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  Themes: After the Apocalypse - Post-holocaust - Apocalypse 
   1845 books in this theme  
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  (?) In solitary by Garry Kilworth (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1826  Last Man, The by Mary Shelley (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1885  From After London; or, Wild England by Richard Jefferies (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1894  Time Machine, The by H. G. Wells (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1898  War of the Worlds, The by H. G. Wells (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1901  Purple Cloud, The by M. P. Shiel (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1912  Darkness and Dawn by George Allan England (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1913  Afterglow, The by George Allan England (Amazon - Alibris)  
           Beyond the Great Oblivion by George Allan England (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1914  Deadly Messiah, The by David Campbell Hill (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1915  Scarlet Plague, The by Jack London (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1920  People of the Ruins, The by Edward Shanks (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1922  Theodore Savage by Cicely Hamilton (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1923  Last Days of the Late, Great State of California by Curt Gentry (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1928  Deluge by S. Fowler Wright (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1929  Dawn by S. Fowler Wright (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1932  Public Faces by Harold Nicolson (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1933  Shape of Things To Come, The by H. G. Wells (Amazon - Alibris)  
           When Worlds Collide by Edwin Balmer, Philip Wylie (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1934  After Worlds Collide by Edwin Balmer, Philip Wylie (Amazon - Alibris)  
           Gay Hunter by J. Leslie Mitchell (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1939  Hopkin's Manuscript, The by R. C. Sherriff (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1940  Twenty-Fifth Hour, The by Nermer Best (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1943  Ashes, Ashes by Rene Barjavel (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1948  Ape and Essence by Aldous Huxley (Amazon - Alibris)  
           Death of a world by Jefferson J. Fajeon (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1949  Earth Abides by George R. Stewart (Amazon - Alibris)  
           Moving Snow, The by Ian Weekley (Amazon - Alibris)  
           Terrible Awakening, The by Hugh Desmond (Amazon - Alibris)  
  1950  Gather, Darkness! by Fritz Leiber (Amazon - Alibris)  

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   About this theme  
  The atomic bomb was the inspiration for a lot of science fiction books and movies. Even the general public began to think about the world being destroyed completely, or most of civilization being turned to ruble. However, the end of the world is an old theme and we know it has been a popular idea since biblical times.

After the Apocalypse is a broad theme which contains many specialized themes like Last Man on Earth where writers like to imagine the last man, and sometimes a handful of others, surviving the apocalypse. Or After the Bomb books which were very popular in the 1950's where the plot involves trying to rebuild the world after leaving the old bomb shelter. Those stories loved to pit the intelligent people against the strong makes right kind of people. Strangely enough, we see this theme performed live on the news whenever some country looses the rule of law and order. Reading books from this theme makes those news stories all the more horrifying.

Another popular subtheme is major catastrophes. I guess this is a theme for paranoid writers, because they have to come up with endless ways for mankind to be wiped out. Comets, plagues, biological weapons, terrorists, weather, geology, alien invasion have all been used to destroy the Earth.

H. G. Well's The Time Machine is really more about the end of mankind and Earth than travelling in time. Wells used his machine to talk about the collapse of civilization and the splitting of the human species into variants as well as visiting the earth during its last days. After the Apocalypse is a major SF&F theme. Even The War of The Worlds is a variation of this theme.

By Jim Harris, 2000.
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