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Questions tagged [apocalypse]

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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Story about aliens saving dolphins when the Earth is about to be destroyed

The premise was that the earth was about to be destroyed, and some alien race could only save one species. Much to the chagrin of the humans, they saved the most intelligent species which turned out ...
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Short web comic of robot carrying a dead woman who helped him

The web comic went something like: The world is ending, and this girl runs into a guy in the street who isn't aware and tells him to get to shelter with her. They stay together in the shelter during ...
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What killed the Amberites?

In one of his videos "Dead Aliens", popular futurist Youtuber, Isaac Arthur describes a fictional mission to the planet of the Amberites. He proposes that during one of humanity's first slower-than-...
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SF apocalyptic short story probably from the 50s

From time to time I recall a short story I read, probably from the late 50s, about the earth after atomic disaster. A few survivors are leaving the city seeking escape even though they know the ...
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Satirical short story with “keeping up with the joneses” theme

The short story was printed in an anthology, possibly between the 60s and 70s, and by a mainstream author in a wacky mood. The protagonist is constantly upstaged by his neighbor. A nuclear war occurs ...
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Short story collection about extinct alien civilizations

About a year ago, I remember finding a website featuring a large number of fictional accounts of extinct alien civilizations (it might have been around 300). In universe, these were only a sample of a ...
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A TV show in which a victim is convinced about a zombie apocalypse for many days [closed]

Looking for a TV show I had seen around 7 years ago. It's a show in which a family comes up to the TV Host and tells them that their son is very lazy and they wish to fix it. So the TV crew set up ...
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Apocalyptic movie. Earth is dying and everyone is trying to survive or escape

The movie is somewhat from current era (2000+). It is most probably about the end of the world (or similar event) and people are trying to save themselves by different means - some by leaving to space,...
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What is the title of the book about vampires surviving at the end of Earth's existence?

Some years ago I've read an excerpt from a sci-fi book, I don't remember the name or the author, just the premise. I'd really like to find it now. What is the name/author of the book described below? ...
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Trying to identify a short story about Disney characters in a post-apocalyptic world

Back around 1985 I remember reading a short story, I think it was in Omni Magazine, of a post-apocalyptic world where something unexpected happens. The story begins during a storm over an ancient ...
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ID Sci Fi short story: Earth soon to burn in Sun, apartment setting, juice cans, she sleeps, wakes to reality of Earth freezing

I could have sworn this was Bradbury. Definitely published pre-1980. I feel like I should know this. The female (?) protagonist is in an apartment suffering in the heat. Earth is moving toward the ...
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Bright centre of the Universe

I'm looking for another short SF story where Google has no clue as the premise is kind of dated: the Big Bang and expanding universe have grabbed the reigns from the Steady State Theory... The story ...
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ID a story in which a plant-like species attempts to develop space travel to evade a recurring catastrophe [duplicate]

It was a novel and the non-human nature of the protagonist and their species is revealed only gradually. They're some kind of animate and mobile plant species that reproduces by budding. They're '...
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looking for eastern ecological movie

I have been looking for this movie for a while now (it is an old movie), so if anyone can help, it would be great. The movie is either Chinese or Japanese, set in a modern society, and deals with ...
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Story of a woman and her mother facing apocalypse together

The world is going to end, maybe because of an alien invasion or meteor. Everybody knows that the world is going to end and accepts it because there isn't anything that can be done to avoid it. The ...
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Identify a movie about an autistic person stopping doomsday

This movie is about meteor/space object hitting Earth. This is what I remember about the movie: This movie is not very old. I think it came out perhaps around early 2000s. There's a scene in ...
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Short story, first spaceship's burn starts chain reaction and destroys all life, astronaut returns and seeks out the ocean [duplicate]

I think (but I'm not sure) this story is quite old, possibly from before the first launch of anything into space. In the story the burn from the shuttle/spacecraft leaving Earth sets off a chain ...
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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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Post-apocalyptic 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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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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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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Post-apocalypse novel about biker gangs, the main character “Long Range” can “see” the future

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. His future ...
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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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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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Second prophecy of Mandos

Does anybody know anything about the mysterious "Second Prophecy of Mandos"? It seems to be about the end of the world.
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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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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 of ...
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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!) [duplicate]

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 Age'...