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Post-apocalyptic refers to the time frame beyond the catastrophic end of a civilization.

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Post-Apocalyptic Desert Movie With Fast Car

I've been trying to remember a movie I watched in my childhood that was likely from the 80s or first few years of the 90s, on late-night cable (maybe on Up All Night on the USA Channel). I seem to ...
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Movie about a robot restoring the human population with a machine that can create human babies

The entirety of humanity has become extinct, but there is a base with a machine that can create human babies. The machine creates a baby and a robot starts to take care of it. The baby grows up into a ...
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70s/80s/90s YA novel, civilization ends, language falls apart

I read so many dystopian novels from the school library in the 90s ... In this one a group of people survived some catastrophe (perhaps nuclear). There was a young girl, maybe she was the narrator. I'...
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TV show or movie that uses fruit to shoot weapon

A TV show or movie maybe 1970s or 80s. A group of people, one from the past maybe frozen and reawakened. The thing I remember the most is one of the guys picked a round fruit to use as the propulsion ...
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Anime about a little girl who fights a dictator after a meteor causes Mt Fuji to erupt

I remember getting this anime recommended on a show called Imagination. This show used to air on NHK World every week. I think they talked about this anime between 2014 to 2016. I don't remember ...
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Name of a book about a spaceship after civilization falls

I remember a book series where humans had spread out in space but a disease that affected machines (and then somehow transitioned to biological infection through human implants) caused civilization to ...
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Post-apocalyptic novel from the 80s about survivors travelling in a land train across America

I need help finding a book (I read in the 80s): Post-apocalyptic novel about a group of survivors in some kind of land train traveling across America. The leaders keep people inside all the time, due ...
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Short story about a self-aware machine that time travels; the title may have been an acronym

I need some help finding the name of a short story in an anthology I read. I think it may have been written in first person about a man-made machine intelligence that causes or survives through a ...
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Post-apocalyptic sci-fi book about a Chinese migrant searching for her husband in a post-apocalyptic (possibly American) city

The story is about a migrant from China in a walled, post-apocalyptic city, possibly in America, searching for her husband, who may have been banished. I think the book was published around 2013/2014 ...
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Does anyone know this short Post Apocalyptic Job Interview video? What was it called?

This is a short video I saw on Youtube a few years ago. Upbeat. Man who thinks he is the only person left on earth hears radio announcer offering a receptionist job. Walks across America to apply, ...
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Book series. Main character might have been called Traveler. Former soldier travels in van

The main character might have been named Traveler. I think there had been a nuclear war and he travelled around the American Southwest in a van that would run on anything combustible. Often had a ...
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Book about a boy living in a futuristic building underground because of toxic air at the surface

I've been searching for this book for years but still no clues today. I think I read it in high school so it must be between 2012-2014. I don't remember if it was an old or modern book, but here is ...
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Solid state drug addiction

I’m looking for a book from the 60’s or 70’s, about a post apocalyptic world. Some characters in the book are addicted to “the wire” i.e. electric nirvana is achieved when they hook the device into ...
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Post-nuclear story in California - Santa Barbara gvt rep meets diplomat from Los Angeles

The setting is southern California, post-nuclear war. Our protagonist (a man), a government official from the Republic of Santa Barbara is going to meet with a diplomatic envoy from the Empire of Los ...
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Short story about a man remembering simple pleasures of the past in a bleak future

The story is likely by Robert Sheckley, and one of his shorter ones. If memory serves, it ends with a man visiting another man in a cave and exchanging something for a shoebox of junk items. I believe ...
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Post-apocalyptic movie with people in an underground shelter/bunker and something about not opening the door

I watched this movie when I was a kid (around 2012-2013?), so my memory of the details is quite foggy. I can't even remember if I finished it (probably couldn't understand what was happening and ...
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Post-apocalyptic book involving a protagonist who needs antibiotics, and an underground colony

I read an excerpt of a book in one of those edited collections that pops up in school libraries, and I've been trying to find the book. It's been years and I've searched every forum, best of list, and ...
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People in a rural area hide in warehouse, at end it’s 2 people left, guy leaves her for dead - she lives, then she leaves him to die on road

