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

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Book about people trying to survive in a world where technology has been shut down or destroyed

I'm looking for a specific book, but I can't find it: it was about an electrical shutdown (no, it's not Blackout). The book was about a virus or something like that destroying advanced technology, and ...
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End of the world movie where only ‘bad’ people are left and a blue monster is chasing main characters

End of the world. Main characters are two males. No one is left on Earth, but the few people they run into all seem to be bad. They meet an old man who invites them into his apartment he offers them ...
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Fiction book about a rich girl living in a city above the criminal/poor city and ventures into the city

I read this book in 2014-2015 about this girl that was raised in a rich family, or royal family. She lives in the "new" city above a post apocalyptic city where the criminals and poor live. ...
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Cartoon series about post-apocalyptic world

I am looking for the name of an anime-ish, both in drawing and story-telling styles, cartoon (I am pretty sure it wasn't an anime) that aired somewhere between 2000 and 2010 in Nickelodeon, Cartoon ...
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Post-apocalyptic mutated boy and father hide out from authorities

This is a short story from an anthology I read c, 1970-85. Sometime in the future, probably after some kind of nuclear war, many children are born mutated and monsterous. The government or army rounds ...
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What is the in-universe reason for the anachronisms in "The Overman Culture"

The novel The Overman Culture by Edmund Cooper has been the proposed answer to at least three story ID questions, including Story where human children are raised by robots because there were no adult ...
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Early 90's Book Fair book about a post-apocalyptic society where people find skeletons "worshipping" a box - it was illustrated [duplicate]

I'm looking for the title of a book that was likely purchased at a 1990 book fair. It had a blue cover and was likely about people sifting through the rubble, houses, etc. after what seems to be an ...
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Post Apocalyptic Stasis Chamber

Looking for the name of a short story about small creatures going into a forbidden building looking for artifacts/treasures (multicolored wiring, etc.). A "dance" is required to avoid ...
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Apocalyptic movie with either mutated monkeys or gargoyles in New York City

Trying to remember a movie I watched as a kid probably around 2005-2007 which had a scene of flying gargoyles or mutated monkeys trying to get the survivors inside a building in apocalyptic New York ...
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Post Apocalyptic show in the desert with a vehicle named the “Green Monster”

I remember seeing it on network TV in the early to mid '80s. Post-apocalyptic world. The scene I recall is two men driving down a desert highway in a vehicle with “Green Monster” painted on the side. ...
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Future earth, dystopian fantasy novel. Late 20th century scifi/fantasy

I listened to the audio-recorded reading of the first chapter or so of a book (probably illegally uploaded) on YouTube in 2016. This book seemed old; I'd date this work back to anywhere between 1960 ...
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Sci-fi novel: alien planet experiencing plague, stimulates avant-garde art in doomed populace

I must have read this book in the '90s or earlier. There's an entire planet quarantined, as lots of people die off. Instead of the standard post-apocalypse story, it's about how people cope with their ...
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Adam-and-Eve astronauts restart civilization, but their descendants trigger robot apocalypse

In the mid-1990's, I read a short story in Spanish in one of my high school textbooks. I'm not sure if the story was originally in Spanish but I remember that it was tagged with a Spanish-sounding ...
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Short post apocalyptic story about evil gang

I read it in the 1980s in some unremembered book of short stories. The tale takes place maybe a generation after nuclear war, in a cabin hidden in the backwoods of America. A man and woman and their ...
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Short story about what Earth looks like when people all disappear?

