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This is a list of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction works, sorted by the nature of the catastrophe portrayed.

Nuclear holocaust

World War III and other apocalyptic wars (between humans)

Film

TitleYearTypeAuthor and notes
20 Years After 2008 Human wars 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.[1]
2019, After the Fall of New York[citation needed] 1983 Human wars An Italian film set in 2019 featuring a mercenary out to rescue the last fertile woman on Earth.
2020 Texas Gladiators 1982 Human wars Post-apocalyptic Italian film[2][3]
A Boy and His Dog 1975 Human wars 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.[4][5]
The Aftermath 1982 Human wars Returning astronauts encounter bikers and mutants in a post-nuclear setting. Released as "Zombie Aftermath" in the UK.[6]
Akira 1988 Human wars Anime. By Katsuhiro Otomo
Appleseed 2004 Human wars Anime.
Atomic War Bride 1960 Human wars A Yugoslav science fiction drama film directed by Veljko Bulajić.[7][8]
Battle for the Planet of the Apes 1973 Human wars The fifth movie in the Planet of the Apes feature film series.
The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell 2007 Human wars Indie comedy.
The Bed Sitting Room 1969 Human wars 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.[9][10]
Beneath the Planet of the Apes[11] 1970 Human wars The second film in the Planet of the Apes feature film series.
Black Moon 1975 Human wars Surreal French production.
The Blood of Heroes 1989 Human wars Australian film written and directed by David Webb Peoples.
The Book of Eli 2010 Human wars
Captive Women 1952 Human wars 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.[12][13]
Casshern 2004 Human wars
Cherry 2000 1987 Human wars
City Limits 1985 Human wars
City of Ember 2008 Human wars Based on the book by Jeanne Duprau
Creepozoids 1987 Human wars
Cyborg 1989 Human wars
Cyborg 2 1993 Human wars
Damnation Alley[14] 1977 Human wars 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.
Dark Enemy 1984 Human wars [15]
Day the World Ended 1955 Human wars [16][17]
Dead Man's Letters 1986 Human wars
Deadly Reactor 1989 Human wars [9][10]
Death Run 1987 Human wars
Deathlands: Homeward Bound 2003 Human wars Based on the book series Deathlands
Deathsport 1978 Human wars
Def-Con 4 1985 Human wars
Delicatessen 1991 Human wars By Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro
Dr. Strangelove[18] 1964 Human wars By Stanley Kubrick, adapting the novel Red Alert by Peter George.
Empire of Ash II 1989 Human wars
Empire of Ash III 1989 Human wars
Empire of Ash 1988 Human wars
The End of August at the Hotel Ozone 1967 Human wars Czech title: Konec srpna v Hotelu Ozon [19][20]
Endgame 1983 Human wars [21]
Equilibrium 2002 Human wars After barely surviving another worldwide conflict, mankind rejects all emotion and outlaws all forms of expression which might encourage emotional response.
Escape From New York 1981 Human wars
Escape from L.A. 1996 Human wars
Exterminators of the Year 3000 1983 Human wars [22][23][24]
The Final War 1960 Human wars By 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).[25][26]
Fist of the North Star 1986 Human wars Animated Japanese film.
Fist of the North Star 1995 Human wars Live-action martial arts film.
Five 1951 Human wars By Arch Oboler, the film shows the aftermath of a nuclear war, centered on a group of five survivors.[27][28]
Genesis II 1973 Human wars By Gene Roddenberry, later remade as unsuccessful TV pilot Planet Earth
Glen and Randa 1971 Human wars [29][30]
The Handmaid's Tale 1990 Human wars
Hardware 1990 Human wars
Hell Comes to Frogtown 1987 Human wars
Human Highway 1982 Human wars
In the Year 2889 1967 Human wars A remake of the 1955 Roger Corman film Day the World Ended set in the year 1977, despite the title.
Invasion USA 1952 Human wars
Journey to the Center of Time 1967 Human wars [31][32]
Judge Dredd 1995 Human wars
La città dell'ultima paura 1975 Human wars [33]
La Jetée 1962 Human wars By Chris Marker.
The Last Man on Earth 1964 Human wars This is the first film adaptation based on Richard Matheson's 1954 novel, I Am Legend.
The Last War 1961 Human wars By Shuei Matsubayashi, another Japanese film about World War III (Japanese title: Sekai daisenso).[34][35]
Le Dernier Combat 1983 Human wars By Luc Besson
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior 1981 Human wars
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 1985 Human wars
Malevil 1981 Human wars Film version directed by Christian de Chalonge. Starring Michel Serrault, Jacques Dutronc and Jean-Louis Trintignant.
Mindwarp 1990 Human wars
Miracle Mile 1988 Human wars
Mutant Chronicles 2008 Human wars Based on the Mutant Chronicles RPG
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 1984 Human wars By Hayao Miyazaki
The Noah 1975 Human wars By Daniel Bourla. An American soldier becomes the sole survivor of a nuclear war.
The Omega Man 1971 Human wars 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.
On the Beach 1959 Human wars By 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).
On the Beach 2000 Human wars A remake of the 1959 film.
Panic in Year Zero! 1962 Human wars A 1962 movie about a family that escapes Los Angeles after the city is devastated by a nuclear attack.
The People Who Own the Dark 1976 Human wars By Amando de Ossorio (Spanish title: Último deseo) [36][37]
Planet of the Apes 1968 Human wars Adapted from the novel La planète des singes by Pierre Boulle.
The Postman 1997 Human wars Partly based on the David Brin Novel
Radio Free Steve 1984 Human wars Steve is a radio pirate in the days after World War Three, bringing hope to the people after the remnants of the government re-emerged and shut down all TV and radio stations that had been broadcasting without permission.
Radioactive Dreams 1984 Human wars 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.[38][39]
Ravagers 1979 Human wars [40]
Refuge of Fear 1973 Human wars (Spanish title: El refugio del miedo)[41]
Robot Holocaust 1986 Human Wars
Robot Jox 1990 Human wars
Robot Wars 1993 Human wars Sequel to Robot Jox
The Sacrifice 1986 Human wars
Sexmisja 1984 Human wars A Polish comedy.
She[42] 1982 Human wars 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.
Six-String Samurai 1998 Human wars
She-Wolves of the Wasteland 1988 Human wars
Star Trek: First Contact 1996 Human wars A late-21st century Earth is devastated by nuclear conflict.
Steel Dawn 1987 Human wars [43]
Stryker 1983 Human wars [44][45]
The Survivalist 1987 Human wars 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. [46]
Survivor 1987 Human wars [47]
Teenage Cave Man 1958 Human wars
Terror from the Year 5000 1958 Human wars [48][49][50]
The Road 2009 Unknown The journey of a father and son on a road to the sea.
Testament 1983 Human wars
Things to Come 1936 Human wars A future second world war leads to a breakdown of civilization in most of the world, with technology returning to medieval levels by 1970.
The Third Cry 1974 Human wars (Swiss film, French title: Le Troisième Cri) [51][52]
This Is Not a Test 1962 Human wars [7][53]
The Time Machine 1960 Human wars had an atomic war to explain the downfall of civilization.
Time of the Wolf 2003 Human wars
The Time Travelers 1964 Human wars [54][55]
Urban Warriors 1987 Human wars Three technicians working in an underground laboratory discover that a nuclear war has destroyed most of the above ground world.
Warrior of the Lost World 1983 Human wars
Warriors of the Apocalypse 1985 Human wars After civilization is wiped out by nuclear war, an adventurer leads a group of wanderers on a search for the fabled Mountain of Life.
Warriors of the Wasteland 1982 Human wars
When the Wind Blows 1986 Human wars By Jimmy Murakami, adapting the graphic novel by Raymond Briggs
Whoops Apocalypse 1986 Human wars
Wizards 1977 Human wars By Ralph Bakshi. A good wizard and his evil brother battle some two millennia after Armageddon.
World Gone Wild 1988 Human wars [56][57]
World Without End 1956 Human wars By 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.
The World, the Flesh and the Devil 1959 Human wars Adapted from M.P. Shiel's The Purple Cloud.
Yor, the Hunter from the Future 1983 Human wars [58]
Zardoz 1974 Human wars

Television

TitleYearTypeAuthor and notes
Buck Rogers In The 25th Century 1979 Human wars Mostly futuristic in appearance, but outside of the gleaming Utopian city lies apocalyptic ruins swarming with mutants.
Dance Of The Dead 2005 Human wars 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.
The Day After 1983 Human wars The effects of nuclear war on a Kansas town.
Day of the Daleks 1975 Human wars 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.[59]
Desert Punk 2004–2005 Human wars Anime series.
Fist of the North Star 1984–1987 Human wars Post-apocalyptic anime series.
Future Boy Conan 1978 Human wars An anime series by Hayao Miyazaki. Supermagnetic WMDs devastate Earth and causes virtually all land to be submerged underwater.
The Girl from Tomorrow 1990 Human wars 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.
Jericho 2006 Human wars CBS, about the residents of a small Kansas town which remains isolated in the aftermath of a series of nuclear attacks on America.
Knight Rider 2010 1994 Human wars Made for TV movie that was designed to be a pilot for a post- Apocalyptic spin-off from the original Knight Rider
Knights of God 1987 Human wars
Masters of Science Fiction 2007 Human wars Episode, A Clean Escape
Now and Then, Here and There 1999 Human wars An Anime series that takes place 10 billion years into the future, where mankind lusts for power, and children are forced into military duty.
The Offshore Island 1959 Human wars A TV adaptation of a play by Marghanita Laski.[60]
The Outer Limits 1964–2002 Human wars "Soldier" (Cited as an influence on the movie The Terminator); "Bits of Love"; "The Human Factor"
Planet Earth 1974 Human wars Unsuccessful TV pilot remake of Genesis II
Planet of the Apes 1974 Human wars TV series
Return to the Planet of the Apes 1975 Human wars Animated TV series
Saikano 2002 Human wars Anime series.
Strange New World 1975 Human wars Another unsuccessful TV pilot remake of Genesis II & Planet Earth
Threads 1984 Human wars BBC Television Docudrama.
The Twilight Zone, numerous episodes, and its revivals 1959–1987 Human wars "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)
The War Game 1965 Human wars By Peter Watkins.
Whoops Apocalypse 1982 Human wars
woops! 1992 Human wars Short-lived sitcom about the survivors of a nuclear war.
Z for Zachariah 1984 Human wars BBC adaptation of the 1975 novel of the same name.

