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List of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction

This is a list of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction works as portrayed in literature, film, television, and, comics.[1][2]

Apocalyptic fiction is a subgenre of science fiction that is concerned with the end of civilization due to a potentially existential catastrophe such as nuclear warfare, pandemic, extraterrestrial attack, impact event, cybernetic revolt, technological singularity, dysgenics, supernatural phenomena, divine judgment, climate change, resource depletion or some other general disaster. Post-apocalyptic fiction is set in a world or civilization after such a disaster. The time frame may be immediately after the catastrophe, focusing on the travails or psychology of survivors, or considerably later, often including the theme that the existence of pre-catastrophe civilization has been forgotten (or mythologized).

Apocalypse is a Greek word referring to the end of the world. Apocalypticism is the religious belief that there will be an apocalypse, a term which originally referred to a revelation of God's will, but now usually refers to belief that the world will come to an end very soon, even within one's own lifetime.[3]

Apocalyptic fiction does not portray catastrophes, or disasters, or near-disasters that do not result in apocalypse. A threat of an apocalypse does not make a piece of fiction apocalyptic. The films Nineteen Eighty-Four for example, is dystopian fiction, not apocalyptic fiction.

Works of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction

Format Year Cause Title Author & Notes
Game 1992 Aliens, Eco Galactix Backstory (featuring a satirical "fake news story" regarding the final depletion of the Amazon rain forest) and game play take place in the year 2019, in which a powerful alien attack force threatens to obliterate the Earth. Developed by Scott Host, for Cygnus Game Studios (now Mountain King Studios).
Game 2014 Impact Event Ace Combat Infinity PlayStation 3 online game depicting a new world war 20 years after a meteor strike hits much of the Earth's surface.
Game 2013 Disease, Monsters The Last of Us A fungal spore infection turns most of humanity into monsters and a small band of survivors try to live on.
Novel 2014 Zombies, Disease Bulletin of ZOMBIE Research: Volume 1 A mock scientific journal by Christy Leppanen that presents the results of eight scientific investigations and experiments describing the biology and ecology of zombies in a changed world.
Film 2013 Eco The Colony Another ice age causes survivors to move underground.
Television 2012–2014 Technology Collapse Revolution All technology ceases after a global blackout.
Novel 1964 Disease Virus Novel by Sakyo Komatsu about a lethal supergerm that kills humanity in months. Later adapted into a 1980 movie.
Novel 2008 Eco Flood The Earth is gradually submerged due to seismic activity that brings more water to the surface.
Novel 2011 Technology Wool A multi part series by author Hugh Howey
Novel 2008 War The Diamond of Darkhold The fourth book in Jeanne DuPrau's City of Ember series.
Novel 2006 War The Prophet of Yonwood The third book in Jeanne DuPrau's City of Ember series.
Play 2005 War and gang violence Mercury Fur Philip Ridley
Novel 2004 War The People of Sparks The second book in Jeanne DuPrau's City of Ember series.
Novel 2000 Eco The Last Book in the Universe Rodman Philbrick
Story 2001 War Autobahn nach Poznan Andrzej Ziemianski
Story 1950 War Dear Devil Eric Frank Russell
Story 1969 War A Boy and His Dog Harlan Ellison - Filmed in 1975.
Story 1984 War Extinction is Forever Louise Lawrence - A scientist uses a time machine to travel to the future and film the results of a nuclear war in a bid to prevent it from happening. However, his actions could have serious repercussions for the mutated descendants of the human race.
Novel 1990 Divine prophecy Good Omens Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Story 1949 War Let the Ants Try Frederik Pohl under the pseudonym James MacCreigh
Play 1942 War (also ice age and flood) The Skin of Our Teeth Thornton Wilder
Novel 1922 War Theodore Savage (vt. Lest Ye Die) Cicely Hamilton [4]
Story 1941 War Magic City Nelson S. Bond
Story 1953 War Second Variety Philip K. Dick
Story 1949 War Time to Rest John Wyndham - short story sequel No Place Like Earth
Comic 1985-1989 War Appleseed Masamune Shirow - Japanese manga (and subsequent anime adaptations)
Novella 1989 Zombies On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert With Dead Folks Joe R. Lansdale
Comic 1990-1995 War Battle Angel Alita Yukito Kishiro - manga series containing post-apocalyptic elements and taking place in a highly futuristic dystopian world
Novel 1913 Disease Goslings: A World of Women[5] J.D. Beresford - A global plague has decimated England's male population and the once-predictable Gosling family is now free to fulfill its long-frustrated desires.
Novel 1805 Human Decline Le Dernier Homme Jean-Baptiste Cousin de Grainville - Regarded as the first story of modern speculative fiction to depict the end of the world.[6]
Comic 1997- War Desert Punk Usune Masatoshi - Ongoing manga series (Later adapted into an anime)
Comic 1986-1993 War Ex-Mutants Set in a post-nuclear world.
Comic 1968- War Cobalt 60 (comics) Created by Vaughn Bodé, first published in 1968
Comic 2002 War Incredible Hulk: The End: The Last Titan
Comic 2003 War Judge Dredd vs. Aliens
Comic 1972- War Kamandi Featuring the last boy on earth first published in 1972.
Comic 2000-2001 War Saikano Shin Takahashi - manga series
Comic 1990-1991 War The Last American Series originally from Marvel in 1990/1991, re-released by Com.X
Comic 2004 War The Punisher: The End
Comic 1992- War X/1999 Clamp—ongoing manga series
Song 1992 War April 2031 Song by the band Warrant on the "Dog Eat Dog" album depicts an earth devastated by war where life lives on only by artificial means.
Other 1995- War Ayreon Arjen Anthony Lucassen - series of concept albums depicts the end of life on Earth in 2084 due to, among other factors, a catastrophic nuclear war
Poem 1956 War The Horses Edwin Muir - Deals with society's regression to pre Industrial Revolution conditions in the wake of a nuclear war
Poem 1961 War Your Attention Please Peter Porter -written in the style of a radio broadcast warning of an impending nuclear attack
Song 1979 War Your Attention Please Song adaptation of the above Porter poem written and recorded by the Scottish post-punk group the Scars
Game 2008 Impact Event Advance Wars: Days of Ruin With virtually all of humanity wiped out by a meteor strike, the game follows the exploits of an army of survivors, fighting bandit raiders and hostile armies across the planet's desolate remains.
Other 2004- Impact Event Compilation of Final Fantasy VII Includes video games, short stories, and animated features, revolves largely around the fate of a planet which is ravaged by the impact a giant meteor/asteroid, summoned by magic; published between 2004 and 2009
Game 2007 Impact Event Godzilla: Unleashed PC Video Game, From Pipeworks, set in the post-apocalyptic earth in which earth has been destroyed by crystals.
Game 2011 Impact Event Rage Video Game, iD Software's new project, set after a meteor collision with the Earth.
Novel 1997- Aliens Outlanders Novel series created by Mark Ellis aka James Axler
Novel 1967-1988 Aliens The Tripods John Christopher - novel series, made into a TV series in the '80s
Game 2001- Aliens Halo (video game series) An alien alliance called the Covenant begin attacking human colonies in 2525. By 2552, almost all of the human colonies are destroyed and the Covenant are attacking Earth.
Game 2007- Aliens Crysis Crytek - A near future where an ancient alien spacecraft has been discovered beneath the ground on an island in the East Philippines sea.
Novel 1928, 1929 Eco Deluge and Dawn S. Fowler Wright- A huge flood devastates the world; only the English Midlands survive.
Novel 1973, 1976 Eco Children of Morrow and Treasures of Morrow H. M. Hoover - Set in California several centuries after pollution all but wiped out the human race. Published in 1973 and 1976 respectively
Novel 2002-2004 Eco The Snowfall Trilogy Mitchell Smith - Novel trilogy comprising Snowfall, Kingdom River, and Moonrise. North America has retreated into hunter-gatherer societies and military kingdoms some 500 years after an apocalyptic ice age
Novel 1995/2005 Eco The Mara and Dann novels Doris Lessing - Mara and Dann, and sequel: Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog. Set in a future ice age. Other Lessing novels like Memoirs of a Survivor and Shikasta deal with apocalyptic themes.
Novel 1994-2001 Eco Greatwinter trilogy Sean McMullen - Trilogy comprising Souls in the Great Machine, The Miocene Arrow, and Eyes of the Calculator. The first book was originally published as two books, starting in 1994. An ancient whale species recreated through a genetic experiment turns out to have been telepathic, and the whales issue a telepathic call which cause most of humanity and other large land mammals to walk into the oceans and drown.
Game 2007 Technology Toxic Nitrome Limited - flash game by about a character in a yellow hazmat suit attempting to free the world from a race of robots with a variety of bombs. A sequel, Toxic 2, was released in 2008.
Radio 2005 Technology Humans Are Dead Flight of the Conchords
Song 1980 Technology The Eighth Day Hazel O'Connor - hit single
Song 2007 Technology Citizens of Tomorrow Tokyo Police Club - single
Other 2003 Technology The Protomen The Protomen - The self-titled album
Film 2003 Human Decline Le Temps du Loup Michael Haneke's film (The Time of the Wolf), following a family through the (French?) country side after an undefined catastrophic collapse of civilization.
Film 2001 Human Decline A.I. Depicts human extinction after 2000 years.
Television 2006 Human Decline Korgoth of Barbaria The Cartoon Network/Adult Swim animated parody.
Television 2003 Human Decline Wolf's Rain The manga/anime series, takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where constant conflicts between nobles leaves whole parts of the earth uninhabited, cities in ruins, and technology rare. Only the nobles possess futuristic ships, and the richest have domed cities where the debilitated earth can still support life. Wolves are proclaimed extinct, but found a way to enchant humans. Five wolves are on a quest to find 'Paradise', along with a Flower-Maiden, who was created from a Lunar Flower by a Noble. A second apocalypse ends the series, with a presumable renewing of the planet. Four of the five characters are seen in the renewed world.
Television 2002 Human Decline The Future Is Wild Uses computer animation to simulate the sort of creatures that may evolve from present-day animals. In the world depicted in the series, the human race has left Earth to colonize the stars. The future descendants of humanity have sent probes back to Earth to record what has become of it.
Novel 1980-1983 Human Decline The Book of the New Sun Gene Wolfe - novel series
Novel 1953 Human Decline Childhood's End Arthur C. Clarke
Novel 1982 Human Decline Friday Robert A. Heinlein -human society on a future Earth is slipping into a gradual, but inevitable, collapse.
Novel 1985 Human Decline Galápagos Kurt Vonnegut - After an ambiguous eradication of the human species, several people on a cruise to the Galápagos Islands get stranded there. Much to the dismay of the only male left, the women of the island continue the human species for thousands of years where they evolve into seal-like creatures.
Novel 1963 Human Decline Planet of the Apes Pierre Boulle
Novel 2004-2009 Human Decline Biomega And followed manga NOiSE, Blame! and Net Sphere Engineer by Tsutomu Nihei. Published between 2004 and 2009
Novel 1982- Human Decline The Dark Tower Series Stephen King. First book published in 1982
Story 1956 Human Decline To Serve The Master Philip K. Dick
Television 2000-2005 Future Collapse Andromeda Created by Gene Roddenberry; ran between 2000 and 2005
Television 1988-1999; 2009- Future Collapse Red Dwarf The British Science-Fiction Sitcom. First ran between 1988 and 1999, restarted in 2009
Novel 1953 Future Collapse Against the Fall of Night Arthur C. Clarke
Novel 1956 Future Collapse The City and the Stars Arthur C. Clarke
Novel 1963 Future Collapse The Dragon Masters Jack Vance
Novel 1996 Future Collapse Endymion Dan Simmons - a sequel The Rise of Endymion
Novel 1974 Future Collapse The Mote in God's Eye Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
Novel 1996-2008 Future Collapse Trigun Manga by Yasuhiro Nightow, published between 1996 and 2008
Novel 1994-1996 Future Collapse Reaches David Drake, published between 1994 and 1996
Novel 1959 Future Collapse Transfusion Chad Oliver
Novel 1970 Future Collapse Ringworld Larry Niven - An expedition from earth to find a futuristic planet, a ring surrounding a star, results in the members finding that a meteor puncture in the ring's floor and power failure caused the cities to break apart and civilization to collapse.
Novel 1979-1982 Future Collapse Last Legionary Series by radiation against his planet, killing all his people and rendering the planet uninhabitable.
Novel 1963 Future Collapse Space Viking H. Beam Piper
Novel 1991-1995 Future Collapse The General series S. M. Stirling and David Drake, published between 1991 and 1995
Film 1998 Sun Last Night Don McKellar - follows the lives of several individuals as they cope with their final six hours on Earth before the apparent incineration of the Earth by the sun (the cause of the apocalypse is never directly stated).
Television 1997 Sun The Deconstruction of Falling Stars The episode of Babylon 5 - written by J. Michael Straczynski
Television 2005 Sun The End of the World The episode of the television series Doctor Who
Novel 1986 Sun Songs of Distant Earth Arthur C. Clarke - in which the last survivors of Earth arrive at a distant colony unexpectedly.
Poem 1816 Sun Darkness by Lord Byron describes the end of life on earth after the sun's extinction.
Story 1906 Sun Finis Frank Lillie Pollock where a second sun's light incinerates the Earth.
Comic 2001-2002 Sun Just a Pilgrim Limited series by Garth Ennis depicting the adventures of a man traveling on Earth's surface a few years after a solar event called The Burn. Followed by a sequel, Just a Pilgrim: Garden of Eden.
Film 2000- Supernatural Left Behind Film series based on the book series, concerning the Rapture
Television 1998 Supernatural Silent Mobius The manga and subsequent anime movies and TV series by Kia Asamiya - The story is set in a Blade Runner-style world which has been invaded by demonic beings.
Television 2001-2002 Supernatural X/1999 The Clamp anime in which the seven Dragons of Heaven battle the Dragons of Earth to save the world
Television 2009-2010 Supernatural Supernatural Season 4 and 5 are based around the pre-apocalyptic world in which the angels are gearing up for a battle between heaven and hell.
Novel 1995 Supernatural The End of the Age Pat Robertson
Novel 1995-2007 Supernatural Left Behind novel series concerning the Rapture
Novel 1968, 1971 Supernatural Black Easter James Blish - a black magician brings about the end of the world by releasing all the demons from Hell.
Novel 2005-2012 Supernatural Power of Five A series of fantasy and suspense novels, published between 2005 and 2012
Novel 2003 Supernatural The Rising Brian Keene - And its sequel City of the Dead. Rather than the zombies being an infection, as in most zombie fiction; these zombies are reanimated by demonic entities, the sisquisim, from the Old Testament.
Novel 2006 Supernatural The Conqueror Worms Brian Keene - a Lovecraftian tale of one of the last survivors on earth. In the novel, the world floods causing several monsters appear, mainly gigantic, maneating earthworms.
Novel 1997 Supernatural Shade's Children Garth Nix - A novel in which a group of extradimensional beings invade earth and cause all human adults over the age of 14 to vanish.
Novel 2004 Supernatural The Taking Dean Koontz - A novel in which a malevolent demonic force kills off the majority of the human race.
Game 1998 Supernatural Tribe 8 The role-playing game, in which sadistic demons invade (and conquer) the Earth.
Game 2004 Supernatural The Shadow of Yesterday The role-playing game, in which the unification of all people in a fantasy world under a single, supernatural language results in the destruction of a world by what is presumed to be an asteroid that becomes that world's new moon, one that eclipses the sun for a week out of each month.
Game 2001 Supernatural Final Fantasy X A role-playing game, in which an advanced civilization is threatened and destroyed by supernatural forces that religion is knowingly, and in some ways unknowingly, centered around.
Novel 1985/1987/1990 Unspecified Dayworld Philip Jose Farmer - Trilogy comprising Dayworld, Dayworld Rebel, and Dayworld Breakup. The reasons for the Dayworld dystopia seems to be a combination involving overpopulation, ecological catastrophe, some sort of disaster that rendered petroleum unusable, and World War III. This is hinted at in the second book.
Novel 2004- Unspecified The Emberverse series S. M. Stirling - Ongoing series of novels and short stories. A disaster of indeterminate cause (most speculation within the novels concerns an all-powerful outside force, often facetiously referred to as "Alien space bats") causes electricity, combustion engines, and modern explosives to cease functioning.
Novel 1987- Unspecified Wraeththu A series of novels set in a world created by Storm Constantine - humanity is replaced as the planet's dominant species by a race of mystic hermaphrodites. War and plague ravage the human population, but no single cause is specified.
Comic 2006- Unspecified Wasteland Ongoing comic series, which takes place roughly 100 years in the future, where North America is a dustbowl and lacking modern technology
Novel 13th century Impact Event Theologus Autodidactus Ibn al-Nafis
Novel 1826 Disease The Last Man[7] Shelley, Mary
Novel 1872 Technology The Book of Machines The novel Erewhon's section The Book of Machines
Novel 1885 War After London[8] Richard Jefferies - the nature of the catastrophe is never stated, except that apparently most of the human race quickly dies out, leaving England to revert to nature.
Novel 1895 Sun The Time Machine H. G. Wells - Towards the end of the book The Time Traveler witnesses the Suns expansion, causing the death of all life on Earth.
Novel 1898 Aliens The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells
Novel 1901 Eco The Purple Cloud M.P. Shiel - A volcanic eruption floods the world with cyanide gas.
Novel 1908 Supernatural Lord of the World Robert Hugh Benson
Story 1909 Technology The Machine Stops E. M. Forster - A short story emphasizing machinery instead of computers
Novel 1912 Disease The Scarlet Plague Jack London - Sixty years after an uncontrollable epidemic, the Red Death, has depopulated the planet, James Howard Smith tries to impart the value of knowledge and wisdom to his grandsons.
Novel 1912 Sun The Night Land William Hope Hodgson - the Sun burns out and the last of humanity is sheltered in an arcology from the hostile environment and the creatures adapted for it.
Novel 1914 Unspecified Darkness and Dawn George Allan England - two characters wake from suspended animation and find that some great disaster has torn an enormous chasm in the Earth and created a second moon.
Novel 1916 War The Lost Continent Burroughs, Edgar Rice
Play 1921 Technology R.U.R. Play by Karel Capek - notable for coining the term 'robot'.
Novel 1926 Aliens The Moon Men Edgar Rice Burroughs - The series comprising The Moon Maid with the action set on the moon; The Moon Men set in 2120 after the Kalkars have invaded the earth; and The Red Hawk which jumps to 2430 and in which the Great Feud reaches its climax.
Novel 1926 Technology The Metal Giants Edmond Hamilton
Novel 1929 Technology Automata S. Fowler Wright
Novel 1931 Technology The War of the Giants Fletcher Pratt
Novel 1932 War Tomorrow's Yesterday John Gloag [9]
Novel 1933 War The Shape of Things to Come Wells, H. G. - predicting an extended world war fought with modern scientific weapons, societal upheaval, and the beginning of space travel. Filmed as Things to Come in 1936.
Novel 1934 War Quinzinzinzili Messac, Régis - predicting a great world war that ends with the vanishing of humanity. Only a group of children survives and forms a strange new humanity.
Novel 1934 War The Black Flame Stanley G. Weinbaum - Comprises two novellas, Dawn of Flame and The Black Flame, with a common character, Black Margot, aka Margaret of Urbs, aka The Black Flame.
Story 1934 Technology Rex Harl Vincent
Novel 1935 Technology Nightmare Number Three Stephen Vincent Benet
Film 1936 War Things to Come[10] A future second world war leads to a breakdown of civilization in most of the world, with technology returning to medieval levels by 1970.
Novel 1936 War Wild Harbour Ian MacPherson - a war much worse than World War I leads to complete social collapse in Britain.
Story 1937 War By the Waters of Babylon Stephen Vincent Benét
Radio 1938 Aliens The War of the Worlds The radio play directed and narrated by Orson Welles
Novel 1939 War The Death Guard Philip George Chadwick, when a near-invincible army of artificially created soldiers - the flesh guard - falls into the hands of an untrustworthy power, continental Europe forms an alliance and invades Britain. The resulting carnage, involving poisonous electric gas, "humanite" (atomic) bombs, and the unfeeling march of the Flesh Guard, reduces whole cities and towns in Europe to smoking rubble.
Film 1939 Human Decline Peace on Earth A cartoon short by Hugh Harman - animals rebuild a post-apocalyptic world after humanity has fought wars to the point of extinction.
Story 1941 War Nightfall Isaac Asimov
Novel 1943 War Gather, Darkness Fritz Leiber[11]
Novel 1945 Sun Rescue Party Arthur C. Clarke
Novel 1946 Eco Mr. Adam Pat Frank - Depicts a world in which a nuclear power plant explosion renders the entire male population infertile.
Novel 1947 Technology With Folded Hands Jack Williamson
Novel 1948 War Ape and Essence Huxley, Aldous - also screenplay.
Novel 1949 Disease Earth Abides[7] Stewart, George R. - plague
Story 1949 War Not with a Bang Damon Knight
Story 1949 Impact Event The Big Eye Max Simon Ehrlich
Novel 1950 War Pebble in the Sky Asimov, Isaac - a later book, Robots and Empire gave a different explanation.
Story 1950 War There Will Come Soft Rains Ray Bradbury in The Martian Chronicles.
Story 1950 Disease The City Ray Bradbury
Film 1951 War Five[12] Arch Oboler - the film shows the aftermath of a nuclear war, centered on a group of five survivors.[13][14]
Story 1951 Disease The Visitor Ray Bradbury - short story in The Illustrated Man
Film 1951 Impact Event When Worlds Collide (1951 film) Scientists discover a star named Bellus is on a collision course with Earth.
Novel 1951 Social Collapse The Day of the Triffids John Wyndham - Initially thought to be a blinding meteor shower, but later suggested to be a manmade satellite based weapon accidentally discharged, allowing the bioengineered Triffid plants to dominate.
Novel 1951 Aliens The Puppet Masters Robert A. Heinlein
Story 1951 Technology The Last Revolution Lord Dunsany
Novel 1951 Social Collapse Foundation Asimov, Isaac - Mathematician Hari Seldon foresees the fall of the Galactic Empire, which encompasses the entire Milky Way.
Film 1952 War Captive Women[15] A new primitive society emerges long after a nuclear war. The film portrays tribes called the "Norms", the "Upriver People", and the "Mutates" fighting in the remains of New York City.[16][17]
Film 1952 War Invasion USA
Novel 1952 War Star Man's Son[7] Norton, Andre Also published as Daybreak: 2250 A.D. and Star Man's Son 2250 A.D.
Story 1952 Eco The Birds Daphne du Maurier - survival horror. The 1952 short story The Birds by Daphne du Maurier - made into the 1963 film The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock - in which birds begin launching spontaneous mass attacks against humanity
Story 1944 Eco The Great Fog Gerald Heard; a mildrew-generated fog appears to undermine


