, this one is a must read. It tells the story of a world overpopulated by the billions where society is squeezed into hive-living madness by god-like mega computers, mass-marketed psychedelic drugs, and mundane uses of genetic engineering.
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In this nightmare society, air pollution is so bad that gas masks are commonplace. Infant mortality is up, and everyone seems to suffer from some form of ailment. Another classic by Brunner. This book packs a punch in a mere pages. The crops grass based are dying due to a virus in Asia. Then it strikes the Britain. UK suffers a terribly harsh winter: A massive series of earthquakes on a worldwide scale reduce cities to rubble, plunging survivors into barbarism. When a deadly virus kills off most of the world's population, a teenaged boy tries to survive in a seemingly empty England.
Luke lives in a society whose finest art is fighting. Since a natural disaster years before, there have been no machines; people must rely on their bodies and wits. Long ago, the Tripods--huge, three-legged machines--descended upon Earth and took control. Born into the community of Truthful Speakers years after the Storm, Rush was raised on stories of the old. Taken into the society of Dr. Boots's List, attached to the old mysteries, Rush grows closer to a sainthood he could never have imagined.
In a bleak, zombie-ridden future, a small settlement fights for survival and looks to a teenager to lead them. This is not a YA book though. Hideous demons roam the streets in an orgy of terror, drawing pleasure from torturing humans as sadistically as possible. Co-authored by Craig Spector. Set in the year , a 66 year old man traces the course of one Massachusetts year in his journal. This book depicts an America devastated by a war with China that has left its populace decimated, its government a shambles, and its natural resources tainted.
Aliens have helped to advance the human technology on Earth for centuries. Now after years, they have sent the bill. Survival against the Triffids, strange plants that began to appear all over the world. A young man is living in a movie theater in post-apocalyptic Wyoming, drinking alcohol, and eating food out of cans. Then he takes the road with a girl to find some answers. In a zombie infested world, teens must get a job after they turn 15 or their rations get cut in half. Malorie and her two young children live in an abandoned house near the river.
Now that the boy and girl are four, it's time to go to a safe place, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: Mentioned at least 50 times daily on Reddit. The best zombie apocalypse book of all time. And I think it would remain so for a foreseeable future. You might recognize the author by her other name, Robin Hobb. Over successive generations the Conservancy has re-adjusted man to make him so environmentally-friendly that he no longer breeds or leaves any trace of his existence.
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