Questions tagged [post-apocalyptic]

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

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80's/90's movie: man and woman driving through a red desert planet

I am trying to identify a sci-fi movie from the 80's or 90's, with the following parameters: Setting: Scenes of a red desert planet Culture: Either people roam fairly solo and try to acquire ...
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Trying to find a TV show about an event that leaves everyone dead apart from people who died at the moment of the event?

This was a TV show aired in the UK probably sometime between 1990 and 1993, if memory serves it was only a one-off. The plot starts with the protagonist waking up in bed and being disappointed. He ...
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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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Novel(s) based on humanity fleeing from Earth and regressing to a pre-industrial state on a Colony so as to escape detection

Shortly before his death, my father spoke to me about a series of novels that he had just finished reading which had a fascinating concept. However I soon forgot the title(s) and author and I've been ...
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Identify a short story about post-apocalyptic household robots

Media: Short story collection When I read it: 2011 but the story itself was much older (unsure how much) so this information only serves to clarify that it is by no means new. Plot summary: A ...
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Humorous story in which future archaeologists find a motel room and they believe to have found a great tomb similar to that of Tutankhamun

I read it in Reader's Digest in the seventies. Archaeologists interpreted everyday objects as the TV set and the toilet seat to be sacred and precious.
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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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Anthology for children; contains story about friendly Martian on postapocalyptic Earth

I'm looking for the title of an anthology of children's science fiction stories from the 1950s. The best of the bunch involved a Martian who visited earth, and realized we'd blown ourselves up in a ...
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Looking for the name of a post apocalyptic/sci-fi tv show or film

Every once in a while this starts nagging me, I have really no idea and not much to go on so here goes... A man wearing a blue? uniform walks into a town that looks abandoned and empty and all ...
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Looking for a post-apocalyptic trilogy where pilot is nursed back to health by natives of the land

I read a series of books around 2005. I think it might have been a trilogy. Basic story line is in a post apocalyptic world. The main character is a pilot for the Federation or something similar to ...
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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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Man awaken from suspended animation to stop an asteroid heading towards Earth, which turns out to be a space craft from the past

This story was from a Sci Fi TV episode in the 1980's or 90's, but I cannot remember exactly when or from where. A man is awaken from suspended animation to a post-apocalyptic society facing an ...
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90's YA novel: Youth leaves village against village taboos [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the name of a book I read in the early-to-mid '90's, from my school's library (in Canada, should that help). I'm pretty sure it was a young adult novel. From what I can remember, ...
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80s sci-fi movie, man walking from a desert, gets to a road and stops an aerodynamic autonomous semi

I remember watching a (maybe post-apocalyptic) sci-fi as a child, which featured an autonomous semi truck looking very similar to the one that Tesla motors presented. This part of the movie took place ...
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Movie about astronauts returning to a post-apocalyptic Earth and starting to fight each other

Maybe related to Film seen on television sometime in the late 1970s with astronauts returning to a changed Earth I saw a movie in the early 80's that could be from the late 70's and I remember that ...
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Short-story about a post-apocalyptic future that is only revealed at the end

I read a short story in a high-school literature book circa 2004 that revolved around a young protagonist (I think female) who had to make a journey down a river in what originally seemed to be a ...
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Short story, domed refuges [duplicate]

In this post-apocalyptic short story, a small group of people are returning from a (failed) effort to save one outpost. They cross a snowy wasteland to find that the nearest domed refuge has also ...
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Old post apocalyptic cartoon where the main character has red hair and lives with a nomadic group

I am looking for an animated TV series which was probably made in the '80s or '90s. The main character had red hair. The cartoon is set in a post apocalyptic environment and the character lives with ...
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Youth/YA Boy with telepathic panther

I read this as a very young teen and don't remember much about it. What I do remember is The setting was probably post-apocalyptic Earth but may have been a desolate extrasolar world Human ...
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Eighties post-apocalyptic book series with teleporters

This is (I believe) a 1980s series of books set in the US after a nuclear war. The central characters I think are constant across the books although I only read one of them. One character is a weapons ...
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Post-apocalyptic book where people can enhance or alter their appearance with animal qualities

I read this book probably 10 or 15 years ago. I remember it starting out with a young woman (I think) talking to a computer and altering her appearance in a mirror. I believe she was making subtle ...
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YA novel about boys travelling to post-apocalypse future

This is a novel I read when I was young; it would have been sometime in the 1970s. I thought I remembered the author being Peter Dickinson, but I just checked a catalogue of his novels and found ...
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searching for a story about a man who passes a shop promising to take him to a memory

Can you help me identify this old SF short story? A man has very a ordinary life, with wife and kids and jobs, and passes new shop making strange promise - to take customers to revisit a memory? Or ...
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What's this post-apocalyptic book with intelligent animals?