I saw this movie on Netflix when I was pretty young and the year it came out was maybe around 2012-2017 to be safe but I think mostly 2012-2015. The main character was a girl with short brown/black ...
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Movie about the Earth being too hot to live on and everybody being underground

I can't remember much, just a man walking out of a subway station or an underground parking lot with a space suit on, like the ones they use now for EVA. I remember that it was because the Earth was ...
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Book in which a kid fails a teaching machine test to pick his profession

I read this as a teen in the 1970s. The protagonist wanted particular job and found an old book and read it. He gets told he can’t be taught with the machine- goes to a remedial school that uses an “...
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Story about a post-modern-age apocalyptic age, portrayed as a new medieval age, with old-world artefacts, and some semblance of magic

This is a book that I read somewhen during high school, approximately 13 years ago at the very least. I only have fragments and remembered impressions and theory-crafting, so apologies for the sparse-...
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Trying to find a sci-fi book about a girl living in a tower post nuclear fallout

The tower was large enough to hold a city/states worth of people. Had water purification, farms, etc. for sustainability. I remember she used the equipment to scale the outside of the tower at one ...
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Animated movie about evil rats ruling the world

There was an animated movie about evil rats ruling the world form 90s or 80s (I think it was made in Europe). There were a group of people trying to survive and avoid the rats. Both people and the ...
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Story ID: AI colony ship forgets its mission [duplicate]

I've just read John Scalzi's newly-published story "Slow Time Between Stars", and I was reminded of a similar story which I read 30 or more years ago but I can't now remember the title. The ...
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Post-apocalyptic movie about a soldier fighting a war against robots who thinks he's the last human on Earth until he meets a girl

A long time ago I watched a movie where a soldier was fighting a war against robots I think, and he was the only one left of his platoon and he thinks the only human left on Earth. He meets a girl who'...
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Post nuclear apocalypse novel with mutant whales, flower-controlled zombies and possibly a psycho-plague

I have a memory of a novel that I did not read, but I stumbled upon it on google a few years back and the synopsis and cover stuck in my memory, so I'd really like to find it again (I stupidly didn't ...
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'80s young adult novel about a woman who awakes from cryosleep and finds that the Earth has been conquered by aliens

I got the book (in German) maybe around 1990 from a children's library, so it was probably a young adult novel. I believe to remember that the title of the book was the name of the protagonist, a ...
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Identify film with women-only world, that has a man released into it

Film, perhaps for TV. US. C. 2000ish (wide error bars). The world has only females and they live a pastoral, rural life. Maybe the men died in a plague, don't remember. They release one man from ...
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Post-apocalyptic zombie manhwa or manhua involving a main character who is back from the future after being betrayed by his blonde wife

Please help guys, I'm searching for a manhwa or manhua. I can't remember the name, it's been a few years. The main character (MC) is back from the future after being betrayed by his blonde wife and ...
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Was Mad Max the first post-apocalyptic film where biker gangs are among the survivors?

I would say that it was in the second movie where it is really clear that the producers envisaged people who were already outlaws (or borderline) as becoming the de facto leaders of future society ...
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Post-apocalyptic sci-fi film with giant scorpions and man with lightning powers

New user here trying to remember old VHS films that I watched as a kid, rented by my dad. For this topic, I'm looking for a sci-fi movie, probably '70s or '80s, set in what I think is a post-...
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Movie where the main character wakes up with amnesia in a post-apocalyptic world run by three superhuman generals [duplicate]

The movie takes place in a future destroyed by war. Not much is shared with the viewer about how or what caused this war. We see the main character waking up to this world with no memory of anything ...
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Comic short post apocalyptic : Last men on earth killed by a dead man

Been looking for this for almost three decades now, tried googling a variety of combinations but have yet to turn up anything useful. I read this short comic back in about '93-96 (definitely no later ...
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Post-apocalyptic short film about a world where young people are paired with someone of the opposite sex upon reaching a specific age

