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“Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction,” Wikipedia

“List of Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction,” Wikipedia

“Apocalyptic SF,” Aris Mousoutzanis, The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction, 2009 (Available online through UMW Library; PDF in Canvas)

“Dystopia,” Graham J. Murphy, The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction, 2009 (Available online through UMW Library; PDF in Canvas)

“Future History,” Andy Sawyer, The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction, 2009 (Available online through UMW Library; PDF in Canvas)

“How and When Will the World End?” The Atlantic, July/August 2013,

“Behind Hollywood’s Apocalyptic Obsession,” Mack Hayden, Relevant, June 14, 2013,

“Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich,” Evan Osnon, The New Yorker, January 30, 2017,

“Apocalypse,” Junot Diaz, Boston Review, May 1, 2011


Short Stories

Finis, Frank Lillie Pollock, 1906 (

Rescue Party, Arthur C. Clarke, 1946. (

There will Come Soft Rain, Ray Bradbury, 1950 (

The Birds, Daphne du Maurier, 1952 (

The Defenders, Philip K Dick, 1953 (

A Boy and His Dog, Harlan Ellison, 1969 (

The Screwfly Solution, Racoona Sheldon, 1977 (

Daisy, In the Sun, Connie Willis, 1979

The End of the Whole Mess, Stephen King, 1986

Tupac Shakur and the End of the World, Sandra McDonald, 2010 (

How Th’Irth Wint Rong by Haples Joey @ Homeskool.guv, by Gregory Maguire, 2012

The Easthound, Nalo Hopkinson, 2012


The Last Man, Mary Shelley, 1826

War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells, 1898

I Am Legend, Richard Matheson, 1954

On the Beach, Nevil Shute, 1957

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K Dick, 1968

The Stand, Stephen King, 1978

Galapagos, Kurt Vonnegut, 1985

Brown Girl in the Ring, Nalo Hopkinson, 2001

Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood, 2003

World War Z, Max Brooks, 2006

Wasteland, Vol 1: Cities in the Dust, Antony Johnston, 2007

The Strain, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, 2009

The Passage, Justin Cronin, 2010

Wool, Hugh Howey, 2011

The Beginning of the End, Manel Loureiro, 2012

Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler, 2012

The Man Who Ended the World, Jason Gurley, 2013

California, Edan Lepucki, 2014

Station Eleven, Emily St John Mandel, 2014

Seveneves, Neil Stephenson, 2015

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, Meg Elison, 2016

Sea of Rust, C Robert Cargill, 2017 

TV Shows

“Time Enough at Last,” The Twilight Zone, John Brahm, 1959.

“Soldier,” The Outer Limits, Gerd Oswald, 1964.

“The Dalek Invasion of Earth,” Dr. Who, Richard Martin, 1964.

Survivors, Terry Nation, 1975-1977

The Day After, Nicholas Meyer, 1983.

V, Kenneth Johnson, 1983 (Miniseries and the subsequent TV series)

Max Headroom, Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton, and George Stone, 1987-1988 (CWSeed)

The Stand, Mick Garris, 1994 (YouTube)

Dark Angel, James Cameron and Charles Eglee, 2000-2002 (YouTube)

Battlestar Gallactica, Glen A. Larson and Ronald D. Moore, 2005-2009 (Netflix)

Afterworld, Brent V. Friedman & Michael DeCourcey, 2007 (YouTube)

The Walking Dead, Frank Darabont, 2010- (Netflix)

Electric City, Tom Hanks, 2012 (YouTube)

Gravity Falls, Alex Hirsch, 2012 (Hulu)

Attack on Titan, Tetsuro Araki, 2014- (Hulu)

Knights of Sidonia, Tsutomu Nihei, 2014-2015 (Netflix)

Last Man on Earth, Wil Forte, 2015- (Hulu)

The Leftovers, Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, 2015- (YouTube $$)

“Metalhead,” Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker, 2017 (Netflix)


The Day the Earth Stood Still, Robert Wise, 1951

On the Beach, Stanley Kramer, 1959

La Jetee, Chris Marker, 1962 (UMW Kanopy)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Stanley Kubrick, 1964

Silent Running, Douglas Trumball, 1972

Logan’s Run, Michael Anderson, 1976

Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Philip Kaufman, 1978

Mad Max, George Miller, 1979

Escape from New York, John Carpenter, 1981

Testament, Lynn Littman, 1983

Terminator, James Cameron, 1984

The Quiet Earth, Geoff Murphy, 1985 (Kanopy)

When the Wind Blows, Jimmy T Murakami, 1986

Twelve Monkeys, Terry Gilliam, 1995

The Postman, Kevin Costner, 1997

On the Beach, Russel Mulcahy, 2000

28 Days Later, Danny Boyle, 2002

End Day, Gareth Edwards, 2005 (Netflix)

Children of Men, Alfonso Cuaron, 2006

I Am Legend, Francis Lawrence, 2007

Wall-E, Andrew Stanton, 2008

9, Shane Acker, 2009 (Netflix)

The Road, John Hillcoat, 2009 (Netflix)

Zombieland, Rubn Fleisher, 2009

In Time, Andrew Nicol, 2011

The Hunger Games, Gary Ross, 2012 (Netflix)

Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller, 2015

The Girl with All the Gifts, Colm McCarthy, 2016

Train to Busan, Yeon Sang-ho, 2016 (Netflix)

Radio Shows

“War of the Worlds,” H.G. Wells/Orson Welles, October 31, 1938,

“Oxhchloride X”, Lights Out, Arch Oboler, 1938, 

“The Last Objective,” X Dimension, Paul Carter, 1950,

“The Peoria Plague,” 1972,

“Apocalypse,” This American Life, April 2, 1999,

“Nebulous,” Graham Duff, 2005-2008,

Welcome to Night Vale, 2012-present,

“Media and the End of the World,” Adam Croom and Ralph Beliveau,