Novel 1952 Human Decline City Clifford D. Simak
Film 1953 Aliens The War of the Worlds Based on the novel of the same name.
Novel 1953 Aliens The Kraken Wakes John Wyndham
Story 1953 Supernatural The Nine Billion Names of God Arthur C. Clarke - A short story taken from the short story collection of the same name
Novel 1954 War Tomorrow! Wylie, Philip
Play 1954 War The Offshore Island Play by Marghanita Laski
Novel 1954 Disease I Am Legend Richard Matheson - A vampire apocalypse novel, adapted to film as The Last Man on Earth (1964), The Omega Man (1971) and I Am Legend (2007)
Novel 1954 Disease Some Will Not Die Budrys, Algis
Story 1954 Technology Slaves To The Metal Horde Milton Lesser
Story 1954 Technology Answer Fredric Brown
Story 1954 Social Collapse The Last of the Masters Philip K. Dick - short story (novelette) by Dick, Philip K. - 200 years after a global anarchist revolution, society has stagnated due to the loss of scientific knowledge during the revolt. Elsewhere, the last government, a highly centralized and efficient society, is in hiding from the Anarchist League, a global militia preventing the recreation of any government.
Film 1955 War Day the World Ended[12] [19][20]
Novel 1955 War The Chrysalids John Wyndham - U.S. title: Re-Birth. The aftermath of a nuclear war in a rural Canadian community.
Novel 1955 War The Long Tomorrow[21] Brackett, Leigh - in the aftermath of a nuclear war scientific knowledge is feared and restricted.
Film 1956 War World Without End[15] Edward Bernd, starring Hugh Marlowe, Rod Taylor - Robust 20th Century men—narrowly escaping the ubiquitous "time warp"—kill giant spiders, help pale nerds and their beautiful women emerge from underground, and retake the post World War III surface from troglodyte mutants.
Novel 1956 War The World Jones Made Dick, Philip K.
Story 1956 War The Last Word Damon Knight
Story 1956 Impact Event A Pail of Air Fritz Leiber - A small family struggles to survive at near-zero temperatures after Earth is ripped from its solar orbit.
Film 1956 Aliens Invasion of the Body Snatchers Based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney
Novel 1956 Eco The Death of Grass John Christopher - A virus that destroys plants causes massive famine and the breakdown of society. Made into the film No Blade of Grass
Novel 1957 War On the Beach Nevil Shute - also the films based on the book.
Novel 1957 Social Collapse Atlas Shrugged Rand, Ayn - American society slowly collapses after the country's leading industrialists mysteriously disappear.
Film 1958 War Teenage Cave Man[12]
Novel 1958 Eco The Year When Stardust Fell Raymond F. Jones, The world's machinery grinds to a halt after comet dust arrives.
Film 1958 War Terror from the Year 5000 [22][23][24]
Television 1958 War Doomsday For Dyson A made-for-television play by J. B. Priestley.[25] Tom Dyson is suddenly caught up in the chaos of a nuclear war. Several of the issues brought up in the programme were discussed in an hour-long debate following its conclusion.
Television 1958 War Underground A group of survivors from an atomic war become trapped in an underground station - During the play, broadcast live on Armchair Theatre, one of the actors (Gareth Jones) actually died whilst the show was on the air.
Novel 1958 War Red Alert Dr. Strangelove by Stanley Kubrick
Poem 1958–1970 Human Decline Bedtime Story The poem from Collected Poems 1958–1970 by George Macbeth
Film 1959 War On the Beach[26] Stanley Kramer - starring Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins and Ava Gardner - The crew of an American submarine finds temporary safety from the fallout in Australia after the nuclear holocaust (from the 1957 novel by Nevil Shute).
Film 1959 War The World, the Flesh and the Devil[12] Adapted from M.P. Shiel's The Purple Cloud.
Television 1959 War The Offshore Island A TV adaptation of a play by Marghanita Laski.[27]
Novel 1959 War Alas, Babylon Pat Frank - the aftermath of a nuclear war in a rural Florida community.
Novel 1959 War Level 7 Roshwald, Mordecai
Television 1959–1987 War The Twilight Zone - numerous episodes, and its revivals "Time Enough at Last" (1959); "Two" (1961); "The Old Man in the Cave" (1963); "A Little Peace and Quiet" (1985); "Quarantine" (1986); "Shelter Skelter" (1987); and "Voices in the Earth" (1987)
Film 1960 War Atomic War Bride A Yugoslav science fiction drama film directed by Veljko Bulajic.[28][29]
Film 1960 War The Final War Shigeaki Hidaka, a Japanese film about a third world war started when the US accidentally drops a nuclear bomb on South Korea (Japanese title: Dai-sanji sekai taisen: Yonju-ichi jikan no kyofu).[30][31]
Film 1960 War The Time Machine[15] had an atomic war to explain the downfall of civilization.
Novel 1960 War A Canticle for Leibowitz Miller, Jr, Walter M. - sequel: Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman
Film 1960 Eco The Last Woman on Earth The Earth's oxygen levels drop suddenly, suffocating most life–survivors in an oxygen-producing jungle speculate that this happened because of "a bigger and better bomb" but the reasons are not made clear.
Film 1960 Eco Beyond the Time Barrier X-plane arrives in future after solar radiation catastrophe
Film 1961 War The Last War Shūe Matsubayashi - another Japanese film about World War III (Japanese title: Sekai daisenso).[32][33]
Novel 1961 War Dark Universe Galouye, Daniel F.
Film 1961 Eco Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea The Van Allen belt catches on fire.
Novel 1961 Eco The Wind from Nowhere J.G. Ballard - First published novel. World destroyed by increasingly powerful winds
Film 1962 War La jetée[34] Chris Marker
Film 1962 War Panic in Year Zero![35] A 1962 movie about a family that escapes Los Angeles after the city is devastated by a nuclear attack.
Film 1962 War This Is Not a Test [28][36]
Film 1962 Social Collapse/Impact event The Day of the Triffids Loosely based on the John Wyndham novel of the same name. The film Triffids are a venomous space-borne plant, and arrive on Earth via meteorites.
Novel 1962 Eco Hothouse Brian Aldiss - Presents a dying Earth where vegetation dominates and animal life is all but extinct. Originally published in the United States in abridged form as "The Long, Hot Afternoon of Earth."
Novel 1962 Eco The Drowned World J.G. Ballard - Climate change causes flooding.
Novel 1962 Eco The Wanting Seed Anthony Burgess - Global over-population and famine leads to mass chaos
Novel 1962 Eco The World in Winter (UK)/The Long Winter (US) John Christopher - A decrease in radiation from the sun causes a new ice age.
Novel 1963 War Triumph Wylie, Philip
Novel 1963 Eco Cat's Cradle[37] Kurt Vonnegut - All the water on Earth becomes Ice-Nine
Novel 1963 Technology Magnus, Robot Fighter Comic books series by Gold Key Comics
Novel 2009 War, Terrorism The War After Armageddon War novel by Ralph Peters. Islamic extremists launch a series of dirty bomb attacks against the West, which results in a backlash against Muslims. A radical Christian government takes over the US and sends the Army, Marines, and a National Guard full of evangelicals to invade and retake a long-nuked Israel.
Film 1964 War Dr. Strangelove[37] Peter George
Film 1964 Disease The Last Man on Earth This is the first film adaptation based on Richard Matheson's 1954 novel, I Am Legend
Film 1964 War The Time Travelers [38][39]
Film 1964 Eco Crack in the World Deep drilling project goes wrong.
Novel 1964 War Davy Pangborn, Edgar
Novel 1964 War Farnham's Freehold Heinlein, Robert A.
Novel 1964 War The Penultimate Truth Dick, Philip K.
Television 1964 Aliens The Dalek Invasion of Earth The Doctor Who serial. As well as other Alien invasions in the 1963–1989 run including in 1966 The Tenth Planet' 1968 The Web of Fear & in the same year The Invasion, in 1970 Spearhead from Space, 1971 Terror of the Autons this list is not complete but can be said to represent milestone episodes. Some examples from the relaunch are in 2006 Army of Ghosts and Doomsday, and in 2007 The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords (though it could be argued that only the Master is alien).
Film 1964 Eco The Day the Earth Caught Fire Earth starts hurtling toward sun as a result of man's nuclear testing
Novel 1964 Eco The Drought J.G. Ballard - A super drought evaporates all water on earth.
Novel 1964 Eco Greybeard Brian Aldiss - The human race becomes sterile
Novel 1964 Eco Time of the Great Freeze Robert Silverberg - Another ice-age has engulfed the earth. A group from New York travels over the ice to London in the year 2650.
Television 1964–2002 War The Outer Limits "Soldier" (Cited as an influence on the movie The Terminator); "Bits of Love"; "The Human Factor"
Television 1965 War The War Game Peter Watkins
Novel 1965 War Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb Dick, Philip K.
Game 1965 War Nuclear War Card Game Game by Flying Buffalo. A comical cataclysmic card game for 2-6 players of all ages.
Novel 1965 Aliens The Genocides Thomas Disch - Alien flora is seeded on Earth, and quickly comes to dominate all landmasses, threatening Human extinction.
Novel 1965 Eco A Wrinkle in the Skin (The Ragged Edge(US)) John Christopher - Civilization destroyed by massive worldwide earthquakes
Film 1965 Technology Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution
Television 1966 War Ape and Essence Television adaptation of the Novel of the same name
Story 1966 War I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream Harlan Ellison
Film 1966 Aliens Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD Based loosely on BBC Television series, but not part of the official canon.
Novel 1966 Eco The Crystal World J.G. Ballard . The jungle in Africa starts to crystallize all life and expands outward
Novel 1966 Eco Make Room! Make Room! Harry Harrison - Made into the 1973 film Soylent Green directed by Richard Fleischer - showing a world where humanity had become massively overpopulated, and a vague ecological disaster is creating a growing dust bowl, and the entire economy is collapsing.
Novel 1966 Technology Colossus Dennis Feltham Jones
Film 1967 War Late August at the Hotel Ozone Czech title: Konec srpna v Hotelu Ozon [40][41]
Film 1967 War In the Year 2889 A remake of the 1955 Roger Corman film Day the World Ended set in the year 1977, despite the title.
Film 1967 War Journey to the Center of Time [42][43]
Novel 1967 War Ice Kavan, Anna - earth threatened by Nuclear winter
Story 1967 Technology I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream Harlan Ellison
Story 1965 Technology The Cyberiad Stanisław Lem - A collection of humorous short stories
Novel 1967–2005 Technology Berserker Series by Fred Saberhagen
Film 1968 War Planet of the Apes[15] Adapted from the novel La planète des singes by Pierre Boulle
Novel 1968 War Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick - basis for the film Blade Runner
Novel 1968 Technology The God Machine Martin Caidin
Novel 1968 Social Collapse Stand on Zanzibar John Brunner - Set in a future of extreme over-population. Winner of Hugo Award, British Science Fiction award, and the French Prix Apollo.
Film 1969 War The Bed Sitting Room[44] Absurdist comedy film set in a post-war London destroyed by a nuclear bomb in World War III. Originally based on a play by Spike Milligan and John Antrobus.[45][46]
Television 1969 War Salve Regina Four people seek refuge in the basement of a department store following a nuclear explosion.
Novel 1969 War Damnation Alley Roger Zelazny - made into a movie and a Hawkwind song 1977.
Novel 1969 War Heroes and Villains Angela Carter
Film 1969 Disease The Seed of Man Marco Ferreri (Italian title: Il Seme dell'uomo) [47]
Novel 1969 Eco The Ice Schooner Michael Moorcock - Set in a new ice age on earth
Film 1970 War Beneath the Planet of the Apes[48] The second film in the Planet of the Apes feature film series.
Novel 1970 War The Incredible Tide Alexander Key
Novel 1970 War The Last War Kir Bulychev - in Russian language
Novel 1970 War The Year Of The Quiet Sun Wilson Tucker
Film 1970 Eco No Blade of Grass[49] Based on the novel The Death of Grass
Television 1970 Eco Inferno Volcanic apocalypse. Doctor Who serial Inferno in which attempts to tap the Earths core for power leads to a volcanic apocalypse.
Film 1971 War Glen and Randa[15] [50][51]
Film 1971 War The Omega Man[52] An immune survivor of a biological/nuclear war battles plague-altered quasi-vampires bent on erasing all vestiges of science and technology. The movie is based on Richard Matheson's 1954 novel, I Am Legend
Novel 1971 War Love in the Ruins Walker Percy
Novel 1971 War The Overman Culture Edmund Cooper
Television 1971 Eco Timeslip Global warming. The 1971 TV series Timeslip The Year of the Burn Up - Terraforming causes global warming.
Novel 1971 Eco Mutant 59: The Plastic Eater Kit Pedler, Gerry Davis. A microbe designed to eat waste plastic gets loose.
Novel 1971 Technology Moderan Series by David R. Bunch
Novel 1971 Sun Inconstant Moon Larry Niven
Novel 1972 War Malevil Robert Merle
Novel 1972 War There Will Be Time Poul Anderson
Film 1972 Eco Silent Running
Novel 1972 Eco The Sheep Look Up John Brunner - The United States is overwhelmed by environmental irresponsibility and authoritarianism
Novel 1972 Eco The End Of The Dream Philip Wylie
Film 1972 Supernatural A Thief in the Night The evangelical Christian film series, sometimes referred to as the Mark IV films.
Film 1972 War Doomsday Machine In 1975, a crew of space travelers tries to colonize Venus after Earth is destroyed by a "doomsday device". Originally filmed in 1967, but (due to money problems) not finished and/or released until five years later. Directed by Herbert J. Leder, Lee Sholem, and producer Harry Hope.
Film 1973 War Battle for the Planet of the Apes The fifth movie in the Planet of the Apes feature film series.
Film 1973 War Genesis II[53] Gene Roddenberry - later remade as unsuccessful TV pilot Planet Earth
Film 1973 War Refuge of Fear (Spanish title: El refugio del miedo)[54]
Film 1973 Eco Idaho Transfer
Story 1973 Eco Flight of the Horse Larry Niven - Collection of short stories
Comic 1973 Eco Violence Jack A manga series by Go Nagai that tells the tale of a Japan devastated by a massive earthquake and mass volcanic eruption and isolated from the rest of the world, with the remnants of humanity divided between the strong and the weak. A sequel to Nagai's Devilman series.
Story 1973 Technology Trucks Stephen King - An unknown phenomenon makes Earth's machines turn against humanity. It was later made into the movie Maximum Overdrive which added an alien invasion subplot.
Novel 1973 Human Decline The Camp of the Saints Jean Raspail
Television 1973 Unspecified The Starlost A Canadian-produced science fiction television series devised by writer Harlan Ellison and broadcast on CTV in Canada and on NBC in the United States.
Television 1973–1974 Technology Casshan
Film 1974 War The Third Cry (Swiss film, French title: Le Troisième Cri) [55][56]
Television 1974 War Planet Earth Unsuccessful TV pilot remake of Genesis II
Television 1974 War Planet of the Apes TV series
Film 1974 Disease Where Have All The People Gone? Made for TV movie. A mutated virus created by a solar flare destroys virtually all of the human population. One family has survived, and endeavors to travel across America to their family home.
Film 1974 Eco Prophecies of Nostradamus
Film 1974 Human Decline Zardoz John Boorman
Novel 1974 Monsters The Rats trilogy James Herbert - The last two novels of The Rats trilogy show how after a nuclear war, humanity is overthrown by mutated Giant Black Rats.
Film 1975 War A Boy and His Dog[15] A young man (Don Johnson) and his dog (Tiger, the dog actor) struggle for survival and encounter strife in a harsh, post-apocalyptic wasteland where food, water, and women are scarce. Based on the writings of Harlan Ellison.[57][58]
Film 1975 War Black Moon Surreal French production.
Film 1975 War La città dell'ultima paura [59]
Film 1975 War The Noah Daniel Bourla - An American soldier becomes the sole survivor of a nuclear war.
Television 1975 War Day of the Daleks A Doctor Who story that also features alien invasion. Guerrillas from the future explain that they are attempting to kill someone because he caused an explosion at the peace conference, starting a series of wars that left humanity vulnerable to Dalek conquest.[60]
Television 1975 War Return to the Planet of the Apes Animated TV series
Television 1975 War Strange New World Another unsuccessful TV pilot remake of Genesis II & Planet Earth
Novel 1975 War Caravan Stephen Goldin
Novel 1975 War The Coming of the Horseclans Robert Adams - followed by seventeen other books in the horseclans series.
Novel 1975 War Horseclans Series by Robert Adams - first book 1975
Novel 1975 War Z for Zachariah Robert C. O'Brien
Film 1975 Disease The Ultimate Warrior [61]
Novel 1975 Disease The Girl Who Owned a City O. T. Nelson
Film 1975 Eco Logan's Run Society is chased into domes by an ecological disaster, and holds a ceremonial death ritual for all citizens who reach the age of 30 to control the population. A man who formerly helped control the population flees the domed city to avoid his own ceremony.
Novel 1975 Unspecified Dhalgren Samuel R. Delany
Television 1975–1977 Disease Survivors BBC series about the daily struggles of British survivors of a plague which kills most of the world population.
Film 1976 War The People Who Own the Dark Amando de Ossorio (Spanish title: Último deseo) [62][63]
Novel 1976 War Deus Irae Philip K. Dick - in collaboration with Roger Zelazny
Novel 1976 Eco The HAB Theory Allan W. Eckert - The stability of the Earth comes into question.
Novel 1976 Eco The Winter of the World Poul Anderson - Civilization and a new species has emerged from a deadly Ice Age that has destroyed all previous life.
