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MythicalMonkey 01-03-2011 12:36 AM

post-apocalyptic fiction?
 
Am I the only one who obsesses over these kind of books? It seem after watching "I Am Legend", and playing Both Fallout 3 and New Vegas 4 times each, I have became interested in the literate counterparts of these genres. Am i the only one who reads these books? I know absolutely no one else who does.

Joey182 01-03-2011 12:56 AM

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Originally Posted by MythicalMonkey (Post 783880)
Am I the only one who obsesses over these kind of books? It seem after watching "I Am Legend", and playing Both Fallout 3 and New Vegas 4 times each, I have became interested in the literate counterparts of these genres. Am i the only one who reads these books? I know absolutely no one else who does.

I watch movies! such as "The Road", "I Am Legend", and other ones such as that.

MythicalMonkey 01-03-2011 01:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Joey182 (Post 783896)
I watch movies! such as "The Road", "I Am Legend", and other ones such as that.

I actually just finished reading "The Road". Haha

Joey182 01-03-2011 01:11 AM

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Originally Posted by MythicalMonkey (Post 783903)
I actually just finished reading "The Road". Haha

Its a good movie! Not sure about the book though. I'll go buy it soon!

Fuo 01-03-2011 04:47 PM

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I saw "A Boy and His Dog" a few weeks ago on Netflix (1975, Don Johnson). It's really cheesy and low budget, but I ended up enjoying it a fair amount.

And then, obviously, all the Mad Max movies.

Can't think of any books.

Fiery 01-03-2011 08:25 PM

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I tend to enjoy such movies, even those with Kevin Costner. I haven't had a chance to read too many post-apocalyptic books though.

alparrott 01-03-2011 08:31 PM

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My favorite post-apocalyptic fiction subgenre happens to be zombie apocalypse... I'm really enjoying the Walking Dead miniseries, having read the comics. I also really liked Max Brooks' World War Z. But I will totally understand if some of you "purists" pooh-pooh my tastes... (chuckles)

harryconway 01-03-2011 10:43 PM

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Originally Posted by MythicalMonkey (Post 783880)
Am i the only one who reads these books? I know absolutely no one else who does.

Check out "On The Beach" written by Nevil Shute .... 1957

Pollyanna 01-04-2011 05:06 AM

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I like my apocalypses served with humour. Ben Elton's Stark and Douglas Adams's Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy did it for me - the books, not the abysmal movie remakes.

Frost 01-04-2011 05:25 AM

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I also loved The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It has popped up a few times already in this thread. Fantastic novel, though very depressing, not everyones cup of tea.

More on the futuristic Sci-Fi side of things, I loved Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard. Hubbard cops a lot of flak, justifiably so, due to scientology but don't worry, no thetins in this book, it is a brilliant novel, an amazing work of fiction.

Also, while we are discussing fiction and not necissarily books, I need to recommend the video game series Fallout. Some very quirky, funny moments, some much darker ones and overall an immersive experience and a true testament to humanities ability to persevere, adapt and never learn from it's mistakes.

Pocket-full-of-gold 01-04-2011 05:31 AM

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an amazing work of fiction.

Sums up his philosophies pretty damned well, I feel.

Just wish I was half as adept at selling my fictional ideals to the rich and aimless. :-)

Evilbagua 01-04-2011 10:29 AM

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As far as books go S.M. Stirling's Dies the fire trillogy is sweet. Apocalypse and Medieval technology combine. Great for dorks!

Frost 01-05-2011 01:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Pocket-full-of-gold (Post 784416)
Sums up his philosophies pretty damned well, I feel.

Just wish I was half as adept at selling my fictional ideals to the rich and aimless. :-)

Battlefield Earth isn't deeply philosophical, certainly not in a religious way, it deals more with humanity itself, the ability to survive, the ability to overcome the seemingly impossible (don't want to give away spoilers, but maths).

If anything, it is a testament to why our species has endured as long as it has and conquered the natural world.

I hate scientology, I love Battlefield Earth.