Novels

TitleYearTypeAuthorNotes
After London[61] 1885 Human wars Jefferies, Richard
Aftermath 1997 Human wars Burton, Levar American civilization crumbles after a civil war pitting blacks against whites and a devastating earthquake.
Alas, Babylon 1959 Human wars Frank, Pat The aftermath of a nuclear war in a rural Florida community.
The Amtrak Wars 1983 Human wars Patrick Tilley Series, first book 1983, Set at the end of the 3rd millennium
Ape and Essence 1948 Human wars Huxley, Aldous Also screenplay.
Arc Light 1996 Human wars Eric L. Harry Limited nuclear war between the US and Soviets.
The Ashes[62] 1983 Human wars William W. Johnstone Series, first book 1983, Out of the Ashes
The Book of Dave 2006 Human wars Self, Will Split between modern London and post-apocalyptic London where a new society and religion is based on the legacy of a cab driver.
Brother in the Land 1984 Human wars Swindells, Robert
A Canticle for Leibowitz 1960 Human wars Miller, Jr, Walter M. Sequel: Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman
Caravan 1975 Human wars Goldin, Stephen
Children of the Dust 1985 Human wars Lawrence, Louise
The Chrysalids 1955 Human wars Wyndham, John U.S. title: Re-Birth, the aftermath of a nuclear war in a rural Canadian community.
The City of Ember 2003 Human wars DuPrau, Jeanne Sequels are The People of Sparks and The Diamond of Darkhold, and prequel, The Prophet of Yonwood
Cloud Atlas 2004 Human wars David Mitchell Contains one of six novellas set in a post-apocalyptic future.
The Coming of the Horseclans 1975 Human wars Robert Adams Followed by seventeen other books in the horseclans series.
Cowl 2004 Human wars Asher, Neal
Damnation Alley 1969 Human wars Zelazny, Roger Made into a movie 1977.
Dark Universe 1961 Human wars Galouye, Daniel F.
Davy 1964 Human wars Pangborn, Edgar
Deadlands 2006 Human wars Johnson, Scott A.
Deathlands 1986 Human wars Axler, James Series, first book 1986
The Death Guard 1939 Human wars 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.
Deus Irae 1976 Human wars Dick, Philip K. In collaboration with Roger Zelazny
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 1968 Human wars Dick, Philip K. Filmed as Blade Runner
Doomsday Plus Twelve 1984 Human wars Forman, James D.
Down to a Sunless Sea 1979 Human wars Graham, David
Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb 1965 Human wars Dick, Philip K.
Earth Abides 1949 Plague Stewart, George R.
Emergence 1984 Human wars Palmer, David R.
Endworld 1986 Human wars Robbins, David L. Series, first book 1986
Farnham's Freehold 1964 Human wars Heinlein, Robert A.
Few Were Left[63] 1955 Human wars Rein, Harold
The Fifth Horseman 1980 Human wars Collins, Larry Coauthor Dominique Lapierre
Fire Brats 1987 Human wars Siegel, Scott Series, first book 1987, co-author Barbera Siegel, Grade 8-10
Fiskadoro 1985 Human wars Denis Johnson
Fitzpatrick's War 2004 Human wars Judson, Theodore
Flood 2008 Human wars Baxter, Stephen With two sequels projected, Huge underground oceans start leaking to the surface, lifting sea levels by thousands of metres over several decades.
Folk of the Fringe 1989 Human wars Orson Scott Card Novella "West," plus several short stories.
Freeway Fighter 1985 Human wars Livingstone, Ian Part of the Fighting Fantasy Gamebook series (Like a Choose Your Own Adventure book)
Freeway Warrior 1988 Human wars Dever, Joe Series, first book 1988
Gan Moondark 1990–1994 Human wars Donald E. McQuinn Trilogy Warrior, Wanderer, & Witch, set in the Pacific Northwest, generations after World War III.
The Gate to Women's Country 1988 Human wars Tepper, Sheri S.
Gather, Darkness 1943 Human wars Leiber, Fritz[64]
The Goodness Gene 2005 Human wars Levitin, Sonia Children's book
Greatwinter Trilogy 1999 Human wars McMullen, Sean Series, trilogy, first book 1999
Heroes and Villains 1969 Human wars Carter, Angela
Hiero's Journey 1983 Human wars Lanier, Sterling E. Sequel is The Unforsaken Hiero 1985, A "metis" priest/killman quests across post-apocalyptic northeastern North America, seven thousand years in the future.
Horseclans 1975 Human wars Adams, Robert Series, first book 1975
Ice 1967 Human wars Kavan, Anna Earth threatened by Nuclear winter.
The Incredible Tide 1970 Human wars Key, Alexander
The King Awakes[65] 1989 Human wars Elliott, Janice Also author of The Empty Throne
The Last Canadian 1974 Human wars Heine, William C.
The Last Children of Schewenborn 1983 Human wars Pausewang, Gudrun Die Letzten Kinder Von Schewenborn in German
Last Light 2007 Human wars Scarrow, Alex Sudden end of oil availability leads to worldwide social collapse.
The Last Man 1826 Human wars Shelley, Mary
The Last Ship 1988 Human wars Brinkley, William
The Last War 1970 Human wars Bulychev, Kir Russian language
Level 7 1959 Human wars Roshwald, Mordecai
The Long Mynd[66] 1985 Human wars Edward P. Hughes Also author of Masters of the Fist
The Long Tomorrow[67] 1955 Human wars Brackett, Leigh In the aftermath of a nuclear war scientific knowledge is feared and restricted.
Love in the Ruins 1971 Human wars Percy, Walker
Lucifer's Hammer 1977 Asteroid Impact Niven, Larry Coauthor Jerry Pournelle
Malevil 1972 Human wars Merle, Robert
Masters of the Fist[68] 1989 Human wars Hughes, Edward P. Coauthor The Long Mynd
Mortal Engines Quartet 2001 Human wars Reeve, Phillip Series, first book 2001, Set in the distant future
Nightfall 1990 Human wars Asimov, Isaac Robert Silverberg (extension written by Silverberg of the Asimov story of the same name)
Obernewtyn Chronicles 1987 Human wars Isobelle Carmody Series, first book 1987
The Oblivion Society 2007 Human wars Hart, Marcus Alexander
On the Beach 1957 Human wars Shute, Nevil Also the films based on the book.
The Overman Culture 1971 Human wars Cooper, Edmund
Pebble in the Sky 1950 Human wars Asimov, Isaac A later book, Robots and Empire gave a different explanation.
The Pelbar Cycle 2005 Human wars Williams, Paul O. Series, first book 2005, The Breaking of Northwall A thousand years after a series of nuclear exchanges.
The Penultimate Truth 1964 Human wars Dick, Philip K.
The Pesthouse 2007 Human wars Crace, Jim
The Postman 1985 Human wars Brin, David The 1997 movie of the same name.
Pulling Through 1983 Human wars Ing, Dean
Quinzinzinzili 1934 Human wars Messac, Régis Also predicting a great world war that ends with the vanishing of humanity. Only a group of children survives and forms a strange new mankind.
Red Alert 1958 Human wars George, Peter Filmed as Dr. Strangelove by Stanley Kubrick
Resurrection Day 1999 Human wars DuBois, Brendan Set 10 years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, which escalated into nuclear war.
Revelation by Lord John 2003 Human wars Szmidt, Robert J. Polish: Apokalipsa wedlug Pana Jana
Riddley Walker 1980 Human wars Hoban, Russell
Shannara Series 1977 Human wars Brooks, Terry Series, first book 1977
The Shape of Things to Come 1933 Human wars 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.
The Slynx 2007 Human wars Tolstaya, Tatyana 2007 is the English translation first publication date.
Star Man's Son 1952 Human wars Norton, Andre
The Steel, the Mist and the Blazing Sun 1985 Human wars Anvil, Christopher
The Survivalist 1981 Human wars Ahern, Jerry Series, first book 1981, Total War
Survivors 1982 Human wars Nahmlos, John
Swan Song 1987 Human wars McCammon, Robert R.
The Lost Continent 1916 Human wars Burroughs, Edgar Rice
The Third World War 2003 Human wars Humphrey Hawksley
There Will Be Time 1972 Human wars Poul Anderson
This is the Way the World Ends 1985 Human wars Morrow, James
This Time of Darkness[69] 1980 Human wars Hoover, H.M.
Time Capsule[70] 1988 Human wars Berman, Mitch
Tomorrow! 1954 Human wars Wylie, Philip
Traveler 1984 Human wars Drumm, D. B. Series, first book, First, You Fight
Trinity's Child 1983 Human wars Prochnau, William
Triumph 1963 Human wars Wylie, Philip
Uglies 2005 Human wars Westerfeld, Scott Series, first book Uglies. Sequels: Pretties, Specials, and Extras.
The Valley-Westside War 2008 Human wars Turtledove, Harry
Vampire Hunter D 1983 Human wars Kikuchi, Hideyuki Series, first book 1983, Novels (and later anime movies), set ten thousand years after a nuclear war occurs in 1999,
Warday 1984 Human wars Strieber, Whitley Coauthor James Kunetka
Wild Harbour 1936 Human wars MacPherson, Ian A war much worse than World War I leads to complete social collapse in Britain.
Wingman 1987 Human wars Maloney, Mack[71] Series, first book 1987, follows a former U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot trying to restore a balkanized and largely disarmed United States of America while flying the last remaining F-16 Fighting Falcon in existence.
The World Ends in Hickory Hollow 2007 Human wars Mayhar, Ardath
The World Jones Made 1956 Human wars Dick, Philip K.
The Year Of The Quiet Sun 1970 Human wars Tucker, Wilson
Yellow Peril 1991 Human wars Wang Lixiong In the Chinese under the pseudonym Bao Mi, about a nuclear civil war in the People's Republic of China
Z for Zachariah 1975 Human wars O'Brien, Robert C.
The Zone 1980 Human wars Rouch, James Chronicling the conflict between NATO and Warsaw Pact forces in Europe.