Novel 1976 Sun A World Out of Time Larry Niven
Television 1976–1979 Eco Ark II Pollution. The 1976–1979 TV series Ark II - pollution devastates humanity.
Film 1977 War Damnation Alley[64] A surviving American ICBM crew sets out across the U.S. in an armored vehicle in search of survivors in Albany, New York - Based on the novel by Roger Zelazny
Film 1977 War Wizards Ralph Bakshi - A good wizard and his evil brother battle some two millennia after Armageddon
Novel 1977 Impact Event Lucifer's Hammer Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle - A comet impact
Novel 1977- War Shannara Series Terry Brooks - novel series
Comic 1977 War Judge Dredd John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra and Pat Mills
Novel 1977 Disease Empty World John Christopher - A virus wipes out the weak and the old, until the planet is populated by young teenagers only.
Novel 1974 Disease The Last Canadian William C. Heine - The planet is decimated by a virus, as told through the eyes of one survivor.
Story 1977 Disease Night Surf Stephen King - Collected in the book Night Shift.
Story 1977 Eco The Screwfly Solution Short story, tells the tale of a virus which turns males into female-hating psychopaths when sexually aroused
Comic 1977–1996 Technology Galaxy Express 999
Film 1978 War Deathsport
Television 1978 War Future Boy Conan An anime series by Hayao Miyazaki. Supermagnetic WMDs devastate Earth and causes virtually all land to be submerged underwater.
Film 1978 Disease Plague Also known as Induced Syndrome (UK), M-3: The Gemini Strain (USA), or Mutation.
Novel 1978 Disease The Stand Stephen King
Film 1978 Aliens Invasion of the Body Snatchers Another film based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney
Novel 1978 Unspecified False Dawn Chelsea Quinn Yarbro - Two humans search for a way to survive in toxic wasteland. Republished in 2001
Game 1978–2010 War Gamma World Game from TSR, Inc., the makers of Dungeons & Dragons
Film 1979 War Ravagers[65] [66]
Television 1979 War Buck Rogers In The 25th Century Mostly futuristic in appearance, but outside of the gleaming Utopian city lies apocalyptic ruins swarming with mutants.
Novel 1979 War Down to a Sunless Sea David Graham
Film 1979 Impact Event Meteor
Film 1979 Eco Quintet
Film 1979 Human Decline Mad Max an Australian movie, depicts a declining civilization.
Novel 1979 Unspecified Engine Summer John Crowley - Civilization transformed several millennia past an unspecified collapse of civilization.
Novel 1979–1992 Aliens The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
Game 1979–1998 Technology Choose Your Own Adventure GamebookBy Edward Packard
Novel 1980 War The Fifth Horseman Larry Collins, coauthor Dominique Lapierre
Novel 1980 War Riddley Walker Russell Hoban
Novel 1980 War This Time of Darkness[67] H.M. Hoover
Novel 1980 War The Zone James Rouch - chronicling the conflict between NATO and Warsaw Pact forces in Europe.
Film 1980 Disease Fukkatsu no hi Japanese film also known as Virus, directed by Kinji Fukasaku
Novel 1980 Aliens Battlefield Earth L. Ron Hubbard
Novel 1980 Aliens The Mist Stephen King
Novel 1980 Aliens The Visitors Clifford D. Simak
Novel 1980 Sun The Shadow of the Torturer Gene Wolfe - Followed by The Claw of the Conciliator (1981), The Sword of the Lictor (1981), The Citadel of the Autarch (1982), and The Urth of the New Sun (1987).
Television 1980–1982 Impact Event Thundarr the Barbarian Events 2000 years after the disaster of 1994
Game 1980–1983 War The Morrow Project Game from Timeline Ltd
Film 1981 War Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior[12]
Film 1981 War Malevil Film version directed by Christian de Chalonge. Starring Michel Serrault, Jacques Dutronc and Jean-Louis Trintignant
Novel 1981 War The Survivalist Jerry Ahern - Series. First book 1981, Total War
Game 1981 War Aftermath! Game from Fantasy Games Unlimited
Novel 1981 War The Pelbar Cycle Series of seven books by Paul O. Williams - first book 1981, The Breaking of Northwall A thousand years after a series of nuclear exchanges. Republished in 2005.
Novel 1981 Eco The Quiet Earth Craig Harrison - Adapted into the 1985 movie of the same name.
Television 1981 Social collapse The Day of the Triffids (1981 TV series) 1981 adaptation of The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Novel 1981 Technology Robot Revolt Nicholas Fisk
Novel 1981 Technology Uncanny X-Men Story arc, "Days of Future Past" by Chris Claremont & John Byrne
Film 1982 War 2020 Texas Gladiators[15] Post-apocalyptic Italian film[68][69]
Film 1982 War The Aftermath[15] Returning astronauts encounter bikers and mutants in a post-nuclear setting. Released as "Zombie Aftermath" in the UK.[70]
Comic 1982–1990 War Akira Cyberpunk manga series by Katsuhiro Otomo published by Dark Horse Comics - about a group of young bikers in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo who clash with the government and psychics with incredible power. Adapted into a 1988 animated movie
Film 1982 War Human Highway
Film 1982 War She[71] A low-budget B-movie - an extremely loose adaptation of the novel She by H. Rider Haggard, starring Sandahl Bergman as a post-civilization warrior.
Film 1982 War Warriors of the Wasteland[15]
Television 1982 War Whoops Apocalypse
Novel 1982 Disease The White Plague Frank Herbert
Game 1982 Technology Robotron: 2084 Created by Williams
Television 1982–1983 Aliens The Super Dimension Fortress Macross The anime series and its sequels (rewritten and combined with The Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber Mospeada to create Robotech', which dealt similarly with post-apocalyptic themes).
Film 1983 War 2019, After the Fall of New York[15] An Italian film set in 2019 featuring a mercenary out to rescue the last fertile woman on Earth.
Film 1983 War Endgame[15] [72]
Film 1983 War Exterminators of the Year 3000 [73][74][75]
Film 1983 War Le Dernier Combat[76] Luc Besson
Film 1983 War Stryker[15] [77][78]
Film 1983 War Testament[26]
Film 1983 War Warrior of the Lost World[15] Wanderer of a super-sonic motorcycle becomes the saviour of misfits vs the Omegas.
Film 1983 War Yor, the Hunter from the Future [79]
Television 1983 War The Day After The effects of nuclear war on a Kansas town.
Novel 1983 War The Amtrak Wars Patrick Tilley - series, set at the end of the 3rd millennium
Novel 1983 War The Ashes[80] Series by William W. Johnstone - first book 1983, Out of the Ashes
Comic 1983–1988 War Fist of the North Star Influential shonen manga series by Buronson and Tetsuo Hara - A warrior trained in a powerful martial arts style rights wrongs and battles evil warlords in a post-apocalyptic world. Inspired the landmark anime series, a live-action film, and many games.
Novel 1983 War Hiero's Journey Sterling E. Lanier - sequel is The Unforsaken Hiero 1985, A "metis" priest/killman quests across post-apocalyptic northeastern North America, seven thousand years in the future.
Novel 1983 War The Last Children of Schewenborn Gudrun Pausewang - Die Letzten Kinder Von Schewenborn in German
Novel 1983 War Pulling Through Dean Ing
Novel 1983 War Trinity's Child William Prochnau
Novel 1983 War Vampire Hunter D Series by Hideyuki Kikuchi - first book 1983, Novels (and later anime movies), set ten thousand years after a nuclear war occurs in 1999,
Television 1983–1984 Aliens Genesis Climber Mospeada The anime series (see also Robotech).
Television 1983–1985 Aliens V The television series.
Film 1984 War Dark Enemy [81]
Comic 1984–1995 Technology Dragon Ball In the Cell saga of Dragon Ball Z, a time traveler arrives from a post-apocalyptic future where two powerful killer androids have destroyed much of the world, and attempts to stop the same thing from happening in the main timeline.
Film 1984 War Radioactive Dreams[82] After an atomic war Phillip Hammer and Marlowe Chandler have spent 15 years on their own in a bunker, then they find the keys to the last MX missile.[83][84]
Film 1984 War Sexmission A Polish comedy. All men, except two who were hibernating, die after a war with the use of an M-bomb that kills only males.
Television 1984 War Threads BBC Television Docudrama.
Television 1984 War Z for Zachariah BBC adaptation of the 1975 novel of the same name.
Novel 1984 War Brother in the Land Robert Swindells
Novel 1984 War Doomsday Plus Twelve James D. Forman
Novel 1984 War Emergence David R Palmer
Novel 1984 War Traveler D. B. Drumm - series. First book: First, You Fight
Novel 1984 War Warday Whitley Strieber, coauthor James Kunetka
Novel 1984 Disease Clay's Ark Octavia Butler
Film 1984 Impact Event Night of the Comet When a comet passes too close to earth, two girls are left amid mutants.
Film 1984 Eco Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind[85] Hayao Miyazaki - Based on the manga of the same name
Novel 1984 Eco In the Drift Michael Swanwick - Also an alternate history Story - the 1979 Three Mile Island reactor incident resulted in a very large release of radioactivity, devastating the Northeastern U.S.
Television 1984–1985 Aliens The Tripods An adaptation of the first two books in the trilogy by John Christopher
Television 1984–1987 War Fist of the North Star Landmark post-apocalyptic anime series based on the manga.
Game 1984–1993 War Twilight: 2000 Game from Game Designer's Workshop - set in a world where a Sino-Russian war degenerates into a limited nuclear conflict that eventually drags in Europe and America.
Film 1984–2009 Technology Terminator Series of films dealing with a future devastated by a war between humans and machines, the attempt of the machines to kill the hero of the human resistance in the past, and the attempt of the hero and others to prevent this future from ever coming to pass.
Film 1985 War Def-Con 4[15]
Film 1985 War Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome[15]
Film 1985 War Warriors of the Apocalypse[15] After civilization is wiped out by nuclear war, an adventurer leads a group of wanderers on a search for the fabled Mountain of Life.
Novel 1985 War Children of the Dust Louise Lawrence
Novel 1985 War Fiskadoro Denis Johnson
Novel 1985 War Freeway Fighter Ian Livingstone - part of the Fighting Fantasy Gamebook series (Like a Choose Your Own Adventure book)
Novel 1985 War The Postman David Brin - the 1997 movie of the same name.
Novel 1985 War The Steel, the Mist and the Blazing Sun Christopher Anvil
Novel 1985 War This is the Way the World Ends James Morrow
Film 1985 Disease City Limits [86]
Novel 1985 Disease Blood Music Greg Bear
Novel 1985 Disease The Fourth Horseman Alan E. Nourse - Follows the progression of a new outbreak of Black Plague and the struggle to survive as society collapses.
Novel 1985 Aliens Footfall Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle - Baby elephant-like invaders hurl asteroids at earth, humans revolt.
Novel 1985 Eco The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood - Dystopia is fueled by rampant infertility caused by pollution.
Film 1985 Technology Starchaser: The Legend of Orin
Novel 1985 Technology The Adolescence of P-1 Thomas J. Ryan.
Game 1985 Technology The Mechanoid Invasion GamebookAnd its source books, supplements and sequels was the first role-playing game from Palladium Books, conceived and written by Kevin Siembieda.
Film 1985 Sun The Quiet Earth Based on the 1981 novel The Quiet Earth by Craig Harrison
Film 1986 War America 3000[87] In Colorado, 900 years after a nuclear war in the USA, humanity is back to the stone ages.[88]
Film 1986 War Fist of the North Star Animated Japanese film.
Film 1986 War Robot Holocaust[15]
Film 1986 War The Sacrifice[89]
Film 1986 War When the Wind Blows Jimmy Murakami - adapting the graphic novel by Raymond Briggs
Film 1986 War Whoops Apocalypse
Novel 1986- War Deathlands James Axler - Novel series
Novel 1986 War Endworld Series by David L. Robbins - first book 1986
Film 1986 Disease Dead Man's Letters Konstantin Lopushanskij
Story 1986 Aliens Maximum Overdrive Stephen King - Aliens remotely control machines (trucks, cars and even vending machines) to kill the human population before invading. Based on the Stephen King short story Trucks
Film 1986 Eco Solarbabies Also known as Solarwarriors
Novel 1986 Eco Nature's End Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka.
Story 1986 Eco The End of the Whole Mess Stephen King - 1986 short story The End of the Whole Mess a distillate of a Texas aquifer, originally harvested and distributed worldwide to reduce human propensity for violence—curses humanity with premature Alzheimer's disease and senility.
Comic 1986–1989 Aliens Outlanders Johji Manabe - manga
Film 1987 War Cherry 2000
Film 1987 War Creepozoids[90]
Film 1987 War Death Run
Film 1987 War Hell Comes to Frogtown
Film 1987 War Steel Dawn[91] [92]
Film 1987 War The Survivalist The Soviet Union blames the U.S. for a nuclear explosion, and in the ensuing chaos, the protagonist must defend his family. Based on the Jerry Ahern pulp novel series.[93]
Film 1987 War Survivor [94]
Film 1987 War Urban Warriors Three technicians working in an underground laboratory discover that a nuclear war has destroyed most of the above ground world.
Television 1987 War Knights of God
Novel 1987 War Fire Brats Series by Scott Siegel - first book 1987, co-author Barbera Siegel, Grade 8-10
Novel 1987 War Obernewtyn Chronicles Series by Isobelle Carmody - first book 1987
Novel 1987 War Swan Song Robert R. McCammon
Game 1987 War Crystalis Game from SNK
Novel 1987 Aliens The Forge of God Greg Bear
Novel 1987 Eco Wolf In Shadow David Gemmell - The world is devastated by huge tsunamis. Most of the technology left in the world is on par with the mid to late 1800s but there are some newer weapons around.
Song 1987 Technology Twilight of The Gods Helloween
Novel 1987 Unspecified In the Country of Last Things Paul Auster
Television 1987–1988 Technology Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future After a war against the machines in which the humans lost, a small group of resistance fighters must keep humanity alive against the evil forces of Lord Dread.
Film 1988 War Akira Groundbreaking anime movie based on the manga of the same name
Film 1988 War Miracle Mile
Film 1988 War She-Wolves of the Wasteland
Film 1988 War World Gone Wild [95][96]
Novel 1988 War Freeway Warrior Series by Joe Dever - first book 1988
Novel 1988 War The Gate to Women's Country Sheri S. Tepper
Novel 1988 War The Last Ship William Brinkley
Novel 1988 War Time Capsule[97] Mitch Berman
Film 1988 Aliens They Live Part science fiction thriller and part black comedy.
Game 1988 Aliens Manhunter The computer game.
Game 1988 Technology Wasteland PCPost-Apocalyptic RPG, main story features a rogue AI that not only caused a nuclear war between the United States and Soviet Union, but also is attempting to eradicate any humans that survived.
Novel 1988 Human Decline At Winter's End Robert Silverberg
Game 1988 Social Collapse Dark Future Miniature wargamingMiniature wargame by Games Workshop - A role-playing game franchise composed of the game and associated novels and short-story anthologies set within the Dark Future universe.
Novel 1988 Unspecified Tea from an Empty Cup Pat Cadigan - A novel set in a cyberpunk world following a vaguely described natural cataclysm.
Television 1988–1990 Aliens War of the Worlds: The Second Invasion The second season of this television spin-off from the 1953 movie was set after a successful alien invasion.
Film 1989 War The Blood of Heroes[15] Australian film written and directed by David Webb Peoples
Film 1989 War [98]
Film 1989 War Empire of Ash II
Film 1989 War Empire of Ash III
Novel 1989 War Folk of the Fringe Orson Scott Card - novella "West," plus several short stories.
Game 1989 War Badlands Game by Atari Games
Novel 1989 Disease Plague 99 Jean Ure - Sequels Come Lucky April and Watchers at the Shrine
Film 1989 Eco Millennium
Film 1989 Eco Slipstream
Novel 1989 Eco Stark Ben Elton
Film 1989 Technology Gunhed
Film 1989 Technology Moontrap
Novel 1989 Monsters Moonbane Al Sarrantonio - About a worldwide uprising of werewolves
Novel 1989 Supernatural The Dead Mark E. Rogers - Combines themes of the rapture and zombies.
Short Story 1989 Disease On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert with Dead Folks Story by Joe R. Lansdale. Bacteria causes the dead to rise. Bounty Hunter chases quarry and encounters evil cult.
Film 1990 War The Handmaid's Tale[99]
Film 1990 War Hardware[15]
Film 1990 War Robot Jox
Television 1990 War The Girl from Tomorrow Australian children's drama in which a girl from the 31st century (after the Northern Hemisphere has been destroyed in the Great Disaster, later revealed to be a nuclear holocaust) becomes stranded in the 20th century. In the sequel, Tomorrow's End (1993), she and her friends fight to prevent history from being changed in such a way that the Southern Hemisphere is destroyed as well.
Novel 1990 War Nightfall Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg (extension written by Silverberg of the Asimov story of the same name)
Game 1990 War Mad Max Game
Game 1990 War Rifts A nuclear exchange triggers the return of Ley Lines and Interdimensional Rifts or portals. These Ley Lines and Portals subsequently cause several natural and supernatural disasters.
Film 1990 Disease A Wind Named Amnesia A mysterious plague has swept over the entire world, causing everyone to suffer from amnesia, leading to the collapse of civilization. Based on a novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi
Television 1990 Disease Not with a Bang ITV show, about 3 people who lived after everyone else in England was turned to dust by a chemical that was accidentally released by a television presenter.
