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It's the End of the World as We Know it

Books and movies looking at the end of civilization as we know it. Some humorous, most not.

It's the End of the World as We Know it

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End of the World dreams

I won't be able to read the Mark of Athena until Christmas break, so the world WILL NOT END THIS YEAR!

Ancient Mayan Carvings, Riviera Maya, Mexico. Because there might be clues here on how to stop the end of the world.

"It's the end of the world, and I'm still 15 minutes late. "

Smile of the Day 4/19/12: Is the World Ending in 2012?

Real Armaweddin' - planned for Dec 22, the day after the Mayans predicted the end of the world. Thoughts?

Dystopian Books Infographic

"When She Woke" is a timely fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of the not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated, but "chromed" and released back into the population to survive as best they can. In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a journey of self-discovery that fo...

S.M. Stirling - The Change series (including both the Emberverse and Nantucket lines). In the Emberverse series, Stirling looks at the effects "The Change" has on the planet. The Change is an event in which Nantucket is MIA and the the rest of the world is left without working electricity, internal combustion engines, steam power and more. In the Nantucket series, we follow Nantucket and its residents in the period after The Event, in which the island is swept back in time to the Bronze Age.

James Howard Kunstler - World Made By Hand. Set in the fictional town of Union Grove, N.Y., Kunstler details the lives of a cast of characters as they navigate a world stripped of its modern comforts, ravaged by terrorism, epidemics and the economic upheaval of peak oil. A fitting read in today's current oil crisis.

Book Review: World Made by Hand

P.D. James - The Children of Men. Set in England in 2021, James looks at the results of mass infertility in this dystopian novel. It has been 25 years since the last child was born and the human race is nearing extinction. This book was the basis for the 2006 movie of the same name, starring Clive Owen.

  • Sondra Hansen
    Sondra Hansen

    Love P.D. James and this book. Read it ions ago and loved it!

Colson Whitehead - Zone One. A pandemic has devastated the planet: sorting mankind into two types-the living and the living dead. The US is rebuild­ing under orders from a provisional govern­ment. The No. 1priority: reclaiming NYC. Armed forces secured the island south of Canal Street, but pockets of plague-ridden squatters remain. Teams of civilian volunteers are tasked with clearing out a more innocuous variety: the stragglers that exist in a catatonic state, transfixed by their former lives.

City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau. Many hundreds of years ago, the City of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked – but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all – the lights are failing.

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta. What would happen if some Rapture-like event took place, causing a large portion of the world's population to vanish into thin air. How would those left behind, the leftovers, cope and survive?

The Last Survivors Series by Susan Beth Pfeffer. In one brief moment, life as we know it changes. An asteroid hits the moon, knocking it out of its orbit and closer to Earth. The gravitational effects on Earth are devestating: mass flooding, volcano eruptions, climate change and more. This trilogy looks at these events from the standpoints of two teens: Miranda in Pennsylvania and Alex in NYC. Fascinating reads, though "The Dead and Gone" is by far my favorite of the series!

Stephen King - The Stand. A biological weapon inflicts a virus on the world, killing the vast majority of humans. The few remaining survivors journey cross-country, and camps of good and evil are established. The book is divided into three parts – the virus which is called Captain Trips, the journeys and the final confrontation of good and evil.

Cormac McCarthy - The Road. McCarthy's The Road describes the journey of a father and son after some unknown disaster has destroyed the majority of life on this planet. Won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2007. Very dark.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy- Douglas Adams. Earth is being destroyed to make way for an intergalactic highway, Human Arthur Dent and his space travelling buddy Ford Prefect hitch a ride on the Vogon planet destruction fleet. Don't panic and always carry a towel!