Short stories and plays

TitleYearTypeAuthor and notes
A Boy and His Dog Human wars Short story By Harlan Ellison. Filmed in 1975.
Aspic's Mystery 1976 Human wars Short story By Arsen Darnay.
Autobahn nach Poznan Human wars Short story By Andrzej Ziemianski
By the Waters of Babylon 1937 Human wars Short story By Stephen Vincent Benét.
Dear Devil Human wars Short story By Eric Frank Russell
Enta Geweorc Human wars Short story By Nicholas Waller (Interzone 198, 2004).
Extinction is Forever Human wars Short story By 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.
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream 1966 Human wars Short story By Harlan Ellison
The Last Word 1956 Human wars Short story By Damon Knight.
Let the Ants Try Human wars Short story By Frederik Pohl under the pseudonym James MacCreigh
Magic City Human wars Short story By Nelson S. Bond
Nightfall 1941 Human wars Short story By Isaac Asimov
Not with a Bang 1949 Human wars Short story By Damon Knight.
Plutonium 1976 Human wars Short story By Arsen Darnay.
Second Variety Human wars Short story By Philip K. Dick
The Offshore Island 1954 Human wars Play By Marghanita Laski.
There Will Come Soft Rains 1950 Human wars Short story By Ray Bradbury in The Martian Chronicles.
Time to Rest Human wars Short story Sequel No Place Like Earth By John Wyndham

Games

TitleYearTypeAuthor and notes
Aftermath! Human wars Game from Fantasy Games Unlimited.
Armour-Geddon Human wars Game from Psygnosis
Auto Assault Human wars 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.
Badlands Human wars Game by Atari Games
Crystalis 1987 Human wars Game from SNK
Darwin's World Human wars Game A role-playing game from Impressions
Earth 2150 Human wars Game Also Earth 2160 The world is destroyed in 2150 and people settle on mars in 2160.
Exodus (role-playing game) Human wars Game A post-apocalyptic role-playing game from Glutton Creeper Games set after the War on Terror destroy 99% of the world's population.
Fallout series Human wars Game from Interplay (Fallout (game) and Fallout 2) and Bethesda Softworks (Fallout 3)
Gamma World Human wars Game from TSR, Inc., the makers of Dungeons & Dragons
Interstate '76 Human wars Game from Activision
Judge Dredd: Dredd Vs. Death Human wars Game
KKnD series Human wars Game
Land of Devastation[citation needed] Unknown Game A BBS Door
Mad Max Human wars Game
Metro 2033 Human wars Game by 4A Games and THQ for the PC and Xbox 360
Nuclear War Card Game 1965 Human wars Game by Flying Buffalo. A comical cataclysmic card game for 2-6 players of all ages.
Neocron Human wars Game for the Personal Computer by Reakktor Media.
Neuroshima Human wars Game from Portal Publishing
Operation Overkill[citation needed] Human wars Game A BBS Door
Outlander Human wars Game Mad Max inspired driving game from 1992/93 for Snes and Genesis
Rifts Human wars Game 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.
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri Human wars Game A ship leaves Earth on the eve of World War III to found a new colony orbiting Alpha Centauri
The Morrow Project Human wars Game from Timeline Ltd
Twilight: 2000 Human wars 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.
Vigilante 8 Human wars Game from Activision
Warzone 2100 Human wars Game
Wasteland Human wars Game


Comics and manga

TitleYearTypeAuthor and notes
Appleseed Human wars Comic book Japanese manga (and subsequent anime adaptations) by Masamune Shirow
Battle Angel Alita Human wars Comic book Manga series contains post-apocalyptic elements, and takes place in a highly futuristic dystopian world.
Desert Punk Human wars Comic book Manga series (Later adapted into an anime)
Ex-Mutants Human wars Comic book Set in a post-nuclear world.
Fist of the North Star Human wars Comic book Manga series
Incredible Hulk: The End: The Last Titan Human wars Comic book
Judge Dredd vs. Aliens Human wars Comic book Dark Horse Comics series & Predator vs. Judge Dredd
Judge Dredd 1977 Human wars Comic book By John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra and Pat Mills.
Kamandi Human wars Comic book Featuring the last boy on earth first published in 1972.
Post-Nuke Human wars Comic book Webcomic taking place during a post-apocalyptic nuclear winter
Saikano Human wars Comic book Manga series
The Last American Human wars Comic book Series originally from Marvel in 1990/1991, re-released by Com.X
The Punisher: The End Human wars Comic book
X/1999 Human wars Comic book Manga series


Other

TitleYearTypeAuthor and notes
April 2031 Human wars 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.
Ayreon Human wars Song Series of concept albums depicts the end of life on Earth in 2084 due to, among other factors, a catastrophic nuclear war.
The Horses Human wars Poem by Edwin Muir. Deals with society's regression to pre Industrial Revolution conditions in the wake of a nuclear war
Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume Human wars Visual novel
Your Attention Please Human wars Poem by Peter Porter, written in the style of a radio broadcast warning of an impending nuclear attack
Your Attention Please Human wars Song adaptation of the above Porter poem written and recorded by the Scottish post-punk group the Scars

Pandemic (plague)

Films

TitleYearTypeAuthor and notes
28 Days Later 2002 Plague Ordinary citizens are forced to fight through hordes of rabid zombies after a virus ravages Britain
28 Weeks Later 2007 Plague 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
Æon Flux 2005 Plague Based on MTV's animated series Æon Flux
Carriers 2009 Plague A group of 4 on the road trying to find a safe haven while plague rages across the USA.
Children of Men 2006 Plague After all of the world's women are infertile, one refugee woman is found to be pregnant.
City Limits 1985 Plague [72]
Cyborg 1989 Plague
Daybreakers 2010 Plague 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 [73]
Dead Man's Letters 1986 Plague By Konstantin Lopushanskij
Doomsday 2008 Plague
Ever Since the World Ended[74][75] 2001 Plague
Fukkatsu no hi 1980 Plague Japanese film also known as Virus, directed by Kinji Fukasaku
I Am Legend 2007 Plague In an abandoned Manhattan, scientist Robert Neville tries to find a cure to a worldwide virus that killed almost everyone on earth, while at the same time trying to survive against the vampiric zombies it left behind.
I Am Omega 2007 Plague
Plague 1978 Plague Also known as Induced Syndrome (UK), M-3: The Gemini Strain (USA), or Mutation.
Repo! The Genetic Opera 2008 Plague
Resident Evil: Extinction 2007 Plague
The Last Man 2008 Plague Based upon Mary Shelley's 1826 novel The Last Man
The Last Man on Earth 1964 Plague
The Omega Man 1971 Plague
The Seed of Man 1969 Plague By Marco Ferreri (Italian title: Il Seme dell'uomo) [76]
The Ultimate Warrior 1975 Plague [77]
The Zombie Diaries 2006 Plague British made movie in which a virus creates a plague of zombies, viewed entirely from the POV of a character's video camera. This film was made and completed before George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead which was shot in a similar POV perspective.
Twelve Monkeys 1995 Plague Directed by Terry Gilliam. Based on La jetée (see above).
A Wind Named Amnesia 1990 Plague 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.
Survival of the Dead 2010 Plague Low-budget film. On an island off the coast of North America, local residents simultaneously fight a zombie epidemic while hoping for a cure to return their un-dead relatives back to their human state. Directed by George Romero.

Television

TitleYearTypeAuthor and notes
Crusade 1999 Plague A spin-off from the TV show Babylon 5
After Armageddon 2010 Plague TV Film about a family trying to survive after a global outbreak.
Dance Of The Dead 2005 Plague Masters of Horror episode 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.
Jeremiah 2002–2004 Plague 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.
Not with a Bang 1990 Plague 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.
Smallpox 2002 Plague TV movie
The Stand 1994 Plague miniseries
Survivors 1975–1977 Plague BBC series about the daily struggles of British survivors of a plague which kills most of the world population.
Survivors 2008 Plague BBC television series a remake of the 70's series of the same name
The Tribe 1999–2003 Plague 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.
Where Have All The People Gone? 1974 Plague 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.
The Colony 2009-2010 Plague Reality television style drama about a group of survivors forced to live in a warehouse in the virus ravaged city of Los Angeles, California.