Novel 1990 Disease The City, Not Long After Pat Murphy - In the wake of a devastating worldwide plague, a handful of artists transform the City of San Francisco, and fend off marauders with a touch of magic.
Novel 1990 Disease A Gift Upon the Shore M. K. Wren
Film 1990 Aliens I Come in Peace Also known as Dark Angel, directed by Craig R. Baxley
Novel 1990 Aliens The Madness Season Celia S. Friedman
Film 1990 Eco Mindwarp Taking place in the year 2037, the loss of the ozone layer has left most of the planet a desolate wasteland scattered with highly radioactive Death Zones.
Film 1990 Eco Omega Cop After an environmental holocaust, a lone cop battles a gang of rampaging marauders.
Novel 1990 Social Collapse Wolf and Iron Gordon R. Dickson - A man and a wolf band together to survive in an America devastated by financial collapse.
Television 1990–1991 Technology Bucky O'Hare
Television 1990–1992 Eco Captain Planet Environment disaster. The Captain Planet two-parter Two Futures, in which the character Wheeler gets a glimpse of what could happen if damage to the environment was allowed to continue unchecked
Novel 1990–1994 War Gan Moondark Donald E. McQuinn - trilogy Warrior, Wanderer, & Witch, set in the Pacific Northwest, generations after World War III.
Film 1991 War Delicatessen[100] Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro
Novel 1991 War Yellow Peril Wang Lixiong - in the Chinese under the pseudonym Bao Mi, about a nuclear civil war in the People's Republic of China
Game 1991 War Armour-Geddon Game from Psygnosis
Novel 1991 Eco Fallen Angels Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Michael Flynn - Space-based civilization exists despite the government's wishes during an ice age.
Game 1991 Eco Dark Sun A Dungeons and Dragons campaign setting by TSR, Inc. - focusing on a world that has been turned into an inhospitable desert by overuse of magic that destroyed the surrounding vegetation.
Film 1991 Supernatural The Rapture
Television 1992 War woops! Short-lived sitcom about the survivors of a nuclear war.
Game 1992 War Outlander Game Mad Max inspired driving game from 1992/93 for Snes and Genesis
Novel 1992 Disease The Children of Men P. D. James
Film 1992 Technology American Cyborg: Steel Warrior
Novel 1992 Monsters Skeletons Al Sarrantonio - The galaxy passes through a 'cloud' in space, which causes all previously expired creatures on Earth to return to life as bloodthirsty skeletons shrouded in ghostly mirages of their former selves
Film 1993 War Cyborg 2
Film 1993 War Robot Wars Sequel to Robot Jox
Novel 1993 Disease Doomsday Book Connie Willis
Film 1993 Aliens Body Snatchers Another film based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney
Game 1993 Aliens X-COM: UFO Defense and subsequent follow-ups The computer game.
Novel 1993 Parable of the Sower Octavia E. Butler
Film 1993 Eco The Last Border - Viimeisellä Rajalla One man's quest for revenge in a world where toxic waste has driven the remains of civilization into the Arctic Circle.
Novel 1993 Eco The Fifth Sacred Thing Starhawk
Novel 1993 Eco Deus X Norman Spinrad - The results of global warming
Novel 1993 Eco This Other Eden Ben Elton - The Earth's population is forced to live in Biodomes for 50 years while the environment recovers from humanity's actions.
Game 1993 Eco Secret of Mana Takes place long after a time of environmental collapse that destroyed the world's older advanced civilizations.
Novel 1993 Technology Computer One Warwick Collins
Novel 1993 Technology The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect Roger Williams
Game 1993 Technology RayForce Multia Japanese scrolling shooter arcade game.
Television 1993 Monsters Cadillacs and Dinosaurs Animated TV series. In which dinosaurs reclaim the earth. Based upon the comic series "Xenozoic Tales"
Game 1993–present Technology Mega Man X series A video game series created by Capcom
Game 1993–present Supernatural Doom series A computer game series created by id Software - about a demonic invasion of human colonies on the moons of Mars. The sequel to the original game, Doom II: Hell on Earth, sees the demons invading Earth itself.
Television 1994 War Knight Rider 2010 Made for TV movie that was designed to be a pilot for a post- Apocalyptic spin-off from the original Knight Rider
Television 1994 Disease The Stand miniseries
Television 1994 Impact Event Highlander: The Animated Series
Game 1994 Impact Event Illusion of Gaia Super Nintendo A game were a comet passes next to Earth, which is a malicious being whose light turns humans into monsters. The story takes place in an altered reality, where to approaching comet already changed timeline and reality.
Game 1994 Eco Final Fantasy VI console Named Final Fantasy III during initial American launch of the game, features a plot twist in where villain Kefka moves magical statues out of their intended alignment, which in turn causes the balanced fictional world to fall into ruin, and for Kefka to become its new god while protected by the powers of the same statues.
Game 1994 Technology Earthsiege And sequels, from Sierra Entertainment
Game 1994 Technology Rise of the Robots MultiDeveloped by Mirage Studios. A fighting game.
Game 1994 Technology System Shock Looking Glass Technologies - incorporates elements from Alien invasion theory.
Novel 1994 Unspecified Vanishing Point Michaela Roessner - Life in Silicon Valley 30 years after the mysterious and spontaneous disappearance of 90% of the world's population. The Winchester Mystery House ("The House") serves as a focal point for parallel universes and inexplicable energies that are changing the world and its post-Vanishing children.
Comic 1994–2006 Eco Yokohama Kaidashi Kiko The Japanese manga series, set in a peaceful post-cataclysmic Japan, after an untold environmental disaster.
Film 1995 War Fist of the North Star Live-action martial arts film.
Film 1995 War Judge Dredd[12]
Film 1995 Disease Twelve Monkeys[101] Directed by Terry Gilliam - Based on La jetée (see above).
Film 1995 Impact Event Tank Girl Loosely based on the comic by Jamie Hewlett
Game 1995 Aliens Chrono Trigger The console game, where modern civilization is at risk of being destroyed by an alien parasite in 1999 AD
Film 1995 Eco Waterworld[101] Global Warming has caused all landmasses on Earth to be covered by the sea. The remnants of humanity survive on "atolls," mechanical floating cities that are constantly attacked by pirates with steam-driven ships. Some humans have evolved to become amphibious to live among the old wreckage beneath the waves. Many people live in hope of finding the mythical "Dryland," the place safe from the seas (which turns out to be the Himalayan Mountains).
Novel 1995 Eco Mother of Storms John Barnes - A tactical nuclear strike in the North Pacific releases massive amounts of methane, spawning worldwide super hurricanes.
Novel 1995 Eco Ill Wind Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason - A microbe consumes all materials based on petroleum.
Film 1995 Technology Screamers
Comic 1995 Technology Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith Comics, great Droid Revolution
Television 1995 Technology Space: Above and Beyond A subplot involves humanity fighting a race of cyborgs called Silicates.
Game 1995 Technology I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream From Cyberdreams
Game 1995 Technology Vertical Force A vertical shoot-em-up scroller game, with two layers for Nintendo's Virtual Boy video game system.
Game 1995 Technology Red Alarm Nintendo
Television 1995 Supernatural Neon Genesis Evangelion Humanity's unearthing of a being known as Adam brings about Second Impact, a catastrophic shockwave which destroys Antarctica and subsequently leads to the extinction of thousands of organisms, the destruction of much of the civilized world, and the deaths of billions. Millions more die from the social and economic troubles which follow this impact and the ensuing wars.
Novel 1995 Supernatural The Third Millennium Paul Meier - Also 1996's The Fourth Millennium.
Game 1995 Supernatural Mortal Kombat 3 The third installment of the Mortal Kombat series. Supernatural warlord Shao Kahn has taken over the realm of Earth, taking the souls of much of the populace. Extermination squads roam the land in search of the few surviving Kombatants that oppose him.
Game 1995–present Eco Command & Conquer: Tiberian series A radioactive, self-replicating alien crystal known as Tiberium crashes on Earth in 1995 and gradually renders most of the Earth's surface uninhabitable over the next several decades.
Film 1996 Eco Escape from L.A.[15] The sequel to Escape From New York, the film is set in an America that has become a theocratic dictatorship. Central to the plot is Los Angeles Island, the remains of what was once the city of Los Angeles after "The Big One," where those who break the government's new laws are deported to.
Film 1996 War Star Trek: First Contact A late-21st century Earth is devastated by nuclear conflict.
Novel 1996 War Arc Light Eric L. Harry - limited nuclear war between the United States and Russia.
Film 1996 Aliens Independence Day A fleet of alien warships appear over several Earth cities and lay waste to them.
Film 1996 Aliens Mars Attacks! Based on the trading card series Mars Attacks (1962).
Novel 1996 Aliens The Killing Star George Zebrowski - Aliens conduct a preemptive strike against humanity with relativistic missiles.
Story 1996 Aliens War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches Kevin J. Anderson - Edited by Kevin J. Anderson is an anthology of short stories set during the events of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
Film 1996 Technology Omega Doom
Novel 1996 Technology Therefore I Am: The Tale of IG-88 Kevin J. Anderson
Game 1996 Human Decline The House of the Dead The The House of the Dead series of Sega video games. Scientist Dr. Curien finds a way to reanimate the dead, though not without disastrous results. Later in the series' timeline, Caleb Goldman uses the undead in his mission to destroy the human race and protect the Earth from further destruction by humans.
Television 1996, 1999 Technology The Outer Limits The 1996 episode "Resurrection" and the 1999 episode "The Human Operators"
Television 1996–1997 Impact Event After War Gundam X In the series' backstory, a brutal war sees multiple space colonies dropped on Earth, rendering much of the world uninhabitable.
Game 1996–present Disease Resident Evil MultiVideo game series
Film 1997 War The Postman[15] Partly based on the David Brin Novel
Game 1997 Disease POD: Planet of Death A mining accident unleashes a virus from within the colonized moon Io. Races are held to determine the winner of the last seat in the last shuttle leaving.
Novel 1997 War Aftermath LeVar Burton - American civilization crumbles after a civil war pitting blacks against whites and a devastating earthquake.
Game 1997 Impact Event Dark Earth Set in an unspecified post-apocalyptic region on an Earth shrouded by an impact winter and plagued by a dangerous mutagenic substance called "Archessence" - the game centres on a technologically regressed medieval-like society.
Game 1997 War Interstate '76 Game from Activision
Game 1997 War KKnD series Game
Television 1997 Impact Event Asteroid
Novel 1997 Impact Event Titan Stephen Baxter about a manned mission to Titan while China directs an asteroid to hit Earth.
Novel 1997 Aliens The Alien Years Robert Silverberg
Game 1997 Aliens Spellcross Turn based strategy game on PC
Game 1997 Eco 7th Legion PC game. The Chosen, a group consisting of a corporate- and government-determined human elect, depart a heavily polluted Earth via a fleet of starships, returning as a force to reoccupy Earth, fighting against the titular 7th Legion, a coalition of the most advanced post-apocalypse humans on Earth.
Game 1997 Technology GURPS Reign of Steel A setting for the GURPS role playing system, where machines have taken over the world after a war with humanity that the humans lost.
Film 1997 Human Decline The End of Evangelion All humankind are reverted to a "primordial soup" and merged into a single consummate being.
Film 1997 Unspecified Alien Resurrection Features a deleted scene (restored to the film in the Alien Quadrilogy box set) in which Ripley and the other survivors land the Auriga in a devastated Paris. The cause of the destruction is never made clear.
Game 1997–present War Fallout series A nuclear war in 2077 devastates much of the US. Players start out in underground shelters called Vaults.
Film 1998 War Six-String Samurai[102]
Game 1998 War BattleTanx Vehicular combat game from The 3DO Company. Nearly all women around the world are killed in a nuclear war and few female survivors are prized by men.
Game 1998 War Vigilante 8 Activision
Novel 1998 Disease The Transall Saga Gary Paulsen
Novel 1998 Impact Event Moonfall Jack McDevitt
Film 1998 Aliens The Faculty Directed by Robert Rodriguez - Six students are about to find out their teachers really are from another planet.
Game 1998 Aliens Half-Life The computer game and its sequel
Other 1998 Aliens Getter Robo Armageddon The OVA, where a combination of a nuclear missile and amorphous alien Invaders results in a war with the fate of humanity at stake.
Novel 1998 Eco Aftermath Charles Sheffield - Alpha Centauri goes supernova and causes cataclysmic climate change
Novel 1998 Eco Dust Charles Pellegrino - All the insect species on Earth die out, and the ecology crashes as a result
Game 1998 Technology RayCrisis MultiA prequel to RayForce
Game 1998 Technology KKND2: Krossfire Is the sequel to KKnD, as part of its plot, Series 9 are advanced farming robots that have taken it unto themselves to destroy all life.
Other 1998 Technology Obsolete (album) Fear Factory
Game 1998 Future Collapse Xenogears PlayStation game set in a world with two nations fight with weapons found in ancient ruins. Also human fossils are all recent in the planet.
Film 1998 Supernatural Apocalypse Also, the series of films made in the 1990s and 2000s by Cloud Ten Pictures
Comic 1998 to present Disease Eden: It's an Endless World Manga by Hiroki Endo
Television 1998–1999 Eco Cowboy Bebop Disaster. The 1998–1999 anime series in which a man made disaster has caused Earth's moon to fragment, resulting in a constant rain of meteor strikes on the planet and forcing humanity to move out into the solar system.
Television 1999 War Now and Then, Here and There An Anime series that takes place 10 billion years into the future, where humanity lusts for power, and children are forced into military duty.
Novel 1999 War Resurrection Day Brendan DuBois - set ten years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, which escalated into nuclear war.
Game 1999 War BattleTanx: Global Assault Game from The 3DO Company - sequel to BattleTanx
Game 1999 War Warzone 2100
Television 1999 Disease Crusade A spin-off from the TV show Babylon 5
Game 1999 Disease Abomination: The Nemesis Project Video game
Television 1999 Impact Event The Last Train[103] Cruel Earth in Canada. British TV six part drama.
Television 1999 Impact Event Thunderstone
Game 1999 Aliens Chrono Cross The 1999 console game, where in alternate time lines modern civilization was destroyed by an alien parasite in 1999 AD
Novel 1999 Eco The Rift Walter Jon Williams
Game 1999 Technology System Shock 2 Sequel to System Shock
Game 1999 Technology Galerians PlayStationDeveloped by Polygon Magic.
Game 1999 Technology Descent 3 PCDeveloped by Outrage Entertainment, which explains that mostly mining robots attacked by an unknown virus and now attacking people.
Television 1999 Human Decline The Big O The Japanese manga and anime, where humans apparently suffered mass amnesia 40 years prior and are afraid to leave their city, Paradigm - It is a sort of mecha/apocalypse subclass of its own; the protagonist has to battle mechanical beings and other robots who are trying to destroy the remnants of the human race.
Game 1999 Future Collapse Homeworld PCDeveloper Hiigara - The game was succeeded by sequels Homeworld: Cataclysm and Homeworld 2.
Game 1999–2000 War Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri Game A ship leaves Earth on the eve of World War III to found a new colony orbiting Alpha Centauri
Television 1999–2003 Disease The Tribe The New Zealand TV series, that takes place in a near-future in which all the adults have been killed by a man-made Virus and the children have to survive on their own.
Film 1999–2003 Technology The Matrix Series of films dealing with a future where machines have trapped humanity in an illusory world, and the struggle of the surviving humans of the post-apocalyptic real world to free the rest of humanity from the illusion.
Film 2000 War On the Beach A remake of the 1959 film.
Game 2000 War Earth 2150 Game Also Earth 2160 The world is destroyed in 2150 and people settle on mars in 2160.
Game 2000 Disease Deus Ex PCGame in relation to the Gray Death
Game 2000 Impact Event Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Nintendo 64A game where the main character, Link, has three days to save the world of Termina from its moon that has broken from orbit.
Film 2000 Aliens Battlefield Earth Based on the novel of the same name by L. Ron Hubbard
Film 2000 Aliens Titan A.E. 2000 animated post-apocalyptic dystopian science fiction
Game 2000 Technology Gunlok Is a squad based action adventure computer game developed by Rebellion
Novel 2000 Supernatural Demons John Shirley - revolves around a demonic invasion of Earth.
Television 2000–2002 Social Collapse Dark Angel After terrorists detonate a nuclear weapon in the Earth's orbit, all computer data is destroyed, bringing about an economic collapse, but with minimal loss of life. Created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee
Novel 2001 War Mortal Engines Quartet Series by Phillip Reeve - first book 2001, Set in the distant future after a nuclear war. Cities are turned into machines on wheels which hunt other cities and 'eat' them. The first book follows the story of two children who have fallen off a city, and are trying to find it again so they can get back on, while the dictator of their city plans on using a weapon to destroy all of the land dwellers - people who haven't upgraded their cities to be on wheels.
Game 2001 War Darwin's World Game A role-playing game from Impressions
Film 2001 Disease Ever Since the World Ended[104][105]
Novel 2001 Disease Idlewild Nick Sagan
Novel 2001 Disease The Night of the Triffids Simon Clark - Sequel to The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Game 2001 Disease After The Bomb Role-play game
Novel 2001 Impact Event The Peshawar Lancers S.M. Stirling
Game 2001 Impact Event Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies PlayStation 2 game centered in a fictional continent years after an asteroid crashes at several locations.
Film 2001 Aliens Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within CGI animated film about spirit-based aliens roaming Earth after an asteroid crash over 30 years before.
Game 2001 Technology Outlive A real-time strategy. Earth created robotic lifeforms allegedly to mine Titan's resources, though in reality they were to be used as a secret army. When the plan surfaced, the World Council lost power but the robots returned and occupied the planet in the name of their creators.
Game 2001 Human Decline Pikmin And its sequel, the 2004 video game Pikmin 2, is set on an unnamed planet simply called as the planet of the Pikmin, inhabited by animals and plants. Although it is unnamed in-game, several cutscenes shows it as Earth, or at least a very Earth-like planet. Further hints is man-made objects in both games like the Abstract Masterpiece, a bottle cap, and the Remembered Old Buddy, a R.O.B., as well as the stage based on the Pikmin planet in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Distant Planet, which its data refers to as Earth.
Film 2001 Monsters Kairo Kiyoshi Kurosawa - In which the world is overrun by Humanoid Ghosts, and everything is destroyed by them. Based on a novel of the same name.
Game 2001 Sun Tetris Worlds Cross
Television 2001–2002 Technology Digimon Tamers
Film 2002 War Equilibrium After barely surviving another worldwide conflict, humanity rejects all emotion and outlaws all forms of expression which might encourage emotional response.
Television 2002 War Saikano Anime series.
Film 2002 Zombies 28 Days Later Ordinary citizens are forced to fight through hordes of rabid zombies after a virus ravages Britain
Film 2002 Disease Teenage Caveman Set in the post-apocalyptic future where majority of humans die from a mysterious viral plague, the remaining humans have conformed to primitive tribalism. Directed by Larry Clark
Television 2002 Disease Smallpox TV movie
Novel 2002 Disease The Years of Rice and Salt Kim Stanley Robinson - Set in a world devastated by the Black Death in medieval Europe, which killed 99% of the European population before they could discover the Americas
Game 2002 Disease Soldiers of Anarchy PCVideo game featuring a group of ex-soldiers who spent ten years underground after the Spontaneous Genome Degeneration Syndrome (SGDS), an artificially created virus raged across the globe in 2004, nearly wiping off humanity. Although the virus was released to make money with the antidote, it wasn't distributed for some reason.
Film 2002 Impact Event The Time Machine Downfall of man caused by the Moon breaking apart and bombarding Earth with rocks after extensive lunar mining.
Film 2002 Aliens Signs Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
Film 2002 Eco Jason X The tenth Friday the 13th film, Earth became a polluted wasteland by 2455 - Humanity left Earth and colonized a planet designated as Earth 2.
Game 2002 Eco The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Video game in which a flood has decimated the fictional world of Hyrule
Novel 2002 Technology The Butlerian Jihad Kevin J. Anderson - Part of the Dune universe
Film 2002 Monsters Reign of Fire Dragons wreak havoc and destroy human civilization.
Television 2002–2003 Monsters Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Anime Series involving a war between naturally-born humans (Naturals) and genetically enhanced humans (Coordinators).
Television 2002–2003 Eco Overman King Gainer Anime series, which depicts humanity living in domes after an ecological disaster.
Game 2002–2004 War Neocron Game for the Personal Computer by Reakktor Media
Television 2002–2004 Disease Jeremiah Showtime cable television series, based on the comic of the same name. In the year 2021, 15 years after a virus kills everyone over the age of puberty, the child survivors have grown up, living on the scraps of the old world.
Novel 2002–2004 Technology Legends Of Dune trilogy Part of the Dune universe
Comic 2002–2008 Disease Y: The Last Man Comic series features a lone man & his monkey in a world populated only by women, series written by Brian K. Vaughan and published by Vertigo Comics
Film 2003 War Deathlands: Homeward Bound Based on the book series Deathlands
Film 2003 War Time of the Wolf
Novel 2003 War The City of Ember a Jeanne DuPrau novel set in an underground city 241 years after a nuclear war.
Novel 2003 War Revelation by Lord John Robert J. Szmidt - polish: Apokalipsa wedlug Pana Jana
Novel 2003 War The Third World War Humphrey Hawksley
Game 2003 War Judge Dredd: Dredd Vs. Death Game
Novel 2003 Disease Full Circle David Mitchell
Story 2003 Impact Event Shikari in Galveston
Novel 2003 Aliens Vampire Earth E. E. Knight - Series.
Game 2003 Aliens UFO: Aftermath The computer game and its sequels UFO: Aftershock & UFO: Afterlight by Altar Games
Film 2003 Eco Dragon Head Based on the Manga of the same name.
Film 2003 Eco It's All About Love
Novel 2003 Eco Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood
Novel 2003 Eco Clade Mark Budz
Television 2003 Eco Encrypt Cataclysm. Set in the year 2068, the Earth's surface is in a cataclysmic upheaval, much of it transformed into wasteland by unstoppable storms (the byproduct of the destruction of the ozone layer). It was directed by Oscar Luis Costo.
Film 2003 Technology Galerians: Rion
Novel 2003 Technology Robota An illustrated book by Doug Chiang and Orson Scott Card
Novel 2003 Technology The Machine Crusade Part of the Dune universe by Kevin J. Anderson
Comic 1999-2004 Technology The Matrix Comics Originally released as webcomics.
Game 2003 Technology Neuroshima The Polish role-playing game from Portal Publishing.
Game 2003 Social Collapse Deus Ex: Invisible War Ion Storm Inc. (developer)
Eidos Interactive
(publisher). After total global economic collapse (an event known simply as "The Collapse", all religion is collected into one, which is in conflict with the new world order. Throughout the game, the player can choose to be on either side, affecting the game's outcome.
Novel 2003–2007 Aliens Legacy Trilogy Ian Douglas
Television 2003–2009 Technology Battlestar Galactica A race of machine beings launch a nuclear holocaust on their human creators and chase a ragtag fleet of survivors looking for a mythical planet called Earth.
Film 2004 War Appleseed[106]
Film 2004 War, Technology Casshern Based on two Japanese anime series. A race of super-robots led by their leader, Black King, take over the world.
Novel 2004 War Cloud Atlas David Mitchell - one of the six novellas is set in a post-apocalyptic future.
Film 2004 Zombies Dawn of the Dead Individuals try and survive a zombie outbreak by securing a shopping mall. Remake of 1978 movie.
Novel 2004 War Cowl Neal Asher
Novel 2004 War Fitzpatrick's War Theodore Judson
Game 2004 Aliens Half Life 2 Game from Valve
Novel 2004 Disease A Planet for the President Alistair Beaton
Novel 2004 Disease White Devils Paul McAuley
Film 2004 Impact Event Post Impact The asteroid Bay-Leder 7 was found to be powerful enough to wipe out the whole civilization. Although a top-secret experimental satellite weapon was able to cut it in two, the smaller piece impacted in West Russia, turning Europe into an ice-covered "death zone".
Film 2004 Eco The Day After Tomorrow Based in part on the novel The Coming Global Superstorm by Art Bell & Whitley Strieber
Novel 2004 Eco Crache Mark Budz
Novel 2004 Eco The Snow Adam Roberts - The world is buried under kilometres of unnatural snow.
Television 2004 Eco Category 6: Day of Destruction Tornado disaster. The 2004 television movie Category 6: Day of Destruction where Chicago is suffering from a series of tornadoes from numerous changes occurring in the climate. This series was followed in 2005 by Category 7: The End of the World
Television 2004 Eco 10.5 Earthquake disaster. The 2004 mini series 10.5 and its 2006 follow-up 10.5: Apocalypse In which a series of Earthquakes tears America apart, separating the West Coast from the rest of the USA.
Game 2004 Eco The Fall: Last Days of Gaia PC A German 3D RPG situated in a post apocalyptic future where humanity is facing its possible end.The focus of the game is the deep story and the unique characters, with living environment offering many well thought sidequests. Gameplay similar to the Fallout series, although with a more traditional RPG approach in which the player can assemble a whole party in order to improve chances in battles and include specialists with complementary skills.
Film 2004 Technology Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Novel 2004 Technology The Battle of Corrin Part of the Dune universe by Kevin J. Anderson
Comic 2004 Technology Deus Vitae A manga series created by Takuya Fujima
Television 2004 Technology Zentrix
Game 2004 Technology Splicers A role-playing game set in the midst of a war between humans and a worldwide computer intelligence.
Game 2004 Technology Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet MultiIs a Japanese post-apocalyptic visual novel.
Film 2004 Human Decline Idiocracy Takes the premise that with no natural predators to thin the population of the world, evolution simply rewards whoever can pass on their genes the fastest, who are depicted as sexually promiscuous drunken brutes. The average IQ is 80 by 2100, 60 by 2200, and 40 by 2505.
Television 2004–2005 War Desert Punk Anime series, in future, Japan that is a wasteland. In the Great Kanto Desert, scattered humans eke out a living in the hot sand.
Novel 2004–2007 Disease The Uglies Trilogy Scott Westerfeld - Uglies, Pretties, Specials and the companion novel, Extras, take place in a future civilization that arose after our current civilization collapsed because of an engineered bacterium that attacked not people, but oil, changing its chemical composition so that it exploded on contact with oxygen (first explained on p. 345 of Uglies).
Television 2005 War Dance Of The Dead An episode of Masters of Horror directed by Tobe Hooper - It has a triple apocalyptic theme as it features a man made virus causing a zombie outbreak after World War 3.
Novel 2005 War The Goodness Gene Sonia Levitin - children's book
Novel 2005 War Metro 2033 Series by Dmitry Glukhovsky - Set in the metro tunnels of post apocalyptic Moscow. A man named Artyom journey's to the central city of the metro, Polis, to find answers about a possible threat called the Dark Ones.
Film 2005 Disease Æon Flux Based on MTV's animated series Æon Flux
Game 2005 Impact Event Guild Wars PCA game in which, after a tutorial area set in a "pre-Searing" time, a race of beasts called the Charr summon meteors down upon the humans, destroying nearly all of the cities and all of the life (trees, animals, etc.)
Film 2005 Aliens Alien Apocalypse Produced by Sci Fi Channel
Film 2005 Aliens War of the Worlds Directed by Steven Spielberg, along with the independent 2005 productions H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds and H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds, all based on the H. G. Wells novel.
Novel 2005 Aliens War of the Worlds: New Millennium Douglas Niles - Is a retelling of the original The War of the Worlds story, but displaces the events to 2005. It is not a sequel, rather it is an update.
Novel 2005 Aliens Eight Worlds John Varley
Game 2005 Aliens Destroy All Humans! The 2005 console game, in which the player controls a Furon alien in an attempt to overthrow humanity.
Film 2005 Eco Serenity The Earth's resources and biosphere get used up prompting mass exodus for the stars.
Film 2005 Eco A Sound of Thunder Peter Hyams - A group of travelers returned in the time and made changes in the past which lead to colossal alterations in the future, where they came from, and less than in a week everything in the world started changing chaotically, putting in danger the life of every living thing.
Story 2005 Eco The Garden Where My Rains Grows Brian Keene - set in a post-apocalyptic world where it started raining one day and never stopped
Film 2005 Technology 9
Novel 2005 Technology How to Survive a Robot Uprising A semi-satirical book by Daniel H. Wilson
Novel 2001-2005 Monsters Trinity Blood Sunao Yoshida, illustrations by Thores Shibamoto - Light novel involving a war between humans and vampires.
Television 2005–2006 Future Collapse Noein This anime features several teens living in Hakodate, Hokkaido who come in contact with their future selves using time travel as a last resort to end the destruction of their world by abducting their dear friend Haruka Kaminogi from the past as a sacrifice to make the ultimate weapon against the destroyer known as Noein.[107]
Television 2005–2006 Aliens Eureka Seven Anime series and its video games are set 10,000 years after humans had to leave the earth due to a Coralian appearing in Africa. In the current timeline, the remnants of humanity are now settled on a planet they refer to as the "Promised Land".
Television 2005–2006 Eco Zoids: Genesis Environment disaster. Anime series where an earthquake triggers a series of worldwide natural disasters that devastate Planet Zi.
Comic 2005–2007 Technology Lego Exo-Force Comics and books.
Radio 2005–present Eco Nebulous Radio sitcom by Graham Duff - much of the world was destroyed by an event known as "the Withering".
Film 2006 War The Dark Hour The eight years boy Jesús has been living in a crumbling underground facility since he was born with eight survivors of an apocalyptic war.[108]
Television 2006 War Jericho CBS - the residents of a small Kansas town remain isolated in the aftermath of a series of nuclear attacks on America
Novel 2006 War The Book of Dave Will Self - split between modern London and post-apocalyptic London where a new society and religion is based on the legacy of a cab driver.
Novel 2006 War Deadlands Scott A. Johnson
Game 2006 War Auto Assault Game While seemingly caused by aliens, it is in fact human mistakes, breakdown and war that forges Auto Assault's apocalyptic world. Similar to the Command & Conquer series where an alien event is the catalyst needed to start decline.
Film 2006 Zombies The Zombie Diaries British made movie in which a virus creates a plague of zombies, viewed entirely from the Diary of the Dead which was shot in a similar POV perspective.
Novel 2006 Disease Pandemia[109] Johnathan Rand and Christopher Knight - A mutated bird flu virus wipes out everyone except the young. Set in Michigan.
Novel 2006 Zombies World War Z Max Brooks novel about a global zombie outbreak and humanity's efforts to stop thems
Novel 2006 Disease Quarantine Poetry by Brian Henry
Television 2006 Impact Event Three Moons Over Milford
Novel 2006 Impact Event Life as We Knew It Susan Beth Pfeffer - Asteroid striking the Moon and knocking it into an orbit closer to Earth, concentrating on how a family in Western Pennsylvania is affected.
Game 2006 Aliens Gears of War The video game, which takes place on the fictional planet of Sera, humans are shown fighting a war against alien monsters that have emerged from underground.
Film 2006 Eco The World Sinks Except Japan A parody of Japan Sinks - All the land on earth sinks into the ocean, with Japan being the last to go.
Novel 2006 Eco Small-Minded Giants Oisín McGann
Television 2006 Eco Innocent Venus Set after the world population and economy is devastated by simultaneous hyper-hurricanes.
Game 2006 Eco Battlefield 2142 PC first-person shooting game about a war fought over land unaffected by a new ice age that renders most of the Northern Hemisphere uninhabitable.
Television 2006 Eco Ergo Proxy Anime series by the Japanese production company Manglobe - an undefined global ecological disaster has decimated the surface of the Earth, and the small remaining human population lives in isolated, city-state dome complexes.
Film 2006 Unspecified Android Apocalypse TV movie for Sci Fi Channel
Television 2006 Technology Lego Exo-Force
Film 2006 Human Decline Children of Men[89] The human race has become infertile. Based on the book of the same name.
Novel 2006 Zombies Cell Stephen King - A strange cell phone signal turns ordinary humans into killer zombies.
Film 2006 Zombies The Quick and the Undead
Film 2006 Supernatural Pulse And its 2009 sequel Pulse 2: Afterlife
Film 2006 Social Collapse Puzzlehead James Bai (writer/director) - Set in what looks like Brooklyn, "after the decline", the streets are empty and there seems to be constant random killings.
Novel 2006 Unspecified Night Work Thomas Glavinic - A novel in which a man wakes up to find that everyone else has disappeared.
Game 2006 Unspecified Mother 3 Game BoyIn which a small group of humans escape to a post-apocalyptic utopia after the "old world" is destroyed. While the game never explains what happened to the "old world", they say that the humans were the ones that caused its destruction.
