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Things can always be worse and you can rely on novelists to put that phrase into cold, hard words on the page. Noah’s ark and the flood that wiped Earth clean of wicked mankind is an early example of post-apocalyptic writing but the modern genre of end of the world literature can be traced back two centuries to Mary Shelley’s The Last Man published in 1826.

Even though Shelley, famous for Frankenstein, and a few other writers were able to imagine doomsday scenarios in Victorian times, the genre blossomed - if that’s the right word and it probably isn’t - after World War II. The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki showed humanity had the tools for global self-destruction. The 1950s was a decade where the end of world could be found on the end of our bookshelves.

The enduring Cold War tensions ensured these novels kept on coming but the last 10 years has also seen notable novels like The Road by Cormac McCarthy, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and the popular City of Ember young adult series by Jeanne DuPrau. Even Oprah Winfrey turned her legion of followers on to post-apocalyptic fiction when she named The Road as a book club pick in 2007. An odd match indeed.

The method of worldwide destruction varies. Readers could encounter a plague, global nuclear war, biological weaponry, a comet collision, or a blinding meteor shower followed by flesh-eating plants. Many authors don’t explain in detail the nature of their book’s catastrophe but, in many ways, it’s unimportant – the thoughts and actions of the survivors are what counts. How do they survive? Do they attempt to hold civilization together? Do they adopt new values? What do they reject and what do they retain?

The concept of the apocalypse and what comes after is not limited to make-believe and pretend, either - several non-fiction books predicted a global catastrophe in December 2012 when the Mayan calendar came to an end. There always seems to be someone somewhere sure that these are the end times. Might as well settle in with a good book.

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It was the first best seller in the

2012-07-01 15:16:19 by NewMsLoree

Post nuclear war / post apocalyptic genre. I believe it was published in 1958. It was also made into a movie in 1959 that was nominated for a couple of academy awards.
It was a best seller because it was well done... though by now some of the ideas are dated and there have been subsequent books in the same genre that are better.
It's comparable to Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank, though Alas, Babylon had a much smaller audience as it was marketed as science fiction while On the Beach was a mainstream book that was first serialized in a London weekly magazine called The Sunday Graphic in 1957.

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2007-02-28 15:53:58 by Bexter

Was "A Canticle for Leibowitz." Should be amusing read for atheists as it posits a sort of post-apocalyptic, Catholicist cargo cult based on the contents of a Jewish guy's lunch box.
An oldie. As far as sci fi is concerned, I like speculative fiction but find a lot of the hard sci-fi (e.g., Verner Vinge) really boring.
Of course, now I'm heavily enamored of Neal Stephenson who is often able to approach the literary... but can't quite be considered a literary fiction writer.
My favorite books are literary fiction or essays. I'm particularly fond of Margaret Atwood, Barbara Ehrenreich, Barbara Kingsolver and Louise Erdrich

This is going to end well ...

2007-08-08 17:22:28 by Helen_Back

With the endorsement of the Defense Department, Operation Straight Up (OSU), an evangelical entertainment troupe that actively proselytizes among active-duty members of the US military, is mailing the controversial Left Behind: Eternal Forces video game to our military forces in Iraq. The game is inspired by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins' bestselling pulp fiction series about a blood-soaked Battle of Armageddon pitting born-again Christians against anybody who does not adhere to their particular theology. In LaHaye's and Jenkins' books, the non-believers are ultimately condemned to "everlasting punishment" while the evangelicals are "raptured" up to heaven


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