Novels

TitleYearTypeAuthorNotes
Blood Music 1985 Plague Bear, Greg
Burning Stones 2005 Plague Mills, Steven
The Children of Men 1992 Plague James, P. D.
The City, Not Long After 1990 Plague Murphy, Pat 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.
Clay's Ark 1984 Plague Butler, Octavia
The Day of the Triffids 1951 Plague Wyndham, John
Doomsday Book 1993 Plague Willis, Connie
Earth Abides 1949 Plague Stewart, George R.
Empty World 1977 Plague Christopher, John A virus wipes out the weak and the old, until the planet is populated by young teenagers only.
Full Circle 2003 Plague Mitchell, David
The Fourth Horseman 1985 Plague Nourse, Alan E. Follows the progression of a new outbreak of Black Plague and the struggle to survive as society collapses.
A Gift Upon the Shore 1990 Plague Wren, M. K.
The Girl Who Owned a City 1975 Plague Nelson, O. T.
I Am Legend 1954 Plague Matheson, Richard Filmed as The Last Man on Earth (1964); The Omega Man (1971) and I Am Legend (2007)
Idlewild 2001 Plague Sagan, Nick
The Jetty Journals 2009 Plague Buchanan, Ian Four teenagers try to survive a world falling apart after a virus outbreak.
The Killing Moon 2009 Plague Glenn, Rod Five friends struggle to survive 20 years after the collapse of civilisation. Set in northern England.
The Last Canadian 1977 Plague Heine, William C. The planet is decimated by a virus, as told through the eyes of one survivor.
The Last Man 1826 Plague Shelley, Mary
The Martian General's Daughter 2008 Plague Collapse of global civilization caused by virus-like nanotechnology
The Night of the Triffids 2001 Plague Clark, Simon Sequel to The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Oryx and Crake 2003 Plague Atwood, Margaret
Pandemia[78] 2006 Plague Rand, Johnathan and Knight, Christopher A mutated bird flu virus wipes out everyone except the young. Set in Michigan.
The Passage[79] 2010 Plague Justin Cronin A virus turns humanity into vampire-esque creatures, leading to the collapse of civilization, while survivors eke out a bleak existence.
Plague 99 1989 Plague Ure, Jean Sequels Come Lucky April and Watchers at the Shrine
Plague Year 2007 Plague Carlson, Jeff Slated to be a trilogy
A Planet for the President 2004 Plague Beaton, Alistair
Quentel 2007 Plague Budendorf, Deric R.
The Scarlet Plague 1912 Plague London, Jack
Some Will Not Die 1954 Plague Budrys, Algis
The Stand 1978 Plague King, Stephen
The Transall Saga 1998 Plague Paulsen, Gary
White Devils 2004 Plague McAuley, Paul
The Empire of Texas 2005 Plague Olsen, Rodger
The Uglies Trilogy 2004–2007 Plague Westerfeld, Scott 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).
The White Plague 1982 Plague Herbert, Frank
World War Z 2006 Plague Brooks, Max
The Years of Rice and Salt 2002 Plague 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
Two Journeys 2009 Plague Clemens P. Suter A business man travels home across post-pandemic Eurasia

Other

TitleYearTypeAuthor and notes
Abomination: The Nemesis Project 1999 Plague Video game
After The Bomb 2001 Plague Role-play game
The City 1950 Plague Short Story by Ray Bradbury
Deus Ex 2000 Plague Game in relation to the Gray Death
Eden: It's an Endless World 1998 to present Plague Manga by Hiroki Endo
Left 4 Dead 2008 Plague Video game featuring people transformed into crazed zombie-like mutants by an infection.
Left 4 Dead 2 2009 Plague Video Game featuring the same as Left 4 Dead but expanded.
Night Surf 1977 Plague Short Story by Stephen King. Collected in the book Night Shift.
Quarantine 2006 Plague Poetry by Brian Henry.
Resident Evil 1996 to present Plague Video game series
The Scarlet Plague 1912 Plague Short Story by Jack London
The Visitor 1951 Plague Short Story (The Illustrated Man) by Ray Bradbury
Wandering Ones 2001 to present Plague Webcomic by Clint Hollingsworth
Y: The Last Man 2002 to 2008 Plague 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
Soldiers of Anarchy 2002 Plague Video 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.

Astronomic impact (meteorites, asteroids, planets, etc.)

Films

TitleYearTypeAuthor and notes
Meteor 1979 Meteor
Night of the Comet 1984 Meteor When a comet passes too close to earth, two girls are left amid mutants.
Super Comet: After The Impact 2007 Meteor A speculative documentary produced by the Discovery Channel which hypothesizes the effects on modern-day earth of a large comet impact.
Tank Girl 1995 Meteor Loosely based on the comic by Jamie Hewlett
The Time Machine 2002 Meteor Downfall of man caused by the Moon breaking apart and bombarding Earth with rocks after extensive lunar mining.
Post Impact 2004 Meteor 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".
Meteor Apocalypse 2010 Meteor A gigantic meteor enters Earth's orbit and begins to disintegrate, showering the entire planet with debris.
When Worlds Collide (1951 film) 1951 Star Scientists discover a star named Bellus is on a collision course with Earth.
Quantum Apocalypse 2010 Comet 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

TitleYearTypeNotes
Asteroid 1997 Meteor
Highlander: The Animated Series 1994 Meteor
The Last Train 1999 Meteor Cruel Earth in Canada. British TV six part drama.
Three Moons Over Milford 2006 Meteor
Thundarr the Barbarian 1980 to 1982 runaway planet Events 2000 years after the disaster of 1994
Thunderstone 1999 Meteor

Novels

TitleYearTypeAuthorNotes
Dead and the Gone 2008 Meteor Susan Beth Pfeffer How the same event as in Life As We Knew It effects a family in New York City.
Earth, the New Frontier 2004 Meteor Adam Celaya Presumed meteor that struck the earth is in fact a microscopic black hole that entered the Earth's crust, and never exited.
Theologus Autodidactus 13th Century Meteor Ibn al-Nafis
It's Only Temporary 2005 Meteor Eric Shapiro
Life As We Knew It 2006 Meteor 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.
Lucifer's Hammer 1977 Meteor Larry Niven Coauthor: Jerry Pournelle
Moonfall 1998 Meteor Jack McDevitt
The Peshawar Lancers 2001 Meteor S.M. Stirling
Survival 2000 1991 Meteor James McPhee
Titan 1997 Meteor Stephen Baxter
The Day of the Triffids 1951 Meteor John Wyndham Initially thought to be a blinding meteor strike, but later suggested to be a manmade satellite based weapon accidentally discharged and the (bioengineered?) Triffid plants.

Other

TitleYearTypeNotes
A Pail of Air 1956 Meteor Short story by Fritz Leiber. A small family struggles to survive at near-zero temperatures after Earth is ripped from its solar orbit.
Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies 2001 Meteor Video Game, for PlayStation 2
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin Meteor Video Game, 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.
After War Gundam X 1996 to 1997 Meteor Anime series
Compilation of Final Fantasy VII Meteor 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.
Godzilla: Unleashed Meteor Video Game, From Pipeworks, set in the post-apocalyptic earth in which earth has been destroyed by crystals.
Guild Wars 2005 Meteorites Video Game, a PC 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.)
Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 2000 Meteor Video Game, a Nintendo 64 game where the main character, Link, has three days to save the world of Termina from its moon that has broken from orbit.
Mobile Suit Gundam 1979 to 1980 Meteor Anime series, talks of the impact of a massive space colony on Earth.
Rage Meteor Video Game, iD Software's new project, set after a meteor collision with the Earth.
Shikari in Galveston 2003 Meteor Short story

Alien invasion

Films

TitleYearTypeNotes
The War of the Worlds 1953 Invasion Based on the novel of the same name.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956 Invasion Based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney.
The Day of the Triffids 1962 Invasion Based on a John Wyndham novel of the same name (in the novel, the Triffids seem to have been bioengineered on Earth, while in the film they were aliens who arrived as spores in a meteor shower).
Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD 1966 Invasion Based loosely on BBC Television series, but not part of the official canon.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978 Invasion Another film based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney.
Maximum Overdrive 1986 Invasion Initially people believe radiation from a passing comet is the cause, but it turns out that aliens are remotely control Earth machines (Trucks, cars and even vending machines) to kill the population before invading. Based on the Stephen King short story Trucks.
They Live 1988 Invasion Part science fiction thriller and part black comedy.
I Come in Peace 1990 Invasion Also known as Dark Angel, directed by Craig R. Baxley.
Body Snatchers 1993 Invasion Another film based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney.
Independence Day 1996 Invasion 1996 science fiction film about a hostile alien invasion of Earth.
Mars Attacks! 1996 Invasion Based on the trading card series Mars Attacks (1962).
The Faculty 19968 Invasion Directed by Robert Rodriguez. Six students are about to find out their teachers really are from another planet.
Battlefield Earth 2000 Invasion Based on the novel of the same name by L. Ron Hubbard.
Titan A.E. 2000 Invasion 2000 animated post-apocalyptic dystopian science fiction.
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within 2001 Invasion CGI animated film.
Signs 2002 Invasion Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
Alien Apocalypse 2005 Invasion Produced by Sci Fi Channel.
War of the Worlds 2005 Invasion 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.
The Invasion 2007 Invasion Yet another film based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney.
Invasion of the Pod People 2007 Invasion A low-budget remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers made by The Asylum to capitalise on the release of The Invasion.
Transformers 2007 Invasion A race of both robotic aliens battle for mankind.
Transmorphers 2007 Invasion A race of alien robots devastate the Earth.
Resiklo 2007 Invasion Philippine film. An alien invasion of the world and philippines in 2021
Transmorphers: Fall of Man 2009 Invasion A race of semi-autonomous robots seize control of the planet Earth

