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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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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 ancient yellow ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Future earth, dystopian fantasy novel. Late 20th century scifi/fantasy

This sounds a lot like Michael Moorcock's 1967 novel The Jewel In the Skull, which is the first of his Dorian Hawkmoon series History of the Runestaff. The character Dorian Hawkmoon is one of Moorcock'...
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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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Post-apocalyptic SF survival book - stone soup party, blue van

Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle: from the chapter "Hot Fudge Tuesdae: Three" He whistled as he worked. Spray a book with insect spray, drop it in a bag, add some mothballs ...
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Book with all-girl orphanage

I believe this is The Eve trilogy by Anna Carey. Where do you go when nowhere is safe? Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. ...
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Post-apocalyptic novel with four female protagonists, one a marksman

This is Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. It is the first in a series of three books called the Southern Reach Trilogy. The book describes a team of four women (a biologist, an anthropologist, a ...
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Short story with a cult built around dolls for people living in bunkers

This sounds like it could be one of Philip K. Dick's stories. He re-used themes quite often and it can be hard to keep track. The idea of adults playing with dolls in complex set ups is central to ...
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Amazons worshipping gods based on figures on Mt. Rushmore

Could this be The Priestess Who Rebelled by Nelson S. Bond, part of the Meg series of stories? “The Gods — great Jarg and solemn Taamuz, lean Ibrim and far-seeing Tedhi — are not Women like ourselves....
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Early 90's Book Fair book about a post-apocalyptic society where people find skeletons "worshipping" a box - it was illustrated

Motel of the Mysteries by David Macaulay It is the year 4022; all of the ancient country of Usa has been buried under many feet of detritus from a catastrophe that occurred back in 1985. Imagine, ...
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80's Post apocalyptic novel with psychic centaurs and organic airships

This sounds like John Varley's Gaean Trilogy (Titan, Wizard, Demon) It has the living airships: “That’s our way off this cliff,” he said. “His name is—” he pursed his lips and whis­tled ...
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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?

Without wishing to point out the obvious, you're describing the 1985 film "The Quiet Earth". Wakes up in bed disappointed - Check Everyone is dead - Check Runs around a lot - Check Alive because he ...
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Story About Massive Retaliation - Last Man and Woman Scenario - Woman Mentally Challenged

Mother to the World by Richard Wilson Has a "MR" character, a mentally challenged female survivor and lots of dead people after the apocalypse. Check the last two pages for the conversation between ...
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Movie about astronauts returning to a post-apocalyptic Earth and starting to fight each other

I watched the same movie as a child and really enjoyed it! After lots of googling I believe it was the 1977 German TV film, Operation Ganymed. That link is to a German version of the page, but there ...
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