Friday, 17 September 2010

Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Reading List

As with my other lists, this isn't meant to be comprehensive, though I've added all the titles I could think of/find at the store browsing shelves in fiction. If you know titles I've missed, feel free to add them in the comments section.

This list encroaches on the Zombie reading list, so I only picked those titles that I thought showed the apocalypse/aftermath well.


Wastelands - John Adams, Ed.

Beyond Armageddon - Walter Miller, Ed.


Oryx & Crake; The Year of the Flood – Margaret Atwood

Ariel, Elegy Beach - Steven Boyett

Noise – Darin Bradley

Postman – David Brin

Armageddon's Children; The Elves of Cintra; The Gypsy Morph – Terry Brooks

World War Z – Max Brooks

Parable of the Sower; Parable of the Talents – Octavia Butler

Plague Year; Plague War; Plague Zone – Jeff Carlson

The Hunger Games; Catching Fire; Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins

The Passage – Justin Cronin

One Second After – William Forstchen

Alas, Babylon – Pat Frank

Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse – Victor Gischler

Xombies: Apocalyptic Blues; Apocalypticon – Walter Greatshell

White Plague – Frank Herbert

Brown Girl in the Ring – Nalo Hopkinson

Children of Men – P.D. James

Cell – Stephen King

Left Behind – Tim LeHaye & Jerry Jenkins

I Am Legend – Richard Matheson

Chronicles of the Apocalypse: Species – Michael McBride

The Road – Cormac McCarthy

A Canticle for Leibowitz - Arthur Miller, Jr.

Homeland – Paul William Roberts

Last Light; Afterblight – Alex Scarrow

The Last Man – Mary Shelley

On the Beach – Neale Shute

Earth Abides – George Stewart

Y: The Last Man – Brian Vaughan

Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham


Deathlands - James Axler

Afterblight Chronicles: The Culled - Simon Spurrier

Afterblight Chronicles: School's Out - Scott Andrews

Additions from Commenters

Rot & Ruin - Jonathan Maberry

Sos the Rope; Var the Stick; Neq the Sword - Piers Anthony

Flood; Ark - Stephen Baxter

Exit Earth - Martin Caidin

Dies the Fire - S.M. Stirling

For other Apocalyptic Reading Lists, check out:

Read More Books' list

And for what's probably the most comprehensive list of Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic fiction on the net, there's Exit of Humanity's list.

Oxford American has published a list of 10 great apocalyptic novels, finding some titles I've never heard of.


Janice Gable Bashman said...

ROT & RUIN by Jonathan Maberry.

crauscher said...

Piers Anthony's Battlecircle series:
- Sos the Rope
- Var the Stick
- Neq the Sword

Anonymous said...

Stephen Baxter's Flood and Ark are pretty darn good as well

Fear Death By Water said...

you missed just few:

but thanks for mentioning 'noise'. I'd not heard of that one yet and that's sayin' somthing.

Mutant said...

Great list, consider adding Dies the Fire by SM Stirling. Fantastic series.

Jessica Strider said...

@ Janice, Anonymous & Fear
Your books were added. Thanks!

@ Mutant - I'd considered adding that series, but then I noticed it's part of his 'Novel of the Change' books, beginning with Island in the Sea of Time, which I classify as alternative history. I'll add it in. Being alt his doesn't stop it from being post-apocalyptic.

Jessica Strider said...

@ Fear Death By Water - Missed a few? Given the length of your list you're being quite generous. I'm very impressed.