Questions tagged [post-apocalyptic]

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

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Post Apocalyptic book about “clones”

I read this book (might have also been more than one) as a teenager around 2010, borrowed from a local German library. I only very vaguely remember it. It was in German obviously but most likely ...
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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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1970s Book about post-apocalyptic world and no one knows how to make things

I read a book while in high school in the 1970s. It was a science fiction about a postapocalyptic world where no one knew how to make anything anymore. There was a big blob-like "creature" or ...
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A ruined USA, where protagonists are captured by a biker bandits encamped in a zoo

It was written in English. I read it around 2013-2014 in British Columbia, Canada when I was in middle school. It could have been a short series, or one book. The protagonists are young adults, and ...
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Story about a young time traveller who travels to a post-apocalyptic Britain [duplicate]

A young person travels in time to post-apocalyptic Britain where the wheel is outlawed. I seem to remember there were people, perhaps monks, ruling from underground. They revered a book of mathematics ...
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short story, post-WW3, a girl, a lost letter

I've used the search function for phrases that, to me, should find results if a question about this story has been asked before. But sorry if this is a duplicate and I just didn't search well enough. ...
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80s/90s YA novel: Child named Gen finds “dragons” which are actually ICBMs

When I was young, in the late 80s/early 90s, I read a novel in school in Canada. I believe it was specifically a YA novel, and may have been available though Scholastic, though I can't be sure of that....
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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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Short story with a cult built around dolls for people living in bunkers

This was a short story with a Ray Bradbury vibe, centering around a boy and girl hunting rabbits and walking away from the adults. It also featured information about adults living in bunkers and ...
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Can you identify this apocalyptic youtube film about a scrap metal robot?

Some time in the past 7 years, I saw a (possibly student) film on youtube about a scrap metal robot (The film itself may be older, but that is the timeframe in which I saw it). I will attempt to ...
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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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90's (or earlier) post-apocalyptic teen novel with lizards hatching from eggs and disfiguring the faces of people they bite

Desperately trying to find a book I read as a 10 year old in the early 90's. The book may have been published much earlier. The story still haunts me. It features a boy and a girl in a post-...
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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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80/90's movie – community living a bunker, separated by families, youth pair escapes

There was a movie in 80's or 90's in TV that I'm trying to identify. The key points were: people are living in a kind of bunker, separated by families, supplies are delivered from outside pair of ...
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Late 70s/early 80s sci-fi novel about a young man in a post-virus world trying to find a safe haven

The cover was colorful and had a picture of the back of a young man walking with a bike. The story starts out with a teenage male living with his very paranoid father who has managed to keep them ...
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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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Itinerant doctor foils a would-be emperor's plans to commandeer old space technology to weaponize space

I most likely read this sometime between the late 1990s and 2010. I have no idea where I would have read it. It might be closer to novella length than a short story. It'd be neat to have it ...
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Author of a postapocalyptic novel about climate change

I am looking for the title and author of a novel about a post apocalyptic Earth after a drastic climate change. The plot is similar to the movie The Day after Tomorrow, but, instead of a happy ending, ...
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Late 70s-80s sci fi drama movie about kids in spaceship since Earth had become uninhabitable

I saw this film that was shown on a projector when I was in about 2nd grade (in the 90s) that was so moving it stuck with me since. I’d love to be able to find it. I don’t believe it had been made ...
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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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post apocalyptic movie with eagle-helmet

The movie might be from the 80's. I only remember (barely) some few scenes of the beginning. It's located in a wasteland, a guy on a motorcycle who wears a helmet decorated as an eagle comes to a ...
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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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Movie with a man/woman fighting over a giant truck in the desert [duplicate]

I saw this movie a while ago and I remember a lot of images of huge desert landscapes and a man/woman fighting over the control of a huge truck (or maybe they had a truck each and were fighting over ...
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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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Story ID: post-apocalypse tribe, eats cryo-preserved humans

This story has stayed with me for a long time. Published in a 1970s (possibly '60s) issue of F&SF. Post-apocalypse setting -- no devastation described, but people live in low-tech hunter-...
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Short story in which three child siblings with superpowers kill all of humanity but are afraid of being destroyed in turn by their descendants

The story begins with the three children (two females, one male), about ten years old, carrying the corpses of their parents to the back yard. Later you discover that they have exterminated all of ...
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Movie where a woman escapes from a dream pod into a red-sand filled world

