An apocalypse is a catastrophic event that ends or changes the world as we know it. Post-apocalyptic scenarios are a staple of science fiction and fantasy.

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First appearance of the “wake up from a coma, discover the world has ended” trope?

In The Walking Dead, Rick is shot, goes into a coma, and wakes up to find that the world has ended: In 28 Days Later, Jim is in an accident, goes into a coma, and ...
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Magneto and the loss of his powers

Repeatedly it is said that Magneto lost half of his powers while trying to destroy some Apocalypse starship. Do you know the name of the comic, or is it just a fact mentioned - but never depicted - in ...
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Novel featuring black female protagonist

In the 1970s, I read a sci-fi novel in high school, where the main character was a black girl, a point purposely not made clear until late in the book. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic (is there ...
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Why did the family in Fear the Walking Dead give up so easily?

In the second, and most recent, episode of Fear the Walking Dead, the main characters are preparing to flee Los Angeles to the desert, where they hope to wait out the crisis. This seems strange, ...
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Unpleasant Uses of Replicator/3D Printer

A bank manager gets up, uses his house replicator to make breakfast, then drives to work. he notices that things are wrong, such as damage to the statues on the facade of the bank building. Turns out, ...
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Science Fiction story about aliens and a dead earth

I'd like to ask if you'd be able to identify a story I read years in high school. I think it was around 1987 when I read an interesting science fiction story in a multistory novel. The novel was ...
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In X-Men: Evolution, is Apocalypse associated to the power or technology of time travel?

Years before, I have watched several episodes of The X-men: The Animated Series. And I saw how Apocalypse became the most formidable foe of the x-men because he has tapped the power of time travel. ...
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A rapture to the end of time story, kind of like “The Last Question” but not

I am trying to find a story I read a few years ago that involves young girl on Earth who accepts an invitation to leave the planet shortly before its doom in a "rapture" style event where all ...
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Title of post apocalytic novel, sterility, clones, pennsylvania?

I read this novel that I believe was written around 1975. Something - I think it was ecological - has resulted in the almost universal sterility. A (rich) family has created an enclave somewhere in ...
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looking for this sf novel about an ex soldier who during a pandemic is charging rich parents space for their kids in a secure monastery to survive

I'm a librarian and sf lover who's been asked to help locate a book which sounds very familiar to me, but which I never read myself. I haven't had any luck searching our catalogue or various sf ...
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Epic novel chronicaling the collapse of Planet Earth through pollution and other environmental catastrophies

A novel written in the 1970's or early 80's. I read it in the late 80's. It starts out in 1990 where the main character(s) were stationed in Antarctica. Some Woody Allen movie is mentioned in that ...
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Identify a novel about a viral epidemic

I read this at least 10 years ago and I do not remember it being very new. So it is possibly older than that. The protagonist is a scientist working in a genetics related field. The book deals with ...
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Countdown to Earth's destruction, woman rescued by aliens

I'm looking for a short story I read in either Analog, or Asimov's or Fantasy and Science Fiction within the past few years. In this story, a woman is awakened in the night by aliens communicating ...
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I'm looking for a post-apocalypse novel about biker gangs

The main character in the novel is called "Long Range" or something similar. It's about biker gangs roaming post-apocalypse USA and the Long Range character can sometimes "see" the future. I haven't ...
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How many Arks were built in the film 2012?

I was watching 2012 the other night on DVD & started thinking about how many Arks that were built (going to be built) in the film. From what I can remember, when they start to have problems near ...
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Movie with a man/woman fighting over a giant truck in the desert

I saw this movie a while ago and I remember a lot of images of huge desert landscapes and a man/woman fighting over the control of a huge truck (or maybe they had a truck each and were fighting over ...
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Zombie stories compilation book with this particular short story?

First story of all was about a woman, an old teacher in a post-zombie apocalypse world, who tried to teach the zombies (her old students), and lived alone in her old school. I tried to find that book ...
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Play: set in an apocalyptic setting

I am trying to find the name of a play I remember having to read in one of my Literature classes. It is an older play and set in an apocalyptic setting (I think inside a lighthouse), there's an older ...
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End-of-humanity SF

A recent story-id question introduced me to a Thomas M. Disch novel about the end of humanity while fighting, and losing, against overwhelmingly powerful alien invaders. This was in the early 1960s. ...
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When I was in elementary school, I read a series of books that I can't seem to find anywhere

The series is about a group of kids being woken up one by one throughout the series after an apocalypse and each kid can do something special (I can't remember if it was magical, but it could have ...
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In Resident Evil film series, why does Umbrella continue doing experiments?

When you kill (or infect) about 95% (or more) of the world's population, and the same virus can infect animals, well, you are doing something wrong. Now, why do you need more powerful monster? Why ...
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Book identification: Story about a vampire that awakens just as the Nukes hit

Vampire wakes up in a city where the bombs have dropped and the sun never rises. I think this book was written around 1980. I just can't remember the title. I want to say it's something akin to "...
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Seeking story about time slowing, couple in stasis, end of the world

I remember reading this in an anthology over 15 years ago: A married couple lives in an automated house/citadel that satisfies their every need. Somehow, it also preserves them; life is so stable and ...
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How can the contradiction between the beginning and end of Miracle Mile be resolved?

In the 1988 apocalyptic thriller, Miracle Mile, the movie opens with Harry playing the trombone Here's what he says in that scene: I never really saw the big picture before today - love can ...
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1980s movie/series on PBS about a man & his psychiatrist in a post-apocalyptic world

First, a word about the format - I don't know whether this was a movie or a TV series, b/c I saw it aired in pieces on PBS back in the 1980s. I don't even recall if it was originally voiced in english,...
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A girl who transcends time

I remember quite a bit, but can't seem to find the title or (female) author. A girl accompanies her father as he captains a mission to travel at near-light speed in order to experience the effects ...
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What film/TV program was set on a spaceship and…? (I can only remember the ending so have kept the title uninformative!)

Like the title says, I only remember the end of this. I think it was a film, but may have been an episode of something like The Outer Limits. I saw it on TV around 1999 (ish), and I think it was quite ...
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In the original Mad Max movie, is there actually any reference to an apocalypse?

While the Wikipedia article on Mad Max says: The film opens "a few years from now" in Australia, in a dystopian future where law & order has begun to break down at the end of the 'Oil ...
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What was the catastrophe that happened in “The Road”?

My googling says that the catastrophe in "The Road" is unexplained. Given what we can see on-screen, can anyone come up with a better explanation for how the world got that way?