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What was the first work set in a post nuclear war earth?

A good candidate is the 1913 (Published 1914) novel by H.G. Wells, The World Set Free. Synopsis of the novel: The novel tells the prophetic story of man’s harnessing of the (at that time) newly-...
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Post-apocalyptic book involving the Catholic Church

This is likely A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr. After 20th century civilization was destroyed by a global nuclear war, known as the "Flame Deluge", there was a violent ...
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Short story about survivors on Earth after the atmosphere has frozen

This sounds like A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber, originally published in the December 1951 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction magazine. The Wikipedia synopsis reflects most of what you described: The ...
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Listening to recorded music after a nuclear war

This must be The Portable Phonograph, a short story by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, first published in 1941 in The Yale Review. The central character is an old man named Doctor Jenkins. He is a member of ...
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What was the first work set in a post nuclear war earth?

Robert A. Heinlein's Solution Unsatisfactory, published in 1941, details the lead-in to nuclear war and its immediate aftermath (using radioactive dust, not bombs). The story resulted in a government ...
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Dystopian future with telepathic children

This is John Wyndham's The Chrysalids (1955). Set in a post-apocalyptic Labrador, the protagonist David and his telepathic friends try to hide their abilities from their rabidly anti-mutant neighbours....
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1970s Book about post-apocalyptic world and no one knows how to make things

Philip K. Dick's "Pay for the Printer". There was a big blob like "creature" or machine of some type Huge and old, it squatted in the center of the settlement park, a lump of ...
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Amazons worshipping gods based on figures on Mt. Rushmore

Could this be the short story "Pilgrimage" (1939) by Nelson S. Bond? You might have read it in the Greenberg/Asimov series The Great Science Fiction Stories Volume 1, 1939. Meg becomes a ...
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80's/90's novel about a post-apocalyptic gunman, NOT GUNSLINGER, ending with the first atomic bomb test?

This is David Gemmell's "Bloodstone", the third of his Jon Shannow novels. Published 1995 so fits with your timeframe. Your memory is correct in that Shannow was a "cowboy type guy in a ...
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Comic short post apocalyptic : Last men on earth killed by a dead man

This is "The Last Man!", one of Tharg's Future Shocks. Thus as you suggested it was published in 2000AD, (prog 206). It was written by Gary Rice and drawn by Brett Ewins. Your description ...
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Miniseries in post-rapture US with good/evil conflict

It is definitely a The Stand based on Steven's King novel with the same title. There was no rapture - instead, a deadly biological weapon has been released which has killed 99% of the population (the ...
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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

This is Motel of the Mysteries by David Macaulay The blurb reads as follows; It is the year 4022; all of the ancient country of Usa has been buried under many feet of detritus from a catastrophe ...
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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?

I seem to understand that the need to escape a global disaster is the distinguishing element, not the voluntary alternatives like, say, the urge to visit the future (through prolonged artificial sleep,...
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2010s (?) movie, possibly German, where everyone is hiding from sunlight

Sounds like Hell (2011), a German movie directed by Tim Fehlbaum. From Rotten Tomatoes: As the sun scorches the Earth, threatening to wipe out all life on the planet, desperate survivors Philip, ...
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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?

How about The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle from 1913? In it a scientist predicts the end of the world and so prepares a room to wait it out with his friends. Once the danger has passed, they ...
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A post apocalyptic story about a father and daughter who survive an alien attack that wipes out humanity

You are probably thinking about Strange Tomorrow by Jean E. Karl, although there are only two parts to the book, not three. And her brother is there as well. Both main characters are named Janie; the ...
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What was the first work set in a post nuclear war earth?

"By the Waters of Babylon" was published in 1937. It doesn't explicitly mention a nuclear war, but the description of the war and that only knowledgeable people can safely handle artifacts from 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

Is it possible that you're thinking of Terminator Salvation (2009)...? It definitely has a scene with a giant Terminator robot ripping through a gas station, and a failed attempt to blow it up with a ...
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End of the world movie where only ‘bad’ people are left and a blue monster is chasing main characters

This sounds like SOS: Save Our Skins, a comedy/sci-fi adventure about the end of the world from 2014. The main characters are two British men who were attending a sci-fi con in New York. According to ...
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Short story about a self-aware machine that time travels; the title may have been an acronym

"Fulfillment", a novelette by A. E. van Vogt. You may have read it in one of these compilations, some of which can be borrowed (for free but registration required) from the Internet Archive. ...
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Movie about a robot restoring the human population with a machine that can create human babies

Is this I Am Mother (2019)...? After an unspecified "extinction event," automated systems come online in a high-tech bunker and assemble a vaguely humanoid robot. The robot then retrieves a ...
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Identify a short story about post-apocalyptic household robots

Story identified: There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury The story begins by introducing the reader to a computer-controlled house that cooks, cleans, and takes care of virtually every need ...
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In which post apocalyptic SF novel is the South Pole (Antarctica) thawed? Humans live there

I believe this is "A World Out of Time" by Larry Niven. From the Wikipedia description: The Earth's climate has changed, despite its new location in orbit around Jupiter. Among the most ...
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The Aquanauts, series of books in a post-apocalyptic future

This is the YA book series The Hydronauts by Carl Biemiller. The first book was published in 1970. From the back of book 1: "The range was not the entire world. But it was more than 80% of it, ...
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Post-apocalyptic movie with people in an underground shelter/bunker and something about not opening the door

This is The Divide (2011). Survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic. The ...
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Listening to recorded music after a nuclear war

Could this be Walter Van Tilburg Clark's story “The Portable Phonograph”? Three men visit a man in a cave who possesses the titular phonograph. He mentions that he has been using thorns as needles but ...
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Post-apocalyptic story published in Asimov's in the 1980s; main character named Georges - travels in time on highways (on foot)

This is the short story All the Time in the World (Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, May 1982) by Daniel Keys Moran, later expanded into novel form as The Armageddon Blues in 1988. The ...
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80s sci-fi movie, man walking from a desert, gets to a road and stops an aerodynamic autonomous semi

Could this be Solar Crisis? There's a scene where one of the characters stands in front of a self-driving truck. It stops and he (and his companion) climb on.
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Post-apocalyptic sci-fi book about a man with metal spikes in his head, like a crown of thorns, who is worshipped by rats

This is the novel Deus Irae by Philip K. Dick and Roger Zelazny. From Wikipedia: The Servants of Wrath leadership ask McMasters to find Lufteufel and paint his mural. En route, we learn about the ...
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What is the name of this post-apocalyptic story about a woman reminiscing?

Looks like The Sand Castle by Alma Luz Villanueva. Readable online here: https://www.paulding.k12.ga.us/cms/lib/GA01903603/Centricity/Domain/2941/SandCastleStory.pdf Appears to be the 6th grade book: ...
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