Does anyone remember a short story about all of humanity vanishing from Earth, and the story describes what happens over time, as industrial infrastructure collapses (nuclear and chemical plants, ...
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Looking for name of old sci-fi book from the '70s or '80s that had a main character with an aiming chip in his hand

Looking for name of old sci-fi book from the '70s or '80s that had main character with an aiming chip in his hand. His palm would itch and when he scratched it, it would make weird symbols appear in ...
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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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YA novel ID: library monster, post-apocalyptic, ELECTRICITY sign

I would like to identify a young-adult SF novel I read in the early-mid 1990s. My fragmentary memories are: I think the protags were children (probably two children, maybe boy and girl). They were in ...
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Identify a post-apocalyptic movie about a group of heroes fighting a gang to get a factory back

I am trying to identify a movie I saw as a child in the late 1980's or 1990. The movie looked post-apocalyptic similar to Mad Max In it, a community ran a factory or a refinery that they defended ...
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Looking for the name of a paperback trilogy about teenage post apocalyptic survival from the '90s. It had thunder in the title [duplicate]

Teenage boy has to find a place with survivors in post apocalyptic world. Pretty sure it started like that. On his journey meets a girl and they fall in love. Reminds me of the Fallout video game ...
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Oddball post-apocalyptic movie with mutants and a suicide drug in little bags

For some reason, I keep wanting to know the name of some oddball, and not necessarily good, post-apocalyptic movie, which I believe is from the '80s. I remember the usual warriors and nuclear ...
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Young-adult book: Post-apocalyptic, Teens living in Caves/Bunker, Written as Diary/Journal

I'm searching for a post-apocalyptic young-adult book featuring two teens living in caves or a bunker. I remember reading it in late 1970s in a Danish translation. The cover for that edition has a ...
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Underground post apocalypse children story

I remember a book possibly published in the '70s or '80s. In the story a boy grows up in a cavern. Life sounds pretty primitive. He gathers lichen for food (I think), and it's imperative that the home ...
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Recent novel, a teen in Australia surviving after comet/meteor impact devastates the world

E-book, probably read in the last year or two. Probably written in the last 10 years. Seemed to be first in a series. A comet or small asteroid is reported to be making a near miss to Earth. But as ...
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A post-apocalyptic movie with a protagonist named Hunter

This is a movie from the 1980s. I remember only fragments of it. In a post-apocalyptic deserted Earth (Mad Max-like), a girl meets a scavenger (the good guy) called Hunter. The girl has freckles and a ...
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What is the first novel to feature the plot device of characters emerging from a bunker into a post-apocalyptic world?

This trope is used so frequently that I wonder just how old the concept is. There are two variations I'm aware of. In the first, a population shelters from some sort of catastrophe and exist for so ...
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Post-apocalyptic religious fiction containing water merchants [duplicate]

I am trying to remember the name of a paperback book that I was given by a friend in the United States sometime in the early 2000s. The book was part of a trilogy that followed the story of a group ...
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Story: sharing a ventilator, slowing heart rate

I'm looking for a story where there are 3 or 4 main characters in a post-apocalyptic or maybe off-Earth situation. Something is wrong with the air, and so the characters need to share a makeshift ...
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Post Apocalyptic movie, beginning has a guy playing a trumpet overlooking a city

Cannot remember any details other than a post apocalyptic style, a dilapidated city, and a guy playing a trumpet. Live action movie, possibly has some kids living in the city the protagonist helps... ...
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Post apocalyptic short story

When I was in grade 10 back in 1990-1991 in Ontario Canada, there was a short story that we read that as I took place in the aftermath of some catastrophe (nuclear war I think). (I know it is not the ...
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Sci-fi film where an EMP device is used to disable an alien ship, and a huge robot rips through a gas station

I can't seem to find a film from the last 10 years which includes the following scenes. One scene is where two guys drive out at night to test an EMP device to disable an alien ship from a distance, ...
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Post apocalyptic movie set in apartment building

I have not had luck in horror.com, reddit, quora, or yahoo, but will still try for this one and another movie There is only light outside, a blinding light, anyone that goes into the light never comes ...
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Movie/tv show about people living in separate rooms and communicating through monitors in a post-apocalyptic world

A group of people live individually in these "rooms" and communicate with each other on these monitors. Apparently the world outside is messed up. However one guy thinks there is something ...
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Short comic book story about pets remaining after a human apocalypse occurs

A friend of mine is trying to find an old Hungarian story, here’s how they describe it: “I remember a few characters, three of the main characters were; A white cat with a purple bow/collar, female A ...
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Short story about survivors on Earth after the atmosphere has frozen

This is a short story I read maybe in the '80s. Earth has been thrown away from the Sun, probably due to a very large object passing through the Solar System, and the atmosphere has frozen in layers. ...
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B-class sci-fi movie about postapocalyptic group of soldiers moving from outpost to outpost, with some of them being cyborgs (or diseased?)

