Questions tagged [post-apocalyptic]

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

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Post apocalyptic cartoon about a robot girl who finds a radio in a junkyard

I remember watching a cartoon when I was a young kid probably between years 1998-2004. I don't remember the plot but I think that it was post apocalyptic. The main character (maybe even the only ...
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Dystopian book: inhabitants of an underground city have no books and don't know the war has ended

This has been bugging me for years. I checked it out from the juvie fiction section of the library in Texarkana, Texas, probably around 1990 or so, but can't say when it would have been written. ...
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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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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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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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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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Anime Movie: Floating Islands, Post-Apocalypse Fantasy/Steampunk, Clans at War, Brother and Sister

I've been searching everywhere for this film, any help would be great! I remember so many details but still can't find it... (tl;dr - Anime Brother and One-Armed Sister on Post-Apocalypse Floating ...
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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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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 a book in which one of the main characters has powers and it is post apocalyptic

From what I remember, there's a big scene in the book where two teenagers are fighting. The two main characters were away from people, hiding in the woods in a tent. They have a car with a broken ...
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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

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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Novel featuring a group of regular people who wake up from pods administered by aliens and start pairing off [duplicate]

Possibly post-apocalyptic, in any case the characters wake up from what may be suspended animation into a common area. I think they may be fed some kind of artificially constituted food and one of the ...
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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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Boy and girl living in an underground city (post nuclear?)

I probably read this children's science fiction story in the late 1960s, so the similar-sounding 1980 book, This Time of Darkness by Helen Hoover can not be it. It may have been a short story, but I ...
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80's (or earlier) post-apocalyptic novel with a sort of mountain man with a animal companion

I read it in the early 80's and it might not have been new then. I think it was a Del Rey published paperback but not sure. It was mostly one man with a mountain lion or wolf or similar apex predator ...
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Post-apocalypse short story about a young woman living in a post-Yellowstone caldera eruption environment

Looking for a short story about a young woman living in a post-Yellowstone caldera eruption environment. This was published in an anthology of post-apocalyptic stories by various different authors. ...
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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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story-identification: fantasy story with physically weak protagonist that took place after nuclear winter

I started reading this book when I was in either elementary school or middle school (anywhere from like 2004-2011) that I recall was too boring for me then but that I'm very interested in remembering ...
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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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What book was a post apocalyptic, nuclear-age, old world war style with a stash of gold?

I read a book about 5 years ago that was a post-apocalyptic, nuclear age, maybe a World War III type book. I remember that there was a lot of radiation disease and that there was some guy with a stash ...
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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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70's or 80's movie with motorcycle equipped with computer display and rifle holster

I watched this movie around end of the 80s. One of the main characters (male) was driving some racing motorcycle which had like computer display board giving various information and feedback. I ...
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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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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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Looking to find a specific post-apocalyptic fantasy novel where scientific method is applied to magic

The book I'm thinking of is set after the apocalypse has been caused by all technology suddenly stopping working and magic suddenly starting. The main character successfully experiments with magic and ...
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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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Post-Apocalyptic / Dystopian novel - Technology is forbidden, boy discovers something and village is going to kill him so he runs

I'm thinking this was written somewhere in the mid to late 90s or up to 2010 at the latest; I cannot quite remember when I read it with any certainty. It's a post-apocalyptic dystopian future novel, ...
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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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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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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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I'm looking for a fiction novel series about a submarine, being the USS Seawolf, finding the world in flames after a nuclear war.

The first book in the series has the submarine returning to San Francisco, battling some white clothed people, and then taking off at the end of the novel to look for survivors. There is the added ...
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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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YA post apocalyptic book from the 90’s where a teen wakes up to find everyone gone

This is how I remember the book. It starts with the main character (young teen boy) who wakes up to his family gone, he goes outside and the whole street is desolate, no one. He takes a car and goes ...
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Post-apocalyptic story: Civilization destroyed, Liberian survivors travel by airship to Denver and find a giant cube

This is a post-apocalyptic story I think I read in Analog magazine. It's illustrated on the first and second page of the story, showing an airship with a ladder let down, and people standing in front ...
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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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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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