Questions tagged [post-apocalyptic]

Post-apocalypic 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Looking to find a specific post-apopcalyptic 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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90's YA novel: Youth leaves village against village taboos, discovers missile silo and that the world is post-apocalypse [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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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-...
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Book: modern post apocalyptic magical dystopia with Unicorns and Gryphons

The protagonist is a male high school kid that gets caught up in an apocalypse where magic becomes real and technology no longer works. People discover magical abilities; creatures of myth and legend ...
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Post-apocalyptic story in a book where man and daughter scavengers jump a pilot and have to replace him

I recently saw the film Cloud Atlas, having read the book some time previously. After seeing the film I kept asking "Where is the final story?" I've since re-checked the book and cannot find this "...
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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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Pre-1982 post-apocalyptic adventure novel: People emerging from under-ice cities on earth

I have been searching for a short novel I read back in about 1980. I assume the novel was not new at that time. In the book, the only communication technology available was a broken short wave radio, ...
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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 ...
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Post-apocalypse book/short story about a man who is a clone of one of the last humans

In this story, a man wakes up with no memory in a teleported chamber. Outside he finds a jungle/forest of a destroyed city with no human life. He meets a talking animal that becomes his guide and ...
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Apocalyptic fantasy novel set in San Francisco

It was written by someone living in a community in San Francisco, named something like Starflower, or Rainbird. I think I read the novel in the 1990s. In the story the community living in San ...
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Trying to ID a movie/or maybe TV show

I believe it was sometime during the 70/80s I would have seen a movie/TV show with the following elements. I could be combining several shows/movies together. I am unsure. 1) There is a motor-home ...
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Film seen on television sometime in the late 1970s with astronauts returning to a changed Earth

The film was not "Planet of the Apes", but similar in that there is some sort of time-warp/dimensional travel. I remember that there were about six crew-members, and that the initial landing (after ...
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Trying to identify this post-nuclear bomb poem

I remember reading this poem when I was a kid in the 80's, but it was likely older than that. We had to read it for school. I don't remember much about it, but the poem walks you through a suburban ...
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short story of post-apocalypse survivor with stainless steel dentures

This was one story in a paperback collection of three stories, all by the same author I believe. The collection was titled "Three Tales of the Wolf". In the post-apocalypse story, the desert-...
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Post apocalypse movie from the 70s or 80s with a truck in it [duplicate]

For years I have been trying to track down a film that I saw a clip of on an old BBC show called Screen Test. They introduced the film as "having used the most scrap from scrap yards than any other ...
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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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Post apocalyptic novel, one character a centaur with a mouth in the middle of its chest

I read this when I was a kid, so some time in the 80's, may have come out earlier, though. I don't remember that much about it, other than that it was set in a post apocalyptic earth (I think United ...