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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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Post-apocalyptic movie with two siblings

Here is a picture from the movie: https://twitter.com/FilmDevourSFF/status/1213471900418134017 It appears to be about two siblings who have to fight in an apocalyptic world, but I can't find the name ...
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Novel; contains dinosaurs, geo-temporal anomaly, and societal collapse

The novel that I am trying to find a name for seems to be something that's fairly devoid of information on the internet, I will summarize as best as I can a few key points and hopefully that can jog ...
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Online English story about a wish to "banish darkness" gone wrong

Trying to find an online English story about a wish to "banish darkness" gone wrong. I'm trying to recall a story I read online ages back which involved a world in a slow apocalypse because ...
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Short story in which a girl at a dinner party describes the end of the world by flooding

The story is about a guy at a dinner party who goes into the kitchen to get a cup of coffee and meets the daughter of the party hosts. He starts talking to her and she mentions she is working on a ...
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Short story about mundane life at the end of the universe

I'm looking for a short story about the end of the world, perhaps even the end of the universe. The story follows the mundane nighttime routine of, if I recall correctly, a couple. They put the kids ...
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Catholic Apocalypse Short Story - can't remember the title

I'm trying to remember the title of a short story about the Apocalypse written by a Catholic priest. Can you please help me? It's NOT Lord of the World by Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson. It's a much ...
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Short story in which a man gets a phone call about the end of the world by accident

I read this short story within the last year or two, almost certainly in a short story collection. It was relatively old, possibly from the '60s or '70s, but it could have been from the '50s or '80s ...
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“End of the world” anthology book, including a story about the onset of a new ice age, and another about a meteor destroying a large city

I’ve been trying to find a book I had checked out from my local library in the early 1980s. It was an anthology of short stories about end of the world. Title had the word “catastrophe” or “...
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Pre-1985 polluted Earth novel - hopeful/mixed ending

In the early 1980s I glanced at a paperback novel at a library. In it Earth and its atmosphere were a polluted mess, with humanity and all life near extinction. But, somewhat miraculously, a massive ...
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Asian movie where the final scene shows a family having dinner immediately before the nuclear apocalypse

I'm looking for a movie that I saw on the German TV station Kabel Eins probably in the early 2000s. The movie itself should be much older - from what I remember about the look, I'd guess that it's ...
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Book called “The Inheritors” from 70s or 80s

I’m convinced I read a book called “The Inheritors” about two kids living in a post apocalyptic society. I don’t know the author and all searches on this title find other books that aren’t it… It's ...
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TV series about an incoming end of the world. The characters think they can only save part of the world, possibly a hemisphere

I have some very vague memories about a TV series (I think) that I used to watch as a kid back in the late 90s/early 2000s (I'd say around 1995-2003). I don't really remember anything about it; the ...
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Book where Patton or MacArthur teams up with Robert E.Lee in an apocalyptic world

A friend told me he read an excellent SF book years ago where Patton or maybe MacArthur partnered somehow with Robert E. Lee in a near-future apocalyptic world. Who knows this?
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Trying to identify a Eco-disaster/apocalyptic novel I read in the 80’s

Trying to find a eco-disaster novel I read in the mid-80’s. Believe it was a new release at the time. World was being consumed in a wave of disaster and mutated creatures due to pollution/waste ...
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Apocalyptic novel set in California, the female main character uses a bow and arrow

The main character lives in a town in California. She gathered medical supplies at beginning of a disaster and uses them for trade. She is a whiz with bow and arrow. A biker gang comes to town. ...
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Which 90s "apocalypse" movie has a prostitute with a child?

In this movie (mid 90s), the main character is a woman who works in the streets, selling her body. The woman has a child who is her only reason to exist and continue living. Unexpectedly for the ...
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Early short story about light from huge star burning Earth [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a short story that I read in some collection of early science fiction. The premise is that scientists detect that the light from a huge star is going to arrive. Everyone is ...
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Book about someone creating a cult or religion around getting off the planet

I vaguely remember someone telling me about this book. Unfortunately I can't remember who it was and I only remember vague details. The basic premise is that in a post apocalyptic or near apocalyptic ...
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Fictionalized rendition of a wise-woman's prophecy of eco-terrorists bringing the civilisation to a bloody end in near future (2030+?)

I remember reading a book in my early teens (2000-2005) in Polish — though most probably a translation — of a fictionalized "prophecy" of an East-European/Slavic/Russian wise-woman/seer. The ...
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Trilogy: End of civilization by hydrocarbon-eating bacteria

I have searched here and googled with no result. I can't remember the name of the author. I think it begins with a B. I can't remember the name of any of the books, nor the name of the series. It's ...
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Manga where the main character hits a Shadow Wolf monster with his car and levels up

This is a manga (Japanese comic). The story began, if I remember correctly, with the main character running into a "dog" (which is actually a Shadow Wolf monster) with a car. After that and ...
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TV show episode or movie where world's existence depends on a man's life

I think it was an episode from The Outer Limits, or maybe The Twilight Zone. I think I watched it in the 90s, very likely in color. I had a look at the episode descriptions for The Outer Limits of the ...
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What are the first/most influential works on galaxy-scale apocalypse? [duplicate]

It seems that planetary or galaxy-scale destruction is a common trope in science-fiction. I'm thinking of things like the halos in Halo or the Dakara weapon in Stargate, able to wipe out all lifeforms ...
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Science fiction cartoon movie taking place in an apocalyptic kind of world

I watched this movie in early 90s with a Betamax. I still remember pieces from the movie and I want to find and watch it! Here is what I remember: The world was apocalyptic; lots of lava, lots of ice ...
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Short story where aliens give boy super powers which he uses to destroy the world, dies alone [duplicate]

I'm actually trying to pin down an anthology and this is the only story I can remember being definitely in it. A boy (maybe called Christopher) is visited by aliens who agree to carry out his every ...
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Short story set in an apocalyptic or post apocalyptic type setting of an abandoned cityscape

I remember reading this short story in middle school (2009-2011). I think it was set in an abandoned underground subway in NYC, but we don't find that out at all. The way everything is described makes ...
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Novella (and follow up short story) in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine about the stars going out. Published ~20 years ago

I am trying to find a novella (and its follow up short story) that were published in "Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine" on the order of 20 years ago (+/- 5 years). Premise: for reasons unknown,...
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A story about activating lumps of clay with parchments

I don't remember when or where I read this. Not as far back as the 70's-80's, I think, but in the 90's or more recently I don't remember. Probably novella length, or very long novelette, but not a ...
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Cartoon about people on a space mission investigating a zombie virus

It's a cartoon about a couple of people on a mission in outer space,I think they were investigating the breakout of a deadly virus that turns dead people into violent zombies. And I can remember they ...
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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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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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