Novel 2006 Unspecified The Road Cormac McCarthy
Radio 2006 War The Last Broadcast A Canadian-produced radio play which reflects the chilling possibility of what happens if the superpowers decided to go nuclear during the Cold War (in an alternate 1983) after a large-scale Soviet invasion of West Germany.[110]
Television 2007 War Masters of Science Fiction Episode, A Clean Escape
Novel 2007 War Last Light Alex Scarrow - sudden end of oil availability leads to worldwide social collapse.
Novel 2007 War The Oblivion Society Marcus Alexander Hart
Novel 2007 War The Pesthouse Jim Crace
Novel 2007 War The Slynx Tatyana Tolstaya novel
Novel 2007 War The World Ends in Hickory Hollow Ardath Mayhar
Film 2007 Zombies 28 Weeks Later Sequel to 28 Days Later. During the efforts to repopulate Britain, the discovery of a possible cure to the "Rage" virus may also begin the apocalypse all over again.
Film 2007 Disease (zombies) I Am Legend[89] In an abandoned New York City set in 2012, military virologist Robert Neville tries to find a cure to a man-made virus that killed almost everyone on earth, while at the same time trying to survive against the vampiric zombies it left behind.
Film 2007 Disease I Am Omega
Film 2010 Monsters Monsters (2010 film) Written, shot and directed by Gareth Edwards.
Film 2009 Disease Autumn Autumn on imdb
Film 2008 Zombies Zombie Wars Directed by David A. Prior
Film 2007 Unspecified The Gene Generation Directed by Pearry Teo
Film 2007 War The Last Sentinel The Last Sentinel on imdb
Film 2006 War 9/Tenths About the conflict between a wealthy couple and a poor laborer after a worldwide terrorist attack isolates them in a small remote ranch.
Film 2006 War The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell Dark comedy directed by Jonny Gillette
Film 2003 Unspecified Dream Warrior Dream Warrior on imdb
Film 2007 Zombies Resident Evil: Extinction
Novel 2007 Disease Plague Year Jeff Carlson - Slated to be a trilogy
Film 2007 Impact Event Super Comet: After The Impact A speculative documentary produced by the Discovery Channel which hypothesizes the effects on modern-day earth of a large comet impact.
Film 2007 Aliens The Invasion Based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney. A mysterious virus brought by spaceborne microbes possesses humans and renders them devoid of emotion.
Film 2007 Aliens Invasion of the Pod People A low-budget remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers made by The Asylum to capitalise on the release of The Invasion.
Film 2007 Aliens Transformers A race of both robotic aliens battle for humanity.
Game 2007 Eco Darkwind: War on Wheels PC-MMOGA disastrous solar event in 2019 and 2020 leaves the world devastated, with only small pockets of human survivors scratching out a living in a bleak, irradiated world. Largely fuelled by the stockpiles of hardware left behind by a dead civilization combined with the desperation of a new world order, the gladiatorial deathsports begin, around 2035. The vast expanses of wilderness between the towns are menaced by gangs of road pirates armed with heavily armed cars and trucks, and travelled by equally well armed trade groups, making a living by carrying food, fuel, and other specialist equipment between the towns.
Film 2007 Technology Meet the Robinsons
Film 2007 Human Decline Tooth and Nail A group of survivors, called Foragers, take cover in an old abandoned hospital where the group attempt to re build society. All we know of the apocalypse is that man "Ran out of gas", but not in the sense of oil, just that our time was up.
Television 2007 Monsters Gurren Lagann Animated TV series in which cloned "Beastmen" fight an apocalyptic battle with humanity.
Film 2007 Zombies REC Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza - Spanish horror film about altered humans by a Demon.
Game 2007 Future Collapse Supreme Commander PC, XboxSet at the end of a thousand year long war, called the infinite war, between three separate factions; the UEF (United Earth Federation), the Aeon and the Cybrans.
Film 2007 Sun Sunshine Directed by Danny Boyle - The film follows a spaceship crew in the year 2057 who are tasked with reigniting Earth's dying sun.
Game 2007 Supernatural Hellgate: London PCDemons and humans are in constant struggle on earth.
Television 2007 Unspecified Afterworld (TV series) American series about a man living in a post-apocalyptic United States after an unspecified cataclysm.
Game 2007–2011 Technology Mass Effect Adventure game. Backstory involves a race of nomadic, space traversing humanoids known as 'Quarians', who created a race (the Geth) of networked artificial intelligences. Soon, the Geth revolt against the Quarians and forced them into the vastness of space aboard a fleet of star ships without a safe refuge in the galaxy.
Film 2007–present Supernatural Rebuild of Evangelion Remake of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series. The first of the four films, Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, debuted in 2007; the second, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, in 2009; the third, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, in 2012. The fourth is forthcoming.
Film 2008 War 20 Years After 20 years after wars, plague, and natural disasters, a young woman follows the voice of a lone radio broadcaster and delivers the first child born in 15 years.[111]
Film 2008 War City of Ember Based on the book by Jeanne Duprau
Film 2008 War Mutant Chronicles Based on the Mutant Chronicles RPG
Novel 2008 War Flood Stephen Baxter book about huge underground oceans leaking to the surface, lifting sea levels by thousands of metres over several decades.
Novel 2008 War The Hunger Games Young adult series by Suzanne Collins about a survival tournament set in a post-apocalyptic continent.
Novel 2008 War The Valley-Westside War Harry Turtledove
Game 2008 War Exodus (role-playing game) Game A post-apocalyptic role-playing game from Glutton Creeper Games set after the War on Terror destroy 99% of the world's population.
Film 2008 Disease Doomsday[89]
Film 2008 Disease Repo! The Genetic Opera
Film 2008 Disease The Last Man Based upon Mary Shelley's 1826 novel The Last Man
Television 2008 Disease Survivors BBC television series a remake of the 70's series of the same name
Novel 2008 Disease The Martian General's Daughter Collapse of global civilization caused by virus-like nanotechnology
Game 2008 Zombies Left 4 Dead MultiFeaturing people transformed into crazed zombie-like mutants by an infection.
Novel 2008 Impact Event Dead and the Gone Susan Beth Pfeffer - How the same event as in Life as We Knew It affects a family in New York City.
Novel 2008 Aliens The Host Stephenie Meyer - An alien race, called Souls, take over Earth and its inhabitants. The novel follows one Soul's predicament when the mind of its human host refuses to cooperate with her takeover.
Film 2008 Eco The Happening The movie depicts an unknown deadly neurotoxin.
Film 2008 Eco Lost City Raiders
Film 2008 Eco WALL-E Earth is abandoned after becoming too polluted to sustain life. A robot stays behind and cleans Earth.
Television 2008 Eco The Poison Sky Environment disaster. The Doctor Who episode "The Poison Sky". The poisonous Sontaran gases (creating the titular "poison sky") above Sylvia and Wilfred's street ignite as the flames from the Doctor's atmospheric converter spread globally.
Game 2008 Technology Too Human
Film 2008 Zombies Quarantine American remake of the Spanish horror film REC
Television 2008 Zombies Dead Set A UK television series which chronicles a zombie outbreak.
Novel 2008 Supernatural Therefore Repent! Jim Munroe art by Salgood Sam - a post-Rapture graphic novel.
Television 2008 Social Collapse Turn Left
(Doctor Who episode #197)
Russell T Davies(writer). Explores an apocalyptic alternative future in which British society has collapsed due to the death of Doctor
Novel 2008 Social Collapse World Made By Hand James Kunstler - Explores life in an agrarian village in upstate New York after America collapses under the combined trauma of plague, peak oil, global warming, and nuclear terrorism
Film 2008 Unspecified Life After People A TV documentary film, and the spin-off, Life After People: The Series, document life on earth after all humans have instantly disappeared. The shows does not mention a cause of their disappearance.
Television 2008–2009 Technology Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Film 2009 Eco Astro Boy Astro Boy, (a robotic reincarnation of his creator's lost son) lives in highly advanced metro city; last of its kind floating above the clouds in the skies of post-apocalyptic earth.[112]
Film 2009 Disease Carriers A group of 4 on the road trying to find a safe haven while plague rages across the USA.
Film 2009 Disease Daybreakers A virus changes most of the populace into vampires sometime around 2019. At the point where vampirism is considered "normal", the remaining humans attempt to escape being farmed for their blood, while also attempting to find a cure.[113]
Film 2009 Zombies La Horde French Zombie-Apocalypse film. Directed by Benjamin Rocher. The film is set in one of French tower blocks, wherein a small group of people trying to make their way out of it thrusting through hordes of zombies.
Novel 2009 Disease The Killing Moon Rod Glenn - Five friends struggle to survive 20 years after the collapse of civilisation. Set in northern England.
Game 2009 Zombies Left 4 Dead 2 MultiFeaturing the same as Left 4 Dead but expanded.
Game 2009 Disease Killing Floor PCCooperative first-person shooter video game.
Film 2009 Eco 2012
Novel 2009 Eco The Windup Girl (2009 novel) Paolo Bacigalupi - In future Thailand, where calories are the most needed energy source, an unexpected girl struggles to live like as she wants.
Television 2009 Eco Earth 2100 Time travel fiction. The 2009 ABC Special Earth 2100 explore the future if humans do not take actions to help the eco-system that can prove to be disastrous. Lucy, the speaker, explains about this world and wonders how she was one of the lucky humans to have survived.
Film 2009 Technology 9 Adaptation of 2005 year's film 9
Television 2009 Technology Power Rangers: RPM The Power Rangers protect the last remnants of humanity, who are now settled in the domed city of Corinth, after the accidental release of a government created computer virus known as "Venjix". Malicious and self-aware, it leaves most of the planet in nuclear fallout, constructs an army of attack bots and begins cybernetic experiments on human prisoners.
Novel 2009 Zombies The Forest of Hands and Teeth Carrie Ryan - Set generations after the zombie apocalypse, a girl struggles against the religious order in her village hoping for life beyond the fences protecting them from the Unconsecrated (zombies) in the surrounding forest.
Film 2009 Monsters REC 2 Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza - The sequel to 2007's REC
Film 2009 Sun Knowing Tells of a story where the end of the world, caused by a solar flare erupting onto the solar system, is accurately predicted.
Novel 2009 Social Collapse Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse James Wesley Rawles - An apocalyptic survivalist novel about a total socio-economic collapse.
Film 2009 Unspecified Les derniers jours du monde A French film. Depicts the story of a man, Robinson, who travels across France and Spain during the end of the world.
Film 2009 Unspecified The Road A film based upon the novel "The Road", by Cormac McCarthy.
Other 2009 Unspecified Songs From The Floodplain An album by Jon Boden
Novel 2009 Technology One Second After
Comic 2009 to present Disease Sweet Tooth Series written and drawn by Jeff Lemire and published by Vertigo Comics about a young hybrid human/deer, who has survived an apocalyptic plague.
Television 2009– Aliens V Remake of the 80s Television Series.
Television 2009–2010 Disease The Colony Reality television style drama about a group of survivors forced to live in a warehouse in the virus ravaged city of Los Angeles, California.
Game 2009–present War Fallen Earth Game A post-apocalyptic massively multiplayer online roleplaying game from Icarus Studios and Fallen Earth LLC set in the 22nd Century after the Shiva Virus has spread all over the world.
Television 2009 Eco Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 After a massive earthquake in Tokyo 25 km under the sea at a magnitude of 8.0, siblings Mirai and Yūki, who were visiting a robot exhibition in Odaiba at the beginning of their summer vacation, struggle to reach their parents in their house in Setagaya, assisted by a female motorcycle courier named Mari, who is striving to reach her own daughter and mother in Sangenjaya. Together, the three brave the ruined city and try their best to make it home safely.
Television 2010 War Adventure Time The adventures of Jake the dog and Finn, the only known remaining human in the post-appocalyptic land of Ooo hundreds of years after the "Great Mushroom War".
Film 2010 War The Book of Eli Although never directly stated, enormous craters can be seen throughout the film and characters mention an event called "the Flash". The writer, Gary Whitta, stated he wanted the audience to figure out the nuclear event slowly.[114]
Novel 2010 War Life After War[115] Angela White - also author of On The Road
Novel 2010 War The Mountaineers[116] Angela White - also author of Life After War
Game 2010 War Metro 2033 Game by 4A Games and THQ for the PC and Xbox 360 set in post-apocalyptic Moscow 20 years after a nuclear war
Film 2010 Zombies Resident Evil: Afterlife
Film 2010 Zombies Survival of the Dead George A. Romero
Television 2010 Disease After Armageddon TV Film about a family trying to survive after a global outbreak.
Novel 2010 Disease Dog Eat Dog David J. Rodger Ten years after a devastating global pandemic, the lives of two survivors collide in a sequence of events that threaten both their sanity and their lives.
Novel 2010 Disease The Passage[117] Justin Cronin - A virus turns humanity into vampire-esque creatures, leading to the collapse of civilization, while survivors eke out a bleak existence.
Film 2010 Impact Event Meteor Apocalypse A gigantic meteor enters Earth's orbit and begins to disintegrate, showering the entire planet with debris.
Film 2010 Impact Event Quantum Apocalypse A comet makes an unexpected turn towards the earth where all life may cease to exist within days if small town heroes fail to find a solution.
Television 2010–2012 Technology Generator Rex Rex is an evo working with the military organization Providence, to put an end to the outbreak of violent monstrous human mutations known as evos which are created when people are exposed to unsafe nanites, a nanobot technology developed to fight diseases within humans. Wars between evos and humans ensued when nanites started to get out of control.[118]
Film 2010 Aliens Skyline Aliens invade Earth and attempt to steal the brains of its citizens.
Film 2010 Aliens Battle: Los Angeles Depicts the attempts of US Marines to repel an alien invasion of Earth.
Television 2010-now Aliens Falling Skies Aliens or creatures called Skitters, Mechs and Overlords attack Earth, as the series is showing the struggles six months after the initial attack on Earth.
Novel 2010 Eco Drain Davis Schneiderman - Lake Michigan mysteriously empties of water, and an end-of-time cult occupies the lakebed, waiting for a reflooding of the zone by the power of giant Worm.
Novel 2010 Supernatural Sword of My Mouth Jim Munroe, art by Shannon Gerard - a follow-up to Therefore Repent!.
Novel 2010 Social Collapse Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America Decline of world civilization caused by the depletion of oil reserves.
Novel 2010 Unspecified Be Ready When the Sh*t Goes Down: A Survival Guide to the Apocalypse A comedy survivalist book by Forrest Griffin
Novel 2010 Unspecified Cygnis Vincent Gessler - A novel in which Syn the trapper and Ack, his cybernetic wolf, survive in a world covered with forests, facing robots and humans.
Game 2010 Eco A New Beginning A video game by Daedalic Entertainment, in which climate change has made the Earth uninhabitable.
Television 2010- Zombies The Walking Dead A US-television series featuring the world overrun by zombies. By Frank Darabont
Game 2010 War Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game by Omega Force and Tecmo Koei based on the landmark anime and manga series.
Game 2011 Eco Brink MultiA floating self-sustaining city contains what may be the final remnants of humanity, after global warming causes sea levels to rise.
Novel 2011 Technology Robopocalypse: A Novel A apocalyptic robot/machine uprising novel by Daniel H. Wilson
Novel 2011 Social Collapse Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse James Wesley Rawles - An apocalyptic survivalist novel about a total socio-economic collapse.
Film 2012 War The Hunger Games Set in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where the countries of North America once existed. Based on the book of the same name by Suzanne Collins.
Film 2012 Impact Event Seeking a Friend for the End of the World An asteroid is announced to hit Earth as a man searches to find his significant other before the impact occurs.
Novel 2011 Disease Enclave A novel by Ann Aguirre.
Novel 2005 Supernatural Restoration series Terri Blackstock - novel series covering how people react and survive after a natural EMP blast from a distant star knocks out all electronics all over the world.
Film 2011 Unknown power affecting only men Schoolgirl Apocalypse A Japanese schoolgirl, Sakura, finds her average life in a small town turned inside out when all the males suddenly become zombies and begin to attack and kill females.