Trying to remember a book I read around 1998, though I think it was written a few decades earlier. Humanity had destroyed itself, and the characters in the story were all intelligent (and possibly ...
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In which post apocalyptic SF novel is the South Pole (Antarctica) thawed? Humans live there

Period: 1960 - 1990 Main character: a man Clue: The main clue is that a group of humans live on the South Pole, called "The Girls". The interesting thing about them is that they live to a very old age ...
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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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Fantasy book that turns out to be post-apocalypse, set several millennia after a nuclear war

I really want to reread a book I read years ago. I can't remember the title, but I remember that for most of the book it just appears to be a classic fantasy book, but part way through the main ...
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70s or 80s Book. Post Catastrophe, Sheriff tries to hold town together, and keep his schizo wife from killing him

Its a year or two after Something has caused the collapse of society, Small towns are on their own. One side effect (or maybe the cause) is a psychosis affecting many people that when they are ...
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Need help with a book title - something like "Sting"

My son was telling me about a book that he read last year in class that had a picture of a bee on the cover, but where its abdomen is a syringe (with the needle in place of a stinger). It was kind of ...
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Book about Shakespeare and Churchill as a robot

I am looking for the name of a book; the details are as follows: It is set in London William Shakespeare and Winston Churchill are characters who turn out to be androids They are responsible for ...
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Cyberpunk/Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi series from the 90s or 00s based in Manhattan

A friend and I are trying to find an old book series, probably by a Christian author, that we read in the late 90s or early 2000s. It takes place after the "Water Wars," and fresh water is super ...
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Identify cartoon about a set of fairy/demon twins in a far future where the demon uses propaganda to take over the world [duplicate]

I'm looking for a cartoon from the 70's (I believe) which is about a set of twins; one plump "fairy" and a skeletal "demon". The "fairy" has magic powers and ends up living a life of pleasure, while ...
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Post apocalyptic journey in search of knowledge from fallen society (ours)

I'm racking my memory for a post-apocalyptic novel that I borrowed from a library maybe 15 years ago, but I'm sure it was published a few years before that though (maybe early 90s?). I remember a ...
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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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Lone fighter in a post-apocalyptic world with AI companion on a stick

Sometime in the early or mid 1980s, maybe even late 1970s, I came across a SciFi story on a PBS channel about a lone fighter dress in pseudo-samurai clothing with a sword. The guy was in battle with ...
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Identifying story set in a high-fantasy world implied to be post-apocalyptic

I read the books about 15 years ago, borrowed from a local library in Germany (books were in German, but I assume they where translation of an English book series). It was a book series set in a high ...
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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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Children waking up 50 years after nuclear war

It has a fantasy flavor, but it's about a few children that are preserved in really high towers during a nuclear apocalypse. They're revived something like 50 years after the war and oriented into ...
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Book where humanity is almost destroyed multiple times by an alien race

I'm looking for an old science fiction book. In the book, the Earth was destroyed by an alien race, and all of mankind was destroyed except for a group of people who were off earth at the time. ...
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Miniseries in post-rapture US with good/evil conflict

I remember seeing this dramatic mini-series in the late '90s-'00s, but it may have been created in the '80s. I believe it was an adaptation from a book by a well-known author. The setting was in the ...
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70s/80s SciFi novel set in California: augmented humans, a groups of "Angels" and a Doge

I'm trying to find title & author for a novel I read in the US in the early 1980s. It was a pretty long novel. Lots of humans were augmented in various ways, and society had collapsed to a ...
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Sci-fi book series set in postapocalyptic frozen world with train colors representing class rank

I read it in Czech translation in the 90s. It was a series of books in a postapocalyptic frozen world with train traffic only - with different class (color ranking) and some kind of new human life ...
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Post-apocalypse scifi series with two human classes [duplicate]

I remember watching a scifi series when I was growing up - it was either in the late 80s or early 90s that I watched it. These are elements I can recall The world was polluted or contaminated ...
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Post-apocalyptic movie about matriarchal society

This post-apocalyptic movie was probably made in the 80's. It plays in a matriarchal society, where men are slaves. I remember only one scene, where the main guy escapes a camp of women (the women ...
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Post-apocalyptic story about a girl, her father and an alien attack

It begins with a planet (Earth or possibly some colony planet) where the humans live underground because there are aliens searching for them. There is some sort of debris field (possibly ice or rock) ...
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Post-apocalyptic novel with four female protagonists, one a marksman

I spotted a book in Walmart a few days ago but forgot to note its name. It was either post-apocalyptic or set during the apocalypse. It has four female leads, one of whom was (I think) mentioned as ...
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Trying to identify short story about the second ice age

I read a short story at least 18 years ago for an extra credit grade in a physical science class. I'm pretty sure it started with some future person finding a journal of a scientist detailing the ...
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Title/Author search: read late 70's, last human revived from stasis, intelligent forest

Looking for title and author. This is a novel I read back in high school. Ended on what appeared to be a cliff-hanging transition to a follow on novel. I wasn't crazy about the story, but did wonder ...
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Looking for a story about a post-apocalyptic earth where an AI learns about humanity

Eventually grows a person in a lab and transfers his consciousness, and so does a/the other AI present on the Earth.
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80's Post apocalyptic novel with psychic centaurs and organic airships

Does this ring any bells? The airships were plant forms that floated and could be used for transportation. There was a diverse cast of characters on some quest, including some sort of psychic centaur-...