Novels

TitleYearTypeAuthorNotes
The War of the Worlds 1898 Invasion H. G. Wells
The Moon Men 1926 Invasion 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.
The Puppet Masters 1951 Invasion Robert A. Heinlein
The Kraken Wakes 1953 Invasion John Wyndham
The Genocides 1965 Invasion Thomas M. Disch Alien flora is seeded on Earth, and quickly comes to dominate all landmasses, threatening Human extinction.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 1979–1992 Invasion Douglas Adams
Battlefield Earth 1980 Invasion L. Ron Hubbard based on the novel.
The Mist 1980 Invasion Stephen King
The Visitors 1980 Invasion Clifford D. Simak
Footfall 1985 Invasion Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle Baby elephant-like invaders hurl asteroids at earth, humans revolt.
The Forge of God 1987 Invasion Greg Bear
The Killing Star 1996 Invasion Charles Pellegrino and George Zebrowski Aliens conduct a preemptive strike against humanity with relativistic missiles.
War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches 1996 Invasion 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.
Shade's Children 1997 Invasion Garth Nix "Overlords" destroy all human life over the age of 14.
The Alien Years 1997 Invasion Robert Silverberg
War of the Worlds: New Millennium 2005 Invasion 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.
Eight Worlds 2005 Invasion John Varley
Outlanders Invasion Mark Ellis aka James Axler
The Tripods Invasion John Christopher
Legacy Trilogy 2003–2007 Invasion Ian Douglas
Vampire Earth 2003 Invasion Knight, E. E. Series.
The Host 2008 Invasion 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.

Television

TitleYearTypeNotes
The Dalek Invasion of Earth 1964 Invasion 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).
The Invaders 1966 Invasion The television series created by Quinn Martin and Larry Cohen.
UFO 1970 Invasion The television series by Gerry Anderson Production.
V 1983–1985 Invasion The television series.
The Tripods 1984–1985 Invasion An adaptation of the first two books in the trilogy by John Christopher.
The Tripods 1986 Invasion The series by Tomes & Talismans.
War Of The Worlds: The Second Invasion 1988–1990 Invasion The second season of this television spin-off from the 1953 movie was set after a successful alien invasion.

Other

TitleYearTypeNotes
The War of the Worlds 1938 Invasion The radio play directed and narrated by Orson Welles.
The Super Dimension Fortress Macross 1982–1983 Invasion 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).
Genesis Climber Mospeada 1983–1984 Invasion The anime series (see also Robotech).
Outlanders 1986–1989 Invasion The manga by Johji Manabe.
Manhunter 1988 Invasion The computer game.
X-COM: UFO Defense and subsequent follow-ups 1993 Invasion The computer game.
Chrono Trigger 1995 Invasion The console game, where modern civilization is at risk of being destroyed by an alien parasite in 1999 AD.
Spellcross 1997 Invasion Turn based strategy game on PC
Half-Life 1998 Invasion The computer game and its sequel.
Getter Robo Armageddon 1998 Invasion The OVA, where a combination of a nuclear missile and amorphous alien Invaders results in a war with the fate of humanity at stake.
Getter Robo Armageddon 1998 Invasion The OVA, where a combination of a nuclear missile and amorphous alien Invaders results in a war with the fate of humanity at stake.
Chrono Cross 1999 Invasion The 1999 console game, where in alternate time lines modern civilization was destroyed by an alien parasite in 1999 AD.
UFO: Aftermath 2003 Invasion The computer game and its sequels UFO: Aftershock & UFO: Afterlight by Altar Games.
Destroy All Humans! 2005 Invasion The 2005 console game, in which the player controls a Furon alien in an attempt to overthrow mankind.
Eureka Seven 2005–2006 Invasion 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".
Gears of War 2006 Invasion 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.
Mother 3 2006 Invasion The Game Boy Advance game, where in the final chapter, the protagonists find out the island they live on is a post-apocalyptic utopia that is being contaminated by Porky Minch (From the previous game).
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars 2007 Invasion The computer game . In the midst of the Third Tiberium War, an alien faction known as the Scrin lands on Earth seeking the alien mineral Tiberium for themselves. The prequels suggest the apocalypse was actually caused by humans, though.
Halo video game series Invasion The 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.
Resistance: Fall of Man Invasion An alien species known as the chimera have almost wiped out the human race. The game focuses on taking a last stand in Britain.
Crysis Invasion A near future where an ancient alien spacecraft has been discovered beneath the ground on an island in the East Philippines sea.

Ecological catastrophe

Films

TitleYearTypeNotes
The Last Woman on Earth 1960 Ecological 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.
Beyond the Time Barrier 1960 Ecological X-plane arrives in future after solar radiation catastrophe
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1961 Ecological The Van Allen belt catches on fire.
The Day the Earth Caught Fire 1964 Ecological Earth starts hurtling toward sun as a result of man's nuclear testing
No Blade of Grass 1970 Ecological Based on the novel The Death of Grass.
Silent Running 1972 Ecological
Idaho Transfer 1973 Ecological
Prophecies of Nostradamus 1974 Ecological
Logan's Run 1975 Ecological 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.
Quintet 1979 Ecological
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 1984 Ecological Based on the manga of the same name.
Solarbabies 1986 Ecological Also known as Solarwarriors
Millennium 1989 Ecological
Slipstream 1989 Ecological
Mindwarp 1990 Ecological 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.
Omega Cop 1990 Ecological After an environmental holocaust, a lone cop battles a gang of rampaging marauders.
The Last Border - Viimeisellä Rajalla 1993 Ecological One man's quest for revenge in a world where toxic waste has driven the remains of civilization into the Arctic Circle.
Waterworld 1995 Ecological
Jason X 2002 Ecological The tenth Friday the 13th film, Earth became a polluted wasteland by 2455. Humanity left Earth and colonized a planet designated as Earth 2.
Dragon Head 2003 Ecological Based on the Manga of the same name.
It's All About Love 2003 Ecological
The Day After Tomorrow 2004 Ecological Based in part on the novel The Coming Global Superstorm by Art Bell & Whitley Strieber.
Serenity 2005 Ecological The Earth's resources and biosphere get used up prompting mass exodus for the stars.
The World Sinks Except Japan 2006 Ecological A parody of Japan Sinks. All the land on earth sinks into the ocean, with Japan being the last to go. The sinking has something to do with tectonic plates.
The Happening 2008 Ecological The movie depicts an unknown deadly neurotoxin.
Lost City Raiders 2008 Ecological
WALL-E 2008 Ecological Earth is abandoned after becoming too polluted to sustain life. A robot stays behind and cleans Earth.
Wynter Dark 2009 Ecological Set 800 years in the future after the world is devastated by an ice age. [80]
The Third Garden 2009 Ecological
2012 2009 Ecological