With few skills and only her kyudo bow and an English textbook to accompany her she sets out on a journey through a dark world of murder and survival.

Game 2011 Disease Hatoful Boyfriend A particularly virulent strain of bird flu kills a large majority of humanity, leaving birds to become the dominant class of animals. The protagonist is one of the few humans naturally resistant to the flu.
Game 2011 Collapse of infrastructure, and fissures in races MotorStorm: Apocalypse A PlayStation 3 video game that depicts the West Coast of USA that was hit by several disasters, like tornadoes, earthquakes, rains, and thunderstorms.
Game 2011 War Wasteland Angel A PC game that depicts the USA after World War III.
Film 2011 War The Divide A film about the psychological unraveling of a group of survivors, who have holed up in the basement of their apartment building during a nuclear attack.
Game 2012 Eco Oil Rush A PC strategy game, where ice caps have melted to cause global flooding.
Game 2012 Unspecified Tokyo Jungle A PlayStation 3 video game about a futuristic Tokyo that has become deserted by humans and overrun by many types of animals.
Web series 2012 War Electric City Animated web series created by and starring Tom Hanks.
Comic 2009 Impact event Homestuck A webcomic where children play a game called Sburb which causes multiple meteors to hit Earth. They survive by abandoning Earth.
Game 1994 Impact event Primal Rage A fighting-style game where a meteor hits Earth and wipes out modern technology, reducing them to several Stone Age-type tribespeople. The continents are rearranged, and seven dinosaur-like deities fight for control over the new Urth.
Film 2012 Zombie Apocalypse Christmas with the Dead Freak lightning storm turned all who saw it into zombies.
Film 2013 Aliens Oblivion Earth has been ravaged from war sixty years prior with the extraterrestrial "Scavengers"
Film 2013 Technology The World's End (film) Human civilization is replaced by synthetic replica's that never age. When the last biological humans who are drunk from drinking too much beer confront the supreme intelligence with the possibilities that humanity might not want to be "improved", this contradiction leads to a crash in the simulant network, destroying most of the world as a result and throwing the planet into a new dark age without technology.
Film 2013 Supernatural This Is the End The Rapture occurs during party attended by celebrities including Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and Emma Watson.
Film 2010 War Bunraku In the aftermath of a global war, the surviving nations introduced a ban on all firearms in an attempt to quell man's appetite for destruction.
Television 2012 Impact Event Evacuate Earth Hypothetical docudrama concerning humanity's efforts to seek out a new home on a distant Earth-like planet, in the face of Earth's eventual destruction by an approaching neutron star. Produced by Atlas Media, for original broadcast on the National Geographic Channel.
Television 2014 War Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl Absurdist sci-fi comedy film. The growing tension between the last two remaining superpowers -­ China and Google -­ escalates in the early 21st century, and results in the global inferno of the "Google Wars".
Film 2014 War, Technology X-Men: Days of Future Past Machines built to identify and eliminate mutants eventually target most humans as well. With much of the world destroyed, one mutant is sent back in time to try to prevent this future from ever happening.
Television 2014 Zombies Z Nation

