I'm looking for the name of a story where the main character (possibly the only one) is watching news on TV with a nuclear conflict unraveling before his eyes. Oddly enough, hardly anyone notices as the explosions occur in some wastelands in Alaska and Siberia.

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There was a Twilight Zone episode (called Shelter Skelter) where a divorced man, watching the news of nuclear escalation, freaks out when a explosion is heard and heads for his bunker.

It turns out it was limited to only his town, an accident however he thinks the world has ended and still lives in his bunker, unaware that life (and his ex-wife) are fine in the outside world.

  • Great, I haven't seen that episode and will try to find it. I remember another one where a man finds out that he can stop time. It proved very empowering until the day a nuclear exchange occurs and he is powerless to do anything as a missile is frozen mid-air in the sky.
    – James P.
    Aug 1, 2012 at 22:43
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    That was Shelter Skelter actually, from the New Twilight Zone series.
    – Mr Lister
    Aug 12, 2012 at 19:44
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    @JamesPoulson: You're probably thinking of the Tales of Tomorrow adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's short story "All the Time in the World".
    – user14111
    Dec 27, 2014 at 23:35

Not a short story, but somewhat similar to the plot of Blast from the Past (IMDb, Wikipedia) with Brandon Faser and Alicia Silverstone. Fun movie!

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