The movie was about a group of soldiers (mercenaries?), it was set up in some kind of post-apo setting (deserts, a lot of orange). The group was travelling from outpost to outpost, but I don't ...
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STALKER-ish/Tripods YA post-apocalyptic novel series (NOT The Tripods)

I'm looking for a young adult series, that centres on a bunch of teenagers surviving in a post-apocalypse world on Earth (cliché, I know). The first book has the following setting: Presence of S.T.A....
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Old movie where a fortress-type home comes under attack by hooded beings with an aversion to light

The movie is likely from the seventies and I saw it as a kid. Takes place in post-apocalyptic Earth, or at least the desert. There is a large fortress-type home where the protagonist lives, and he ...
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What's the earliest treatment of a post-apocalypse, with historical social structures, and remnant AI tech?

I have two examples of something that might be a sub-genre, and I'm interested in finding more. The essential elements are: Several generations have passed since an apocalyptic event. Survivors are ...
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Manga or manwha where MC's world is suddenly changed and he kills the first monster in a car accident and gets growth accelerate skill

The main character is driving and suddenly crashes into an animal, then a message appears saying he is the first person to kill the monster and gives him some growth skill. Then he goes home, sleeps ...
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Book with Animal on Earth being invaded by humans (Humans Are The Monsters Trope)

The book is set up like your average "invasion" trope, where the pov is watching its home getting invaded, we're lead to believe that we're reading from a human POV (Or, it's not suggested ...
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80s or 90s postapocalyptic cartoon where a group of kids traverse a wasteland searching for sages? [duplicate]

I have a vague recollection of a cartoon I saw sometime in the late 90s. As Scandinavia was a bit behind in releases back then I believe it was broadcasted in early 90s or late 80s in its original run....
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Amazons worshipping gods based on figures on Mt. Rushmore

Post apocalyptic community of Amazons who hate patriarchy. The class of ruling women treat men as slaves and as baby makers. They worship 4 gods. One is named Ibrim. A member is sent out on a mission ...
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sci-fi book where everyone older than 18 was dead

This was a sci-fi book where everyone older than 18 was dead. The eldest was some boy who's 17, I think, and I believe that they all had superpowers, if not all then some of them. The book started ...
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What is the name of this post-apocalyptic story about a woman reminiscing?

I read it in grade school- it was one of a number of short stories in my McDougal-Littell literature textbook. I recall other stories in that textbook included "All Summer in a Day" and &...
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Dystopian future with telepathic children

The book in question was set in a possibly post apocalyptic/dystopian future where anyone different was not allowed, society had regressed somewhat. A small group of children grew up with telepathic ...
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SciFi book: Earth split between Ant-Bee-Wasp alliance and The Rats

Many years from now, the Earth and Moon have been clobbered by a massive cosmic strike. Humans have survived for centuries in underground hibernation chambers. When they emerge, they find that the ...
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Short sci-fi story about a hellish, industrial isolated domed city, where people live in hypnosis to see it as beautiful

I'm looking for the title/author of a short sci-fi story about a domed isolated city where people undergo (without knowing) a hypnotic treatment, to see the city as lush and beautiful, with parks and ...
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Post-apocalyptic books series set in USA where people live in underground silos [duplicate]

The storyline is a series of 6 or 7 books that I probably read in the late 70s (but never finished reading the series) In this post-apocalyptic world humanity (in the USA at least) is reduced to ...
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Post viral apocalypse story, maybe from 50's, hero was bitten by a rattlesnake, has hammer [duplicate]

I read an already old paperback novel in about 1969. Most human life is destroyed by a virus, and it is the story of one of the survivors. I remember: he survives because he had just been bitten by ...
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