Novels

TitleYearTypeAuthorNotes
Theologus Autodidactus 13th century Ecological Ibn al-Nafis
The Purple Cloud 1901 Ecological M.P. Shiel A volcanic eruption floods the world with cyanide gas.
Mr. Adam 1946 Ecological Pat Frank depicts a world in which a nuclear power plant explosion renders the entire male population infertile.
The Death of Grass 1956 Ecological John Christopher A virus that destroys plants causes massive famine and the breakdown of society. Made into the film No Blade of Grass
The Wind from Nowhere 1961 Ecological J.G. Ballard First published novel. World destroyed by increasingly powerful winds
Hothouse 1962 Ecological 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."
The Drowned World 1962 Ecological J.G. Ballard Climate change causes flooding.
The Wanting Seed 1962 Ecological Anthony Burgess Global over-population and famine leads to mass chaos
The World in Winter (UK)/The Long Winter (US) 1962 Ecological John Christopher A decrease in radiation from the sun causes a new ice age.
Cat's Cradle[81] 1963 Ecological Kurt Vonnegut All the water on Earth becomes Ice-Nine
The Drought 1964 Ecological J.G. Ballard A super drought evaporates all water on earth.
Greybeard 1964 Ecological Brian Aldiss The human race becomes sterile
Time of the Great Freeze 1964 Ecological Robert Silverberg Another ice-age has engulfed the earth. A group from New York travels over the ice to London in the year 2650.
A Wrinkle in the Skin (The Ragged Edge(US)) 1965 Ecological John Christopher Civilization destroyed by massive worldwide earthquakes
The Crystal World 1966 Ecological J.G. Ballard The jungle in Africa starts to crystallize all life and expands outward
Make Room! Make Room! 1966 Ecological 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.
The Ice Schooner 1969 Ecological Michael Moorcock Set in a new ice age on earth
The Sheep Look Up 1972 Ecological John Brunner The United States is overwhelmed by environmental irresponsibility and authoritarianism.
The End Of The Dream 1972 Ecological Philip Wylie
The Bridge 1973 Ecological D. Keith Mano Presents a world dominated by a global environmental fascism, where the government ultimately promotes the extinction of the human race by enforced mass suicide, so as to ‘save’ the environment.
The HAB Theory 1976 Ecological Allan W. Eckert The stability of the Earth comes into question.
The Winter of the World 1976 Ecological Poul Anderson Civilization and a new species has emerged from a deadly Ice Age that has destroyed all previous life.
The Quiet Earth 1981 Ecological Craig Harrison Also the film adaption by the same name
The Last Gasp 1983 Ecological Trevor Hoyle
In the Drift 1984 Ecological Michael Swanwick Also an alternate history story), in which the 1979 Three Mile Island reactor incident resulted in a very large release of radioactivity, devastating the Northeastern U.S.
The Handmaid's Tale 1985 Ecological Margaret Atwood Dystopia is fueled by rampant infertility caused by pollution.
Nature's End 1986 Ecological Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka.
Stark 1989 Ecological Ben Elton
Fallen Angels 1991 Ecological Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Michael Flynn Space-based civilization exists despite the government's wishes during an ice age.
The Fifth Sacred Thing 1993 Ecological Starhawk
Deus X 1993 Ecological Norman Spinrad The results of global warming
This Other Eden 1993 Ecological Ben Elton The Earth's population is forced to live in Biodomes for 50 years while the environment recovers from mankind's actions.
Mother of Storms 1995 Ecological John Barnes A tactical nuclear strike in the North Pacific releases massive amounts of methane, spawning worldwide super hurricanes.
Ill Wind 1995 Ecological Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason A microbe consumes all materials based on petroleum.
Aftermath 1998 Ecological Charles Sheffield Alpha Centauri goes supernova and causes cataclysmic climate change
Dust 1998 Ecological Charles Pellegrino All the insect species on Earth die out, and the ecology crashes as a result
The Rift 1999 Ecological Walter Jon Williams
Oryx and Crake 2003 Ecological Margaret Atwood
Clade 2003 Ecological Mark Budz
The Secret Under My Skin 2003 Ecological Janet Mcnaughton Set in a period following a technocaust, when scientists were blamed for environmental disasters and taken to concentration camps.
Crache 2004 Ecological Mark Budz
The Snow 2004 Ecological Adam Roberts The world is buried under kilometres of unnatural snow.
First Ark to Alpha Centauri 2005 Ecological Abdul Ahad World governments in the 23rd century build and launch a 12-mile long generation starship to Alpha Centauri to escape a global Ice Age threatening the future of humanity.[82]
Small-Minded Giants 2006 Ecological Oisín McGann
Return (novel) 2006 Ecological Clayton J Elliott Ecological and social unrest leave a world fighting to find a new relationship to the earth. An anti-technology novel
Children of Morrow and Treasures of Morrow Ecological H. M. Hoover Set in California several centuries after pollution all but wiped out the human race
The Snowfall triliogy, (Snowfall, Kingdom River, and Moonrise) Ecological Mitchell Smith North America has retreated into hunter-gatherer societies and military kingdoms some 500 years after an apocalyptic ice age.
The Mara and Dann novels Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog: A Novel Ecological Doris Lessing Set in a future ice age. Other Lessing novels like Memoirs of a Survivor and Shikasta deal with apocalyptic themes.
The Greatwinter trilogy Ecological 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.
Flood 2008 Ecological Stephen Baxter Huge underground oceans start leaking to the surface, lifting sea levels by thousands of metres over several decades.
Mai Shangri-La 2008 Ecological Robert J. Rubis In 2030 climate has "flipped", world sea-levels have risen 7 meters, and the survivors struggle to fashion new lives from the remnants of industrialized society.
The Windup Girl 2009 Ecological Paolo Bacigalupi, In future Thailand, calories are the most needed energy source, a unexpected girl struggles to live like as she wants.
Drain 2010 Ecological Davis Schneiderman Lake Michigan mysteriously empties of water, and a end-of-time cult occupies the lakebed, waiting for a reflooding of the zone by the power of giant Worm.

Television

TitleYearTypeAuthor and notes
Inferno 1970 Volcanic apocalypse Doctor Who serial Inferno in which attempts to tap the Earths core for power leads to a volcanic apocalypse.
Timeslip 1971 Global warming The 1971 TV series Timeslip The Year of the Burn Up - Terraforming causes global warming.
Ark II 1976–1979 Pollution The 1976–1979 TV series Ark II - pollution devastates humanity.
The Day of the Triffids (1981 TV series) 1981 Meteor The 1981 adaptation of The Day of the Triffids based on the book by John Wyndham.
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs 1993 Science fiction The 1993 animated series.
Cowboy Bebop 1998–1999 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.
Encrypt 2003 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.
Category 6: Day of Destruction 2004 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
10.5 2004 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.
Innocent Venus 2006 Hyper-hurricanes disaster Set after the world population and economy is devastated by simultaneous hyper-hurricanes.
Captain Planet 1990-1992 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
The Poison Sky 2008 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.
Earth 2100 2009 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.

Other

TitleYearTypeNotes
The Birds 1952 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 mankind
Flight of the Horse 1973 Collection of short stories Flight of the Horse by Larry Niven.
The Screwfly Solution 1977 Short story, tells the tale of a virus which turns males into female-hating psychopaths when sexually aroused.
The End of the Whole Mess 1986 The 1986 short story The End of the Whole Mess by Stephen King in which 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.
Secret of Mana 1993 The console game Takes place long after a time of environmental collapse that destroyed the world's older advanced civilizations.
Final Fantasy VI 1994 The console game 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.
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō 1994–2006 The Japanese manga series, set in a peaceful post-cataclysmic Japan, after an untold environmental disaster.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 2002 The computer game Video game in which a flood has decimated the fictional world of Hyrule.
Overman King Gainer 2002–2003 Anime series, which depicts humanity living in domes after an ecological disaster.
Getter Robo Armageddon 1998 Invasion The OVA, where a combination of a nuclear missile and amorphous alien Invaders results in a war with the fate of humanity at stake.
The Garden Where My Rains Grows 2005 Post-apocalypse Short story by Brian Keene, set in a post-apocalyptic world where it started raining one day and never stopped.
Zoids: Genesis 2005–2006 Environment disaster Anime series where an earthquake triggers a series of worldwide natural disasters that devastate Planet Zi.
Nebulous 2005-present Radio sitcom by Graham Duff, in which much of the world was destroyed by an event known as "the Withering".
Ergo Proxy 2006 Environment disaster Anime series by the Japanese production company Manglobe, in which 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.
Battlefield 2142 2006 The computer game The PC game in which a new ice age renders most of the Northern Hemisphere uninhabitable. Wars are fought over the remaining habitable land.
Command & Conquer: Tiberian series 1995-present The computer game Series of games in which a radioactive, self-replicating alien crystal known as Tiberium has rendered most of the Earth's surface uninhabitable.
Dark Sun 1991 The computer game The game from TSR, Inc.
Darkwind: War on Wheels 2007 The computer game A 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.
Final Fantasy X 2001 The console game The game where an advanced civilization is destroyed by a supernatural.

Cybernetic revolt (apocalyptic wars between humans and technology)

Film

TitleYearTypeAuthor and notes
Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution 1965
Terminator 1984–2009 Series of films.
Starchaser: The Legend of Orin 1985
Gunhed 1989
Moontrap 1989
American Cyborg: Steel Warrior 1992
Screamers 1995
Omega Doom 1996
Matrix 1999–2003 Series of films.
Galerians: Rion 2003
I, Robot 2004
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 2004
9 2005
Meet the Robinsons 2007
9 2009 Adaptation of 2005 year's film 9.

Novels

TitleYearTypeAuthor and notes
The Book of Machines 1872 The novel Erewhon's section The Book of Machines.
The Machine Stops 1909 A short story by E. M. Forster, emphasizing machinery instead of computers.
The Mind Machine 1919 By Michael Williams
R.U.R. 1921 Play by Karel Čapek, notable for coining the term 'robot'.
The Metal Giants 1926 By Edmond Hamilton.
Automata 1929 By S. Fowler Wright
The War of the Giants 1931 By Fletcher Pratt.
Rex 1934 Short story by Harl Vincent
Nightmare Number Three 1935 By Stephen Vincent Benet
With Folded Hands 1947 By Jack Williamson
The Brain 1948 By Alexander Blade
The Last Revolution 1951 Short story by Lord Dunsany
Slaves To The Metal Horde 1954 Short story by Milton Lesser.
Answer 1954 Short story by Fredric Brown.
Magnus, Robot Fighter 1963 Comic books series by Gold Key Comics.
Colossus 1966 By Dennis Feltham Jones.
Berserker 1967-2005 Series by Fred Saberhagen.
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream 1967 Short story by Harlan Ellison.
The Cyberiad 1967 A series of short stories by Stanisław Lem.
The God Machine 1968 By Martin Caidin
Plan for Conquest 1969 By A.A. Glynn
Moderan 1971 Series by David R. Bunch
Night of the Robots 1972 Aka Regiments of Night by Brian N. Ball
Trucks 1973 By Stephen King
Robot Revolt 1981 By Nicholas Fisk
Uncanny X-Men 1981 Story arc, "Days of Future Past" by Chris Claremont & John Byrne
The Adolescence of P-1 1985 By Thomas J. Ryan.
La Rebelión de los Robots 1989 Short story in Spanish by Alberto I. Balcells.
Computer One 1993 By Warwick Collins.
The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect 1993 By Roger Williams.
Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith 1995 Comics Great Droid Revolution
Therefore I Am: The Tale of IG-88 1996 By Kevin J. Anderson.
Galaxy Express 999 1977-1996 Manga Manga series.
Robota 2003 An illustrated book by Doug Chiang and Orson Scott Card.
Legends Of Dune trilogy 2002-2004 Part of the Dune universe.
[[The Butlerian Jihad] 2002 Part of the Dune universe by Kevin J. Anderson.
The Machine Crusade 2003 Part of the Dune universe by Kevin J. Anderson.
The Battle of Corrin 2004 Part of the Dune universe by Kevin J. Anderson.
The Matrix 2003 Comic books.
Deus Vitae 2004 Manga A series created by Takuya Fujima.
How to Survive a Robot Uprising 2005 A semi-satirical book by Daniel H. Wilson.
Lego Exo-Force 2005-2007 Comics and books.