Drummist222 01-09-2011 10:23 PM

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I recently read World War Z and the Zombie Survival Guide, and they're both very good. And Hitchiker's Guide is one of my favorite books ever. I highly recommend all of these (I know they've been mentioned, but I wanted to lend my support). However, none of them really focus on post-apocalyptic life on earth. If you're looking for that kind of thing, you might consider Orson Scott Card's Folk of the Fringe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Folk_of_the_Fringe). Unlike many of the other books mentioned, it's a relatively realistic account of what might happen after an apocalypse that's actually possible (zombies and aliens are fun, but rather unlikely). I remember enjoying it and thinking it was a really interesting take on the future (caveat: I read it years ago, when I was much younger and more foolish, so it's possible I liked it more than it deserved). It's not a book you hear about very often, so I thought I should bring it up.

KBadd 01-10-2011 02:02 AM

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My wife, being the brains in our family, turned me on to Star Trek, Dune, Lord of the Rings etc etc etc.....I would NEVER have watched or read that without her. I love her! However, I am really a comedy guy at heart. Jim Carrey etc.

Dennis "ZidjAn" Drummer 01-10-2011 10:26 PM

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Yes I definitely love post-apocalyptic fiction. I`ve played both Fallout 1,2 and 3 and they are all very good. I also like movies like, already mentioned, 28 days later, the road, book of Eli etc...

It`s the chaotic, every man for themselves in a destroyed world atmosphere I like.

chaymus 01-12-2011 04:14 PM

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Bladerunner is based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Both are works in their own right and are sufficiently different where I'd give the movie and the book close marks. I could never make it through The Stand because I think King was particularly long winded in that novel, but many people really like it. Dune is definitely on the top of my list, but is not so much post-apocalypse.
As drummist222 mentioned Orson Scott Card is a fantastic sci-fi writer, I really enjoyed the Ender's Game series and will probably take up his recommendation myself.

I would also check out the cyberpunk genre, Snow Crash, Neuromancer and the like thrive on a darker future though not necessarily a post-apocalyptic one.

Cameo 01-12-2011 04:26 PM

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Metro 2033
I'm reading book right now actually. I really enjoy reading it.
You should also check out the game available for Xbox 360.

paistemage 01-12-2011 07:00 PM

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Yes Fallout 3 is great. I have been reading to read mathesons "I am legend," did like the movie heard the book was better, as usual.

I never read battlefield Earth. Scientology? Their might be scientologists out there who would snuff me out! haha

If it is zombie related, i will give it a whirl.

Want to try new vegas.

Bladerunner is great, one of my favorites, and the book, i started reading but didn't finish, it was a friends. But , so far, it was exceptional.

I like Lynch movie adaption of dune.

I generally love post apocalyptic things, even Shadowrun....

But that was a Long time ago....

alparrott 01-12-2011 07:37 PM

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Forgot two of my classic favorites, King's "The Stand" and Niven and Pournelle's "Lucifer's Hammer".

Frost 01-13-2011 06:33 AM

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Originally Posted by chaymus (Post 787898)
Bladerunner is based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Both are works in their own right and are sufficiently different where I'd give the movie and the book close marks. I could never make it through The Stand because I think King was particularly long winded in that novel, but many people really like it. Dune is definitely on the top of my list, but is not so much post-apocalypse.
As drummist222 mentioned Orson Scott Card is a fantastic sci-fi writer, I really enjoyed the Ender's Game series and will probably take up his recommendation myself.

I would also check out the cyberpunk genre, Snow Crash, Neuromancer and the like thrive on a darker future though not necessarily a post-apocalyptic one.

I absolutely adore Dune, but the universe Dune is set in is full of hope. I wouldn't even consider the God Emperor portion of Dune apocalyptic, more forced evolution through a benevolent dictatorship.

Games Workshops 41st Millennium is a brilliant example of far futuristic, morbid, bleak sci-fi. The miniatures game/video games are a terrible indication.

Check out the writings of Dan Abnett though, Dan is one of my all time favorite authors, I have challenged Lit majors to tackle it, even with their obvious bias due to the nature of the source material and they have been spellbound by it.

Eisenhorn is an incredibly beautiful yet action packed trilogy, a moving and starkly human portrait.


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