Apocalyptic BooksNot even during the Cold War were science fiction books about the apocalypse and life afterward so popular. The current Golden Age started in and shows no signs of relenting. There are three distinct groupings when post-apocalyptic books are popular note that this excludes all zombie and young adult books :. In the s, people worried about communism and nuclear war, and science fiction reflected those concerns. War, viruses, natural global disasters, genetically modified humans, computers run amok, you name it. Young adult apocalypse not on this list is especially popular.
The Best Sci Fi Books
H aving written a number of popular science books , I decided three years ago to try my hand at fiction. How hard could it be, I reasoned arrogantly. Well, harder than I thought. So, when it came to writing my own sci-fi thriller, I felt I was very well placed to put in a lot of science and get it right. Setting the story two decades from now means I can make a reasonably reliable prediction of what the world might be like and extrapolate the science and tech of today into a plausible future. This is broader than just apocalyptic or postapocalyptic fiction, since it also encompasses disaster thrillers involving humanity under threat, whether or not that threat is averted. In Sunfall, science is trying to save the world.
There's still time for you to catch up… for now. The s were an extremely popular time for dystopian and post-apocalyptic books, after World War II caused people to start thinking about widespread destruction and societal downfall.
This week marks the release of The Dog Stars , the debut novel by adventure writer Peter Heller, a stunning, hope-riddled end-of-the-world story about a man and his dog nine years after almost everyone else on earth has been eradicated. We think this novel is bound to become a classic, and it got us thinking about a few of the greatest apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic novels of all time. Click through to check out the books that — to our minds — make up the best of the best in end of the world lit. The Stand , Stephen King. After all, a superflu that kills