I am trying to find a short film from the late '70s or '80s, shown at film festivals and/or scifi conventions. I might have seen it at the Los Angeles International Film Exposition, aka Filmex, or ...
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Post-apocalyptic sci-fi book about a man with metal spikes in his head, like a crown of thorns, who is worshipped by rats [duplicate]

More than a decade ago, I began reading a book. The book got lost before I could finish, and I only remember very few, vague details. I'm pretty sure it was set in a post-apocalyptic climate. Most ...
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Novel/Novelette ID: Humans as domesticated pack/riding animals

I read this story at least 20 years ago and almost certainly it is quite a bit older than that. I would hazard a guess that it is 1980's or earlier, but don't actually have a clue. I don't remember ...
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The Aquanauts, series of books in a post-apocalyptic future

YA post-apocalyptic novel from 60's or 70's, quasi-military organization that patrols the oceans for threats both human and animal. A trio of friends embark on a voyage to discover the remains of the ...
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Post-apocalyptic story published in Asimov's in the 1980s; main character named Georges - travels in time on highways (on foot)

I'm looking for a story published in the 1980s, in Asimov's magazine. The story featured a character named "Georges" (last name starting with "M" - possibly Mordreaux - though that ...
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Post-apocalyptic novel set in America after a plague has wiped out nine tenths of the Earth's population

I'm looking for a novel set in America after a plague has wiped out nine tenths of the Earth's population. Although dark in theme and incident the novel has a lively comic tone. The central character ...
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Post-apocalyptic science fiction novel set after a meltdown at Three Mile Island

A post-apocalyptic novel set after a serious meltdown at Three Mile Island. One of the characters has a mutation that prevents her from getting nutrition, except from blood. I think that one passage ...
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Short Science fiction story about a group of people trying to get to a portal that people believe leads to paradise

I'm looking for the name of a short science fiction story, that I read in the early 1980s. It had a heavy cold war vibe to it, so it's probably much older. The story is about a group of people trying ...
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Novel about a post-apocalyptic America. The main character is an almost grown boy. The government breeds humans for food

The main character is an almost grown boy. His father raises 'meat', meaning humans, for food. There's a civil war going on. His sister wins some kind of athletic tournament, and is taken by the ...
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Book where sea-level change has caused an apocalypse and people use steamships to scavenge flotsam

I remember reading this book in about 2018, but it could be a little older. The book focused on the crew of a steamship which made their living scavenging flotsam and burning driftwood to keep ...
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Fantasy book involving a post modern civilization and a young man on a quest with two large greyhound-type dogs [duplicate]

People live in barricaded villages because wild dogs are a problem. The government 'taxes' men to dig in ruins, trying to find a particular giant computer. After this young man starts his quest, two ...
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Live-action '80s-'90s movie involving two factions of people who fought one another in mech-type suits

This is going to be a long shot, but the only things I have to go by are that it's a post-apocalyptic film between '80s-'90s which was rented on VHS often. The two factions of people fought one ...
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What happened to the webcomic "Scraps" by onthebridgebetween

So I was looking for another webcomic on Tapas that I had bookmarked and stumbled on "scraps". I clicked on it, thinking it was the webcomic I was looking for (by the way I already found the ...
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Post-apocalyptic Britain, character known as "Hat the Boat"

I'm not sure about any of the following. Book set in a post-apocalyptic Britain, the title may have had "Worm" in it. There was a character who was just known as "Hat", or ...
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Post-nuclear war story about a Russian official and an American mechanic working together against mounted barbarians

I'm trying to track down a piece of Cold War fiction I once read in an English-language SF anthology. It is set some time after World War III had broken out between the USSR and the USA (and probably ...
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Short story about the crew of a spaceship claiming a planet for humanity. The twist is that there are no more humans; the crew are dogs

This was a very short short story, a few pages IIRC. I read it recently (within the past five years) in English, although of course the story could have been older and it could have been a ...
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Fiction about women and nagging

There is this story about a man of a tribe who just wanted to chill and relax but the women of the tribe wouldn't stop nagging. So grudgingly he set out to save the world even though all he wanted to ...
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