Television

TitleYearTypeNotes
Android Apocalypse 2006 Cybernetic revolt
Battlestar Galactica 2003–2009 Cybernetic revolt
Bucky O'Hare 1990–1991 Cybernetic revolt
Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future 1987–1988 Cybernetic revolt
Casshan 1973–1974 Cybernetic revolt
Digimon Tamers 2001–2002 Cybernetic revolt
Galaxy Express 999 1978–1981 Cybernetic revolt
Lego Exo-Force 2006 Cybernetic revolt
Power Rangers: RPM 2009 Cybernetic revolt 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.
Space: Above and Beyond 1995 Cybernetic revolt
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2008–2009 Cybernetic revolt
The Outer Limits 1996, 1999 Cybernetic revolt The 1996 episode "Resurrection" and the 1999 episode "The Human Operators"
Zentrix 2004 Cybernetic revolt

Gaming

TitleYearTypeAuthor and notes
Robotron 2084 1982 Created by Williams.
The Mechanoid Invasion 1985 Gamebook And its source books, supplements and sequels was the first role-playing game from Palladium Books, conceived and written by Kevin Siembieda.
Earthsiege 1994 And sequels, from Sierra Entertainment.
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream 1995 From Cyberdreams.
RayForce 1993 Cross-platform a Japanese scrolling shooter arcade game.
Mega Man X series 1993-present A video game series created by Capcom.
Rise of the Robots 1994 Cross-platform Developed by Mirage Studios. A fighting game.
Vertical Force 1995 Virtual Boy game A vertical shoot-em-up scroller game, with two layers for Nintendo's Virtual Boy video game system.
Red Alarm 1995 Nintendo game
GURPS Reign of Steel 1997 A setting for the GURPS role playing system.
RayCrisis 1998 Cross-platform A prequel to RayForce.
Toxic A flash game by Nitrome Limited about a character in a yellow hazmat suit attempting to free the world from a race of robots with a variety of bombs.
Toxic 2 Sequel to Toxic.
System Shock 1994 By Looking Glass Technologies, incorporates elements from Alien invasion theory.
Choose Your Own Adventure 1979-1998 Gamebook By Edward Packard.
KKND2: Krossfire 1998 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.
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun 1999 Is the expansion pack Firestorm from Westwood Studios.
System Shock 2 1999 Sequel to System Shock.
Galerians 1999 PlayStation Developed by Polygon Magic.
Descent 3 1999 PC Developed by Outrage Entertainment, which explains that mostly mining robots attacked by an unknown virus and now attacking people.
Splicers 2004 A role-playing game set in the midst of a war between humans and a worldwide computer intelligence.
Gunlok 2000 Is a squad based action adventure computer game developed by Rebellion.
Deus Ex 2000 A conflict between a Friendly AI and a non-friendly one.
Outlive 2001 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.
Neuroshima 2003 The Polish role-playing game from Portal Publishing.
Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume 2004 Cross-platform Is a Japanese post-apocalyptic visual novel and video game.
Too Human 2008 Xbox game By Canadian developer Silicon Knights.

Other

TitleYearAuthor and notes
Humans Are Dead By Flight of the Conchords
The Eighth Day By Hazel O'Connor
Obsolete (album) 1998 By Fear Factory
Citizens of Tomorrow By Tokyo Police Club
The Protomen The self-titled album by The Protomen.

The decline and fall of the human race

  • The latter part of H. G. Wells' The Time Machine (1895)
  • The 1939 cartoon short Peace on Earth by Hugh Harman, in which animals rebuild a post-apocalyptic world after humanity has fought wars to the point of extinction.
  • The novel At Winter's End (1988) by Robert Silverberg
  • The poem Bedtime Story from Collected Poems 1958–1970 by George Macbeth
  • Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun series
  • The novel The Camp of the Saints (1973) by Jean Raspail.
  • The novel The Bridge (1973) by D. Keith Mano presents a world dominated by a global environmental fascism, where the government ultimately promotes the extinction of the human race by enforced mass suicide, so as to ‘save’ the environment.
  • Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End
  • The novel City (1952) by Clifford D. Simak
  • Friday (novel) by Robert A. Heinlein, which portrays human society on a future Earth as slipping into a gradual, but inevitable, collapse.
  • Galápagos by 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.
  • Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
  • The 1974 John Boorman film Zardoz
  • The Japanese manga Biomega, NOiSE, Blame! and Net Sphere Engineer by Tsutomu Nihei
  • The Japanese manga and anime The Big O, 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.
  • The Cartoon Network/Adult Swim animated parody of the barbarian/post-apocalyptic genres, Korgoth of Barbaria
  • The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
  • The 1979 Australian movie Mad Max depicts a declining civilization.
  • Michael Haneke's film Le Temps du Loup (The Time of the Wolf), following a family through the (French?) country side after an undefined catastrophic collapse of civilization.
  • The movie A.I. depicts human extinction after 2000 years.
  • The manga/anime series Wolf's Rain 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. A second apocalypse ends the series, with a presumable renewing of the planet.
  • The song In the Year 2525 by Zager and Evans, which describes, stage by stage, the decline of the human race. Covers the 26th, 36th, 46th, 56th, 66th, 76th, 86th and 96th centuries.
  • The television series The Future Is Wild, which 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 either has become extinct or has left Earth. The reason is not given.
  • The short story "To Serve The Master" By Philip K. Dick
  • The 2006 film Children of Men, where the human race has become infertile.
  • The 1984 film 1990:The Bronx Warriors In 1990 the Bronx is declared a No Mans Land after a catastrophic uprising.
  • The 1997 film The End of Evangelion, in which all humankind are reverted to a "primordial soup" and merged into a single consummate being.
  • The The House of the Dead series of 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.
  • The 2006 novel Return by Clayton J Elliott - in which ecological and social unrest leave a world fighting to find a new relationship to the earth. An anti-technology novel.
  • The 2007 film Tooth and Nail Post-apocalyptic movie where 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.
  • The 2001 video game Pikmin and its sequel, the 2004 video game Pikmin 2, is set on an unnamed planet simply called as the planet of the Pikmins, 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.
  • The 2004 film 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.

Monsters and biologically altered humans

See also Zombie apocalypse

TitleYearMediumAuthor or DirectorNotes
The Day of the Triffids 1951 Novel Wyndham, John About a blinding meteor shower and the bioengineered Triffid plants.
Them! 1954 Film Desert nuclear tests create mutated gigantic ants
I Am Legend 1954 Novel Matheson, Richard A vampire apocalypse novel, I Am Legend was adapted to film as The Last Man on Earth (1964), The Omega Man (1971) and I Am Legend (2007)
Night of the Living Dead 1968 Film Romero, George A zombie apocalypse film, Dawn of the Dead (1978), Day of the Dead (1985) and Land of the Dead (2005) followed Night of the Living Dead.
Day by Day Armageddon 2004 Novel Bourne, J.L. A zombie apocalypse novel.
The Rats quadrilogy 1974 Novel Herbert, James The last two novels of The Rats quadrilogy show how after a nuclear war, humanity is overthrown by mutated Giant Black Rats.
Moonbane 1989 Novel Sarrantonio, Al About a worldwide uprising of werewolves
Skeletons 1992 Novel Sarrantonio, Al 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
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs 1993 Animated
TV series
In which dinosaurs reclaim the earth. Based upon the comic series "Xenozoic Tales"
28 Days Later 2002 Film The 2002 film 28 Days Later, and its 2007 sequel 28 Weeks Later
Reign of Fire 2002 Film In which dragons over take human civilization.
Trinity Blood 2005 Light novel Involving a war between humans and vampires.
Cell 2006 Novel King, Stephen A strange cell phone signal turns ordinary humans into killer zombies.
The Quick and the Undead 2006 Film
Kairo 2001 Novel Kurosawa, Kiyoshi In which the world is overrun by Humanoid Ghosts, and everything is destroyed by them.
Gurren Lagann 2007 Animated
TV series
In which cloned "Beastmen" fight an apocalyptic battle with humanity.
The Mist 2007 Film Based upon the 1980 short story "The Mist" by Stephen King.
REC 2007 Film Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza Spanish horror film about altered humans by Devil.
Quarantine 2008 Film John Erick Dowdle American horror film which is a remake of the Spanish horror film REC.
Dead Set 2008 A UK television series which chronicles a zombie outbreak.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth 2009 Novel Ryan, Carrie 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.
REC 2 2009 Film Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza The sequel to 2007's REC.
Denizen (2010 film) 2010 Film Steel, J.A. “To catch a monster you must become a monster.”
Tooth and Nail (novel) 2010 Novel DiLouie, Craig Zombie apocalypse from perspective of soldiers deployed in New York City during the outbreak.

