This is a continuation of the Science Fiction / Fantasy Genre Glossary Project posts. For the complete genre index click here.
What is Apocalyptic Fiction?
Apocalyptic and fiction is concerned with the end of the world. Common apocalyptic scenarios include: nuclear war, religious end of days (Armageddon), extraterrestrial disaster (asteroid or alien invasion), pandemic, oil has run out, or the breakdown of technology. A common theme of apocalyptic fiction is an attempt to prevent or stop the disaster.
What is Post-Apocalyptic Fiction?
Post-apocalyptic fiction focuses on what happens after the apocalyptic event. It is concerned with how people survive in the new world when most people have been killed off, and all familiar infrastructure has been destroyed. It may be set immediately after, or many years after the apocalypse.
- Dark Tower by Stephen King
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- World War Z by Max Brooks
- I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
- Children of Men by P.D. James
- Mad Max
- Planet of the Apes
- The Seventh Sign