This movie starts out with a young girl who is sleeping in this kind of pod that gives people dreams. This is a post-apocalyptic kind of dystopian world. She hates the dream world and wants to get out....
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Post-apocalyptic (horror) movie with mankind surviving in a bunker

I'm trying to recall a specific post-apocalyptic movies. It is kinda like The Colony (2013), where mankind is surviving in a bunker. I can't remember if it is due to climate change or nuclear fallout ...
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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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70s or earlier post-apocalyptic short fiction with only one man and one woman remaining [duplicate]

I'm almost sure I read it in english, in a collection, more than 40 years ago. It was just possibly a shortish novelette, probably a short-story. A plague has decimated mankind. Even though a cure ...
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80s/90s Post-apocalyptic novel, medieval with a “great fire” and a “mystic / shaman” [duplicate]

I remember reading this novel back in High School in the late 90s, possible early 00s. The novel in paperback form was quite substantial, must have been at least 600 pages long. The main character ...
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Short sci-fi animation about a robot waking up in a post-apocalyptic world

There was this short animated film (<15 min) I watched once, I think on Youtube, and I'm trying to identify it. It was made relatively recently, most likely within the past decade. The details are: ...
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Teenaged female lives in an underground society, leaves to fight invading goblins

The book I'm thinking of has the protagonist as a female in her teens who is exceptional at fighting and enjoys it. She lives underground in a society that believes the above ground is toxic and ...
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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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Movie where man is fastened on table and ants are eating/torturing him

As a kid, in the early 90s (maximum 91) or late 80s (87 till 89) I was in the cinema and saw some SciFi apocalyptic movie. I only remember one scene when one man is fastened on some table and ants ...
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Post-nuclear war book where a boy ends up going into suspended animation until the Earth renews itself [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the title of a book I read as a kid, probably somewhere in late elementary days. I read this one around the same time as The White Mountains series by John Christopher, ~30 years ...
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Post-apocalyptic family survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their house

I watched that (B&W) nuclear movie in 1988 on TV. Post-apocalyptic family survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their house, where fear and dwindling ...
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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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Book where a teenager and his friend develop elemental powers to fight aliens with similar powers

Book where teenager discovers he has fire powers. A boy a little older than him has lightning powers. They train together and become best friends. They fight someone with metal powers. They discover ...
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Sci-fi novel where a mother and son are captured by another tribe

This was a sci-fi novel I read decades ago. Most of the story takes place after a mother and her son have been captured by another tribe and are being transported back to their encampment. I believe ...
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Old science fiction novel about a man of the near future awakening from suspended animation to find himself in a technophobic theocracy

I remember this novel's plot in some detail, but nothing about the author, the title, or the character names. I believe this book was already on the shelves of a public library in Indiana in the mid-...
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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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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 ...
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Short dystopian novel about boy who lives on streets [duplicate]

I may not remember enough for this question to be answered. I read this book 2 years ago; I grabbed it from a classroom library because I needed a book to read. It was definitely on the older end - ...
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60s novel: bionic man exploring changed world post collapse for super computer

Paperback, written in English, from 1960s or 70s. Starts off with a man waking up in cave or buried chamber. He receives info and instructions from a A.I. super computer . (Its been xx years 30? 60? ...
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Story about people living in domes on post-apocalyptic Earth; people shot from dome into atmosphere as punishment for crimes

A relative told me about a book they read when they were young; about from 1980 through to 1995. People live in a dome on Earth (must be after some apocalyptic event) and they think they are the only ...
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60s-70s story in which American occupiers become “Russian”?

Does anyone remember a 60s or 70s short SF story by an American author, in which the US has deployed a weapon that has killed every single Soviet citizen, leaving the infrastructure intact. ...
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Sci Fi dystopia about a space station orbiting a post-apocalyptic earth

The station is beginning to run out of resources, and therefore sends a group of teenagers down as a vanguard to begin the process of recolonizing the Earth. The teenagers sent are those that broke ...
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90s (or earlier) book series: kids woken up after an apocalyspe, each can do something special and they have to restore humanity

The series is about a group of kids being woken up one by one throughout the series after an apocalypse and each kid can do something special (I can't remember if it was magical, but it could have ...
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70s book/short story, Man wakes up from suspend animation or cryo and world has collapsed

In the book, the protagonist wakes up from either suspended animation or cryo (Probably supposed to be a short test), After 10-20 years have passed. He finds the facility abandoned (and looted?), ...

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