Please recommend some post-apocalyptic fiction


Thanks in advance.

  1. Adam, John Joseph - Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse
  2. Atwood, Margaret - Oryx and Crake (dystopian)
  3. Atwood, Margaret - The Year of the Flood (dystopian)
  4. Banks, Iain - A Song of Stone (not strictly PA)
  5. Baxter, Stephen - Evolution
  6. Bear, Greg - Eon
  7. Bourne, JL - Day by Day Armageddon (Zombie)
  8. Bradbury, Ray - Martian Chronicles (collection, non-PA, except 13.)
  9. Bradbury, Ray - There Will Come Soft Rains
  10. Brin, David - The Postman
  11. Brinkley, William - The Last Ship
  12. Brooks, Max - World War Z (zombie)
  13. Christopher, John - The Death of Grass (+++)
  14. Christopher, John - The Tripods
  15. Daniel, Tony - Earthling
  16. Frank, Pat - Alas, Babylon
  17. Frank, Pat - On the Beach
  18. Golding, William - Lord of the Flies (PA)
  19. Grant, Mira - Deadline (zombie and probably shit)
  20. Grant, Mira - Feed (zombie and probably shit)
  21. Harkaway, Nick - The Gone-Away world
  22. Herbert, Frank - The White Plague
  23. Hoban, Russell - Riddley Walker
  24. King, Stephen - The Dark Tower
  25. King, Stephen - The Stand
  26. Kirkman, Robert - The Walking Dead (zombie…obviously)
  27. Lanier, Sterling - Heiro’s Journey
  28. Lebbon, Tim - The Nature of Balance
  29. M. Miller Jr., Walter - A Cantical for Leibowitz (+++)
  30. M. Miller Jr., Walter - Beyond Armageddon
  31. Matheson, Richard - I Am Legend (vampire-zombie-madness)
  32. McCammon, Robert - Swan Song
  33. McCarthy,Cormac - The Road (PA)
  34. McDevitt, Jack - Eternity Road
  35. McIntyre, Vonda - Dreamsnake
  36. Niven, Larry - Inconstant Moon
  37. Niven, Larry - Lucifer’s Hammer
  38. Poeltl, Michael - The Judas Syndrome
  39. R. Boyett, Steffen - Ariel
  40. R. Boyett, Steffen - Elegy Beach
  41. R. Forstchen, William - One Second After
  42. R. Palmer, David - Emergence
  43. R. Stewart, George - Earth Abides
  44. Shute, Nevil - On the Beach
  45. Stirling, S. M. - Dies The Fire (probably shit)
  46. Strieber, Whitley - Warday
  47. Tilley, Patrick - The Amtrak
  48. Varley, John - Steel Beach
  49. Waldrop, Howard - Heirs of the Perisphere (Disney?)
  50. Waldrop, Howard - The Texas-Israeli War
  51. Weisman, Alan - The World Without Us
  52. Wolfe, Gene - The Book of the New Sun
  53. Wyndham, John - Day of the Triffids
  54. Wyndham, John - Out of the Deeps
  55. Wyndham, John - The Chrysalids
  56. Wyndham, John - The Kraken Wakes
  57. Zelazny, Roger - Damnation Alley
  58. Zelazny, Roger - This Immortal

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Lord of the Flies


Can you narrow it down a bit and tell us what you’ve already read and liked or didn’t like?


McCarthy’s The Road is the definitive post-apocalyptic novel, and one my favourite books.

Atwoood’s Oyrx and Crake is fantastic, but it’s a not a pure post-apocalyptic novel. It’s really a dystopian book, and most of it focuses on the life of the protagonist and his involvement in the collapse of society. The sequel, The Year of the Flood, was also very good.


Alas, Babylon is a bit outdated but still a very good read.


I’ll bite.

The Gone-Away world - Nick Harkaway. Shades Wodehouse mixed with some pretty interesting post-apoc imagery. At the very least, you are introduced to the concept of Car-fu. It’s exactly what it sounds like.

A cantical for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller Jr. The original post-apoc fiction.

Lucifer’s Hammer - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. A lot of Post-apoc fiction sets it with the apocalypse happening sometime in the past. Lucifer’s Hammer sets it right after the event, one of the few that does so I believe.

Tromik already mentioned The Road by Cormac McCarthy. One of his best works. It’s short, but packed with meaning, poetry and imagery.


I enjoyed One Second After despite it being a bit heavy on the “Proud to be an American” chest thumping.


Hiero’s Journey–Sterling Lanier. Somewhat obscure today and hard to find, but this book was pretty much THE inspiration for Gamma World and is very enjoyable.


The Stand.


I actually don’t remember if I’ve read anything in that direction except The Stand (multiple times). I actually liked, but didn’t love it. When thinking about it, I would actually also like to include works comparable to Kings The Mist (humans still fighting the apocalypse).

Thanks for the recommendations so far.


If you like short stories, then Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse is quite good.

Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre is also quite good. It is very far future post-apocalyptic, and was a Nebula/Hugo winner in the '70s.


Not enough recommendations so here are a few more to confuse you:

I’ll repeat my own recommendation from 2003 - A canticle for Leibowits.


I’ll add my bit in for recommending A Canticle For Leibowitz. Great book.


Listen to the Athryn. She is wise indeed.

Also great: A Canticle for Leibowitz.


A Canticle for Liebowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr., (why hasn’t that been mentioned in the thread yet?) is great for getting the sense of society recovering from the blast over many generations. He also edited a great anthology back in the '80s called Beyond Armageddon. I think that’s where I first read Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains”, which was so awesomely alluded to in Fallout 3.

Otomo’s Akira is great for getting the sense of society recovering from the blast after about twenty years later, then about three seconds later.

Alas, Babylon and On The Beach.


“Feed” and “Deadline” by Mira Grant.


Most of the best ones have been mentioned. Personal favorites include The Stand (get the expanded, most recent version), Canticle for Liebowitz, Alas Babylon, On the Beach, and The Road. I can only somewhat recommend Lucifer’s Hammer at this point because it contains a ton of dated references for a current reader.

Others to consider:

Earth Abides - worth reading because its very realistic and the story covers both the immediate post-apoc but also basically the rest of the main characters life.

Dark Tower series - not fully post-apoc but enough to keep you interested if that is your thing, though not all the books in the series are equally deep in that aspect of the world.

Warday - a mid-80s “travelogue” of a couple of guys traveling around the US after a “limited” nuclear exchange between the US and Soviets. Very much focused on the real effects of even a limited nuclear apocalypse.


Web comic: Kind of a silly random thing revolving around a post nuclear-war world.


I’ll second this. Actually most of Night Shade Books’ themed short story collections are top notch.

The Living Dead and The Living Dead 2 (Zombie stories)
Sympathy For The Devil (Stories featuring Satan)
By Blood We Live (Vampires)
The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Holmes homages and parodies)
Tails of Wonder and Imagination (Fantasical cat stories)
And coming later this year The Book of Cthulhu


Do your self a favour and chek out The Judas Syndrome by Michael Poeltl. It’s the quintessential Apocalyptic story. It’s also a trilogy of which two are currently available and the third slated for a late 2011 release.

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