Causes of apocalypse in apocalyptic fiction

Category Description
Aliens Alien invasion

War with alien species

Impact event Impact with celestial bodies (meteorites, asteroids, planets, etc.)

Near-impact knocks earth out of orbit

Disease Pandemic (plague)
Zombies Infected human beings or reanimated corpses which attack and/or consume the living.
Eco Ecological catastrophe

Global climate change (causing a new ice age)

Global warming (melting of icecaps, global flooding)

Global pollution

Future collapse After the fall or collapse of some future space-based civilization
Human decline The decline and fall of the human race
Monsters Monsters


Lovecraftian horror

Biologically altered humans

Sun Expanding or dying sun
Social collapse Social collapse

Economic collapse


Supernatural Religious and supernatural apocalypse


Eschatological fiction

Technology Apocalyptic wars between humans and technology

Cybernetic revolt—war with, or revolution, by robots, computers, etc.

War World War III

Global nuclear holocaust

Other apocalyptic wars between humans

Unspecified After some apocalypse whose nature is not specified

Publication formats listed in this article

  • Comic (comic book, manga, illustrated novel, etc.)
  • Film (i.e. a movie)
  • Game (card or board game, fantasy or role-playing game, PC or video game, etc.)
  • Novel
  • Play
  • Poem
  • Song
  • Story (i.e. short story)
  • Television (TV series or program episode)
  • Other

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