After the fall of space-based civilization

Films

Television

TitleYearAuthor and notes
Andromeda Created by Gene Roddenberry.
Red Dwarf The British Science-Fiction Sitcom.

Novels

TitleYearAuthor and notes
Against the Fall of Night Arthur C. Clarke
Battle Angel Alita Yukito Kishiro
The City and the Stars Arthur C. Clarke
The Dragon Masters Jack Vance
Endymion By Dan Simmons, also is sequel The Rise of Endymion.
The Mote in God's Eye by Niven & Pournelle
Trigun Manga by Yasuhiro Nightow.
Star Man's Son 2250 A.D. Andre Norton
Reaches David Drake
Transfusion Chad Oliver
Ringworld By 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.
Last Legionary Series by Douglas Hill, in which a lone soldier fights to bring down the organisation which unleashed a deadly radiation against his planet, killing all his people and rendering the planet uninhabitable.
Space Viking H. Beam Piper
The General series By S. M. Stirling and David Drake

Gaming

TitleYearPlatformDevelopers and notes
Xenogears PlayStation
Supreme Commander PC Is set at the end of a thousand year long war, called the infinite war, between two separate factions of humans and a race of cyborgs.
Homeworld 1999 PC Developer Relic Entertainment. A small human civilization on the desert planet of Kharak on the edge of the galaxy is brought to the brink of extinction for violating a forgotten 5000-year old treaty forbidding them from developing hyperspace technology. The survivors, however, are fortunate to have the use of the recently-completed Mothership - a large colony vessel meant to take them back to their ancient and forgotten homeworld near the center of the galaxy, Hiigara. The game was succeeded by sequels Homeworld: Cataclysm and Homeworld 2.

Expanding or Dying Sun

Religious and supernatural apocalypse (Eschatological fiction)

  • The 1908 novel Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson.
  • The 1953 short story The Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur C. Clarke, taken from the short story collection of the same name.
  • The 2009 apocalyptic fiction series Dominion by Compasse, a supernatural thriller with religious and geopolitical themes. Through seven books, 'the secret language of music has been discovered', and becomes a powerful force in this end-times scenario. Published by Sacrata Dei Press.
  • The evangelical Christian film series 1972 A Thief in the Night, sometimes referred to as the Mark IV films.
  • A series of films made in the 1990s and 2000s by Cloud Ten Pictures
  • The young adult book series Countdown by Daniel Parker, in which a demon wipes out the entire human population save for teenagers.
  • The Deadlands: Hell on Earth role-playing game, in which the Earth is reduced to a haunted, radioactive wasteland as a result of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ravaging the planet shortly after an eldritch nuclear war.
  • The End of the Age, by Pat Robertson
  • The book and film series Left Behind, concerning the Rapture.
  • The novels Black Easter and The Day After Judgment by James Blish, in which a black magician brings about the end of the world by releasing all the demons from Hell.
  • The Power of Five series by Anthony Horowitz
  • 1995. The sci-fi anime Neon Genesis Evangelion in which mankind'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.
  • 2007-Ongoing . Rebuild of Evangelion- remake of the anime series. The first of the four films, Evangelion: 1.0- You are [Not] Alone, debuted in 2007, with the second part, 2.0- You Shall (Not) Advance, debuting in 2009.
  • The film The Rapture (1991)
  • The 1989 novel The Dead, by Mark E. Rogers. Combines themes of the rapture and zombies.
  • The zombie novels The Rising and its sequel City of the Dead by Brian Keene. 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.
  • Brian Keene has also written The Conqueror Worms which is a very Lovecraftian tale of one of the last survivors on earth. In the novel, the world floods causing several monsters appear, mainly gigantic, maneating earthworms.
  • The novel Shade's Children by Garth Nix, in which a group of extradimensional beings invade earth and cause all human adults to vanish.
  • The manga and subsequent anime movies and TV series Silent Möbius by Kia Asamiya. The story is set in a Blade Runner-style world which has been invaded by demonic beings.
  • The novel The Taking, by Dean Koontz in which a malevolent demonic force kills off the majority of the human race.
  • John Shirley's 2000 novel Demons revolves around a demonic invasion of Earth.
  • The Third Millennium (1995) and The Fourth Mellennium (1996), by Paul Meier
  • The Tribe 8 role-playing game, in which sadistic demons invade (and conquer) the Earth.
  • The Clamp anime X/1999 in which the seven Dragons of Heaven battle the Dragons of Earth to save the world.
  • Hellgate: London – computer game released in 2007, where demons and humans are in constant struggle on earth.
  • The Doom series of computer games, in which demons invade a human base on Phobos (changed to Mars in Doom 3) and then move on to Earth.
  • The 2006 film Pulse and its 2009 sequel Pulse 2: Afterlife.
  • The Shadow of Yesterday 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.

Social or economic collapse

TitleYearMediumAuthorNotes
Foundation 1951 Novel Asimov, Isaac. Mathematician Hari Seldon foresees the fall of the Galactic Empire, which encompasses the entire Milky Way.
"Last of the Masters, The" 1954 Short story (novelette) 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.
Atlas Shrugged 1957 Novel Rand, Ayn American society slowly collapses after the country's leading industrialists mysteriously disappear.
Dark Future 1988 Miniature wargame Games Workshop A role-playing game franchise composed of the game and associated novels and short-story anthologies set within the Dark Future universe.
Wolf and Iron 1990 Novel Dickson, Gordon R. A man and a wolf band together to survive in an America devastated by financial collapse.
Deus Ex: Invisible War 2003 Video game 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.
Apocalypse and the Beauty Queen 2005 Film The world crashed, not with a scream, but just a whimper. The failure of the national power grid caused the government to crumble.
Puzzlehead 2006 Film Bai, James
(writer/director)
Set in what looks like Brooklyn, "after the decline", the streets are empty and there seems to be constant random killings.
Return 2006 Novel Elliott, Clayton J. Ecological and social unrest leave a world fighting to find a new relationship to the earth. An anti-technology novel
World Made By Hand 2008 Novel Kunstler, James 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.
"Turn Left"
(Doctor Who episode #197)
2008 Television series Davies, Russell T.(writer) Explores an apocalyptic alternative future in which British society has collapsed due to the death of Doctor.
"Resurrection Insurrection" 2008 Short story Bachard, Kurt A socio-political story using the theme of a Zombie apocalypse as a framework.
Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse 2009 Novel Rawles, James W. An apocalyptic survivalist novel about a total socio-economic collapse.
American Apocalypse I: Beginning 2009 Novel nova An apocalyptic novel describing the slow economic decay and descent into squalor and violence of a failed economic system.

Unspecified phenomena

  • The 1885 novel After London by 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.
  • The 1914 novel Darkness and Dawn by George Allan England, in which 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.
  • The Starlost is a Canadian-produced science fiction television series devised by writer Harlan Ellison and broadcast in 1973 on CTV in Canada and on NBC in the United States.
  • The 1975 novel Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany.
  • The 1978 short story "Trucks" by Stephen King. An unknown phenomenon makes Earth's machines turn against mankind. It was later made into the movie Maximum Overdrive which added an alien invasion subplot.
  • The 1978 novel "False Dawn" by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Two humans searching for a way to survive in toxic wasteland. Republished in 2001.
  • The 1985 picture book Baaa by David Macaulay, in which the human race has somehow gone extinct, leaving sheep to take over the world. The sheep's civilization winds up displaying the same array of economic troubles, overpopulation, and crime, and after a while they too become extinct.
  • The Dayworld series by Philip Jose Farmer, in which 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, Dayworld Rebel.
  • The 1987 novel In the Country of Last Things by Paul Auster.
  • The 1994 novel Vanishing Point by 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.
  • The Emberverse series novels by S. M. Stirling, in which 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.
  • The series of novels set in the world of Wraeththu by Storm Constantine, in which 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.
  • The 1988 novel Tea from an Empty Cup by Pat Cadigan, set in a cyberpunk world following a vaguely described natural cataclysm.
  • Ongoing comic series Wasteland takes place roughly 100 years in the future, where North America is a dustbowl and lacking modern technology.
  • The 1997 movie 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, but presumably there was a war.
  • The 2006 film Android Apocalypse, cause of apocalypse unknown
  • The 2006 video game Mother 3, in 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.
  • The 2006 novel Guardando la fine del mondo by Riccardo Deias, set in alternative world and time.
  • The 2006 novel "Night Work" by Thomas Glavinic, in which a man wakes up to find that everyone else has disappeared.
  • The 2009 film The Road, based on the 2006 novel of the same name.
  • Desolation: Post Apocalyptic Fantasy Roleplaying, a 2008 RPG from Greymalkin Designs.
  • The 2004 Flash movie "Salad Fingers" (although a 'great war' is mentioned, it may not be the cause of Salad Fingers' dwelling being in a dilapidated, post-apocalyptic state)
  • The 2009 album "Songs From The Floodplain" by Jon Boden
  • The 2009 French film Les derniers jours du monde epicts the story of a man, Robinson, who travels across France and Spain during the end of the world.
  • The 2008 TV documentary film, Life after People, and the spin-off, Life After People: The Series, document life on earth where the human race had gone extinct. The shows doesn't mention on a cause of the extinction of humans.

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