A catastrophic future, the end of the planet, tyrannical regimes. Writers and authors have envisioned and recreated the future of humanity for decades, but recently, it seems that narratives on the subject have multiplied.
In this blog, we look at two different words that are frequently used interchangeably but are different (subtle differences).
It is a subgenre of speculative fiction dealing with the apocalyptic destruction of human civilization. It occurs before and during a major global catastrophe, usually a climatic or pandemic natural calamity on an unprecedented scale or a nuclear holocaust.
Typically, this apocalypse is portrayed as the result of a potentially existential catastrophic event, such as but not limited to the following:
Runaway Climate Change
Other General Disasters
It is a subgenre of fiction set in a planet or civilization that has been devastated by a natural catastrophe. The period covered maybe shortly after the disaster, concentrating on the trials or psyche of survivors, or much later, often incorporating the idea that pre-catastrophe society has been obliterated (or mythologized). Post-apocalyptic narratives often occur in a technologically degraded future world or in a setting where only shards of technology survive.
After World War II, the genre gained prominence as the prospect of global destruction by nuclear weapons hit public awareness. However, identifiable apocalyptic books have existed since Mary Shelley's The Last Man was issued during the first part of the nineteenth century.
Distinction Between Apocalypse and Post-Apocalypse Fiction
Apocalyptic fiction occurs before and during a major global catastrophe, usually a climatic or pandemic natural calamity on an unprecedented scale or a nuclear holocaust.
Meanwhile, post-apocalyptic fiction is a story about communities of survivors after major natural catastrophes on a global scale.
Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Books
The Stand by Stephen King
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
World War Z by Max Brooks
Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon
On the Beach by Nevil Shute
One Second After by William R. Fortschen
The Passage by Justine Cronin
Lucifer's Hammer by Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven
The Postman by David Brin
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
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